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…


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….


Bustling nightlife at Hanoi beer corner

July 19, 2019

It’s a mini version of backpacker hangouts in Bangkok and Saigon, but Hanoi’s Ta Hien Street has its own charm. No need much explanation about beer corner. Every night hundreds of people, both locals and foreigners, descend on outdoor bars at Ta Hien street in the Old Quarter – a famous centuries old area with 36 guild streets, sitting on tiny plastic stools and drinking Bia Hoi (local draft beer) with…


A journey on Yangon’s circular train

July 10, 2019

On the three-hour circular railway, a slow ride though the outskirts of Yangon is a way to see a cross-section of the daily routine of the poor away from the bustle of Myanmar’s largest city. Located at the central of Yangon, or Rangoon as it was once called, the local commuter rail network, built more than 60 years ago during the British colonial period, takes about three hours to complete…


Another way to see Halong Bay: sightseeing flights by helicopter

June 10, 2019

Cruising Halong Bay has long been one of the top things to do when visiting Vietnam. And now tourists have a new way to experience the dazzling natural attraction. By helicopter. The first helicopter sightseeing flights over the scenic Halong Bay area have been launched by the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company, a subsidiary of state-owned helicopter operator Vietnam Helicopter Corporation. Flights depart from and arriving at Tuan Chau island, which is about…


The best street food you have to try in Ho Chi Minh City

May 8, 2019

With vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don’t stay hungry for long in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. Street food is well and truly at the heart of this bustling city, but with so much on offer it’s difficult to know what to choose. So here are here are some of the best you have to try on your next trip in this bustling Vietnamese city. Banh mi (Vietnamese…


How to prepare yourself for a safe flight?

October 31, 2018

The Lion Air Flight crashed near Jakarta, apparently killing all 189 passengers and crew onboard, make the flight safety becomes more seriously than ever. Accident happens, no one can tell in advance, however; you can prepare yourself. Here are several tips that experts suggest in the unlikely event of a problem on your next flight. Stay calm. Keep a clear head. Panic doesn’t help. Have a plan. When you board a…


First ethical elephant tours launch in Vietnam

October 24, 2018

Yok Don national park has stopped offering elephant rides and now encourages travelers to see elephants in their natural habitat. Instead of riding on the bag of an overworked and underfed animal, tourists will stay back at a safe distance and watch the park’s 4 elephants roam, forage, and even play, all without a cruel taskmaster chaining them to a tree for hours at a time. Amid growing global condemnation of…


The stunning beauty of Tam Coc – Bich Dong in the rice season

July 11, 2018

Situated in Ninh Binh province, about 120km from Hanoi capital, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a part of the Trang An Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex includes 2 main destinations: Tam Coc, a flooded cave system which consists of 3 natural caves Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba; and Bich Dong, which is the home to a series of mountain pagodas. How to get there…