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Houston is HUGE and only getting bigger. So for newcomers it is a daunting task to do anything. For locals...well they tend to stay in their local community and not venture out much. This group will explore familiar haunts along with periodically checking out some new areas of interest. We're always looking for new Assistant Organizers with new/fresh ideas. If you are willing to host events, please email me with your ideas. I would love to hear from you. Thanks, Nermine

PLEASE NOTE: We have a NO SHOW policy for this group. We're cracking down on those that RSVP and don't show up. Please only sign up for events if you know you can attend...if your plans change, please change your RSVP. (You can read more about the policy in the Discussion section). Many have been banned from the group already...don't let it happen to you. :)

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The Ultimate Vietnam Adventure

Ho Chi Minh City

Details Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an amazing cultural and visually stunning adventure to the whole of Vietnam! February 19th-27th 2019 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/ ***PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…*** E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! This time we’ll be exploring both the South & North, which in many ways are like two different countries (visually and culturally)! From the one-of-a-kind floating markets along the Southern Mekong River Delta, to the world famous natural wonders at Halong Bay in the North, to the countries best beaches and tropical waters, we’ll show you our favorite parts (on & off the path!) that this strikingly vertical country has to offer on our Vietnam small group tours. ----------------------------------------- * 8 nights/9 days throughout this unimaginably diverse country: – 3 nights/4 Days of unforgettable Southern Vietnam (Saigon & Mekong Delta) – 5 nights/6 days of stunning Northern Vietnam (Halong Bay & Hanoi) – 4 nights/5 days Optional Extension to Vietnam’s tropical central coast with the best beaches in the country! (Da Nang & Hoi An) * Charming boutique hotels throughout * Breakfast Everyday * 8 Lunches & 4 Dinners Included Southern Vietnam (4 Nights): Covering the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the river, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Southern Vietnam is unique and stands out as one of the most important regions in all of Southeast Asia. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a “compelling clash of commercial clout and colonial grandeur, showcasing soaring skyscrapers next to tree-lined boulevards, and a lingering aura of French finesse.” -Frommer’s The whole region is a rich and lush area covered with rice fields thanks to the nutrient soil from the upper Mekong. It produces half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output (in fact the delta produces more rice than Korea and Japan altogether!). Timeless scenery of farmers planting or harvesting rice make for incredible photo’s here. The delta’s complex system creates a maze of small canals, rivers, and seasonal creeks interspersed with colorful villages and bustling floating markets. – Paraphrased from Wikitravel.org * Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Notre Dame, Hotel d’Ville, Ben Thanh Market, & Dong Khoi street) * Cu Chi tunnels (Visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war) * Floating Markets of Cai Be & Cai Rang (Sampan ride through the floating markets colorfully congested with women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares) * Khmer Pagoda in Can Tho City (The most beautiful Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta!) Northern Vietnam (5 Nights): 6 days in Northern Vietnam will take us through the Old Quarter of Hanoi to an interesting and delicious street food tour. A 3 day exotic cruise in Halong Bay will complete this part of the journey in the best way possible! This breathtaking secluded harbour has 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of Vietnam’s most scenic regions and has been referred to as the eighth Wonder of the World. * Hanoi highlight city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature (Awesome photographs of the grounds and architecture here!) * Unique Street Food Experience (Lunch and privately guided tour of the hidden but true taste of Hanoi on a discovery walk-through of Vietnamese street cuisine and culture) * Explore the Old Quarter- (Right outside our hotel, lots of great photos to be taken along the old streets, each well-known for a specialized industry. Silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, silver products, and so much more can be found at the different merchants.) * Hill Tribes & Rice Paddies (A full day adventure to Hoa Binh province filled with bright green rice paddies and colorful lowland ethnic minority tribes, mostly of nomadic Thai origin. We’ll visit the “White Thai” Minority village of Mai Chau. Amazing cultural and landscape photos to be captured here!) Cruise Halong Bay! A great way to see spectacular Halong Bay is a slow cruise through the seemingly never-ending bay of islands. Lay in the sun, enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, and take photograph after photograph. On our itinerary, the aim is to get off the beaten track while maintaining a leisurely pace. The size of the vessel allows passengers to get much closer to Halong Bay’s natural wonders, such as its pocket lagoons and small fishing communities. * 2 night/3 Day all inclusive cruise of the best & off the path destinations in Halong Bay * Deluxe cabins w/ ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning on traditional Vietnamese style “Junk Boat” * Explore Bai Tu Long Bay (The largest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, most beautiful, off the path, and by far least crowded!) * Explore, kayak, and swim among hidden beaches, lagoons, and magical sea caves! * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are notworkshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * All transfers & taxes Included * Domestic Flight Included from Saigon to Hanoi (SGN–>HAN) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Saigon (SGN) onFebruary 19th 2019 and departing from Hanoi International Airport (HAN) on February 27th 2019) *Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of Vietnam small group tours ( [masked] ) ------------------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/ **PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…**

Red Neck Mexican - Live Entertainment & Social

The Perfect Latte

Michael Wayne Hood aka Red Neck Mexican will be entertaining us with his wit and charisma. Join us to enjoy Mike's expertise with 70s and 80s music. Mike's influencers including James Taylor, Bread, Bee Gees, Bread, CCR, Kris Kristopherson, Ray Charles, 3 Doors Down, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard. Mark your calendar, bring your BFF and family to share this experience with Red Neck Mexican.

Jeeps & Java Party

The Perfect Latte

• What we'll do Bring your Jeeps! Old or new. Simple or modified. Off road or mall crawler. We love to see them. Join us for a latte and a conversation with other Jeep owners. • What to bring You, your friends and your Jeep • Important to know There will be ample parking but get there early so your Jeep will have a good spot to show itself.

Pay What You Can Mural and Brewery Tour form Houston Tourism Gym

Murals make really great pictures for social media. Beer makes it all the more fun. Let’s support local breweries and local artists on the Brewery and mural tour. This tour is 5 miles long. Please wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Pay what you can means exactly that. Upon arrival get a drink while everyone gets sighted in and acquainted. This tour is great for: 5 miles walking Mural posing Other public art works 1 Free beer Meet new people New Experience

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