Friday, 8 March 2019

Here Are Five Interesting Things You Can Do In Tulum!

The diversity on offer in Mexico is one of the travel world’s best kept secrets! It is a country
filled with everything from deserts to mountains to beaches and dotted with sites detailing it’s
astonishingly rich history. Traveling to Mexico for your next holiday promises to fill it with
music, warmth, culture and sensational food.

Popular imagination limits activities in Mexico to sunbathing at the beach with a margarita in
hand. Despite this, one of the most visited archeological ruins in the country is in Tulum. Known
initially as Zama-Xamanzamá, the city showcases a wide variety of activities one can take part
in on vacation. There is no shortage of things to do in Tulum.

Interesting things to do in Tulum

1. Explore the Tulum Ruins
The biggest attraction in the city is the Tulum Ruins. This ancient Mayan walled city was built over 1500 years ago and endured 70 more into
Spanish occupation of Mexico.
It’s importance was initially elevated through its use as a seaport. Since then, it has been frequented
by the Maya as a temple until as recently as the last century.
Now it stands as the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico and the most well preserved
coastal Mayan ruin. Standing about 40 feet over ground level facing the Caribbean Sea, it is visited
by thousands of tourists every year. It is much smaller than most famous Mayan ruins and easily
traversable by foot in a shorter amount of time. El Castillo, Temple of the Frescoes and Temple of the
Descending God make the three most famous constructions within the ruins. It’s striking location set
against both the jungle and the beach make certain that your vacation photos will be memorable.

2. Take a dip in the cenotes
Tulum’s famed cenotes hold a deep attraction to those visiting. These exposed depressions filled with
groundwater are frequented by many travelers who wish to take a dip in it. The most famous cenote in
Tulum is the Gran Cenote.
Situated on the Riviera Maya,the water is so clear that it is possible to see underwater creatures!
One of the most popular things to do in Tulum when visiting the Gran Cenote is snorkeling.

3. Experience the famous beaches
Tulum is renowned for its pristine beaches with white sands and ultramarine waters.
ParadiseBeach (Playa Paraíso) is busy without being overrun by tourists.
You can swim, snorkel or simply take in the view with a refreshing drink under the shade of some
palm fronds. The waters off the coast are home to coral reef as well as recently discovered drowned
17th-century cannons.

4. Indulge in the local cuisine
Mexico boasts of a celebrated, wide-ranging and flavourful cuisine with Tulum being no exception.
Once you are tired out by all the things to do in Tulum, be sure to hit the restaurants and sample some
classic Yucatán cuisine. Playa Paraíso is surrounded by eateries so you don’t go hungry while spending
a day at the beach. Taqueria Honorio is an unassuming taco restaurant whose renown is betrayed by
near-constant foot traffic from locals and tourists alike. They are most famous for their tacos and
sandwiches which they serve Tuesday through Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm.

5. Shop locally
Tulum Bazaarnear the Tulum Ruins is an open air market chock full of stands that sell
Mayan-inspired artifacts and souvenirs you can take home to your friends and family.

Things to know before you go

Schedule wisely: High season in Tulum lasts from January to March and brings with it large crowds
and price hikes. Visiting Tulum in the shoulder seasons helps avail of a more peaceful holiday with
cheaper rates.

Dress smart: Yucatan weather is subtropical and the sun can be unforgiving if you are not prepared.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen, wear sunglasses and carry water with you everywhere to keep
hydrated. Wear sensible shoes and light, comfortable clothes to manage considerable walking
within the ruins.

Know your destination: The Tulum Ruins parking lot is a 10 to 15-minute walk away from the
entrance. You could choose to either walk the distance or take transport for 20 pesos per person.

Be your own guide: Tulum Ruins charge an entrance fee of 65 pesos. You can also hire a guide for 600 pesos. By downloading the Audio Tour Guide at a fraction of the cost you will not be encumbered by constraints from another person and can explore the ruins at your own pace instead. This well researched audio guide offers a seamless and informative experience on location. Using the Action Tour Guide also helps you sidestep the danger of being grifted by unauthorized local guides.

Download Tulum Ruins Tour Guide Cancun App available on GooglePlay and AppStore to enhance your experience of the Tulum Ruins and tap into its cultural and
historical richness. Explore this historical marvel on your own terms!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Mobile Tour Guide Apps: Custom-Built Apps vs. Platform-Based Apps

Museums, parks, cities, and visitor attractions that want a mobile app as a tour guide for their attractions have two options: get one custom-built for your needs or use a platform- (or template -) based service. Both options have their pros and cons.
Both options create a tour guide app that your visitors download onto their own smartphones and use to take a tour or explore the space. But while the visitor’s interface is the same, the museum’s experience with building the app is vastly different. The chart below lays out the basic differences between the two:

Custom-built tour guide app can be designed to look like your fantasy app. They are completely your own layout, design, and branding. Platform -based apps can still represent your branding, color scheme, and logos, but they are not fully flexible when it comes to the fundamental structural flow of the app. Nevertheless, most of the layouts you could imagine are possible.
Both types of tour guide apps can be directly downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store under your brand name with your logo as the app icon. Some platform-based app companies will require you to fold your tours into their existing app, so that visitors first download that company’s app, and then select your tour from within it. However, not all platform-based app companies require this.
Custom-built tour guide apps are built from scratch and require development and programming. Platform -based tour guide apps have a platform, or foundation, already developed and require minimal programming to launch a new app.
Launch Time
Custom-built tour guide apps will typically take a minimum of 6 months to launch. Platform-built tour guide apps can go live in 1 to 2 months.
Both custom-built and platform -based tour guide apps will require a time commitment and a resource commitment on your part. Unsurprisingly, custom-built apps require a larger commitment pre-launch for the design and development. They also require a larger commitment post-launch, because maintenance, upgrades, and changes are more idiosyncratic.
Since custom-built tour guide apps require more development and work than platform or template-based tour guide apps, they are naturally more expensive. Depending on the complexity of the features, custom apps can cost more than $15,000. Some platform-built apps can cost less than half as much.
Action Data Systems is a platform -based mobile tour guide app developer. We create apps for you that your visitors can download to take a tour. Our platform, ActionTourGuide, supports multiple tours, languages, mobile ticketing, gift – store, and sponsors.

Author: Manoj Ganguli, Marketing Strategist for Mobile platform at Action Data Systems, developer of ActionTourGuide apps on smartphones. Action Data Systems is headquartered in Barrington, Rhode Island with a regional office in Mumbai India. Action Data Systems helps museums, attractions and bus tour operators to create Apple and Android tour guide apps to increase tourist engagement, improve ratings, reviews and generate new revenue from mobile e-commerce.
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– Manoj Ganguli | | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Mobile Apps for Museums and Visitor Spaces

There are tons of ways to use mobile apps or tablets or other technologies in museums these days. What are these different ways? What are their pros, cons, and unknowns? Which one is right for you?
Those are the questions this blog will answer.

First, what can the mobile app do?

  • Mobile apps can act as simply mobile versions of your website -- introductory information about your space, directions, contact info, events/calendar, and social media links.
  • Mobile apps can be tour guides of your space. They would replace handheld audio-wands completely (and be cheaper and easier to maintain). They could also supplement docents (if you have staffing/volunteer constraints) -- and although nothing can be as good as a real person, the app can provide different benefits, such as flexibility in what the visitor wants to listen to, a consistent story for each visitor, etc.
  • Mobile apps can be a game for your site -- children or adults can play a scavenger hunt, trivia game, or another type of game that gets them involved in your site.
  • Navigation help - Mobile apps have a full map of the area and a guided tour with stop numbers in them to properly direct the traffic. It helps in controlling the crowd and it also ensures that no one misses important stops.
  • Multiple languages - Mobile apps are offered in several languages to help foreign tourists to listen to the story in their own language.

Second, how do visitors access this app?

  • Visitors can either download a mobile app onto their own phones/tablets
  • You can offer a phone/tablet to visitors in order for them to view a mobile app
  • Both! You can offer a downloadable app to visitors who want to use their own devices or offer devices to those who don’t want to
What kinds of tours can I give on an app?

  • Museum or historic house tour
  • The interactive science center, aquarium, or zoo tour
  • Walking tour of town or city
  • A biking tour of town or city
  • Self-driving tour of town or city
  • Trolley, bus, or hop on/hop off tour of town or city
  • Boat, river, cruise, or duck tour
  • Garden, park, or hiking trail tour

How does mapping / GPS work?

* Note that this does not require wifi, cell signal, or data to work!

  • Static tour -- visitors can view just a static floor-map. This is a good fit inside a building.
  • iBeacon tour -- app recognizes when a visitor approaches an object and performs a predefined action. This is a good fit inside a building.
  • GPS tour -- app tracks visitor as they move and performs an action when the visitor approaches certain areas. This is a good fit when distances are far apart.

Author: Manoj Ganguli is the General Manager at Action Data Systems, developer of Action tour apps on smartphones. Action Data Systems is headquartered in Barrington, Rhode Island with a regional office in Mumbai India. Action Data Systems helps museums, attractions and bus tour operators to create Apple and Android tour guide apps to increase tourist engagement, improve ratings & reviews and generate new revenue from mobile e - commerce. For more information, please visit email:

Monday, 30 July 2018

Action’s museum audio tour app can revolutionize visitor experience.

In today’s world, there’s an app for everything. Want a taxi to drop you off
somewhere? Uber.You want to see paintings from all over the globe?
Check WikiArt. So why is your museum still using outdated audio guides,
when you can make the experience far more fun for your visitors and far
easier for you? Partner with us and you’ll have a working, easy to use
museum tour guide app ready for download in no time.

After partnering with us, you’ll see a major rise in positive reviews on websites
or social networking sites, like our partners, Newport Mansions have seen on
platforms such as Facebook and Tripadvisor.
Our apps are available on both Android and Apple app store and have
always been received well by users. Not to mention, you’ll personally be able to
see the positive effect on your museum visitors when they use the
museum tour guide app.

Once downloaded, your app will also be usable offline, making sure your
visitor’s data is not required. The audio tour app functions as normal with or
without having a network connection, making the whole experience even more

However, if you do want to let guests rent out audio guides, you can upgrade
your players to our android tablets embedded with our audio tour app. With
that option, people who do not own smartphones or who aren’t able to use their
phones can still rent android tablets and use the museum audio tour app.

Needless to say, these are only a few of the benefits you would experience by
partnering with us. To know all of them, click here, and to know more about us
as an organization, click here. For any questions, queries, or quotes, don’t
hesitate in contacting us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Get in touch – Manoj Ganguli | | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Must see things at Wat Phra Kaew, Grand Palace

Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located within the Grand Palace
and is revered as the most valuable temple in Bangkok. It was completed in 1784 and
has been attracting crowds since then. We found a nice tour guide app focused on inside
of the Bangkok’s Grand Palace. We recommend you to download it from Apple and Android stores.

1.Temple of the Emerald Buddha:
This magnificent temple has all of the typical architectural features of a Buddhist monastery
but without the residential quarters. That’s because no monks actually reside here. The
most important building inside the monastery is the ubosot, which is a chapel or ordination
hall. The Emerald Buddha rests inside.
The eaves in the temple are lined with bronze bells which tinkle when a breeze passes,
creating a beautiful and serene atmosphere in the temple.
2. Guardians of the Wat Phra Kaew:
The first sights you'll see upon entering Wat Phra Kaew are two 5 meters high yaksha,
or giants with origins in Hindu/Buddhist mythology. These two giants are known as
Suriya-phop and Inthroachit, and they are the guardians of the temple.

Within the compound you will see other famous mythological creatures, snakes lining the
steps leading to the temple, the sacred half-human-half/half bird Garuda, and lions sitting
on gateposts.

3. Garuda and Nagas lining the outside wall:
Here you see the mythical garuda, a part human, part bird species and the naga, or
snake, lining the outside wall of the ordination Hall of the Emerald Buddha. The Garudas
are huge and powerful but benevolent beings. They have been used as a symbol of royalty
since King Rama the VI. You will see the powerful, omnipresent Garuda perched on official
buildings, on banknotes, passports and all official documents.

4. Kinnaree:
The Kinnaree are believed to belong to a group of perfectly beautiful sisters who have wings
and tails and can fly between the human and mystical worlds. Throughout Thai history, the
kinnaree has always been an ideal of thai beauty and quality. It is often used as a symbol of

If you go to see a traditional Thai dance show, you may see them performing a popular myth
regarding the kinnaree named Manora who was kidnapped from the Himaphan forest to
marry a prince.
5. Giant Demon (Yaksha):
There are 12 yaksha, or demons, protecting the Wat Phra Kaew. In spite of their fierce
appearance, they are charged with taking care of precious things.
The Yaksha is not always given demon faces; they can be quite beautiful. There are
guardian Yaksha but also evil Yaksha who haunt wild places and devour travelers.

6. The Hermit:
As you enter the Wat Phra Kaew, you see a stone statue of a hermit. He is seated, with
a mortar and pestle set before him. The Thai believe that he has special healing powers.
He is considered a patron of medicine. Visitors with ill family and friends pay homage and
make offerings.

Behind the hermit is a consecrated tower holding a ringed chedi that Rama IV brought
back from one of his journeys to the north.
These are only a few of the beautiful points of interest that await you in the Grand Palace. Make sure you download the Action app (now available on both Apple and Android!) and explore this Palace to your heart’s desire.

Get in touch:
– Manoj Ganguli | | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268

The most wondrous points of interest inside the Grand Palace, Bangkok

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without a day at the breathtaking Grand Palace.
It is, without a doubt, the city’s most famous landmark. Home of the Thai King, the Royal Court,
and the administrative seat of the government for 150 years, the Grand Palace is an awe-inspiring

It continues to have visitors struck by its beautiful architecture and intricate design details.
When you visit, ensure to check out the below listed eight points of interest inside the palace. There
is also a nice app that describes “inside of the palace” nicely. I recommend downloading and
reviewing it before visiting visiting and also using it while you are there for point by point (step by
step) guiding.

The app is from Action Tour Guide on Apple and Android stores. You may want to
check out the free demo they offer before spending a couple of dollars to buy it. If you use it, you
will not need any other guide.

1. The Emerald Buddha statue: The Emerald Buddha is considered the palladium of the Kingdom
of Thailand. It is a figurine of the meditating Buddha seated in a yogic position, made entirely of Jade.
This legendary statue has a mysterious history, dating from around the 15th century and has been at
this temple for 234 years!

2. Wat Phra Kaew (the temple of Emerald Buddha): The Temple of the Emerald Buddha within the
Grand Palace is also called the Wat Phra Kaew, and was completed in 1784.

The two earliest structures erected within the complex were the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall,
and the Phra Maha Monthian, or royal residences.

3. Phra Si Ratana Chedi (Golden Chedi): The Phra Si Rattana Chedi anchors the west end of the
upper terrace. It is faced with small gold mirrored tiles, making it shinier than other pagodas.
This chedi houses the Buddha’s ashes and is an absolute must visit. It is very beautiful.

4. Prasat Phra Thep Bidorn (The Royal Pantheon): This magnificent building was built to be the
house of the Emerald Buddha but due to unseen events, it became a shrine to the kings of the
Chakri Dynasty holding life sized statues of their kings.

5. Palanquin Mounting Platform: The Palanquin mounting platform is an open pavilion on the east
wall of the Dusit Maha Prasat. The pavilion was built by King Rama IV as a robing pavilion for the
king to change his regalia when entering the Maha Prasat premises.

Get in touch:
– Manoj Ganguli | | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268