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Explore Saigon Chinatown — The Little Hong Kong of Saigon
“A hub of commerce”, “hustling and bustling”, and “young and effervescent” are just some ways to describe the modern beauty of Saigon. However, this city has more to offer. Saigon hides inside it a poetically tranquil appearance and takes time to explore. Actually, from the very first moment I set foot in Saigon, I didn’t know where a peaceful secret corner of this city was. I simply thought that all I needed was to follow my heart and keep going, looking, and listening. I got o ...
The mystery of Trunyan village in Bali, Indonesia
Where should I go when traveling to Bali?. Beaches, resorts, ancient monuments or majestic natural?. There simply is more to discover than you have heard about this famous tourist destination, like a village that never buries or burns the dead bodies. When I planned to travel Bali for 4 days with my family, my friend asked: "Have you ever been to the village of Trunyan? I really want to go to this village. " Trunyan Village? It sounds weird? I have absolutely no idea of it, especially i ...
Thai cuisine – Eat freely like the locals
Nestled among the soaring buildings is a small restaurant which has been around for dozens of years. In the grey industrialized space are kitchens with the sound of food cooking. The blend of culture and architecture with fresh ingredients and the unparalleled Thai recipes can impress every visitor. As told by history, a majority of Thai people are descendants of migrants from southern China. In the new land, they continued preparing dishes with signature spices of the Yunnan region. This is ...
Mysterious Myanmar – Discovering the flaming land of Bagan
We arrive at Bagan in the early afternoon, in the blazing heat. I start to feel what I have read about Bagan, the land of fire. Text & photos: Le Thang It takes us about 6 hours from Mandalay to Bagan by bus. There is a remarkable range of temperature in Myanmar. It is scorching hot in the mid-afternoon and becomes cold after the sun sets behind the horizon. I wake up at 5a.m, whilst the night sky is still starry and the air cold. I have already investigated this destination in ...
Mysterious Myanmar – The ancient capital of Mandalay
Not only a sacred destination for Buddhists, Myanmar also holds many secrets for those who have a passion for discovery. Text & photos: Thang The Myanmar is separated from Vietnam by a small territory of Laos, but its climate is very different from our country. Myanmar has three seasons: summer from March to June, the rainy season from July to September and the dry season from October to December which is the best time to travel. U Bein brigde I took two flights from Hanoi to ...
Hello Binh Duong Province!
As a new to Vietnam, I like to travel around the country to learn more about people, culture and traditions. Text: Zukhra One of my first trips was to Binh Duong Province. This is not really famous tourist destination which makes it more interesting to people who like to discover pure beauty and authenticity of the countryside. Although Binh Duong is not a countryside but an industrialized province with high economic growth rate. Located in the Eastern part of the Southern region of ...
Visiting Bali: Best things to do & see in 5 perfect days trip
Bali attracts tourists by stunning beauty of many beaches with long white sand stretche, crystal-clear blue water. Snorkeling, experience local cuisine or explore stunning tropical beaches are things you should not miss when traveling to Bali. With beautiful natural scenery, maritime climate and unique culture, long Bali favored by tourists named "tropical island paradise" and is a destination you must visit at least once in a lifetime. During the 5-day tour with a friend, we had new ...
Hot air balloon trips in Myanmar
A balloon trip is a spectacular way to appreciate Myanmar’s most popular attraction. Forget Auckland’s housing crisis, and last-minute paint jobs on The Block. During a construction extravaganza stretching from the 11th to the 13th century, more than 4000 Buddhist temples were built on the dusty plains of Bagan in central Myanmar. Ordered by Burmese kings, one of history’s most intensive building programmes saw two new stupas being erected every month in the shadow of Mt Popa and alon ...
Hanoi - A worthy place to live
Gaspard, a French digital nomad, shares why he and his girlfriend chose to leave Bangkok for Hanoi. So we've left Thailand for our life in Bangkok. It was easy. Everything we own fits in two backpacks so it was just a matter of booking tickets, packing and getting a taxi to the airport. Leaving was easy, but it took us some time to decide where we wanted to go. Asia is big, and so we had a lot of options. We wanted to find a place that would match all our needs and expectations, the perf ...
8 things to do and see you shouldn't miss while traveling to Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam has recently been named one of "The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime". Having visited Hoi An over new year 2015, I can definitely agree with this article. The 4 days I spent in Hoi An were fantastic! Filled will tailors, markets, Ancient temples and bridges, bicycles, baguette (Banh Mi) and scooters. This is my list of top things to do while you're in Hoi An. Written by Nico Vermeulen 1. Tailor shops Hoi An is famous for tailor-made clothes. You ...
12 things to do you shouldn't miss when traveling in Ho Chi Minh City
We started our Vietnam trip with Ho Chi Minh City. We didn't expect much of it, because many people have said there isn't much to do. Upon arrival we quickly learned that “what people said” about Vietnam, turned out to be very subjective (more than normal). Each place that we had visited was a great experience, but I think it was great because of some amazing people we had met along the way and not necessarily Vietnam. Written by Nico Vermeulen There aren't many thi ...
Luang Prabang essential travel guide
Luang Prabang, located in the north of Laos, lies in the heart of a mountainous region and is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River. The UNESCO town is one of the most popular stops in a backpackers route through Laos. Luang Prabang is the type of place that you could easily spend a few extra days in, it has a magical atmosphere about it that is totally unique from the rest of South East Asia. Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang highlights Alms giving ...
Destinations highlights for travelling in Laos
Through all my travels I can honestly say that one country stands out as a top contender on my list of suggested places to travel. This would be the little, landlocked country of Laos. By Heather Halpern This hidden gem is often overlooked by travelers because it stands in the shadows of its more popular South East Asian destination stops like Thailand or Vietnam. But I guarantee that even though it may not be on the front of every travel brochure, you too will leave feeling like you just ...
10 reasons why I fall in love with Singapore
I have to admit: when I was vacationing in Southeast Asia last year, Singapore was probably the country I was the least excited about. I pictured it as the “Dubai” of the region: modern, expensive, with a lot of rules and no historical background… In other words, not the best country to visit for the culture lover/cheap traveler in me… But on my way from Indonesia to Malaysia, I gave it a try anyway. I love to challenge my preconceived ideas and quite often, the world p ...
Visiting Rom Hup – the Folding Umbrella Market
We returned to the Orchids’ country after years of its political instability. These events were discouraging to many especially the international tourists who were making decisions for their summer vacation. When the order returned, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT news) put tireless efforts to regain what once lost. In this Mega farm trip, the Land of the Golden Temples gave a strong impression to our Vietnamese tourist groups through a unique tourism product: It's promenade, sh ...
Inle lake - A "stage" for dances under the sun
It is a moonlit night and I am walking by zigzagging slopes shrouded by the fog and low light. I have been travelling from Bagan for 6 hours and in 3 or 4 more hours I will arrive at Inle Lake, the third destination in our journey to Myanmar. See more Myanmar travel guide at here. Text and photos: Le Thang Inle Lake is a very popular destination for international photographers. I myself saw many fascinating photos of Inle Lake which urged me to come here to experience this wonder a ...
Discovering the flaming land of Bagan
We arrive at Bagan in the early afternoon, in the blazing heat. I start to feel what I have read about Bagan, the land of fire. See more Myanmar travel guide at here. Text and photos: Le Thang It takes us about 6 hours from Mandalay to Bagan by bus. There is a remarkable range of temperature in Myanmar. It is scorching hot in the mid-afternoon and becomes cold after the sun sets behind the horizon. I wake up at 5a.m, whilst the night sky is still starry and the air cold. I h ...
Yangon, then and now
Leaving Inle in the gathering darkness by a small car, I arrive at Yangon next morning. From the window I can see a brown temple showing up under the blue sky, carts andbuses passing by with tinkling bells. The sun starts to shine overthe city; further from the bus is Shwedagon Pagoda, the splendid symbol of Yangon, on top of Singuttara Hill. See more Myanmar travel guide at here. Text and photos: Le Thang Different from other places I have been to in Myanmar; Yangon is diverse and ...
Passage to Indochina: Laos
Welcome to the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao. The military-style uniformed immigration officer offered the friendliest, warmest welcome I can ever recall at an arrival post. See more about Laos travel guide at here. Part 3: Viet Nam - Laos Text & Photos: Barry J Atkinson Capital city Vientiane is a “frontier town” and administration centre. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, it’s a small city and the ideal arrival point to get your bearings an ...
On board L'amant cruise on the Mekong river
Standing on the sundeck of L’Amant cruise, I look at the rows of trees on both sides of the river with the sparkling light of fireflies appearing like falling stars. Here and there, white smoke curls up from a brick kiln and spreads out into the air. A church bell chimes entrancingly. I feel absolute comfort when going on board a cruise named L’Amant on the Mekong river in the southwest of Vietnam. See more Mekong travel guide at here. Text and photos: Duong Thuy Touring on ...
Experience summer palace in Hua Hin
For international tourists, Hua Hin is not as famous as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiangmai or Pattaya although it is the most ancient attraction of Thailand and a favorite destination of Thai people. In recent years, Hua Hin has become a favorite destination for many visitors during the summer for its typical architectural heritage, Summer Palace, where more than half a century ago, king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX, current Thai king) and Queen Sirikit chose for their honeymoon. See more Thailand tra ...
11 best Mai Chau travel tips
Few days ago we made 2-days trip to Mai Chau. It is a small town in the Northwest Vietnam, only 3-4 hours driving from Hanoi. Everybody who has been there says that it’s one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. If you want to see stirring rice fields, tranquil scenes and the real everyday life of Vietnamese people, Mai Chau is definately a place you should go. We were enchanted by its charm. It is so different than hectic and busy Hanoi. Mai Chau is a place where you can rela ...
Kitesurfing in Mui Ne: Earn your living at 20 knots!
WHAT’S IT LIKE working in kitesurfing in Mui Ne, Vietnam? It can be a sweet life filled with jumping in the sand, flying high in the waves and getting to know locals as well as travelers from all over the world! This week we went to the yellow sand beaches of Mui Ne to hang out with some of the most well regarded kite surfing professionals in Vietnam. The staff at C2Sky were super fun and let us work with them for a few days to get to know a bit more about working in kite surfing ...
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