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Sightseeing and Tours in Kuala Lumpur

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We can find many attractions and Tours en kuala lumpur such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, the Makam Pahlawan,...we can make accompanied by a tourist guide kuala lumpur

Mai Chau Village tours

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These Hoa Binh – Mai Chau Village tours will give us a chance to discover an unique Minority village with just over 2 hours driving. Here we will discover Ban Lac People with Thai ancestors that settled in the North-Western area of Vietnam. The two tribes, White Thai and Black Thai, settled in the same area and make […]

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The breathtaking natural attractions in An Giang

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

An Giang is one of the major tourist destinations of the Southwestern Vietnam. In addition to popular landmarks such as Ba Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tay An Ancient Village, Cham Village…, there are many breathtaking attractions that are still unknown to tourists, such as Binh Thien lake, Tra Su melaleuca forest, Ba […]

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2 DAY TOUR FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS IN ST PETERSBURG

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The best private excursion for cruise passengers in Saint Petersburg. If you have 2 days to visit the city of St. Petersburg this tour is the best you can do, and with which you can visit the best places of the City of St. Petersburg

Hoi An – Graceful & Historic

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

Hoi An is Vietnam’s most historic and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and Read more...

Massage and Spa

by admin @ Hanoi La Suite hotel & Spa

In the frenetic and hectic city of Hanoi a haven of peace and quiet awaits you. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, it is near popular other attractions. La Suite Spa will introduce you to a different side of Vietnam and we assure you that you will not be disappointed. As a professional spa in Hanoi, we have a wide range of massages and spa body treatments each as enjoyable as the next.

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Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Visit Saigon & Dalat/ Mr. Ling Ai Leong

by Visit Saigon & Dalat/ Mr. Ling Ai Leong @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Thank you for the efficient arrangement during my trip to HCMC and Dalat. It was wonderful

Triponyu.com steps beyond peer-to-peer boundaries

by Mimi Hudoyo @ TTG Asia

Indonesian peer-to-peer marketplace Triponyu.com, which connects savvy independent travellers with local hosts of travel experiences in the country, is now looking to expand its market reach through partnerships with tour operators and participation in travel marts. Triponyu.com was established by four milliennials from Solo, Central Java in 2016, and officially launched in mid-2017. Augustinus Adhitya, CEO of Triponyu.com, […]

Gian Gua relic site

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

In the little hamlet of Gian Gua, Phong Dien district of Can Tho city grows a tree of great significance. The Gua tree which reaches about 6 meters high with it’s roots and branches forming a matrix making it difficult to identify which ones are roots and which ones are branches. It’s estimated to be... Read More

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PHU QUOC GUIDE BOOK

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Phu Quoc is one of the island of Vietnam attracting many tourists in and out of the country. It is the largest island of Vietnam, named as Jade Island, located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is located in Kien Giang Province, including many islands around which Phu Quoc is the largest island in a […]

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WTTC Announces Finalists for 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to announce the 15 finalists for its 2018 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2018 finalists cut across five continents in the following categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in its 14th year, showcases business practices of the highest...

Wild Frontiers Rides Adventure Travel Wave in the US with Acquisition of California-based Travel Company Journeys Within

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With interest in adventure travel at an all-time high, London-based adventure tour operator Wild Frontiers is further expanding its presence in the US market with the acquisition of California-based travel company, Journeys Within. The announcement coincides with an increase in Wild Frontiers US passengers, which has continued year over year growth in the past five...

Vietnam Luxury Resort – Six Senses Con Dao resorts

by Hien D @ S Viet Travel

Six Senses Con Dao which is most Vietnam luxury  resort is an extravagant hideaway to explore Vietnam. This Vietnam luxury resort is manifested by beaches, spas and so much more. Amenities included here are free WiFi, movies, room service and the list goes on. True to Six Senses’ philosophy of selecting remote yet accessible destinations in areas…

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An Adventure Ride Like No Other- On The Road With Trung Trinh Tien

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

Who knew that there could be such an exciting ride right outside Ho Chi Minh Cities back door.  Last Sunday I had the pleasure of riding down to the coast and then across to the Mangrove Biosphere of Can Gio with  tour expert Trung Trinh Tien.  The man is a living, breathing atlas and a... Read More

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Visit New York City

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We all have that list of places we want to visit at some point or another in our lives. Many of us are interested in visiting New York City. Why is this? Okay, we’re all just fascinated with the city that never sleeps. There is something there for pretty much anyone. Whether you like the museums, the theater, or just want to get a glimpse of Lady Liberty, you can do it all tours in New York City with a expert tourist guide in New york.

Welcome to Sophie’s Art Tour

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Sophie’s Art Tour is based in Ho Chi Minh City and looks at Vietnam’s fascinating history through the lives and works of it’s artists. For bookings please contact Sophie via email – sophiesarttour@gmail.com or via telephone – +84(0)121 830 3742. … Continue reading

Sapa Tours in Vietnam

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Sapa Tours
Sapa Trek & Bac Ha Sunday Market
Sapa Trek with Sunday Market Bac Ha - 3 daysSapa Trek with Sunday Market Bac HaThis 3-day 4-night tour is a wonderful offer from Footprint. Including not only trekking to the hidden villages and staying at their home, but also a visit to one of the most colorful tribal markets in Vietnam. Bac Ha is a rainbow of culture and local trading activities. Different tribes and villages all congregate here only on Sunday to do their business. Please schedule your departure from Hanoi on Thursday night so you too can participate in this renowned market...

Sapa Easy Trek - 3 days
Sapa Easy Trek tour - Vietnam trekkingThis is a perfect combination of trek and culture while visiting the hill tribes’ villages at a pace and style that compliments you. Journey away from the crowds and homestay a traditional Dao home. Learn and participate in village life and truly feel the warmth and hospitality of these incredible people. This is an unforgettable soft adventure to Sapa that should be part of everyone’s time in Vietnam, yet probably only offered by Footprint.
Sapa is a special place with an energy like no other. Take advantage of the secret spots we take you to, and make this an adventure you will never forget. This is the way travel truly should be...

Conquer the top of Mt. Fansipan - 4 days
Fansipan Sapa adventure trek in VietnamSapa is a beautiful former French hill-station. At an altitude of 1,650 m Sapa boasts warm days and cool evenings and all day fresh air. Nowadays, Sapa has become a favorite destination due to its inspiring scenery of mounatin ranges and terraced valley floors dotted with small ethnic villages. Sapa is home to several of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, each with their own distinctive dress, customs and dialects making it a colorful mosaic of culture.
Sapa is also renowned for its trekking. With South East Asia's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan (3,143 m) providing the perfect backdrop for some great trekking routes. This 3 day trek with outdoor camping offers all of the challenges and rewards of any hike. And, at the summit you be one of the few to have reached up and touched the clouds marking the roof of Indochina...

Sapa Moderate Trek - 4 daysSapa Moderate Trek Tour - trekking in VietnamCombing a mix of adventure and culture in this multi-day trek suites those who have a little extra time, are willing to get a little dirty, and want to explore . We will travel South of Sapa along the inspiring Muong Hoa valley and mountain streams, visiting villages of Hmong, Zay, Dao and Tay ethnic minorities.
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This trek can be difficult at times but is worth the effort as you will be taken off the beaten path, away from the crowds, and into the unspoiled Vietnam. Visit and stay with a Zay and Tay family and learn about village life. We promise that this trip will be unforgettable, educational, rewarding with a healthy dose of fun...

A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

Brief Halong Bay 1 Day tours, Vietnam

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Depart at 8.00am at your hotel (in Hanoi). Drive directly to Ha Long city. Arrive at Ha long about 11.30am. Getting on boat at a private junk. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches on Ha Long bay, having fresh seafood lunch on boat. Stop for a while visiting to Surprise Caves, en route. Finish the cruise about 15.30pm. Drive back to Hanoi, tour end at your hotel about at 19.00pm.Low Season (5th May - 31st August)Group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 - 5 pax 6 - 7 pax 8 - 12 paxCost/pax (US$) 145 90 75 60 50 45High Season (1st Sep - 4th May)Group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 - 5 pax 6 - 7 pax 8 - 12 paxCost/pax (US$) 159 99 83 66 55 50Type of tour: Private tour, Easy styleDeparture: Every dayInclusive: Private car/mini van, Private boat - min. 4 hour cruise, Entrance fees, English or French speaking guide, Sea food lunch with one non-alcohol bottle, coffee/tea after lunch, fruitExclusive: Drinks, Insurance, Personal expenses, TipPacking list: Passport, insect repellent, proper shoes

Hanoi – Halong 3 days/3 nights only $185

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Booking this package you will get 2 nights in La Suite hotel in Deluxe room + Halong 2 days 1 night tour sleeping on Cristina deluxe Cruise  Valid from Jan 22 , 2016 – Sept 31, 2016  Day 01: Arrival La Suite Hotel Hanoi Arrive La Suite hotel, check in Deluxe room (if you arrival from the airport, pay extra $18/car […]

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Indochina tours | Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Cruise Tour 3 days | Vietnam tours

Indochina tours | Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Cruise Tour 3 days | Vietnam tours


Phnom Penh - Siem Reap Cruise Tour 3 days 2 nights

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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc- full day

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Hoa Lu, 100 km south of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between AD 968 and AD 980. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the countless years and can still be visited today. Apart from the historical aspects, the area is also one of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is true that this area is often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land. The tour includes being rowed along the Boi River, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience, passing between towering limestone peaks.Price: Joined group tour : Daily - U$ 20/ personIncludes: Transport, boat trip, entrance fee, lunch and guide.ITINERARY:Hoa Lu used to be one of the many old capitals of Vietnam before Thang Long – presently Hanoi – take its historical role. From an exciting town and centre of cultural and military activities of the Dai Co Viet Kingdom in 10th century, the area now is more wellknown for its landscape since almost relics of the urban excitement had been collapsed, except in the Temples of King Dinh and King Le. A trip to Hoa Lu should be started from Tam Coc ("three caves"), which takes more than two hours driving from Hanoi, and visitors may say that distance is not a matter after seating in a boat rowed by one or two local persons in Hoang Long river and see the first limestone mountains, which will run along their riverway for several kilometers. The boat will run, sorry, will be rowed, through three caves on the river, all created by wind and water from a legend time, while the sea had occupied this area. The tide-mark is still on the rock about 2m above the water, and in higher mountainwall the erosion have carved some strange shapes that now filled of green grass, delicious foods of the goats that local people breed everywhere. If you are lucky, sometimes you can see mischievous monkeys. The river trip is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Thus Tam Coc is also called Halong-Bay-On-Land.From the wharf of Tam Coc you can go further till reaching Bich Dong Pagoda, a combination of three pagodas on the Lower, Middle and Upper levels of a pretty mountain. You will need to climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen mountain. All the pagodas, or lean upon a cliff, or simply have some statues inside a large grotto, deserve the name "Bich Dong" (emerald-like grotto). A scene of the popular French movie "Indochine" had been completed here in 1991, remarking a rush of the French-speaking tourists to Vietnam, who usually do not skip Halong Bay and Tam Coc-Bich Dong where the leading actress Catherine Deneuve left her footprints. On the way back from Tam Coc – Bich Dong to Hanoi you can pay a visit to the last relics of the ancient capital Hoa Lu – the Temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel with rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century. Though the temples are not maintained entirely some precious antiques are still preserved well like the whole-stone dragon thrones, wooden bas-relieves and lacquered statues of King Dinh, Kinh Le, Queen Duong Van Nga who in turn got married both of the kings, and the princes of the two dynasties Low Season (5th May - 31st August)Size of Group 1 2 3 4 - 5 6 - 7 8 pax upCost/pax (USD) 180 120 95 80 65 50High Season (1st Sep - 4th May)Size of Group 1 2 3 4 - 5 6 - 7 8 pax upCost/pax (USD) 198 132 105 88 72 55Tour type: PrivateDeparture: Every dayInclusive: Transportation (private car/mini van), Boat, Entrance fees, Speaking guide (English or French), LunchExclusive: Drinks, Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips

Cuc Phuong Eco National Park

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The forest was considered as a National Park in 1962 in order to protect the island’s diverse ecosystem. These include tropical evergreen forest on the hill, fresh water, swamp forest at the base of the hill. ITINERARY: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park (Lunch) At 08h00am, tour guide and driver will pick you […]

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Elephant race in the Central Highlands

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

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Vietnam Activities and Sports

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Art Galleries can be found in all the main centres in the country and there are some very worthwhile pieces being produced as well as some pieces from old Vietnamese masters on display in many of the bigger cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.Entertainment Vietnam is not the place to go for the latest in nightspots, but a number of large hotels have nightclubs and dance halls. Bars are fairly easy to find, even in smaller hotels. Try asking the locals for the current popular spots.Beach Volleyball is rapidly increasing in popularity and Ho Chi Minh City is the place where the National tournament is held. If you want to join in, most beaches in and around the cities will have games going on, especially in the late afternoons...and many teams are only too happy to let visitors join in for a game or two.Bowling (Ho Chi Minh City) Saigon Superbowl located at 43A Truong Son, Tan Binh District is the place to go for this excellent family entertainment Give them a call on: 84+8+885 0188 ext 20 or go there or visit the Bowling Centre located at 285B Cach Mang Thang Tam, District 10. Their telephone number is: Tel : 84+8+864 3784Boat Trips These are particularly popular in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's southernmost region, which consists of an intricate network of rice paddies, swamps and forests interlaced with canals and rivers. River cruises also operate on the Saigon River (a good way to see Saigon) or the Perfume River (near Hue).Billiards -"Bi Da"-is popular throughout the country and most hotels have at least one table but if not you'll discover venues scattered throughout every city and a few of the outlying villages. It's a pleasant way to get to meet the locals and they are always ready to take on newcomers for a challenging game.Caving enthusiasts may head for the spectacular Pong Nha river caves, northwest of Dong Hoi or other mountainous areas around the country. It is advised that one doesn't venture into a cave without a guide as many are not properly monitored and it's not unknown for intrepid explorers to get lost and never return. Ask at a local tour centre for more information on this activity.Cinemas Unless you speak the local language there are few films shown in English, but occasionally there are and these will have sub-titles in the local lingo. If you want to see a film, it's best to ask at the ticket counter, if the movie is in your preferred language.Cycling Vietnam is ideal for long-distance cycling as much of the country is flat and the shortage of vehicles makes for light traffic. Caution is needed, however, especially on busier roads, as traffic can be very undisciplined. Bicycle hire is widely available.Diving Vietnam is becoming an increasingly well-known diver's paradise. The number of resorts is increasing at a fast pace. By far the most popular at this point in time though are Danang and Nha Trang. Unfortunately though, due to the over-fishing of Vietnam’s waters you won’t see vast schools of fish but rather individuals or smaller numbers. The fish are there though. Wreck diving isn’t really available due to the value of metal in the country anything that sinks is soon salvaged and put to other uses on land. On the other hand the corals flourish and the colours and varieties of both soft and hard corals is spectacular.Elephant Riding can be done in Dalat at Tuyen Lake and is a wonderful way to view the surrounding scenery. Hash House Harriers If you like running (and drinking beer...though not at the same time) then join in one of the HHH fun runs. It's a great way to get to meet the locals and a good way to discover parts of Ho Chi Minh City that you didn't know existed. Contact John Bennet on 842 0594 or 845 7594 for more information on this social activity or go and meet them at the Caravelle Hotel every Sunday at 2:30 p.m.Golf is as popular in Vietnam as it is in many other countries around the world and there are a number located around the country. Dalat and Phan Thiet have some of the better-known courses. Many are designed by world internationally recognised golfers such as the Ocean Dunes Golf Club located in Phan Thiet which was designed by Nick Faldo.Hiking There is good hiking in the beautiful countryside around Da Lat. Guides are recommended and can be hired locally. generally, the northwest is the best region for hiking. Other good destinations include Cuc Phuong National Park (near Hanoi); Bach Ma National Park; and Lang Bian Mountain (in Da Lat), where guides are compulsory. In the north, Cat Ba National Park on Cat Ba Island and Ba Be Lake National Park (which contains several lakes, waterfalls and caves) also offer beautiful scenery.Horse Riding is a popular sport in Vietnam and in fact the country has its own special breed called the Vietnamese Hmong Horse. There are many places that rent out animals either to go on short out-rides along a beach or through the local countryside or on long treks through rugged mountain ranges.Kayaking can be done in many spots throughout the country. Some of the better known sareas are to be found in the picturesque Halong Bay area though some other coatal and riverine areas also offer this gentle waterborne activity. It's a great way to see coastal fauna and flora and all but the smallest family members will enjoy a day out on the water in a canoe.Martial Arts is one sport that every second person in Vietnam seems to enjoy, either being involved in the sport itself or watching. There are numerous varieties practiced here from Laido, Kendo, Karate, Judo, Tae Kwando, Jui Jitsu amongst many others. To either view these sports or partake in the activities, your best bet is to go to open parkland areas in either the early morning or evening when many folk practice in the open air or contact a local sports club or martial arts centre within the area you plan on visiting.Museums abound in Vietnam and there is hardly a city or village that doesn't boast at least one such venue.Opera and Theatre A visit to Vietnam is hardly a visit if one doesn't go to at least one stage production while here. All the cities have a theatre and it's best to ask the local tour information at your hotel for information on what productions are currently showing and the prices etc.Parachuting is a great way to view the surrounding scenery where no one and nothing can interupt your view. There are a number of centres offering this activity such as Dalat, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Ask at your hotel or the local tourist information centre for more details.Sailing is one way to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy the wind in your hair while relaxing on deck with the family. The Nha Trang Sailing Club offers boat trips and can be found at 72 Tran Phu St. Nha Trang. Give them a call on 84.058 826528 for more information. (Most sailing is done on motorised vessles not yachts as the latter are few and far between in Vietnam.) Sepak Takraw is a relatively new sport in Vietnam though popular in countries such as Thailand. It involves kicking a ball, made of woven bamboo shoots (or more recently plastic), over a net. It is growing in popularity and is now part of the South East Asian (SEA) Games.Swimming If you aren't near a beach there are a number of public swimming pools located in most of the bigger towns or at the hotels and resorts. If your hotel doesn't have one, ask at a hotel nearby as some let the general public in for a nominal fee or ask the concierge at your hotel where a public pool is.Surfing is on the rise here and there are a number of places that rent out boards (though it's always better to bring your own). Nha Trang is a popular spot and boards can be rented in Tran Phu. Telephone 829100 (Hon Tam) for more information or call the Khanh Hoa Tourist Board besides the Vien Dong Hotel on 822753.Ten Pin Bowling can be done at many establishments in Vietnam. Saigon has a huge one with 32 lanes called the Saigon Superbowl, but there are many others scattered around the country such as in Hanoi. Ask at your hotel or the local information centre for more details.Trails and Trekking Visitors interested in the Vietnam War can walk part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a series of roads, trails and paths used as supply routes by the North Vietnamese during the war. It ran from North Vietnam southward through the Truong Son Mountains and into western Laos. The claustrophobic network of tunnels used by villagers and guerrillas during the war at Cu Chi (35km/22 miles from Saigon) and Vinh Moc can also be visited. There are numerous other trekking trails throughout Vietnam and your local tour office or hotel will be able to fill you in on this enjoyable pastime.Watersports In total, Vietnam has 3260km (2021 miles) of coastline. The most popular beaches are Vung Tau, just north of the Mekong Delta; and Nha Trang, near Da Lat, where the clear, turquoise waters offer good snorkelling and scuba diving. Snorkelling and diving equipment can be hired at most beach resorts. Other good beaches can be found at Phan Thiet (south-central coast); Mui Ne (noted for its large sand dunes); and the magnificent Ha Long Bay, where some 3000 islands, covered in lush vegetation and dotted with beaches and grottos, rise out of the Gulf of Tonkin. Acces to the islands is by boats, which can be hired in Ha Long City.Windsurfing is a great way to spend a day out on the ocean waves or on one of the larger lakes in the country. Phan Thiet is one of the more popular venues as is Nha Trang. Boards can be rented in a number of places and the Full Moon Beach Resort in Phan Thiet has a few for hire or can steer you in the right direction to a place closer to your location. Give them a call on (84) 62 847 008 for more information. Another reasonable spot is Vungtau but it's only real plus as a windsurfing spot is its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Star International School joined Orient Horizon on Mekong delta trip

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

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How to Hire a Travel Agency in Hanoi, Vietnam

How to Hire a Travel Agency in Hanoi, Vietnam


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How to find a trustworthy travel agency in Hanoi, Vietnam. What to ask and what to expect. A list of travel agencies of some repute based in Hanoi.

Book La Suite hotel get free Vietnam Visa

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Book La Suite hotel get free Vietnam Visa: When you book room in La Suite hotel, we offer you free visa approved letter for vietnam visa on arrival 1 month single entry. You bring that letter and get your visa stamped at Noi Bai airport (you pay the stamped fee by yourself). How to get […]

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My Favourite Ride

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

I have to be honest that I have a strong bias for the Mekong Delta. Perhaps it’s my upbringing on the prairies and the love for flat, wide open spaces. Don’t get me wrong, mountain views can be stunning. But, long stretches of highway and quaint country villages really get me excited. One such ride... Read More

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Bored In Bangkok

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

We're still in Bangkok and beginning to tire of city life a little now. So much so that we have booked ourselves into a hotel with a pool so we can lie in the sun for a few days before heading to Vietnam. Maybe we should have bitten the bullet and gone for the express visa? We thought about going up to Chang Mai for a few days but the trains were fully booked with all but 3rd class standing remaining. As it's a 12 hour journey it wasn't really a viable option.So what have we been up to? Well we spent a wonderful evening with Aaron and Wayne who were proud as punch to show us around their new apartment and complex, complete with pool and gym. I hope they don't think I am condecending when I write this ....but they are 2 of nicest people I have ever met and make a lovely couple.We have been to Wat Po which is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, and the only one I have also visited on my 2 previous visits. The sight of the huge reclining Buddha at 46 metres long never fails to impress me. We also took the river ferry to Wat Arun. The river ferries are another cheap way to get about with a ticket costing 15baht (25p) for any length journey.We feel like locals now in the city and Steve says he knows the way around Bangkok better than he does Nottingham!We took a day trip to Kanchanaburi and took a look around the JEATH musuem. (Japan, England, America, Australia & Holland) The musuem has documents, articles and photographs on how the 415km railway was built and exhibits the empty shell of the bomb that blew up the bridge over river Kwai. It is estimated that 16,000 POW's and 100,000 forced labourers from Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia died in building the bridge and railway. It was all very thought provoking, very sad indeed, and the cemetery even more so.After lunch we drove a further 60 minutes to the tiger temple. I had been really looking forward to being up close with the big cats and was distraught when the guide informed me the tigers get aggressive when they see the colour red or orange. Go on, guess what colour top I had on?Yup........red. A quick visit to a non tourist market stall soon sorted that, and I bought myself the only t-shirt that fitted me, in a lovely lime green, NOT! It was still skin tight but beggars can't be chosers. The tigers ended up being the hi-light of my week. As you can see from the photos I was in my element. The tigers are raised on a vegetation diet as to make them non aggressive, and after lunch when they are sleepy is when the monks allow photos to be taken with them. It is all strictly supervised so no-one comes to any harm.Steve has lost over 6kg in weight since starting traveling whereas I have put weight on. He says I starve him, I say it's the rubbish diet he had in the UK. Either way his clothes are hanging off of him but he looks great. That leads me on nicely to the fact he is constantly propositioned, I think the ladies and the ladyboys like his size and height.Steve here........Speaking of Ladyboys, we decided to go and see for ourselves if we could tell the difference by booking to see the Ladyboys Calipso show at the Asia Hotel, and what a top show it was. I'm still not sure now if I can tell the difference between the guys and the girls, in the 50 or so strong cast. We have posted a few pictures so you can judge for yourselves, some of the girls were stunning but all in all it was a great evenings entertainment.

Plan your travel on the New Year Holiday 2018 based on financial capacity

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

After a long year of hard-working, the New Year Holiday is the time for you to relax and reward yourself an interesting holiday. However, not all people have financially qualified to travel on the bustling and expensive New Year Holiday.

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Croatia, Iceland, Portugal and the United Kingdom – Along with Private and Custom Trips – Trending as 2018 Hot-Selling Backroads’ Active Travel Destinations

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

Shoulder Season Travel Grows as Guests Seek Off-Season Trips to Popular Destinations with Fewer Crowds Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, today announced that as 2017 winds down and 2018 vacation-planning amps up, early booking trends show a significant uptick in interest in European offerings, including the ever-popular Croatia and Iceland departures. Destinations “across...

Âm Binh ‘The Undead’: Pioneering Vietnamese Theatre

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Âm Binh took a long hard cathartic look at the human side of war. A visceral Vietnamese drama of two soldiers from the north and the south, both saved by the same women whose only child has just been killed … Continue reading

Top 10 Travel Trends That Will Make 2018 the Most Adventurous Year Yet

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

Adventure travel pioneers Exodus Travels predict this year’s hottest travel trends inspiring travelers to explore the world in a way they’ve never imagined possible Exodus Travels has been helping adventurers see the world differently for almost half a century. Decades of travel experience in 100+ countries, an award-winning reputation for responsible tourism, an excitement to...

8 beautiful homestays suitable for holidays (P2)

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you still dream about the pretty beautiful and strange homestay in Da Lat, when coming to Moc Chau for flower seeing, do not ignore Bo House. That is really beautiful.

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Adventure Scales Conservation: What to Expect from the ATTA in 2018

by Casey Hanisko @ Adventure Travel News

Tourism, a $1.6 trillion USD industry, is increasingly being driven by waves of travelers yearning for transformative experiences, including new legions of travelers originating from China and other Asian markets. The unprecedented access to travel for people from all walks of life in all corners of the globe offers us working in the adventure travel...

Exotissimo Offers Insight Into the Traditional Medicine Techniques Practiced Across Asia

Exotissimo Offers Insight Into the Traditional Medicine Techniques Practiced Across Asia


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Bangkok, THAILAND – Exotissimo Travel introduces travelers to local doctors who practice ancient and traditional medicinal techniques in Asia. Guided market tours show the selection of natural ingredients used with the option for guests to then make their own unique tonics under the

Vietnam hotel – Fusion Suites Da Nang Beach

by Hien D @ S Viet Travel

Situated on a prime beach location in the central coast of Vietnam, Fusion Suites Da Nang Beach-  brings a new wellness inspired lifestyle holiday to Da Nang. It provides exciting wellness activities like inclusive designer foot reflexology once daily, make-your-own supercharged juices, wellness apps support and trendy aerial yoga with an ocean view! A lovely…

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Boats and Trains

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

After four hours on a bus we reached Halong Bay. We passed lots of rice paddies with ladies wearing the famous Vietnamese conical hats, and passed some mopeds carrying some very unusual loads - see photos!! We boarded our junk boat, which just had our tour group, and found our cabins, which were a lot nicer than we had expected. We sailed out into Halong Bay for a few hours and it was so peaceful. It contained some beautiful rock formations and the sea was emerald green. In the afternoon we explored the 'Amazing Caves' and had a swim in the Bay. Throughout the evening ladies rowed up to our boat trying to sell oreos (chocolate biscuits) and pringles. Then we saw a lovely sunset and slept on the boat.The next morning we sailed back to port and spent another day in Hanoi.We visited the 'Hanoi Hilton' a prison that housed Vietnamese political prisoners during the French occupation, and still had a guillotine as an example of this time. In latter years it housed American prisoners-of-war. It was almost amusing reading about the way the Americans were apparently kept. It sounded like a holiday camp. I'm sure the prisoners wouldn't have described it that way!That evening we boarded the Reunification Express train, which took us overnight from Hanoi to Hue (pronounced Hway). This was an experience. We shared a cabin with some Vietnamese people. One passenger left at 1:30 am and we were joined by a lady and her baby. In the morning her husband joined her and we had to endure them eating a traditional Vietnamese breakfast. Luckily we had been prewarned that boiled eggs are not always boiled eggs in Vietnam! Infact they were boiled chicken foetuses, complete with heads, feet and feathers. This couple dug into them with spoons just like a boiled egg, eating it all, including the 'juice' that was produced! We waited until we reached our hotel for breakfast!

Tour 4 days in Marrakech

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If you're traveling to Marrakech soon, here we leave you a wonderful tour in Marrakech of four days to enjoy this wonderful city in Morocco with a expert tour guide in Marrakech

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

A Tour in Florence

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Since nearly everything you see in Florence is graced with a sense of artistic flair, you’re best off undertaking this city by foot to get a good eye-full of all that you encounter.

Sophie’s Art Tour Launches Today!

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Cut the ribbon! pop the champagne! Sophie’s Art Tour launches officially today! Whether you are passing through HCMC or you have lived here for years this tour is a fascinating exploration into Vietnam’s visual history. For more details about the … Continue reading

Vietnam Transport

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam TransportBy Air to/from Vietnam Vietnam Airlines operates international flights to/from the following destinations: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Siep Riem (Angkor Wat), Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Vientiane.TIP: Fares are significantly lower for those flying to Ho Chi Minh City. Although flights are available from the capitals of most Southeast Asian countries as well as from Sydney and Melbourne. The best place is from Bangkok as visas are easiest to obtain there.Airport Tax International airport tax is US$14. The airport tax for domestic flights is VND 30'000 (in some cases VND 15'000). Remember to leave enough money for the International Departure Tax if you're flying out of Vietnam. They prefer dollars to Dong at Saigon airport - the exchange rate is extortionate if you're paying in Dong!Domestic FlightsIt is much easier and safer to travel between cities by plane and buy your tickets in Vietnam as they are cheaper. Most routes have a daily flight and are easily available and booking isn’t necessary.Northern Airport Flight Service has helicopter flights to Ha Long Bay. There are 2 flights per week at 8:00 and 15:30 on Saturday, departing from Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi (not the international airport). You can get the tickets at the Metropolitan HotelNha Trang has daily flights to/from Ho Chi Minh City.National Airport Code CityBMV Ban Me ThuotDAD DanangDIN Dien Bien PhuDLI DalatHAN HanoiHPH Hai PhongHUI HueNHA Nha TrangPQC Phu QuocPXU PleikuSGN Ho Chi Minh CitySQH Na SanVIH Qui NhonVII VinhVKG Rach Gia * Airlines * Vietnam Airlines (International) 116-118 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 292118 * Vietnam Airlines (Domestic) 27b Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 299980 * Air France Dong Khoi and Le Loi St. (Caravelle Hotel), Ho Chi Minh City . Tel (08) 241278 * Aeroflot 4H Le Loi St. Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 93489 * Thai 116 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 292118 * Philippine Airlines Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 292200 * MAS116 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 30695 BicyclesIt is fun to rent a bicycle and to ride around. Rates are around US$ 2 for a day. It is also possible to buy bicycles and even mountain bikes, but beware of the quality. Maintenance is widely available, but original spare parts are rare. Instead, any spare part that "fits" will be used.BoatsThere are some boats between the mainland of Vietnam and the islands. Rach Gia to/from Phu Quoc takes 6 to 10 hours and costs around VND 90000. Officially, it should leave every day at 8 am in Rach Gia and at 10 am in An Thui. In reality it waits until there are enough passengers. This can mean day...so be prepared. Ha Tien to/from Phu Quoc This is officially not allowed, since the boat crosses Cambodian waters so if you catch one of these the risk is your own as to whether you get put behind bars for your efforts or not. Vung Tao to/from Con Dao There is a boat between Vung Tao and the island Con Dao. One way takes about 13 hours.Buses Traveling by road from Cambodia is a slow and expensive alternative to flying. The bus system runs almost everywhere within the country, with stations built around the country dividing the territory into regions. For longer trips buses tend to be slow and unreliable it is therefore generally advised that travelers fly in instead. Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh City Express and regular buses link Nha Trang with Ho Chi Minh City; express buses take about 12 hours.Mini Buses It is possible to rent a minibus if you so desire and if there are a few of you, it possibly works out to be a cheaper way of getting around the country, though risky, due to the high number of accidents in Vietnam.CyclosAn excellent way to tour any city in Vietnam is to rent a cyclo. Rates start from around VND 15000 to VND 30000 for a ride of up to 10 minutes in Saigon. Locals pay half that price. You can also get a tour of one hour for US$1. In Hanoi prices are more related to the distance and are a bit more expensive. Each town seems to have it’s own price structure, so ask around to get some idea at the time.TIP: Make sure that you hold onto any belongings when traveling in a cyclo as passing motorists and the like have been known to grab these as they pass.The routes a cyclo may use is being limited by the government because they cause traffic congestion, so what seems to be a short trip could in fact become quite a long one because of having to take an indirect route, especially in Ho Chin Minh City.Hire CarsCar rentals are currently not in existence. Cabs, which are unmarked cars without meters, can typically be rented for the day. The rates are about US$25 to US$150 (depending on the car, the place you rent it from, the region and your bargaining skills). As with any form of transport in Vietnam, driving is a risk you take due to the high accident rate in the country.Motorbike hireIt's easy to rent a motorcycle to get around. Usual rates are US$4 to US$7 for a day for a 50 cc to 100 cc Honda or Yamaha. If you rent a motorbike, make sure that you don't leave your passport with them and that in the contract they don't overcharge. Buy a big lock and chain as the motorbike theft rate is VERY high.If you are in a hurry, you can try to flag down a motorcycle for a ride on the back (most drivers are not adverse to making a bit of extra money) or ask a local to find a Honda ong (motorbike taxi) for you. The biggest problem is explaining the destination to the driver because pronunciation is everything in Vietnamese. Carry a pen and paper or a map.TIP: As in many Asian countries the standard of driving, to say the least, is atrocious and at times it will seem as if every vehicle on the road is going in the opposite direction to you. It is therefore generally advised that unless you are both a very experienced driver with a good medical insurance or a risk-taker, it’s NOT ADVISABLE to rent a motorbike at all.Ships and FerriesThere are no official passenger services. Travelers may be able to ride on a cargo ship to Ho Chi Minh City, Danang or Haiphong from Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore or France. Check with the local shipping and travel agencies for rates and availability.A ferry service runs from Cambodia to Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta.TrainsThere are currently no train lines running between Vietnam and its neighbouring countries. The Vietnamese railway system runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi along the coast and links with Haiphong and the regions further north. Odd-numbered trains travel south and even-numbered trains travel north.The fastest trains take at least 28 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Reservations should be made a day or more in advance. The major setback to the railways is that tourists are charged many times more than Vietnamese people in the form of an outrageously high surcharge. For long distance traveling, it is best to fly.Nha Trang Express trains run to/from both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Please note that the above time schedules and prices are subject to change and are therefore intended only as a guide.

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

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Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Vietnam : “Same Same but Different”

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This article was written by a couple  ( Jack and Jenn )which i happen to know in a forum for travel lovers. I think it is interesting to know how a foreigner see our country.Also this article introduce you the most basic information about Vietnam travel, how to discover Vietnam… ============== “Oh, Vietnam! What a simply…

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Sophie’s Art Tour on CNN Go

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Sophie’s Art Tour has been listed on CNN Go’s ‘Insider Guide: What to do in Vietnam’. Click on this link to read more. Sophie’s Art Tour is currently taking bookings, please get in contact to find out available dates. For … Continue reading

Travel Vietnam on a Luxury Tour - Luxury Escapes | Magazine

Travel Vietnam on a Luxury Tour - Luxury Escapes | Magazine


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Vietnam is hot right now, and we don’t just mean temperature-wise. Long time playground Southeast Asia is seeing more and more travelers add Vietnam to their itinerary, and it’s not hard to see why. Dotted with spectacular bays, amazing historical sites, friendly people and delicious food, Vietnam has something to offer everyone. We’ve done our … Continue reading "Travel Vietnam on a Luxury Tour"

ASEAN travel associations work towards a closer partnership

by Mimi Hudoyo @ TTG Asia

The ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) Board has made an unusual move of bringing together several travel industry associations at ATF 2018 to facilitate a more coordinated approach to resolving issues such as market penetration and courtship of Muslim travellers. Cheah Swee Hee, ASEANTA president, pointed out that this decision has resulted in a “merrier” ASEAN […]

Treasure of Mekong tours in Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

16 days -15 nights: Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh - Siem ReapDay 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival (D)Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos . After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Kuangsi Water Fall (B/L)After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.In the afternoon, drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well known weaving village, return to the city by late evening, for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.Day 3: Luang Prabang - Hanoi (B/L)Free time for relax until time for transfering to airport for flight to Hanoi. Once again our guide will meet you and transfer you to Hanoi city. Lunch at local restaurant before check-in at hotel. After two or more hours relax, our cyclo tour do not make you more tired but more relax. After one hour ride around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, the cyclo will stop you at Ngoc Son Temple for a short visit, then take one minute walk to Thang Long theatre for Water Puppet show. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.Day 4: Hanoi (B/L)In the morning to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple, Army Museum and Hanoi Flag Tower. Time for lunch and check-out. In the afternoon, visit Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (The First National University established in 1076). The next visiting place should be the Museum of Vietnam Ethnology in Cau Giay District or just go shopping around Silk shops and Art shops in Hang Gai street. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)Today we leave Hanoi to Halong Bay, "Dragon Descending to the Sea". Upon arrival, we will embark to a junk /boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay. While the junk cruising caves, grottoes, floating villages and beaches on Ha Long bay, having fresh seafood lunch on boat. Stop for a while for an excursing to Surprise Caves, (Grotto of Surprises) and Swimming, Kayaking (kayak cost is not include in this package) if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (if weather permitted). Overnight on board.Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L)In the morning, cruising more in the Halong bay before return to the Halong pier. Having lunch in Halong before return back Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B/L)Free time in the morning before transfer to the airport of Hanoi for noon flight to Hue. Transfer to a local restaurant in the city for lunch before check in. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Imperial Citadel, constituted from the Real Fortress and the Forbidden City, and the market of Dong Ba. Overnight in Hue.Day 8: Hue - Hoi An (B/L)In morning we embark on a dragon boat sail along the Huong River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tomb of Khai Dinh Kinh. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Hoi An through the famous of Hai Van Pass. Passing Danang, the car will stop for the visit to Cham Museum. Cham Museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture. Overnight in Hoi An.Day 9: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City B/L)In the morning, you will walk to visit ancient tiny town Hoi An. The visit will includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for evening flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi (B/L)In the morning drive to Cu Chi, one incredible city basement constituted from one series of tightened tunnel, used from the Vietcong during the war with the Americans. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon pause to the colonial buildings of Saigon like the Independent Palace, Post Office and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho (L)Our car will pick up at your hotel in early morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people being selling, buying, exchanging goods from their boats. Visit local garden and house to see orchard, rice crisped producing process, .. After lunch taking a cruise along river to see peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire marvelous natural natural setting of Mekong Delta region. About 3 pm, the boat will arrival at Vinh Long, walking around to explore Vinh Long Market. Then transfer to Can Tho City. Over night in Can Tho. Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Chau Doc (B/L)Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. Then continue going to Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Check in on arrival. Visit the Sam mountain to enjoy the a breath-taking view on the Vietnamese-Cambodian border with flat rice fields and nice canals, visit caved pagoda. Over night in Chau Doc.Day 13: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B/L)In morning departure in boat to Phnom Penh going back one of the arms of the Mekong. Arrival and lunch. In the afternoon, visits of the city, in particular of the National Museum, rich art of Khmer, of the Silver Pagoda, inserted in the fencing of the Royal Palace, Preahkeo Morokot & Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.Day 14: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B/L)In morning departure by flight to Siem Reap and transfer your hotel in the city. Angkor, luminous understood them of the great reign Khmer, is one of more important testimonies that the human genius knew to create in the field of the limbs, the architecture and the urban planning. Lunch at local restaurant. Then start tour to visit famous temple Angkor Wat with enjoying sunset from top of Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.Day 15: Siem Reap - Angkor Complex (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel, then visit the Angkor Thom: South Gate, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King and Phimean Akas temple. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, transfer to visit Angkor Ruins: Thommanom, chao Say Tevoda, Takeo, Ta Prom, Banteay Kdey and Sras Srang until Sunset. Dinner at local restaurant with Apsaras show & overnight in Siem Reap.Day 16: Siem Reap - Departure (B)After breakfast, transfer to take the Tonlé Sap for a cruise on the lake with the visiting to floating village to explore the fish man life. Then visit Chantier Ecole-Artisant d’Angkor. Free time for shopping before departure home.Type of tour: - Private tour. (This is the sample tour, you may go with all details above or we can modify to fix your way of travel) - Easy tourDeparture: Any dayFeature of tour: This Indochina vacation tour organize for travelers, who want to know the charmng of Angkor - Siem Reap and charming of Vietnam. You will understand Cambodia and Vietnam with:- Our history- Our literature- Our religious

‘A Transformative Disguise: Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’ at Sàn Art

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‘Transformative Disguise’ is Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’s first solo exhibition. Composed of 9 new paintings and 5 ceramic sculptures, this exhibition plays with ideas of reflection, transparency and transformation, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of their behavior … Continue reading

BIKE MADE GRILL AKA EXHAUST GRILL MEAT, WHY NOT?

by Stan Tran @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

    It’s tasty… it’s light…it’s fun… and it gives you an interesting experience along your journey on bike. It’s simply a grill meat cooked by motorbike exhaust…. Strange, right? But this is the most famous dish among Vietnamese backpackers. The dish is named by the backpackers based on the way it is cooked. They... Read More

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Anniversary trip to FP in Nov... Moorea vs. Bora Bora

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Hi, all. My apologies if this topic has been hashed out before on this forum, but the new search functionality is taking some getting used to. We...

Vietnam Beach Paradise Beckons

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SViet Travel was established in 2011, after 5 years establishing the business, SViet travel has received the wide support of travellers from all around the world which gives SViet Travel the encouragement, strength and power to create more fantastic tour packages at a reasonable price. Our mission is to help the tourists to discover Vietnam…

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Exotissimo World Travel

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Domestic and International Travel Services for Expats and Vietnamese. Official agent for Club Med resorts, and for Renault and Peugeot TT cars in Europe.1 main Travel Agency (26, Tran Nhat Duat Street), 1 branch Agency (9 Xuan Dieu open Monday to Saturday from 09h till 18h.3 Travel Desks at Hilton, Intercontinental and Sofitel Plaza open from 08h till 20h daily, week-ends and holidays included!

3D2N at The Cliff Resort & Residences Phan Thiet at the price of only 2.899.000 VND / person

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Staying at The Cliff Resort & Residences Phan Thiet with unbeatable rates, you will find that the money spent on the experience is perfectly worth it.

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Wandering around Ong Lang beach

by chuatrinh02 @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Referring to Kien Giang, people recall right away the emerald island Phu Quoc. Phu Quoc tourism has an intense power of drawing attraction with untouched seashores, the lush greenness of flourishing birches reflecting on the calm sea’s surface of the sea. In addition to the great beauty of Kem beach, Sao beach, Phu Quoc also makes an impression with the Ong Lang beach imprinted with a primordial mark. […]

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A SHORT FILM ABOUT SOPHIE’S ART TOUR FROM RUSTY COMPASS.

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Watch a short film about Sophie’s Art Tour by clicking on THIS For great tips, stories and recommendations about traveling in Southeast Asia have a look at Rusty Compass: www.rustycompass.com

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Lost: ancient kingdom of the Cham

Lost: ancient kingdom of the Cham


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The driver spoke no English; my Vietnamese vocabulary was limited. But we were going to spend five days together driving along the central coast of Vietnam. Hand gestures and pointing at places on a map would have to work.

TRAVELERS And TRAVEL AGENCIES

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I was fortunate to have trip to Halong Bay and join a boat with Australian tourists It was a good trip and the Australians where very friendly, we got into a lot of discussions about our families, jobs and our journey in general. Two girls in the group and another family weren’t happy about their…

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GUIDE BOOK FOR VINH KIM AND CAI BE FRUIT GARDEN

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Visiting Tien Giang, a land of the Mekong Delta, you will be satisfied with what this place brings. Tien Giang owns many tourist attractions with many fruit gardens as well as impressive destinations. This place is a notable place for tourists. Visitors can see the two-day Southwestern tour for your reference. Today, we would like […]

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The Walker – A Group Exhibition

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

On Friday 30th March the White Building of HCMC Fine Arts Museum was pulsing with life, throngs of people milled around drinking icy beer from disintegrating paper cups to the multifarious sounds of elfin pop singer Thảo Trang, Saigon punk … Continue reading

VIETNAM TOURISM: LET’S ENJOY SOME SPECIALITIES! (PART 1)

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

VIETNAM TOURISM: LET’S ENJOY SOME SPECIALITIES! (PART 1) – Vietnam is very well-known all around the world not only for a lot of remarkable landscapes, peaceful sight-seeings preserving the complete beauty of nature, indeed hospitable local people but also for many specialities all over the country. Every area of our country has its own special […]

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Shopping and beaches

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

After a five hour journey we arrived at Hoi an but this time we just took the normal seated night bus and although the driver was all over the place again it wasn't as bad.Now this a place that all three of us really liked.We were in heaven,for a week every day we went to two or three different restaurants trying the the local food (plus they all cooked western food for the days when Jan couldn't face it)if we wasn't eating we were looking around all the shops and getting some clothes made to measure or buying something for our appartment in Mallorca.Afew times Me,Jan and Robbie would meet up with two or three groups of people of different nationalities that we'd met during the day for a big meal and some drinks at night.Jan and myself decided to go on another cooking course after enjoying the one we did in Thailand near the start of our trip.This time though we were learning vietnamiese specialities.Then after cooking it all we sat down for a big meal with the rest of the group.After another twelve hour seated night bus we arrived at the start of the proper beach areas of vietnam,Nha trang.This again was another area which we really liked although it is alot more touristic and reminded us abit of parts of Spain.The same thing happened here as in Hoi an and we met alot of nice people,shared stories ,ate good meals ,got drunk and went shopping,it was great.So far all of vietnam has been brilliant and basically one big piss up, where we've met lots of different people,tried lots of new foods,been shopping and learned alot about vietnams past,and i'm pretty sure thats how it going to keep going.Appart from the first day here the weather has improved alot too which is nice.

Vietnam Visa Exemption

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Vietnam government has decided to extend visa waivers program for tourists from 5 European countries. Visitors from these countries Read more...

Portugal Hotel Recommendation, Lisbon and Porto?

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Lisbon and maybe Porto at the end of September.Just starting the research in terms of best areas to stay in....

LUXURY VIETNAM CAMBODIA WATER WAY 15 DAYS

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lululemon pants sale DAY 1: HA NOI ARRIVAL Upon arrival, our guide will be holding a sign with your name and welcome you at International airport & transfer to hotel in Hanoi city. You’ll have free time to discovery city by your own way. Overnight in Hanoi. DAY 2: Hanoi Cyclo tour and warter purpet…

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Pictures That Tell a Story

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These days it’s easy for the average traveller to get a good picture.  With all the gadgets we possess most of us manage to create images that wow our fellow trekkers and friends back home.  We’ve all got the quintessential Vietnam photographs of ladies in conical hats, Notre Dame cathedral, French colonial architecture and so... Read More

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Leaving Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

My last week in Hue was a mixture of excitement to be going home and sadness that I was leaving everyone that I have met there. Especially the kids. I found it really upsetting. I had to say goodbye to my TX class and i knew that I would be upset but I hadnt expected such a reaction from them. The little girl Hien who had been quiet and distant in the beginning had gradually warmed to me. It was her 13th birthday (i think) while i was there and i threw a party for her. she hadnt had a party before. i got them all gifts, not just her, so they didnt feel left out and we had a great time. when i say i think she was thirteen it is because in vietnam when you are born sometimes you are 1. other times you are 0. its completely mental. she looks about ten. but she thinks she is 13. anyway, we had a great last lesson. when it cam time to say goodbye they were all really sweet and seemed sad that i was leaving. they gave me the prize red chilli that thye had grown in their vegatable garden. it doesnt sound much but it was a big deal as they treated this thing like a pet and carried it around everywhere and stuff. i think it was the best thing that had ever come out of their garden. i really liked the older ones who i felt i had got to know quite well because they were able to communicate better in english. it must be hard for them to have someone come into their life, just start to get to know them and then it is time to leave again and for the whole process to start again. hien was the only girl in the class and by the end was quite taken with me in the way that i used to be with older girls at school. she made me bracelets and tried to write my name n the board for me arriving and drew me pictures in her spare time. i miss them already. for the last lesson i taught them how to write letters and bought them envelopes and stamps. hopefully they will find a way of posting them.
so then i left Hue.... although my ridiculous amount of excess baggage proved to be no problem...the actual journey to the airport was. the bus from hue to da nang that i had to get was super late and they had over sold tickets which caused a big fuss. poor vietnamese people doing the journey had to give up their seats for the westerners. although totally unfair, i was kind of relieved as someone would have had to physically remove me from the bus before i would have given up mine...even though i was sitting beside an incredibly smelly man!!! he was vile.
once we eventually got going, half an hour late, we still stopped for a frigging 35min break at the cafe down the road that the bus company has a deal with.(it is only meant to be a 2 hour journey). but if they bring the bus to the restaurant they get a cut of what we spend, and the opportunity to make some more cash whether we were late or not meant we were stopping! all of this is done in the open, they dont even try to hide the fact that they are doing it because they get a cut. the vietnamese arent ashamed of living in tin huts and sleeping on rags. there is no shame in being poor. nor is there any shame in their desperately trying to milk every western tourist for all they can get! i have been ripped off right in front of my eyes every day for a month. its mildly irritating. but it seems to be the vietnamese way. and i guess i can afford it.
anyway, by this point i was seriously agitated and freaked out that i would miss my plane. got off the bus and eventually got a taxi... why is it when u dont want one they stalk you by crawling along the curb beside you and when u do want one they are playing hard to get! anyway, got to the airport (more of an aircraft hanger really) at 5.40 (for 6.30 flight) although, as usual, there was no sense of urgency and it seemed i had been panicking for nothing. the flight was good. even aeroplanes seem luxurious to me now....table service...clean cutlery...chilled white wine...even a blanket! i think i must have been overtired as i got really sad on the plane. just thinking about the kids. and how the trip was over. and the general tragedy of vietnam. it seems so unfair that i can just fly in and out of their life and they are stuck there. the babies will be adopted but for the older kids they have no choice but to stay in that orphanage untill they are 18. then if they do well they will have a shop and scrape by. its a continuous struggle. no one wants the kids over 4. and kids that have any surviving relatives often cant be adopted. only the ones who have nobody. at TX last week some of the kids who did have distant relatives got to visit them for a couple of days. 4 of my kids stayed behind. they dont even have a cousin to go see. and when i asked them how they felt when the others go home they said 'even more lonely than usual'. the people across the aisle must have though i was mad as i sobbed my way to singapore.
as soon as i arrived i felt almost awkward at how stark and clean everything and everyone was. came to the hotel, checked in my room and immediately ran a bath to soak off all the grime and dirt i feel like i have picked up. i swear to god i think this tan is probably half dirt! sickened myself by eating too much breakfast out of sheer greed and went to the city to explore. it was the weirdest sensation to be walking around a city, bustling with people and taxis and shops....gucci...prada...louis vuitton. its surreal that two hours away my kids are sleeping on mats. i dont mean for one second that it wasnt great to be there, in fact from first impressions i think singapore is absolutely amazing, its just bizzare to get your head round.
i had better go as someone needs to use this computer but one quickother thing that is quite funny. last weekend in vietnam heather and i went to hanoi and toured ha long bay. it was brilliant. we stayed in a proper hotel in the city and turned out that jamaica were playing vietnam at football in the stadium round the corner. the players were staying in our hotel and we got chatting. they were really nice and offered to give heather and i tickets to the game. we couldnt go as we had to head home but it was nice to meet them. anyway, now i am in singapore and in my hotel is the oman team who are playing indonesia. i had to move rooms...it turns out to their floor, and this morning at breakfast they invited me to a lunch and to go and watch them play tomorrow night. isnt that weird that i meet two football teams in a week. do you have any idea how many girls in glasgow would love this!!!!!

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Until Next Time Vietnam...

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

The cycling part of my last journal entry finished on somewhat of a sour note due to the fact that I had ingested more mountain dirt than food over the previous three days. However, I said that I would look forward to better days and fortunately they arrived sooner rather than later.When I hit the road again, the sensation of the super smooth surface beneath my wheels felt so unfamiliar that I thought that something was wrong with the King Brown. The sight of three lanes in each direction plus a shoulder wide enough to be another lane was equally unfamiliar, so much so that I thought that I must still be fast asleep and dreaming in my hotel bed. However, as per usual, the King Brown was running to perfection and I was well and truly awake with a feeling akin to that which a baseballer gets when he warms up with three bats and then goes out to bat with one; my legs felt lighter and the road passed beneath me with ease. Cycling had become enjoyable again.After a few days of these much improved conditions, I rolled into Mai Chau on the back of a 20km downhill. A town much like any other in rural Vietnam, Mai Chau sees its fair share of visitors due to the fact that the local White Thai tribes have opened their homes up to tourists as guesthouses. I found myself in a beautiful wooden and bamboo home complete with a balcony overlooking the vast rice fields in the valley below where local villagers toiled beneath the huge mountains towering above. The accommodation was authentic, meaning basic. My bed consisted of a mat on the floor of a large communal bamboo-floored room, but it came with all the creature comforts one needs including electricity and cold beer. In any case, I spent the majority of my time there lounging in the balcony hammock, which is the most under-utilised piece of furniture in the world, particularly in Oz where the climate just screams for them.For anyone feeling a bit stressed or suffering from anxiety, my suggestion would be to forget shrinks and prescription drugs and to buy a hammock and stretch out for half an hour a day because once snug in that cocoon, it is impossible to do anything but relax.I could have spent quite some time in such a chilled-out, slow-paced and downright beautiful environment, but i wanted to be in Hanoi for Christmas where I was to meet cousin Luke. Besides, I would be passing through this way again in not too long.Seeing Luke step out of his airport taxi after fumbling with all of his dong as he paid the driver, was fantastic. We gave eachother a typical awkward, manly, half-handshake, half-hug that put our inhibitions on display, went for some noodle soup and a much-needed chat and a laugh (it's ok, I made him give me a decent embrace a couple of days later in the street).With Luke just finishing another year at uni and me having been on the road for six months, we felt the need to celebrate and soon became creatures of the night, returning to our hotel at 7, 8, 9am and sleeping until dusk. This meant seeking out the pubs and clubs that remained open late, either defying local law or simply paying off those who enforced it. These establishments gave the outward appearance of being closed, but upon opening the door, one would find groups of rowdy, drunken backpackers playing jenga, seasoned travellers with blackened feet laying on cushions smoking sheesha while listening to Bob Marley or a bunch of baby boomer expats rocking out to a DVD of a live concert by The Who.Whatever the crowd, there was always a good night to be had.Christmas in Hanoi was somewhat of a non-event with a few decorations placed on shopfronts to gratify the tourists, so it was good to see that New Years was widely celebrated and done so in style. Luke and I ended up at Titanic, a floating nightclub in a beautiful setting on the Red River. In saying that, not much time was spent enjoying the scenery, at least not the type that didn't shake their stuff on the dance floor. It turned out to be a fantastic party; the music was pumping, there was plenty of dancing to be had and the crowd was a very friendly mix of Hanoians and Westerners. It was a great way to bring in the massive year of 2008!It also marked a turning point for Luke and I whereby we decided to try and get back to some kind of normality and see Hanoi during the light of day. This meant engaging in some slightly more tame, though no less enjoyable, activites such as visiting the botanical gardens and hiring a giant swan in which we pedalled around West Lake, something we both agreed was very romantic.I also used this recovery time to do something I haven't done in two years; get a haircut. So in true Vietnamese style, I sat out on the footpath looking into a mirror that leant against a concrete wall while my barber/bia hoi drinking buddy, Cuong, removed the locks I had worked so hard for. By the time it was over I looked like a cross between a paedophile on crimestoppers, a teenage goth and Prince Valiant, but what do you expect for $1?Finally, we decided it was time to take our leave from Hanoi where the weather over the previous two weeks had been overcast, grey and often downright cold, in search of sunshine and open spaces. Luke signed up for a tour of Halong Bay while I pedalled off in the direction of the Laos border. We met again 10kms from Mai Chau when I saw Luke hanging out of a bus window as it crawled past me on the steep incline of a mountain. I whizzed by it 15 minutes later going down the other side.Luke took to Mai Chau as much as I had, for this was his first sight of rural Vietnam, which is in total contrast to the urban parts of the country. As we sat on the patio enjoying a cold Tiger, he decided that we should climb one of the mountains that stood over us in the distance. He assured me that he could see a path leading to the top, though try as I might, I could see no such path, only dense jungle on steep mountain slopes.Regardless, the following day we set out under the midday sun and proceeded to climb Luke's path, that was in fact a dried creek bed. It ended up being a challenging though rewarding hike that provided great views over the plains below and the rolling hills beyond. We did have aspirations to reach the summit, but no matter how many times we walked for "just 15 more minutes" amongst foliage that was getting thicker and thicker, it never appeared to get any closer. So eventually, satisfied and buggered, we began the slippery descent.We parted ways again the next day as Luke stayed behind to attempt to buy a motorbike so that he could follow his dream of riding in front of me while I choked on his exhaust. We are still yet to meet up again and I'm not sure exactly where he is, but I know he successfully crossed the border on a moto because the Lao immigration officer had no problem with me going through his documents.After a couple of days of tough riding through the scorching hot mountainside where the jungle was as dense as anywhere I've been, I arrived at the tiny, little-used border town of Nam Xoi. The following morning, after four months or two-thirds of my entire time on tour, I farewelled Vietnam......................just as I was starting to get used to being constantly felt-up aswell.Perhaps it's the close living quarters or the tight family and community ties, but something I have noticed throughout my travels is that the people within these asian cultures are far more affectionate towards one another than those of us in the West. It is not uncommon to see two male friends walking down the street with their arms around one another or five crammed onto a bench that should really only seat three or two girls holding hands while riding their bicycles home from school. It is only in Vietnam however, that this physical affection has been extended to me, usually from men who have just had their daily quota of rice wine.It would start when they noticed my hairy arms, which they would all take turns to stroke and compare to their own hairless limbs. They would then move down to my calves and thighs, which would be cause for particular excitement if they knew I was a cyclist. They would give them a firm, tight squeeze and make strange grunting noises. If I was lucky, that would be the extent of the encounter that left me feeling like some exotic animal in a petting zoo. If not, I would soon find hands reaching down my shirt to caress the curls of my hairy chest.Even after the initial excitement, hands would linger and it would not be uncommon for me to be sitting around a table, being practically forced to down shots of rice wine (just what I needed at 9am to wash down my breakfast before a big ride) while the man next to me stroked my thigh beneath my shorts.There will be things I will miss about Vietnam and there will definitely be things I won't, this experience encompasses both sides of that spectrum.Most notably, what I will miss is the amazingly diverse scenery and the equally diverse inhabitants of these places, from beautiful, white-sand beaches to lush, thick, green jungle to vast rice plains to enormously overbearing mountains to the absolutely unique characteristics of The Gulf of Tonkin. It truly has been second to none for the tour and I am so thankful that I've had the opportunity to experience it all on such an intimate level.Goodbye Vietnam.

Vietnam Sightseeing

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam is still opening up to tourists on an almost daily basis. I have listed some of the more popular local attractions throughout Vietnam below, which will then give you some idea as to how to plan your holiday in this fascinating country.CanthoCantho is the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice husking mills provide the main source of income and the area is linked to most other main centers in the Mekong Delta via the waterways and road/rail systems.Boat Trips are available that take you across the water or through the local canals on many interesting sightseeing excursions that definitely require a camera. Larger boats venture up the Mekong River and this is a definite MUST DO if you are in the area.Cantonese Congregation Pagoda was built on a different site originally but now stands where it is today. The pagoda occupies a splendid location facing the Cantho River.Central Market is where you should go to stock up on fresh produce either direct from the farms or the fishing grounds nearby.Floating markets are the Delta's prime attractions. Unlike those found in Bangkok, these markets aren't for the benefit of camcorder-toting tourists. Early each morning the Bassac River and its tributaries swell with vendors in sampans, houseboats and longtails jammed with fresh Delta produce: jackfruit, mangosteen, durian, papaya, mango, bananas, pineapple, guava, fresh vegetables and smuggled sundries from cigarettes to shampoo. The best market to visit is about 30 km south of Can Tho in Phung Hiep.Ho Chi Minh Museum is the only museum in the Mekong Delta devoted to this ruler. It is a large museum, if you haven't been to a similar one elsewhere, is worth a visit. Chau DocChau Doc is a riverine commercial centre and is not that far from the Cambodian border. Once known for it's dug-out canoe races it is now better known for it's Cham and Khmer temples in its environs.Chau Doc Church was constructed in 1920 and although small is interesting and for those of the Christian faith they hold mass here seven days a week.Chau Phu Temple was built in 1926 and is decorated with both Vietnamese and Chinese motifs. Inside are funeral tablets with the names and biographical information on the dead.Floating Houses, are well worth a few photos and it's worth it to hire a boat to see them better. Mosques in the area consist of the Chau Giang Mosque and the Murbank Mosque. There are others in the area but those mentioned are the largest,. Visitors are permitted but please respect the faith and do not enter them during 'calls of prayer' which occur 5 times a day unless you are of the Islamic faith. Sam Mountain is the place to go if you want to see dozens of temples, pagodas and the like and is well worth visiting. Located about 6 km from the city. Not only do temples abound but the trek to the top of the mountain is also popular though one can go by motorised vehicle if you so desire. Tay Anh Pagoda is renowned for its fine carvings of hundreds of religious figures most of which are wooden. The building reflects both Hindu and Islamic influences and outside stand a black elephant (with 2 tusks) and a white elephant (with 6 tusks) as well as various monks tombs etc.Temple of Lady Chua Xu faces Sam Mountain not far from the Tay An Pagoda and was founded in the 1820's. The original was built of bamboo, but this has been replaced over the years and the last reconstruction took place in 1972.Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau who was a high ranking officer that served the Ngyen lords and later the Nguyen Dynasty is buried here. Nearby are several other tombs of similar officials serving under Thoai Ngoc Hau.Cavern Pagoda also known as Phuoc Dien Tu is about halfway up Sam Mountain and is well worth a visit.DalatThe city of Dalat is the main centre of the Southern Highlands region. In the past it was renowned as a cool, green city with a park-like environment. This is changing fast, as the economy booms and life speeds up. Still, Dalat is definitely worth a visit and it's a good base for trips into the surrounding highlands, which remain tranquil. In Dalat, make sure you visit the Hang Nga Guesthouse & Art Gallery, nicknamed by locals the Crazy House. It's created by artist and architect Mrs Dang Viet Nga (known as Hang Nga).Dalat is famous for its coffee shops, and is extremely popular with domestic tourists and honeymooners. You can fly to Dalat from Ho Chi Minh City. The airport is 30km from town; express buses also link the two cities.The Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace is stuffed with interesting art and everyday objects, and is well worth a look. It's also interesting to stroll around the old French Quarter.The Valley of Love, 5km north of the city centre, is a bizarre place where you can hire a paddle boat on the lake or a horse from one of the Dalat Cowboys (no relation to the Dallas Cowboys), who are, indeed, dressed as cowboys. There are some pleasant walks or rides (on horseback or bike) in the countryside around the city, but be aware that areas signposted with a C-sign are off-limits to foreigners.Prenn Falls are worth a visit and are located at the foot of Prenn Mountain Pass. The 10km long pass is on the route from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City.Further out, you can visit the villages of some of the hill tribes, such as Lat Village and the Chicken Village (with a huge statue of a chicken).

Up and Running!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour is now up and running and has been taking good folk around the hotspots of Saigon’s art scene. Here are some testimonials: “I’ve learnt so much today, it’s really surprised me what an active role artists have … Continue reading

Sun bathing in Nha Trang

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

The journey to Nha Trang was a bit of a trek. We left Hoi An fairly early in a taxi, to Danang, about 45 minutes north of Hoi An. We then embarked on a train journey which should have taken about 7 ½ hours, but actually ended up taking about 12 hours. We were traveling in the first class seats, but these are not the most comfortable of places to spend 12 hours. We also had no where to put all of our luggage and ended up with most of it under our feet. The price of the ticket also included some form of food. I did remove the foil lids from all of the little pots on my tray, but only indulged in the rice, which I thought was pretty safe, where as the rest of the pots I could not be at all sure about! There was also a young child sat in front of us, who was asleep when we got on the train. However after a couple of hours, he woke up and needed to go to the toilet. His mother did not wish to take him to the toilet and instead produced an empty water bottle from somewhere which the young boy proceeded to pee into, through a conveniently cut hole through his trousers (he later used the hole for others things but I will leave that to your own imagination)! This was bad enough, but then she placed the now half full bottle under the seat around my feet! We then had a few hours of the boy playing around in and around his seat and playing hide-n-seek with us, which passed a bit of time. This did however get a little boring after a while and myself and Jeff did have to go for a wonder to find the bar!Anyway, after a very long day we eventually arrived in Nha Trang, where we were met by a very small taxi and a guy on a moped to take us to our hotel. I hoped in the taxi with the girls and all the luggage whilst Jeff hoped onto the moped! We were not entirely sure that we were going to see him again, but he pulled up at the hotel about 30 seconds behind us with a big grin on his face telling us that he had had a great time.Compared to Hue or Hoi An, Nha Trang has very little charm. It has basically grown into a sea side beach result, catering for watersports and a reasonably good night life. It’s a good place to be for a few days, lying on the beach and exploring the good bars in the evening. We basically ended up spending a long weekend in Nha Trang. Friday was spent lying on the beach at the sailing club, which is a pretty nice place to find yourself. The beach was a very nice long sandy beach, but the waves were a bit rough for swimming or bodysurfing unless you are an expert in this field. So of course that meant the myself and Jeff felt that we should give it a go. This was all great fun even if we did get a few bruises in the process and have to empty out about 2kg of sand from the lining of my swimming shorts!The following day we decided to take a boat trip around some of the surrounding islands. The trip was run by a company called T M Brothers, which basically turned out to be to local clowns calling themselves the Trouble Maker Brothers. Anyway, it seemed like a bit of a laugh, and after a bit of snorkeling and jumping / diving off of the boat, it was time for a very good lunch, before the live entertainment on board the boat started. To the delight of everyone the entertainment consisted of the brothers and the rest of the crew turning into a band and covering an incredibly large number of decent old records. The drum kit was made up of a washing up bowl, some form of large water drum and another bowl of some sort and was surprisingly effective. Part way through the performance another boat came alongside and this oldish guy steps onto our boat and proceeds to entertain everyone with some form of crazy dancing. This whole crazy, funny and kind of surreal experience made us all feel that we were really getting decent value out of the trip. We then had what they described as ‘happy hour’. This basically involved one of the T M Brothers getting into some form of raft (attached to the boat by a rope as the currents are quite strong) with a bucket of bottles of wine. Everyone then jumped into the water with a life ring of some description and went and held onto the floating bar or each other, so as not to drift away. They the proceed to pour the most revolting wine down your neck. A very amusing experience.That evening we had arranged to meet everyone from the boat trip at the sailing club. On the way to the sailing club, we went out for a pretty good meal. It was on leaving the restaurant that Jeff had his first encounter of the evening. Basically he had walked over to the other side of the road, to check something out, so I was left walking down the road with the three women. At this point a young boy of no more than about 12, comes riding up on a bike which was far to big for him and I think the conversation went something as follows:Young Boy: ’Three lovely lady…you lucky man’Graham: ‘Yes I am!”Young Boy: ‘You big banana’Graham: ‘What?’ (In dis-belief at what I’ve just heard from a 12 year old)Young Boy: ‘You big banana’Graham: ‘Thanks…would’nt you like to know’ (still in shock)At this point Jeff rejoins the group:Young Boy: ‘He you friend?’Graham: ‘Yes’Young Boy: ‘He no lady…he small banana’At this point everyone else is in hysterics.Jeff: ‘What?!’Young Boy: ‘You small banana…you lady boy!’Jeff: ‘I don’t think so!’Young Boy: ‘Yes…you no lady…you lady boy’As he says this, he proceeds to basically feel in between Jeff’s legs to check out his claim.Young Boy: ‘Yes…no banana…you lady boy!’We then tried to explain to the boy what a lady boy was and that perhaps he himself was a lady boy. He assured us though that he was no lady boy and wanted to take the three ladies to a hotel room and give them all twins, which we thought was quiet impressive. Anyway, we eventually got away from this ‘young stallion’ and found our way to the sailing club where a good night was had by all.It was on the way back to the hotel when Jeff had his second unfortunate incident of the evening. It basically involved him being propositioned, felt up for the second time that night and then effectively chased by a transvestite or two at three in the morning. A highly amusing scene I can assure you!Sunday was spent in a similar fashion to a typical Sunday at home. Getting up late, feeling a little, scruffy, wondering around trying to get some fresh air. Then sitting in a bar, drinking plenty of soft drinks, eating some good food and reading the papers. We had eventually recovered in time to catch our night train to Ho Chi Minh City. All in all a fairly good weekend.

Europe Tour Guide

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Europe is one the most beautiful and a popular holiday destinations which comes to mind whenever you are planning for a great holiday tour

Dak Lak – A glimpse of Vietnam’s Agricultural Life & Amazing Scenes

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

“I love early mornings, when the sun’s ray is met with the green rice terraces. Farmers leave their wood Read more...

Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Saidathul Nizah

by Saidathul Nizah @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Ho Chi Minh Muslim tour package / Mrs. Saidathul NizahHi, Hang,We are very happy with the services provided by your company when we were in Ho Chi Minh the other day.The tour guide, Mr. Bao was very friendly, cordial, helpful and informative. Besides, his command of English is fantastic.The hotel was good. Food was delicious. The tour to all the places we visited were great. Shopping was heaven.We hope to return to Vietnam with other group tours in the future.Thanks.Saidathul Nizah

Hollywood’s blockbuster movie shot in Viet Nam

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Things to do in Hanoi if you only have 2 days | XO Tours Blog

Things to do in Hanoi if you only have 2 days | XO Tours Blog


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Hanoi is the gateway to Northern Vietnam and a must see city during your time in Vietnam. Here is a two day suggested itinerary for Hanoi.

Sophie’s Art Talks: Vietnamese History in Colour

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Sophie’s Art Tour is now offering lectures in Vietnamese art history. The talks are an engaging and alternative way to understand Vietnamese history. Using images of artworks, photographs, footage and the personal stories of artists, Vietnam’s fascinating history is illuminated. … Continue reading

Shopping in Vietnam

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam has some fantastic shopping opportunities, so it’s well worth setting aside half a day or so to properly peruse. Hotspots include Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, each of which has a temping selection of everything from avant-garde art to sumptuous silk suits.
Some of the best buys are as following:
Vietnamese Art & AntiquesThere are several shops to hunt for art and antiques. Both traditional and modern paintings are a popular item. More sophisticated works are displayed in art galleries, while cheaper mass-produced stuff is touted in souvenir shops and by street vendors. A Vietnamese speciality is the “instant antique”, such as a teapot or ceramic dinner plate, with a price tag of around US$2.
As Vietnam has strict regulations on the export of real antiques, be sure the items are allowed out of the country. Most reputable shops can provide the necessary paperwork.
Vietnamese ClothingVietnam is emerging as a regional design center and there are some extravagant creations in the boutiques of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Ao dai, the national dress for Vietnamese women, is a popular item to take home. Ready-made ao dai costs from US$ 10 to US$20, but custom numbers can cost a lot more. There are ao dai tailors nationwide, but those in the tourists centers are more familiar with foreigners.
Hill-tribe gear is winding its way to shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It’s brightly patterned stuff, but you may need to set the dyes yourself so those colours don’t bleed all over the rest of your clothes.
T-shirts are ever popular items with travellers, cost from US$1 to US$4.
Non (conical hats) are favorite items for women in both rainy and sunny times. The best quality ones can be found in the Hue’s area.
Vietnamese HandicraftsHot items on the tourist market include lacquerware, boxes and wooden screens with mother-of-pearl inlay, ceramics, colourful embroidery, silk greeting cards, wood-block prints, oil paintings, watercolours, blinds made of hanging bamboo beads, reed mats, carpets, jewellery and leatherwork.
War SouvenirsIt’s easy to by what looks like equipment left over from the American War, but almost all of these items are reproductions and your chances of finding anything original are slim. The fake Zippo lighters engraved with platoon philosophy are still one of the hottest-selling items.
TIP: BargainingBargaining should be good-natured, smile and don’t get angry or argue. Once the money is accepted, the deal is done. Remember that in Asia, “saving face” is very important. In some cases you will be able to get a 50% discount or more, at other times this may only be 10%.

Check-in 4 Saigon plazas to have nice pictures in Christmas

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

In addition to the churches, the plazas insaigon also have a great decoration in Christmas. Let’s check in these places to have beautiful photos right now.

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Trip to Ben Tre, ticket to childhood

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

The seven-seat car leaved Saigon when it was still dark, but thanks to the highway, we arrived in Ben Tre about two hours later. Stop for a moment and sip a cup of coffee on the other side of Rach Mieu bridge, my friend keeps saying: “Once upon a time, Ben Tre took me half […]

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Vietnam Transport

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam TransportBy Air to/from Vietnam Vietnam Airlines operates international flights to/from the following destinations: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Siep Riem (Angkor Wat), Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Vientiane.TIP: Fares are significantly lower for those flying to Ho Chi Minh City. Although flights are available from the capitals of most Southeast Asian countries as well as from Sydney and Melbourne. The best place is from Bangkok as visas are easiest to obtain there.Airport Tax International airport tax is US$14. The airport tax for domestic flights is VND 30'000 (in some cases VND 15'000). Remember to leave enough money for the International Departure Tax if you're flying out of Vietnam. They prefer dollars to Dong at Saigon airport - the exchange rate is extortionate if you're paying in Dong!Domestic FlightsIt is much easier and safer to travel between cities by plane and buy your tickets in Vietnam as they are cheaper. Most routes have a daily flight and are easily available and booking isn’t necessary.Northern Airport Flight Service has helicopter flights to Ha Long Bay. There are 2 flights per week at 8:00 and 15:30 on Saturday, departing from Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi (not the international airport). You can get the tickets at the Metropolitan HotelNha Trang has daily flights to/from Ho Chi Minh City.National Airport Code CityBMV Ban Me ThuotDAD DanangDIN Dien Bien PhuDLI DalatHAN HanoiHPH Hai PhongHUI HueNHA Nha TrangPQC Phu QuocPXU PleikuSGN Ho Chi Minh CitySQH Na SanVIH Qui NhonVII VinhVKG Rach Gia * Airlines * Vietnam Airlines (International) 116-118 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 292118 * Vietnam Airlines (Domestic) 27b Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 299980 * Air France Dong Khoi and Le Loi St. (Caravelle Hotel), Ho Chi Minh City . Tel (08) 241278 * Aeroflot 4H Le Loi St. Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (08) 93489 * Thai 116 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 292118 * Philippine Airlines Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 292200 * MAS116 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City Tel (08) 30695 BicyclesIt is fun to rent a bicycle and to ride around. Rates are around US$ 2 for a day. It is also possible to buy bicycles and even mountain bikes, but beware of the quality. Maintenance is widely available, but original spare parts are rare. Instead, any spare part that "fits" will be used.BoatsThere are some boats between the mainland of Vietnam and the islands. Rach Gia to/from Phu Quoc takes 6 to 10 hours and costs around VND 90000. Officially, it should leave every day at 8 am in Rach Gia and at 10 am in An Thui. In reality it waits until there are enough passengers. This can mean day...so be prepared. Ha Tien to/from Phu Quoc This is officially not allowed, since the boat crosses Cambodian waters so if you catch one of these the risk is your own as to whether you get put behind bars for your efforts or not. Vung Tao to/from Con Dao There is a boat between Vung Tao and the island Con Dao. One way takes about 13 hours.Buses Traveling by road from Cambodia is a slow and expensive alternative to flying. The bus system runs almost everywhere within the country, with stations built around the country dividing the territory into regions. For longer trips buses tend to be slow and unreliable it is therefore generally advised that travelers fly in instead. Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh City Express and regular buses link Nha Trang with Ho Chi Minh City; express buses take about 12 hours.Mini Buses It is possible to rent a minibus if you so desire and if there are a few of you, it possibly works out to be a cheaper way of getting around the country, though risky, due to the high number of accidents in Vietnam.CyclosAn excellent way to tour any city in Vietnam is to rent a cyclo. Rates start from around VND 15000 to VND 30000 for a ride of up to 10 minutes in Saigon. Locals pay half that price. You can also get a tour of one hour for US$1. In Hanoi prices are more related to the distance and are a bit more expensive. Each town seems to have it’s own price structure, so ask around to get some idea at the time.TIP: Make sure that you hold onto any belongings when traveling in a cyclo as passing motorists and the like have been known to grab these as they pass.The routes a cyclo may use is being limited by the government because they cause traffic congestion, so what seems to be a short trip could in fact become quite a long one because of having to take an indirect route, especially in Ho Chin Minh City.Hire CarsCar rentals are currently not in existence. Cabs, which are unmarked cars without meters, can typically be rented for the day. The rates are about US$25 to US$150 (depending on the car, the place you rent it from, the region and your bargaining skills). As with any form of transport in Vietnam, driving is a risk you take due to the high accident rate in the country.Motorbike hireIt's easy to rent a motorcycle to get around. Usual rates are US$4 to US$7 for a day for a 50 cc to 100 cc Honda or Yamaha. If you rent a motorbike, make sure that you don't leave your passport with them and that in the contract they don't overcharge. Buy a big lock and chain as the motorbike theft rate is VERY high.If you are in a hurry, you can try to flag down a motorcycle for a ride on the back (most drivers are not adverse to making a bit of extra money) or ask a local to find a Honda ong (motorbike taxi) for you. The biggest problem is explaining the destination to the driver because pronunciation is everything in Vietnamese. Carry a pen and paper or a map.TIP: As in many Asian countries the standard of driving, to say the least, is atrocious and at times it will seem as if every vehicle on the road is going in the opposite direction to you. It is therefore generally advised that unless you are both a very experienced driver with a good medical insurance or a risk-taker, it’s NOT ADVISABLE to rent a motorbike at all.Ships and FerriesThere are no official passenger services. Travelers may be able to ride on a cargo ship to Ho Chi Minh City, Danang or Haiphong from Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore or France. Check with the local shipping and travel agencies for rates and availability.A ferry service runs from Cambodia to Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta.TrainsThere are currently no train lines running between Vietnam and its neighbouring countries. The Vietnamese railway system runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi along the coast and links with Haiphong and the regions further north. Odd-numbered trains travel south and even-numbered trains travel north.The fastest trains take at least 28 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Reservations should be made a day or more in advance. The major setback to the railways is that tourists are charged many times more than Vietnamese people in the form of an outrageously high surcharge. For long distance traveling, it is best to fly.Nha Trang Express trains run to/from both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Please note that the above time schedules and prices are subject to change and are therefore intended only as a guide.

Vietnam Sightseeing

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam is still opening up to tourists on an almost daily basis. I have listed some of the more popular local attractions throughout Vietnam below, which will then give you some idea as to how to plan your holiday in this fascinating country.CanthoCantho is the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta. Rice husking mills provide the main source of income and the area is linked to most other main centers in the Mekong Delta via the waterways and road/rail systems.Boat Trips are available that take you across the water or through the local canals on many interesting sightseeing excursions that definitely require a camera. Larger boats venture up the Mekong River and this is a definite MUST DO if you are in the area.Cantonese Congregation Pagoda was built on a different site originally but now stands where it is today. The pagoda occupies a splendid location facing the Cantho River.Central Market is where you should go to stock up on fresh produce either direct from the farms or the fishing grounds nearby.Floating markets are the Delta's prime attractions. Unlike those found in Bangkok, these markets aren't for the benefit of camcorder-toting tourists. Early each morning the Bassac River and its tributaries swell with vendors in sampans, houseboats and longtails jammed with fresh Delta produce: jackfruit, mangosteen, durian, papaya, mango, bananas, pineapple, guava, fresh vegetables and smuggled sundries from cigarettes to shampoo. The best market to visit is about 30 km south of Can Tho in Phung Hiep.Ho Chi Minh Museum is the only museum in the Mekong Delta devoted to this ruler. It is a large museum, if you haven't been to a similar one elsewhere, is worth a visit. Chau DocChau Doc is a riverine commercial centre and is not that far from the Cambodian border. Once known for it's dug-out canoe races it is now better known for it's Cham and Khmer temples in its environs.Chau Doc Church was constructed in 1920 and although small is interesting and for those of the Christian faith they hold mass here seven days a week.Chau Phu Temple was built in 1926 and is decorated with both Vietnamese and Chinese motifs. Inside are funeral tablets with the names and biographical information on the dead.Floating Houses, are well worth a few photos and it's worth it to hire a boat to see them better. Mosques in the area consist of the Chau Giang Mosque and the Murbank Mosque. There are others in the area but those mentioned are the largest,. Visitors are permitted but please respect the faith and do not enter them during 'calls of prayer' which occur 5 times a day unless you are of the Islamic faith. Sam Mountain is the place to go if you want to see dozens of temples, pagodas and the like and is well worth visiting. Located about 6 km from the city. Not only do temples abound but the trek to the top of the mountain is also popular though one can go by motorised vehicle if you so desire. Tay Anh Pagoda is renowned for its fine carvings of hundreds of religious figures most of which are wooden. The building reflects both Hindu and Islamic influences and outside stand a black elephant (with 2 tusks) and a white elephant (with 6 tusks) as well as various monks tombs etc.Temple of Lady Chua Xu faces Sam Mountain not far from the Tay An Pagoda and was founded in the 1820's. The original was built of bamboo, but this has been replaced over the years and the last reconstruction took place in 1972.Tomb of Thoai Ngoc Hau who was a high ranking officer that served the Ngyen lords and later the Nguyen Dynasty is buried here. Nearby are several other tombs of similar officials serving under Thoai Ngoc Hau.Cavern Pagoda also known as Phuoc Dien Tu is about halfway up Sam Mountain and is well worth a visit.DalatThe city of Dalat is the main centre of the Southern Highlands region. In the past it was renowned as a cool, green city with a park-like environment. This is changing fast, as the economy booms and life speeds up. Still, Dalat is definitely worth a visit and it's a good base for trips into the surrounding highlands, which remain tranquil. In Dalat, make sure you visit the Hang Nga Guesthouse & Art Gallery, nicknamed by locals the Crazy House. It's created by artist and architect Mrs Dang Viet Nga (known as Hang Nga).Dalat is famous for its coffee shops, and is extremely popular with domestic tourists and honeymooners. You can fly to Dalat from Ho Chi Minh City. The airport is 30km from town; express buses also link the two cities.The Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace is stuffed with interesting art and everyday objects, and is well worth a look. It's also interesting to stroll around the old French Quarter.The Valley of Love, 5km north of the city centre, is a bizarre place where you can hire a paddle boat on the lake or a horse from one of the Dalat Cowboys (no relation to the Dallas Cowboys), who are, indeed, dressed as cowboys. There are some pleasant walks or rides (on horseback or bike) in the countryside around the city, but be aware that areas signposted with a C-sign are off-limits to foreigners.Prenn Falls are worth a visit and are located at the foot of Prenn Mountain Pass. The 10km long pass is on the route from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City.Further out, you can visit the villages of some of the hill tribes, such as Lat Village and the Chicken Village (with a huge statue of a chicken).

Week eleven - Ko Phi Phi - Phuket - Singapore - Perth

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Ko Phi Phi left me and the Great Scottish Girlies weak, tired, skint and looking forward to leaving. The island is essentially beautiful but the people are miserable, the infrastructure post Tsunami poor with smelly drains, the night life abismal and far too many noisy fellow travellers. Luckily on our last day, after we had recovered from the poisoning, we were able to go on our snorkelling trip. The sea was crystal clear, the sunset amazing and the fish weren't shy either. I was woken on the 4th night by what seemed like maurauding teenagers, drunk of course, after taking advantage of the free buckets at Tiger Bar. My stay ended with a CRUNCH: my foot up until my knee had gone through the floorboard. I had visions of my leg dangling in someone's room but luckily my toe had stubbed the hillside.I said goodbye to my fellow travellers, thanked them for a great time and felt guilty and resonsible for the poisoning. Yes is was me who chose the ill-fated restaurant because one of the hunky Australians from the ferry journey from hell was having his dinner in there. Phuket was a dump and the hotel which had featured in the Beach so noisy that not even my ear plugs kept out the din.Singapore as expected was high rise, hot, clean and sterile. It took me quite a while to find somewhere to stay and ended up in a Catholic run hostel so that night I said my hail Mary's and went to bed early. I was a complete girl on my first day and hit the Orchard Road for shops: Top Shop, Karen Millen, Gap, French Connection and M and S. It was heavenly seeing fashionable items again after the fakes of Asia and the naff Thai trousers and sarongs. It was mega expensive compared to home so I didn't actually buy anything. On the second day I was up early and out to see Chinatown and the quayside financial area on a small boat trip. I avoided Little India after sill being traumatised by starring Indian men and their equally scary moustaches.My welcome to Australia by the customs official was the best yet. "So you are on a two month holiday" he asked me to which I replied "yes" and to which he said "Good on ya" as he handed back my passport. What a lovely welcome. By the time I reached One World Backpackers it was 3am so it wasn't easy climbing into the upper bunk without waking up the 7 other people in the dorm. In the morning I was perturbed to discover that I was in the boys dorm and it smelt of boys but happy too that there were two other girls in there with me.Perth seems like home but that is probably beacause most people at the backpackers are English or Irish. We went out on Saturday night for a big one to celebrate Liam's 21st and then went to the beach at Scarborough on Sunday to laze in the Autumn sun which is just as hot as a summer day back home. Having said that it is cold here at night and it is strange being so cold again after the heat of Asia. On Sunday we joined in on the Australian culture of going out drinking on a Sunday and boy where they out in force. I was out with the boys for Liam's birthday weekender and had another good night out around Northbridge. Luckily everyone thinks that I am about 27 so they don't feel like granny had come out for the evening!

Portugal Hotel Recommendation, Lisbon and Porto?

by mikster @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I are planning a trip to Lisbon and maybe Porto at the end of September.Just starting the research in terms of best areas to stay in....

Why to make a tour in Cairo

by @ News - Yourtouristguides

Travel to Egypt and do one of the many tours offered by the country is essential, and of course, visiting the capital Cairo and do some tour in Cairo with a tour guide will help us to discover the city.

Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

Mid-Autumn festival - a characteristic trait of Vietnamese culture

New Exotissimo Vietnam Tours offer in Hanoi and saigon | Travel Daily Asia

New Exotissimo Vietnam Tours offer in Hanoi and saigon | Travel Daily Asia


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Exotissimo unveils two new programs in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, featuring cross-cultural exchanges…

Sophie’s Art Tour launching in 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

After many months of research, Sophie’s Art Tour of Saigon is getting ready to launch in 2012, year of the dragon. It has been an intriguing journey gathering together the strands of this story. Along the way I have consulted … Continue reading

Video Distribution for Adventure Travel Brands

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is pleased to release “Distributing Online Video Content for Adventure Tourism Operators,” the third marketing report in its Adventure Marketing series. Each report in the Adventure Marketing series focuses on a platform or marketing tactic for adventure travel marketers. The first report focused on Instagram Stories and the second...

Italy 2 wk itinerary Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Venice

by the2bubs @ Fodor's Forum

I know itinerary questions proliferate, but this is my husband's and my first trip to Italy (have only been to Europe twice - both times France) and...

Anniversary trip to FP in Nov... Moorea vs. Bora Bora

by mr_go @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, all. My apologies if this topic has been hashed out before on this forum, but the new search functionality is taking some getting used to. We...

The Mekong Delta- Vietnam’s Rice Bowl

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

  The Mekong Delta covers an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometers to the west of Ho Chi Minh City. The Mekong Delta is where the river completes its 4,300 km decent from the Tibetan plateau and spills out into the sea at the southern tip of Vietnam. The area is home to lush green... Read More

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Vietnam approves E-Visa

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

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VIETNAM HOTELS – ALMA OASIS LONG HAI – VUNG TAU

by supporter supporter @ S Viet Travel

Discover an oasis just 90 minutes away from Saigon! Alma Oasis Long Hai is the perfect idyllic Vietnam hotels for a peaceful beach holiday whilst being surrounded by lush greenery and a gorgeous hilltop panoramic view. With a low-density built-up area and only low rise structures, there is an open freshness at Alma Oasis Long Hai…

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HAPPY VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR! CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour wishes you a Happy Vietnamese New Year. May the year of the horse be your most beautiful year yet! Please scroll down for more information about the tour or choose from the tabs above.

Highlights of Vietnam in 11 days

Highlights of Vietnam in 11 days


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Highlights of Vietnam: starts with the natural splendor and majesty of the north, continues to the historic charm of the central provinces

VIETNAM TOURISM: LET’S ENJOY SOME SPECIALITIES! (PART 2)

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

VIETNAM TOURISM: LET’S ENJOY SOME SPECIALITIES – Vietnam is very well-known all around the world not only for a lot of remarkable landscapes, peaceful sight-seeings preserving the complete beauty of nature, indeed hospitable local people but also for many specialities all over the country. Every area of our country has its own special dishes and […]

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High 5 Art And Weekend

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

We got completely lost trying to reach our destination last night: the final night of High 5 Art And Weekend. After snaking along HCMC’s district 8 canal system for a good hour and a half and looking like we weren’t … Continue reading

Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Cat Cat ( 2 days – 3 nights)

by admin @ Hanoi La Suite hotel & Spa

A more challenging and remote alternative to the North West loop, this incredible route takes you through verdant vistas and mountain ranges, along lakes and rivers, and through jungle and tiered paddy fields rising and falling as far as the eye can see. Night 1 : Hanoi – Lao Cai At 20h15-20h30pm Sapatours ‘s taxi […]

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The Youth of Today!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Tours for Families, Young People and Working with Schools. Sophie’s Art Tour has been having a lot of fun recently engaging with children and young people, art is subjective and it can be wonderful to look at it through a … Continue reading

Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Cu chi tunnel & Mekong delta tour / Ms. Reena D'Souza

by Cu chi tunnel & Mekong delta tour / Ms. Reena D'Souza @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

I loved both the trips..Mr. Nim and Mr. Com both are excellent tour guide. Thank you so much for making my trip a memorable one. I will stay in touch with you since I do plan trips for friends and family and will work with you on tours for Vietnam, in case any of my friends etc wish to do your country Even when I do Vietnam next time, I will connect with you. Thank you once again. Regards Reena”

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5 ideal destinations near Saigon for New Year Holiday 2018

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

About 100km from Saigon, Tan Lap floating village, Con Phung or Long Hai beach will surely be good choices for short holiday.

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A visit to Surinam in 2018

by Elisabeth54 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello Fodorites, This year I plan a trip to Suriname, the small country at the northern shores of the South American continent. I am busy figuring...

VIETNAM HOTELS- FUSION RESORT NHA TRANG

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In 2010, Serenity shook the luxury resort scene when Fusion Resorts flagship,Vietnam hotels – Fusion Maia Da Nang was launched, introducing the first all-spa inclusive concept in Asia, and encouraging ultimate relaxation by giving guests the freedom to enjoy breakfast at any time, and anywhere in the resort. With a heart-based hospitality approach, genuine care and…

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Road Trip Itinerary

by kdlucero @ Fodor's Forum

My family is planning a road trip from Quantico, VA to Southern Colorado in March. Please help me plan my itinerary. What to do, where to stay,...

Sophie’s Art Tour Gift Voucher – give a thoughtful gift to a curious mind.

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Gift vouchers are 950,000vnd or $45 per person and can be purchased for individuals or groups. If you would like to book a private tour please get in contact for rates and availability. For HCMC residents the vouchers will be … Continue reading

Tra Vinh - Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Tra Vinh - Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017


Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Tra Vinh is a quiet destination for exploring the Mekong’s little-touted Cambodian connection. The town itself sees minimal tourist traffic

GPS: Friend or Foe?

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

The magical travel technology that exists these, at the push of a button, is amazing. Map maker apps, GPS trackers, mileage counters. You name any travel device and there is probably an app for it. But do these devices hinder us from our adventure or broaden our possibilities? The reality of Wi Fi and 3G... Read More

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Madrid, Seville and Lisbon in early March

by geetika @ Fodor's Forum

I am helping my sister and niece plan their spring break trip to Madrid, Seville and Lisbon in early March, they have 10D/9N. Yes, I know they should...

Frontiers North Adventures Releases First Sustainability Report

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

Sustainability Efforts Show Reduction in Per-Guest GHG Emissions Frontiers North Adventures, a leader in sustainable tourism in Canada’s North, has released its first sustainability report setting a benchmark for responsible growth. The report uses the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the international standard in sustainability reporting, to assess its environmental and social impact. “We feel it’s...

Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Allan Hazlett

by Allan Hazlett @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Cu Chi tunnels half day tour – Cu Chi wildlife Rescue Station (Jun 2nd 2015)/ Mr. Allan HazlettHang:I just wanted to write to say that we really enjoyed our tour today, and in particular we wanted to let you know that our guide who did a wonderful job — he was charming and funny and full of interesting information, and we really enjoyed spending the day with him. Thanks for setting it up!AH

Princess Cruises ups capacity for Vietnam sailings

by TTG Asia @ TTG Asia

Princess Cruises will boost its guest capacity in Vietnam by over 40 per cent in 2018 from 2017 as demand for Vietnam sailings grows. In 2017, Princess Cruises carried over 58,000 guests on 22 sailings to Vietnamese ports such as Phu My, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Cai Lan. This year, Princess Cruises’ six ships […]

Da Lat by Night

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Da Lat night market is really lovely. I’ve no more suitable word to express my feeling about this charming city. In Some ways it seems to be ancient but in other ways, it also offer the beauty of modern life. The night markets are colorful, jam packed with local produce, clothes, specialties like tea, coffee,... Read More

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THE ROMAN COLISEUM, TOUR GUIDE in ROME

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The Roman Coliseum is one of the most visited sites in Italy. People come from all over the world to see the famous place where gladiators fought in days of old. The history of the Roman Coliseum is quite fascinating, and still brings spectators to its ruins today.

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Come and Join the Party!

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Sophie’s Art Tour has got off to a fantastic start, I’ve met some lovely people this week and really enjoyed showing them a side of HCMC that doesn’t always make itself apparent. I am currently taking bookings, for more information … Continue reading

Creepy, Crawly, but Culinary

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

Up until a few days a go had you said to me ‘eat scorpion’ I would have said no way. I’ve seen cooked insects, reptiles and the like all over Asia and thought there is no way I’m doin’ that! That was until it became a part of my job. As the Assistant Director and... Read More

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Chiang Kong - Pak Beng - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Time flies when you are having fun or so the saying goes and it certainly does when you spend two days on a boat down the Mekon as you gently slip into Lao time. The final leg of the Northern Thailand trip was spent on yet another local bus all the way to Chiang Kong. The town serves essentially as a border town to step into Laos. The next morning was confusing as I tried along with about 120 people to obtain a visa. As we were getting on our boat other goods were being unloaded namely loads of squealing caged pigs covered in their own mess. The French couple next to me said it put her off eating pork: enough said!The benches were hard but I was not going to buy a teddy bear pictured cushion so I was very grateful when Jamey and Ariel came to the rescue with a spare for me. We had a relaxing day meandering down the mighty muddy Mekon. It was sad to observe swathes of burnt forests but the untouched scenery was amazing. We all piled off the boat at Pak Beng and I ended up walking up the hill with Angie, as we had not pre-booked, to look at a place together. It turned out that Angie is from Witchurch Canonicorum. Off we went to find a beer after our tedious journey and were invited by some locals to sit at their table. Mr Son, Deth and Cegc kept the beer flowing as we asked questions about their culture. The heavens opened in the jungle that night and we made it home as the first drop fell - impeccable timing. The next day every one had bonded and were chatting away to each other so the 6 hours went much quicker. Claus and John kept me in Whisky as Angie and I discovered who exactly we knew in Bridport. After two days of dodging prominent rocks on the Mekon we arrived in the genteel Luang Prabang with it's beautiful architecture, café culture and tempting supply of shops.Laos is great for being outdoors and I have certainly been out there getting active: cycling, tubing, climbing and walking. The cycling trip in Luang Prabang was a classic. John and Claus hit the whisky not long after we left town and our trip deteriorated further when they found a group of lunching Laos outside singing with their synthesizer and drinking. It was very entertaining and I made sure that I didn't drink too much Beerlao as we had to get back on our bikes. Claus' tyre had already exploded within the first 2 minutes so we didn't want any more biking incidents. The next day we headed out to a gorgeous waterfall called Kuang Si and saw more small villages on the way.The mini van trip (new mode of transport) felt luxurious but cramped for 5 hours as we climbed steep roads and saw precarious bamboo houses perched over sheer drops. We were greeted by neat villages and free roaming children with the odd little boy carrying his sibling in a sling.Vang Vieng is in a lower plateau but surrounded by amazing tree covered cliff faces. We found some bamboo huts across the river from the main town over a wooden home made bridge. It felt like I was finally a backpacker in my minimal hut with only a bed and some inscects for company. The town is great for meeting lots of friendly traveller types and of course to go TUBING. I had the best Sunday ever sat in a tractor inner tube, floating down the river with Rob, Christina, Kier and Kylie. We barely floated 50 meters when we reached for a piece of bamboo to be dragged into the first bar for the first bucket of Vodka. We did make it to the last bar on the course but not the whole way as the distractions are too great: tarzan swings, volley ball and lunch kept us from reaching the final stage and we got our giant donughts and into a tuk tuk back to town. Shame on us.That night me and the tubers got caught in the worst storm ever. As we reached the Bamboo Bar on the little island the wind came from nowhere and we could barely make it inside the tin stucture for some shelter. We waited for an hour for the thunder and lightning to subside but getting back over to my hut on the rickety bridge was very scary. Unfortunately I hadn't closed my windows and my hut was full of water. Wet clothes and bedding isn't much fun when you are already wet and caked in sand. Note to self: always close your windows!

Philippines takes innovative tack to tourism promotion

by Rosa Ocampo @ TTG Asia

The Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB) will turn feasts and festivals into regular celebrations as well as craft a tourism icon to complement its stronger thrust in consumer and digital marketing – all part of its effort to offer more “innovative activities” to tourists. Explaining the new direction, TPB’s COO Cesar Montano, told TTG Asia […]

Ghost Money: American artist retraces his steps through Vietnam

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Artist and filmmaker Lawrence Johnson was based in Vietnam in the 1970′s, his candid sketches, portraits and raw paintings reveal an entirely different side to the war. In 2012 the artist returned to Vietnam to retrace his steps through a … Continue reading

The March To Ho Chi Minh

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

This bus ride then, was a monster. Hoi An straight through to Ho Chi Minh, 25 hours, a new record...Fortunately sleeping wasn't a problem for me at this time as my health was still very mediocre at best. The prospect of 25 hours on a bus though, was rather demoralising and I needed help. It promptly arrived in the form of a weathered old man who walked down the aisle as if he'd just seen off both the French and the Americans single handed, and was now heading home for a brew. He saw the empty seat next to me and marched over. Giving me a stern and purposeful stare, he sat down and shook my hand. He knew what lay ahead and proceeded to give me a reassuring pat on the thigh as if to say "don't worry son, i'm here now, it'll all be ok". He didn't speak any English but immediately I felt better and was ready to take on the 25 hour marathon. Nothing could shake him, and he was on my side, there was nothing to worry about.With 24 hours and 50 minutes still to go then, he cracked. Barking orders down the bus he turned to me again, his face still solemn and serious. He shook my hand a second time, stood up and instructed a young local girl to take his place whilst he strode off down the aisle, presumably to sit somewhere else. This was a blow, particularly as in what appears to be a very Vietnamese trait, the local girl then fell asleep on me... Only one man could get me through this ordeal now - I sat back, closed my eyes, and listened to the wise words of the great John Denver for as long as the battery would last.25 hours later, via Mue Nui and Natrang, we crawled into Ho Chi Minh, tired and rather sick of buses. The big city straight after Hoi An was all a bit much for me in my fragile state, and although I liked the gritty, busy and French colonial feel, I was happy to stay just a couple of days before moving on again. After browsing another art gallery, I strolled around the Reunification Palace where the first North Vietnamese tanks headed to end the Vietnam War. A rather strange decor for a palace, it seemed more like the set from a 70's sit-com, although I was very pleased to find a copy of The Sports Almanac 1965 still on the shelf. The amusement I felt at the palace quickly vanished at the excellent, graphic, sobering and shocking War Museum, definitely worth a look for the many tragic tales and pictures of war time anguish which continue to this day.Tired and in dire need of a beach to relax on, I had at least made it down Vietnam with enough time to enjoy Cambodia and still make it to Malaysia, although southern Thailand would have to be sacrificed. This seemed a good plan as I thought it through over a drink with new friends Julie from Belgium, and Pete The Irish Drunk. Partying in Southern Thailand would be a bad idea given my woeful state of health, and certainly didn't appeal I decided, as I finished my second bottle of wine... Suddenly it was 5:30am, I'd accidently got hammered and my bus to Cambodia left in only 3 hours. Pleasant company, but a bad move, a very bad move...

A visit to the Southwest Vietnam in contemplation of “Dories”

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

The South is a land with an interlaced network of rivers and streams. In this area, waterway plays an important role in mobility. There are various means of transport such as: boats, ships and so on, but the most important and popular mean of transport is Dories. The name of dory is based on its […]

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Vietnam Travel Information

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

Vietnam Information Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country's natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats.There are some divine beaches along the coast, while inland there are soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests. Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.href=http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/vietnam/
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The eatery of grilled fermented pork roll and Hue cakes in Saigon

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you have the opportunity to go to the area behind Ban Co market (the alley 51 Cao Thang, District 03) in the early afternoon, you can see many attractive eateries. There is a small parking space for customer to feel free when wandering to find the favorite dishes. Among them, the most outstanding one is the eatery of Hue cakes in fornt of the house No. 51/75.

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Best 2018 Adventure Trips Awards by Oxígeno Magazine

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

The Spanish adventure travel magazine Oxígeno has awarded O Camiño dos Faros and Kayak Agua Fresca as best national and international adventure trips for 2018. The awards were given during FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid. The winner in the international category was a sea kayak expedition in Chilean Patagonia organized by Kayak Agua...

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

NEWS: Artist in Residency Programme: San Art: Laboratory

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

San Art, an independent, artist-run exhibition space and reading room located in Ho Chi Minh City, recently set up Laboratory, the first first home-grown ‘studio/residence’ programme in Vietnam. A nationwide call for applications resulted in three candidates being chosen. For … Continue reading

An untouched Tho Chu

by chuatrinh02 @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Far away from the beach, where Tho Chu Islands of Kien Giang Province is situated, the ocean seems not to be bothered by the time. It invariably remains an exceptional glamour with a fresh turquoise color and is full of warm sunlight. Occationally, when there are storms and downpour, the elegance seems a bit furious but that fury disappears shortly and put on the usual flashy grace. That wild sunny glamour of a sea paradise is one of the […]

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NEW ORLEANS HISTORY AND HAUNTINGS TOUR

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During this tour it is possible that you may experience some paranormal activity. New Orleans has a very rich history, countless unsolved mysteries and some strong paranormal activity. Sometimes it is referred to as the most haunted city in the United States.

Amazing trip to luxuriant Mekong delta

by orient @ Orient Horizon - Travel with heart

The day began with a bus journey to our meeting point with the boat, which then took us to Read more...

8 beautiful homestays suitable for holidays (P1)

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

The reasonable price, comfortable room and impressive decor are the highlights of these beautiful homestay. Let’s check it out!

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Vietnam luxury resort – Mia Resort in Mui Ne

by Hien D @ S Viet Travel

Mia Mui Ne, which is on the list of most recommended Vietnam luxury resort, is a small and exclusive boutique resort located in the centre of Mui Ne, in the Binh Thuan Province which is offering beachfront accommodations, dining, and activities for guests of all ages. The resort offers a “home sweet home” touch welcoming travelers…

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Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Linda Seton

by Linda Seton @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

TripHi Ms Hang,Just want to thank u for organizing our trip The highlight was the trip on the Paloma was wonderful.Today we leave u beautiful country which is sad but we have really enjoyed am sure we will be back Regards Linda Seton

Phản hồi cho Feedback bởi Juanine Passfield

by Juanine Passfield @ phản hồi cho Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Re: Cu Chi tunnels & Mekong Delta tour/ Ms. Juanine Passfield Many thanks for a great tour. We would like to commend our guide Bau and the driver and a truly fabulous 2 days. Juanine Passfield

A poetic and romantic place for the trip at the end of the year 2017

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Pleiku, on these days, have enough pink grass, wildflowers and beautiful highly blue sky.

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Singapore Sevens to hit town as family-friendly event

by Pamela Chow @ TTG Asia

The HSBC World Singapore Rugby Sevens is pushing beyond its sporting roots to become a family-friendly festival that hopes to pull in travellers from around Asia. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and government agency Sport Singapore, event organiser Rugby Singapore has been increasing outreach efforts to tie up with attractions and travel agents. […]

Case Study: Elevating Tour Guide Training at Bicycle Adventures

by Dan Moore @ Adventure Travel News

Traditionally, a tour guide’s destination expertise was primarily harnessed to show travelers the route from Point A to Point B. After the advent of modern cartography, guides were needed to communicate with locals and arrange aspects of the itinerary. With today’s technology, these traditional guide roles are minimized, but guides are now essential for helping...

The World of Sound and Surface 1st June – 5th July 2012

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Dewey Ambrosino and Tam Van Tran are friends from L.A, practically neighbors Dewey tells me at the opening reception of their collaborative exhibition at Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises of a conversation between their works, Ambrosino’s is metallic, pulsing and … Continue reading

2 famous eateries in Da Lat with Lau ga la e

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you want to enjoy Da Lat’s Lau ga la e in Tao Ngo or 668 eatery, you should com there before 6 p.m to ensure that they do not run out of tables.

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TOP 5 Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

We recently put together for you an itinerary for exploring Ho Chi Minh City as part of our Custom Itineraries for Vietnam series.  After you have explored Ho Chi Minh City and if you have an extra day in your travel itinerary, short day trips are a great option.  Fortunately, outside of the city, there are several places…

Cambodia

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

We arrived in Phnom Penh on 2 April and set out for a bit of sightseeing. First stop was the Tuol Sleng Museum (former Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot prison). It was pretty horrific - the cells were tiny, there were shackles and various tortune items in the cells. There were rooms with photos of the prisoners - many were women and children. Out of the 20,000 prisoners only 7 survived.We then went to the Killing Fields which was full of dug up mass graves. There was a very eerie feel to the place as we wandered around. We left there feeling very depressed, it was a very harrowing experience.We spent 2 days in Phnom Penh before heading to Siem Reap. There we spent a whole day going round Angkor Wat which is the largest and most famous Wat in South East Asia. It was pretty amazing, the architecture was stunning. It took us 1.5 hours to get round that one Wat. We visited 5 other temples in the area including the one where Tomb Raider was filmed, that was pretty cool. It had massive trees with roots you could stand in, some trees were growing on top of the temple ruins.It was hard work walking about all day in the heat, it is the hottest country we have been in so far. We rewarded ourselves with several $0.60 beers after that!We went to a wacky bar called the dead fish tower, it had loads of pockets of tables located on staggered floors, almost like suspended platforms at various heights - with no particians or walls! After a few beers that could be very dodgy, 1 too many and you could easily plummet to the ground into the crocodile farm (seriously real huge crocs!)A common theme in both Vietnam and Cambodia is the women and kids often go around in their pyjamas, they go to the supermarket, serve in their shops, have drinks all in their jammies! How great would that be, roll out of bed and go to work withour having to get dressed!Spent 5 days in Cambodia altogether. Next stop is to the Islands of Thailand for a month, heading to Koh Chang first.

Lost in Vietnam

by Cuong Phan @ Vietnam Motorbike Tours - Vietnam motorcycle tours | Myrides.vn

These days, travel is easy. Flights are cheap and, even in the remotest countries, tourist infrastructure is well established. Anyone can do it. But very few actually head off the tourist trail. You’ll meet so many travellers, clutching their guide books as if they’re bibles, heading from one ‘safe’ location to the next. And why... Read More

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Meet the Leading Minds of Myanmar with Khiri Travel

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

Tourists traveling with Khiri Travel in Myanmar can now meet and talk with Burmese royalty, artists, environmental activists, academics, and many more New for 2018, Khiri Travel Myanmar has launched ‘tour’ options for visitors to get up close and personal with thought leaders from across Burmese society. “Personal Stories and Encounters – Meet the Leading...

Visting hanoi and sapa

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

For me to visit a capital city like Hanoi in the north of Vietnam is very different from the typical capitals of S. E Asia. In Hanoi you will find lots of communist influences (as in the hammer and sickle symbols, statue of Lenin, Vietnamese red flags with the distinctive yellow star in the middle and reverence for Ho Chi Minh) set amidst often colonial French buildings and the typical Vietnamese tube building! They build many of their of their buildings in what we can describe as a tube style where the width of the building is narrow but the depth of the building can be very long. Staying at the old quarters which is where all the hustle and bustle is. At first you will be confused with the various streets and roads but after some time and with the help of a good map you can orientate yourself and walk around to find streets which seem to specialize in nothing but paper, in artwork, in metal products and even in coffins. The curious thing is that there does not appear to be any KFC, McDonalds, 7-11 or cinemas around either! Food is not a problem in Vietnam and you can get good and cheap food ( a meal can costs less than VND 10000) from the dirty road side stalls to the nicer cafes and restaurants. If you have no problem eating from the dirty road side stalls where people sit on small low stools(why they all have the low stools I don’t know), and eat their fantastic beef/pork noodles etc and then wipe their mouth with tissue and then throw it on the floor. The more modern cafes are not only nice in décor but serve good western often French food as well. This is what Singapore, KL and other capitals looked like in the 50s I supposes. There is already a non stop hustle of scooters and vehicles on the road where to cross the road is a great skill. For whatever reason the drivers there like to honk their horns at almost every opportunity. So not only do you get smoke pollution but also endless noise pollution. Slowly the western influences will creep in I am sure and eventually everything will become more orderly, Nike will conquer, Big Mac will enter the market and cinemas will entertain people, another 10 years or sooner it will look more like Bangkok. You can stay in Hanoi for a few days before the noise and the traffic will drive you crazy and after that it is time to take a 8 hour train trip to Sapa. Sapa is very much up north and in fact only a few km from China. In the late 70s when there was a a border conflict with China, china in fact invaded the Sapa before being driven out by the reknowned fighting spirit of the Vietnamese army. Don’t mess the Vietnamese army who have defeated the French, Americans and Chinese. Anywhere the reason why people go to the Sapa region for 3 reasons namely the scenery, the minority people that live there and the cool weather of the highlands. The scenery at Sapa and around there is beautiful with lots of rolling hills and valleys, stepped paddy fields, rice farms etc. Go in their winter season and the place can be often covered in clouds and when the stun does make its appearance and the clouds clear make sure you get the chance to admire the nice views before the clouds cover it up again. When the clouds and mist envelop the whole town, you can hardly see beyond 5 m at times in front of a vehicle or what’s in front of you as you walk. A whole building can disappear behind the mist. Needless to say if you enjoy the cold you will probably like that experience. Sapa is also the home region of the ethnic minority people of the Vietnam. Their dress code and their looks set them apart from the typical Vietnamese and the more prominent ones seem to be the black Hmong and flower Hmong people who still go about in their traditional clothing. They have been heavily influenced by the modern tourist and the black Hmong women and girls can be seen all over sapa trying to sell their products to the visitors. Be sure to make treks and visits to their village and markets like Bac Ha Sunday market if you want to see the ethnic people in their more natural setting and way of life as they go about I the hustle and bustle of a market that seems to sell all the essentials for living in the mountains. As I see the ethnic girls go about selling their products to the tourist, I cannot help but think what does the future hold for them. They do not seem to go to schools for education and they work tirelessly trying to earn a little money in even the biting cold from the tourist. What will they be doing in 5 years from now or 10 years from now. Can they survive in the progressing and more expensive world or will they change and adopt the ways of the modern people.

STATIC FRICTION – THE PROPELLER GROUP

by @ Sophie's Art Tour

Last night artist collective ‘The Propeller Group’ spoke about their solo exhibition Static Friction. The event took place at Galerie Quynh; one of the two spaces to host the exhibition, the other being Sàn Art. The exhibition comprises entirely of new … Continue reading

Shopping and beaches

by noreply@blogger.com (y5s0q8de) @ Exotissimo Vietnam Tours

After a five hour journey we arrived at Hoi an but this time we just took the normal seated night bus and although the driver was all over the place again it wasn't as bad.Now this a place that all three of us really liked.We were in heaven,for a week every day we went to two or three different restaurants trying the the local food (plus they all cooked western food for the days when Jan couldn't face it)if we wasn't eating we were looking around all the shops and getting some clothes made to measure or buying something for our appartment in Mallorca.Afew times Me,Jan and Robbie would meet up with two or three groups of people of different nationalities that we'd met during the day for a big meal and some drinks at night.Jan and myself decided to go on another cooking course after enjoying the one we did in Thailand near the start of our trip.This time though we were learning vietnamiese specialities.Then after cooking it all we sat down for a big meal with the rest of the group.After another twelve hour seated night bus we arrived at the start of the proper beach areas of vietnam,Nha trang.This again was another area which we really liked although it is alot more touristic and reminded us abit of parts of Spain.The same thing happened here as in Hoi an and we met alot of nice people,shared stories ,ate good meals ,got drunk and went shopping,it was great.So far all of vietnam has been brilliant and basically one big piss up, where we've met lots of different people,tried lots of new foods,been shopping and learned alot about vietnams past,and i'm pretty sure thats how it going to keep going.Appart from the first day here the weather has improved alot too which is nice.

Southwestern tours guidebook – An Giang

by thanhsang @ Mekong Delta Tours in Vietnam 2017

Forbidden Mountain is the highest and biggest mountain in the spectacular mountain range That Son, about 90km away from Long Xuyen City, along National Highway 91, passing through the provincial road 948. The magnificent Forbidden Mountain rises in the middle of the Cuu Long Delta, with an elevation of 710m from Bo Hong Peak. Looking […]

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Saigon Free Day Tours

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Every year, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, receives thousands of tourists around the country and from all over the world. Therefore, there are quite a few tours for different services and prices in Ho Chi Minh City available for travellers to choose. With Saigon Free Day Tours, you can explore the whole city without charging any fee to the guide.

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Italy 2 wk itinerary Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Venice

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I know itinerary questions proliferate, but this is my husband's and my first trip to Italy (have only been to Europe twice - both times France) and...

Road Trip Itinerary

by kdlucero @ Fodor's Forum

My family is planning a road trip from Quantico, VA to Southern Colorado in March. Please help me plan my itinerary. What to do, where to stay,...

Amazonas Explorer Announces All Trips to Be Carbon Neutral in 2018

by ATN Editor @ Adventure Travel News

Following on from 2017 where they made all their office operations carbon neutral, Peru adventure operator Amazonas Explorer is delighted to announce that all your trips with them will also be carbon neutral in 2018. Working with Regenera, a fellow B-Corporation also in Peru, they compensate the carbon in the Manu National Park as part...

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