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SEA Games 30: Philippines tours hotcakes as Vietnam in football final

The demand for tours to the Philippines has increased after Vietnamese female footballers defeated Cambodia to enter the SEA Games football final match against Indonesia.

The number of people who are buying tours to Manila of the Philippines has experienced a rapid surge since last Saturday night after Vietnam advanced to its first SEA Games final in one decade. The final match of the SEA Games 30 men’s football will take place on Tuesday.  

Local operators said that tours with price from VND9.5 million ($409) to VND15 million ($646) are almost sold out.

A representative of Vietravel – local tour operator – said that more than 500 slots departing from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang City to Manila were sold out. “We’re working with airlines to open more flights to cater to the increasing travel demand,” the representative said.

Top travel company Saigontourist has sold 60% of its tours and went on to receive bookings till Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, travel agency Hanoi Redtours has chartered an aircraft in order to take football fans from Hanoi to Manila with 90% of the seats having been booked as of Saturday night.

In addition to charter tours, local travel companies are still providing customers regular tours to visit the host country Philippines in combination with watching the final match between two teams Vietnam and Indonesia.

Presently, three carriers, Vietnam Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine Airlines operate direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Manila with an average ticket price of VND9 – 11 million (about $387-$473) for a round trip. Vietnam Airlines doesn’t have a direct flight from Hanoi to Manila.

The carriers themselves all have increased the number of flights to the Philippines.

Last Saturday night, Vietnam Airlines announced that it would add 6 additional flights, equivalent to 1,300 seats to take Vietnamese football fans to the Philippines. Vietnam’s U22 football team is chasing a 60-year gold medal dream.

The additional flights will leave for Manila on Tuesday morning and return to Vietnam one day later.


4. Arrive early

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to arrive at least two hours early. You don’t want to miss the pre-event ceremonies because you’re stuck in traffic, trying to find a place to park, or standing in line waiting to get inside. Remember this is a bucket list event. Make the most of it by getting there early so you can experience the tailgating scene and soak up the energy from the crowds as anticipation of the big sports event builds.

6. Make purchases outside the venue

Food and souvenir are notably expensive inside sporting venues. The fact is that you can save more money as well as eat better food outside the venue. I’ve found tailgaters to be among the friendliest people in the world. Compliment them on the smell of whatever they are cooking and you’ll likely get an invitation to join them for a bite.

The best deals for souvenirs can be found from venders outside the venue, after the event. They don’t like having to pack up and carry inventory home and they are much more willing to bargain. By holding off on purchasing souvenirs until after the event, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to keep up with them during the event.

7. Plan your potty breaks

Waiting for halftime to go to the restroom is a bad idea. You may miss a game-changing play as the event resumes since you are having to ask the person in the next stall for some toilet paper. Worse yet, you will run the risk of having an accident in your pants. The best time to go to the restroom is during a commercial time-out, before half-time, or other official break in the action. Your other option would be to wear adult diapers to the event and not worry about it.

8. Bring a charging device for your smartphone

With the right apps, your smartphone is the best tool for making the most of your trip. Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great for sharing photos of your adventure with your friends. You can also find nearby places to eat and read reviews via Yelp and TripAdvisor. TripIt is great for keeping your itinerary organized. Google Maps will help keep you from getting lost. While apps can enhance your trip and help preserve your memories, they do tend to drain your phone’s battery so bringing a portable, battery powered charging device is essential.


There are few things in life that are as exciting as attending a major sporting event. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, a NASCAR race, the Kentucky Derby, the World Cup, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Final Four, or the Olympic Games, attending a big sporting event is an unforgettable experience.

Traveling to these major events can present challenges every bit as demanding as those that are faced by the athletes on the field of competition. Success will require careful planning as well as execution, and sheer will power. Whether your favorite team, driver, golfer, or horse wins or loses the competition, you’ll emerge victorious in your adventure by adhering to these tips for traveling to a major sporting event.

1. Make travel arrangements as far in advance as possible

The availability of flights, hotels, and even rental cars can disappear in a hurry. Booking as soon as you know that you’re going to the event is the only way to assure that you can get there and that you’ll have a place to stay.

2. Consider ancillary cost when booking your hotel

Though hotels in outlying areas are usually less expensive than hotels in town, you need to consider how you are going to get to and from the airport and the big event. Rental car? Taxi? Public transportation? How much will it cost to park at the event? Do your research. You may find that you can actually save time and money by staying at a pricier hotel that is within walking distance of the venue, or easily accessible by public transportation.

3. Purchase tickets from a legitimate source

Beware of scams involving counterfeit tickets. It’s best to purchase tickets from a team-sanctioned ticket reseller or through a site like that guarantees the ticket. Although the ticket could still be fake, at least you can get your money back.

Some states allow licensed ticket brokers to sell tickets within a certain distance from the venue. You’ll definitely pay more than face value but the risk of buying a counterfeit ticket is diminished as brokers are careful about vetting the tickets they purchase to sell.

Cricket Traveling Tours 2019/2020

It can’t be denied that sport is a huge industry that attracts a lot of people from all over the world. Cricket is not an exception. There are thousands who watch important matches and support their favorite teams.

However, cricket is not just games, tournaments, and competitions. It is also an opportunity to travel to new places and enjoy cricket at the same time. Here you will find an overview of the main cricket events in 2019/2020 that will give you a perfect opportunity to see the games live and enjoy new countries and cultures experience.

Besides an analysis of the Cricket traveling tours, people like to find other cricket updates on Stumped.App and never miss any important news. Without further ado, let’s analyze the main games and their venues.

If you are a dedicated cricket fan, it is time for you to set up your schedule for the 2019-2020 cricket season. There will be lots of interesting events to attend and worthy places to visit, but, undoubtedly, 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia will be the main cricket Championship of the 2019-2020 playing season. Sure, there is no way to attend all the matches, but semi-finals and final games are must-see. They will take place at Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground respectively. Besides, the 2019-22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tournament is underway, providing even more potential countries to visit during your cricket traveling tour. This guide will help you choose which places and matches to visit.

The overview of the 2019-2020 cricket international season covers 31 Test Matches, 69 One Day Internationals, and 138 Twenty20 Internationals, excluding the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Few of these events have already taken place, but most of them are still to take place.

The nearest international cricket competition will take place in Singapore during the 2019-2020 Singapore Tri-Nation Series. Singapore, Nepal and Zimbabwe national teams will participate in the event. The tournament starts on September 27, 2019, and ends on October 3, 2019, so you still have time to visit Singapore and witness the competition. All the matches will be played as Twenty20 Internationals. This event is worth attending for two reasons: the matches are expected to be interesting, and Singapore city is definitely a must-see for any tourist. Therefore, you can combine your sports interests with a great traveling experience.

The Rugby World Cup 2019: What to see, eat and do in the host cities of Japan (part 2)

5. Fukuoka in the southern main island of Kyushu is the furthest venue from Tokyo. Fukuoka is also one of the most beautiful, surrounded by mountains and forests and a rich local culture including wonderful food and some of the country’s best hot-spring resorts.

6. Japan is safe and uber-clean but best buy travel insurance in order to cover medical treatment in the case that you take ill. Every major street in Japan has a pharmacy selling over-the-counter drugs for simple ailments. If you have any more serious complaints, you will need to visit a hospital. Check out the English-speaking clinics before you leave.

7. You won’t be able to scale the national icon of Japan – Fuji – as climbing season ends in the summer. But you should catch a glimpse of it while you’re whizzing past on the bullet train to Kyushu or Kobe. Ask for a seat on the Fuji side of the train and make sure to have your camera ready.

8. Another ubiquitous pleasure, ramen restaurants in Japan are cheap, fast, and a bit oily. Soba (buckwheat) noodles are the healthier option. Don’t forget to try kaiten sushi.

9. Everyone should try Japan’s wonderful onsen hot springs. For centuries men and women in Japan communally bathed; the expression Hadaka no tsukiai (naked friendship) means that they had nothing to hide. Now most onsen carry signs in English explaining bathing etiquette to foreign visitors in case they unwittingly offend.

10. Pachinko is a popular game in Japn, mixxing of pinball, slot machine, and midweek bingo. The gaudy exteriors of Pachinko wreck architectural vandalism on high streets across the country. Players are sealed off hermetically from outside by a thick wall of noise, smoke, and gambler’s tension.

11. Queer culture is thriving in Japan. Tokyo hosts Shinjuku’s sprawling 2-Chome – one of the most diverse concentration of gay clubs and bars in Asia. Gay bars and saunas can be found in every big city and the Internet makes it all easy to navigate.

The Rugby World Cup 2019: What to see, eat and do in the host cities of Japan (part 1)

The top 20 rugby squads in the world will duke it out over 6 weeks in Japan, from the opening match in Tokyo on Sept 20th to the final in Yokohama on Nov 2nd. There are some notes when you are in Japan’s host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

1. Japan has a relaxed attitude to drinking with thousands of gastro-pubs called izakaya. Rugby World Cup organisers fret that some might dry up before half time amid reports of Olympian feats of drinking by Irish, English, and Australian fans. Therefore, pub owners have been warned to stock up.

2. Be well prepared for natural disasters. Earthquakes are an unlucky feature of life in Japan. Few countries in the world are better equipped to deal with them; however, last year, foreign tourists found themselves struggling and isolated after a quake in Hokkaido, main northern island of Japan.

So, spend a bit of time before you leave to familiarize yourself with the place where you are going to and what to do if the worst thing happens. Make sure to always carry some cash and a fully charged mobile phone with you so the folks back home can reach you.

3. Bring plenty of yen. In spite of its high-tech prowess, Japan remains a cash-based society. Although hotels and larger service businesses accept Visa and MasterCard, many smaller bars and restaurants won’t. You can find foreign-friendly ATMs in 7-Eleven convenience stores, post offices, some department stores, airports, and train stations.

4. Leave your stash at home as Japan takes a very dim attitude to drugs. Possession of marijuana is punishable with up to 5 years in prison. Cocaine can be even more frowned upon while tiny pot busts can still ruin celebrity careers.

5. From being one of the more obscure tourism destinations, Japan has become the world’s fastest growing tourist market. More than 31 million people visited last year, triple the 2013 figure; the government believes 40 million might come in 2020. Although some venues moan that they are being overrun by badly behaved gaijin, one result of the tourist growing is that English use is now widespread.

The Best Sporting Events Worth Traveling to in 2020 (Part 2)

2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

In terms of huge sporting events, there is nothing quite like the Summer Olympics. The next year’s event is known officially as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and is also set to be a spectacular affair.

There are going to be some amazing new events added to the Olympic roster here, including Madison cycling, freestyle BMX, and 3×3 basketball, as well as skateboarding and surfing. The Japan’s authorities are building 11 new venues for the event, with the National Stadium in the capital Tokyo being the main one. Most of the action in the event will be held within a few kilometers of the Olympic village.

You won’t want to miss visiting the capital of Japan without experiencing the other amazing things that this city has to offer, including the panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree observation deck to the Imperial Palace, where you will discover unique attractions, to the Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in the city.

Champions League Final, Istanbul

The biggest prize of European club soccer will be at stake as two teams compete in the UEFA Champions League final that will be held in Turkey. The setting will be the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, where Liverpool came back from 0-3 to dramatically win the trophy from Milan in 2005.

This stadium has a total 76,761 seated capacity and is located on the western, European side of Istanbul. It was built as part of the country’s bid for the Summer Olympics in 2008 and is renowned for both the size and the intense atmosphere that is generated inside it.

Before or after the game, there is a lot of things to explore in this historic city which straddles Europe and Asia. The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, and Hagi Sophia are all outstanding. But for many visitors, wandering through the mammoth Grand Bazaar is their lingering memory of Istanbul.

The Best Sporting Events Worth Traveling to in 2020 (Part 1)

Mixing sports and travel is an amazing way to explore the world. If you want to see the best sports tournaments that the earth has to offer in the next year 2020, there are a few of the events that are suitable for you. They offer not only terrific sporting spectacles but also an incentive to visit interesting new places.

Superbowl 2020, Miami Gardens, Florida

We haven’t known exactly which teams will compete in Superbowl LIV but we clearly know that it will take place on February 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Florida, the United States, and this will be the sixth time this football game is held in this stadium, but the first time in the last decade.

You can start planning your Superbowl 2020 trip right now before the competing teams are decided because the tickets for the tournament can now be bought online. Football fans might have known that Kansa City Chiefs and New England Patriots are among the favorites to win this tournament, according to the latest Super Bowl odds.

While you visit Florida, you can enjoy natural attractions like Greynolds Park, Miramar Pineland Park, and Oleta River State Park.

Winter X Games, Calgary

The Winter X Games will take place in Calgary from 2020 through to 2022. This extremely big sports event is expected to bring about 75,000 spectators to Calgary, the city of Canada, each of those years. They will also host shows and special events when the games are going on.

Calgary was also hosting to the Winter Olympics in 1998 and has held a lot of sporting events since then. If you want to look for something to do away from the games, the local zoo and Calgary Tower, which has a revolving restaurant at the top, are some of the big attractions.

Quick Guide to visit Queens, New York City for the 2019 US Open

The US Open is the biggest tennis event in the United States and also one of the four most prestigious Grand Slam tournaments in the world. This year it is planned to return to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in late August. Travel to the US to have the chance to see the sport’s heavyweights like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka up close when they battle for glory and a total $57 million prize. Here is a quick guide to help you get the most out of your visit to Queens for this tennis tournament.

Queens is the most populous borough of New York City and the most diverse large county in the US. In the immediate vicinity of the 2019 US Open, you will find Citi Field, which is home to the New York Mets that have a couple of home games against the Chicago Cubs early in the tennis tournament, the remnants of the old World’s Fairgrounds, the New York Hall of Science, and the Corona and Flushing neighborhoods.

Besides the hipster vibes of Brooklyn and the bustling streets of Manhattan, the NYC borough of Queens also has its own spotlight. In fact, recently, it has become a top travel destination. Queens is a hub of art, food, music, and festivals, so see what this vibrant city neighborhood can offer.

To get to Queens, you will need to take a flight into one of the major hubs of New York. Queens is also home to two of New York’s major airports, including LaGuardia (LGA), located in northern Queens.

Here is the list of top 10 most attractive spots in Queens

  • The Unisphere – Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Pepsi Cola Sign, Gantry Plaza State Park
  • Welling Court mural project
  • Long Island City Piers
  • Hunter’s Point South Park
  • Flushing’s Chinatown signs
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Francis Lewis Park
  • Astoria Park
  • PS1 in Long Island City

Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix Travel Guide

Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix tournament is planned to start on 8th September 2019 in Milan. Taking a tour to Italy at that time will give you a great opportunity to experience not only the 2019 Italian F1 Grand Prix but also the sights, sounds, and people of Italy.

Italy, with its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and golden light, has inspired poets and painters for centuries. Perhaps Italy is the country that features the most romantic medieval hill towns like San Gimignano in Tuscany, and unspoiled fishing villages such as Positano on the Amalfi coast. It combines history, art, and contemporary fashion with stunning natural landscapes.

What To Know About Milan

For the duration of your 2019 Italian F1 Grand Prix tour, you will be based in Milan, located about 45 km from the Monza racing circuit, the second-largest city in Italy after Rome, widely-known for fashion, design, and finance. Milan is a busy city that is more similar to London or Paris than Rome or Venice.

It has a steady rotation of new bars, clubs, and restaurants to try out on your next visit. The city pulses with energy and those who have visited Milan might tell you that there’s no place in the world quite like Milan.

Milan is considered as the drinking capital of Italy and has been called “the land of happy hour.” Many places in this city offer small plates with an aperitivo cocktail, usually spritz, for which the city is famous. Many hidden gems of the city are tucked away in places where they are easy to overlook. So if you are hunting down sights less seen, look for barn-like houses and hidden courtyards on the banks of the Navigli.

Milan also offers you a lot of things to do, including many sightseeing possibilities, including the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, located a little outside the city center in the Milan Museum, the Piazza Duomo featuring its worldwide famous and huge Cathedral, and many fashion boutiques located in this popular tourist area. If you enjoy a good night out, the city offers a variety of clubs, bars, and restaurants.