10 Reasons Why Vietnam Should Be On Your Bucket List

August 23, 2019

A country of wondrous coastlines, luscious green jungles, fresh tropical fruit, friendly local people, and enthralling history, Vietnam should definitely be on your bucket list. There’s something for every type of traveler in this popular Asian country, whether your idea of a perfect vacation involves kayaking in the ocean, browsing through markets loaded with handmade goods, or visiting the crumbling ruins of ancient temples. It’s difficult to narrow down the…


Top Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

August 15, 2019

Rise early Yangon starts to come alive around 6:30 a.m. Take a morning stroll to beat the heat and watch the market vendors set up their sidewalk stalls, the religiously devout visit their worshiping place of choice, and the local tea shops in full swing. Make time for tea Tea shops are essential social hubs that served as a meeting place for the public even during Myanmar’s most repressive eras….


Tips to travel Cambodia for the first time

August 12, 2019

Cambodia is located in South East Asia, sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, with Laos on its north. Heavily influenced by Indian culture, trade and Brahmanism; the Hindu-Buddhist Khmer empire covered a big part of South East Asia until its fall in the 15th century. Apart from its incredible temples of Angkor, a genocide was forced upon Cambodia under Pol Pot’s regime in the 1970s. Closed to the world, it was…


What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Myanmar

August 8, 2019

Myanmar has changed at breakneck speed since the country started opening up to visitors around 2012. Here are some things that travelers should be aware in their trip to Myanmar. Greetings The standard greeting of “mingalabar” (pronounced min-gah-lah-bah”) means “auspiciousness wishes.” Saying it to local people will usually get you a smile and happy nod in return. Bonus points if say thank you: kye zu tin ba deh, pronounced “cheh-zu-tin-ba-deh”. Check…


Vietnam’s best cave experiences

August 5, 2019

Vietnam already has a worldwide reputation for its food, beaches, ancient history and diverse landscapes. And, over the past decade, it’s also emerged as one of the world’s leading destinations for caving. Quang Binh province in central Vietnam is particularly famous, thanks to the UNESCO-protected Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – also known as the Kingdom of Caves. “Vietnam has some of the best caves in this world. The temperatures…


Top things to do when traveling to Laos

August 1, 2019

Laos is a diverse country with breathtaking waterfalls, mountains, and temples. It has historical wonders, natural wonders, and friendly people, everything you might desire in a tourist destination. However, some people doubt the viability of Laos as a tourist destination because it is often lost in the noise that surrounds neighboring countries like Vietnam and Cambodia. So what is special about Laos? If it is truly as breathtaking as everyone…


Laos launches eVisa for travelers

July 30, 2019

Laos launched its tourist eVisa service in July, with the hope it would attract more tourists to the country. The official website for the eVisa application is https://laoevisa.gov.la Launched as a pilot project, the eVisa will be applicable only for travelers entering the country through Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport or the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge checkpoint at the border with Thailand’s Nong Khai province. The visa is valid for a single visit….


Top things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s top island getaway

July 29, 2019

Vietnam is home to some 2,030 miles of beautiful coastline and hundreds of islands. But one in particular is well on its way to contending with beach giants such as Phuket or Bali. Phu Quoc, a 222-square-mile island in the Gulf of Thailand, has welcomed rapid development and an ever-increasing list of direct flight connections. Visitor numbers have grown in parallel, catapulting to an estimated 2.5 million in 2018 —…


Cambodian shadow puppetry: the secret behind the art in the shadows

July 26, 2019

Cambodia is famous for its shadow play. Practiced for over 2,000 years, it’s one of the oldest forms of storytelling, and learning its artistry takes years. Shadow puppets are known as sbek thom, which aptly means ‘large leather hide’. Traditionally, they have no moving parts and feature whole scenes, but nowadays puppets with gangly limbs, sbek touch, are more popular. However, both use leather puppets to retell age-old tales projected…


Explore Vietnam from the Reunification Express

July 24, 2019

Travelling Vietnam on a slow journey is the perfect way to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the S-shaped country with a 3,260-kilometer-long coastline, but only 50km across at its narrowest point. Stunning nature from the mountains of the north to the endless miles of golden beach in the center, to the flat lushness of the Mekong Delta in the south come into view from the train’s windows….