September 27, 2012

Vietnam in top 10 cycle routes recommended by National Geographic

The road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is recently listed as one of the best cycle routes in the world by the National Geographic. 

The prestigious National Geographic travel guide, Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, cataloguing the most famous and lesser known trips of a lifetime picked the World’s Top 10 bike trails on the planet, chosen for their beauty, length and excitement.
According to this list, Vietnam ranked fifth in the list, follow by Canada, Chile and Australia. It is described as suitable for who want to mix the bikes and beaches. Traveler will be passing

September 22, 2012

Vietnamese girl travels to 25 countries with US$700

With only $700 in her pocket, Khanh Huyen traveled to 25 countries in Asia and Africa. In two years of travelling, the Hanoi girls learned how to cook many dishes, row, hike, act in films and write. 
After graduating from the high school for gifted students of the National University of Hanoi, Nguyen Thi Khanh Huyen decided to work immediately without studying at college.

When Huyen was tired of work her job in Malaysia, she flashed the idea to travel to some countries. However, the trip lasted for two years, taking her to 25 countries.

"When I was young, I used to say to my mum that I wanted to travel around the world. At that time she only smiled and though that I told a joke. I also thought that was my outburst and I could not do it. But it is amazing that I had such a long journey," Huyen said.

September 07, 2012

Hoang Su Phi’s terraced fields turned yellow now

Hoang Su Phi’s terraced fields will be recognized as a national relic. On these days, terraced fields have turned yellow.

Terraced fields are a popular cultivated form in Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and some southern provinces of China.

In Vietnam, a terraced field is the production form of many ethnic groups in northern mountainous region like La Chi, Ha Nhi, Mong, Dao or Nung.

In Ha Giang province, terraced fields are mainly located in western districts. Researchers said that terraced fields appeared in Hoang Su Phi several centuries ago.

Terraced fields in the communes of Phung, Luoc, San Sa Ho, Ho Thau, Nam Ty and Thong Nguyen have become the pride of Hoang Su Phi.

Hoang Su Phi terraced fields will be recognized as national relic on September 16, 2012.

Hoang Su Phi district is around 110km from Ha Giang city.

The district is on the upstream of Chay River, the largest and oldest river in the region. Let’s admire the beauty of rice harvest season in Hoang Su Phi.

A perfect day in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is a gorgeous town in northern Laos and often the first stop for many travellers coming from Thailand. It’s common for travellers to only spend a day or two here before moving on, so if you’re on a tight schedule here’s our suggestion for a great day in LuangPrabang.

Alms offering
Begin the day nice and early by getting up to see the monks pass through the streets and collect offerings from the locals and tourists. For a better description check out this post from our friends Got Passport.

Enjoy a large breakfast at Luang Prabang Bakery – one the nicest starts to the day we’ve had in a long time and served with a super strong Lao coffee.

Kouang Si Waterfall 
Take a tuk tuk out (you’ll have plenty of offers) and enjoy a hike to the top to take in the amazing views. Cool off afterwards in the perfectly coloured pools below, there’s also a small waterfall you can jump from and a rope swing for the more adventurous type. More info from Mike who was with us that day.

On return to town and hungry after the hike grab a baguette from one of the many street vendors around town – the chicken one is amazing.

Nam Khan River beach
Take a walk over the bamboo bridge and relax in the sunshine by the river side. Good for a paddle but there’s a strong current so be careful swimming.

Follow the path up from the river beach to Dyen Sabai bar & restaurant and enjoy a beer in this amazingly relaxing
setting looking over the town. Try not to fall asleep here, many do.

Climb the many steps up Phu Si and enjoy a stunning view of the city, river and surrounding mountains as the sun sets across it all and becomes even more spectacular.

Finish off the day strolling through the market and enjoy one of the many street buffets on offer, most offering freshly barbequed fish and chicken as well. Great food for next to nothing.

Best seat in the house
If somehow you have any energy left I suggest more tasty beer Laos while watching the world go buy in one of the chilled out bars on the markets edge.

September 05, 2012

Where and how to meet minorities in Southeast Asia

Minority cultures in Southeast Asia are often time capsules of earlier lifestyles that have escaped the full force of globalisation’s effects. Consequently, they are a highlight for travellers to the region who want to get a sense of a country’s past…as it collides with the present.

But how do you ensure that while visiting, you don’t cause unintended damage or offence? You can show your respect for a culture by being educated about its ways, beliefs and taboos. Here are a few general guidelines:

1. Always ask permission before taking photos of tribespeople.
2. Don’t touch totems at village entrances or sacred items hanging from trees.
3. Avoid cultivating a tradition of begging, especially among children.
4. Avoid public nudity and don’t undress near an open window.
5. Don’t flirt with members of the opposite sex.
6. Don’t drink or do drugs with the villagers.
7. Smile at villagers even if they stare.
8. Ask your guide how to say ‘hello’.
9. Avoid public displays of affection, which might be viewed as offensive to the spirit world.
10. Don’t interact with the villagers’ livestock; avoid interacting with jungle animals, which might be viewed as visiting spirits.
11. Don’t step on the threshold of a house, prop your feet up against the fire or wear your shoes inside.

Where to meet Southeast Asia’s minority cultures

If you want to meet minority cultures, you’ll often have to get away from popular tourist centres; how far you’ll have to go depends very much on the country and how popular it is with visitors.

The trekking industry in Thailand is very developed and a minority visit can be a disappointment for some, but much depends on the operator organising the trip. Northern Vietnam and the Xīshuāngbǎnnà region of Yúnnán have emerged as popular places to experience minority cultures, but as in Thailand, visitors need to travel further from the trail to have a genuine experience.

September 03, 2012

Adventure tour will be developed in Cambodia

Cambodia is a place where you would never fall short of fun and excitement. The beautiful lush green fields, winding mountain ways, and long stretched beaches allow the local people as well as the tourists to indulge into a number of Adventure and Recreation in Cambodia.

Some of the most popular options for Adventure and Recreation in Cambodia are: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Water Sports, and Golf.

1. Mountain Biking in Cambodia
One of the most adventurous and exciting leisure activity of Cambodia is mountain biking. Riding through the rugged ways and paddy fields to the Angkor Wat is one of the most popular and interesting mountain biking trails in Cambodia.

2. Hiking in Cambodia
Following some of the most popular hiking trails in Cambodia you can reach to the highest point of the kingdom and witness some of the most fascinating views of the whole country.

3. Scuba Diving in Cambodia
Scuba diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular options for Adventure and Recreation in Cambodia. Koang Kang, K. Khteah, K. Chraloh, K. Ta Kiev, Sokha Beach, Ochheuteal Beach, Independence Beach, and Victory Beach are just a few destinations to name that have the most favorable condition for snorkeling and scuba diving. The unspoiled sea allows the tourists to view as much as 40 meters below the water surface.

4. Water Sports in Cambodia
Water sports are very popular in all over Cambodia. The pristine beaches allows the Cambodians as well as the tourists to indulge into various water sports like white water rafting, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

5. Golf in Cambodia
Golf is a newly introduced game in this part of the world. There are a few golf courses offering world class amenities like 18 hole courses, restaurant cum bars serving small refreshments, changing room etc. most of the luxury hotels and travel agencies offer packaged golf tours, that also includes a transfer to and from the golf course. The most popular golf courses of Cambodia are: Cambodia Golf & Country Club in Sang Kreach Tieng of Phnom Penh, Angkor Golf Resort and Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap, Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club in Kob Srov District of Kandal Province.

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