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  • Stepping back in time at Vietnam’s Vinh Moc Tunnels

    For many visitors to Vietnam, the country’s war history is a major draw. For those who grew up watching news coverage of the Vietnamese-American War (and those who grew up learning about it in school), seeing the key sites first-hand and meeting the people who lived through the conflict is a chance to see things from the other side of the fence. For those who know little about the war, it is a chance to learn more about it and have a deeper appreciation of their travels in Indochina. On my recent visit to Vietnam, I visited the Vinh Moc Tunnels for a glimpse into the lives of Vietnam's most vulnerable residents during the war. (more…)

  • 8 things to do in Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang is top of everyone’s list when it comes to lovely Laos. But what makes this city so special, and what should you get up to while you’re there? In this post, I’ll explore some of the things that made my visit to Luang Prabang so great – but this is far from everything you could do with enough time in Laos’s World Heritage city! (more…)

  • East photo competition #1: Staff favourites

    If you follow our blogs on Japan and Burma, you might remember seeing posts about our favourite entries to our first-ever photo competition. The theme was "water", and we received all kinds of wonderful submissions from across Asia, ranging from lakes and paddy fields to water fights and festivals. The lucky winner was Adrian Furner, whose image of cormorant fishermen on the Katsura River won him a free luxury holiday to Japan! Of course there can only ever be one winner, and there were lots of beautiful photos that didn't make the final cut. Below are some of our favourites, taken across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Scroll to the bottom of the page for details of our current competition and how you can enter! (more…)

  • Luang Prabang morning alms ceremony: How to do it right

    Luang Prabang is Laos’s premier tourist destination. A World Heritage City heralded for its beautiful blend of colonial architecture, traditional Buddhist wats, tropical atmosphere and riverside location, it has all the requisite elements of the perfect town – and the many visitors it welcomes every year agree. Yet despite its popularity, Luang Prabang has somehow managed to retain its quiet, peaceful ambience, meaning that you can still stroll down its high street in the middle of the day and see barely a soul. So far, so uncontroversial – but there is one aspect of life in Luang Prabang that is not as idyllic as many would like: the morning alms. (more…)

  • Hoi An Lantern Festival: 2017 dates

    Hoi An Lantern Festival is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular events. For centuries, the Vietnamese have considered the full moon a time to pay their respects to their ancestors, hold candlelit ceremonies at temples and generally make merry. In recent years, the quaint port town of Hoi An has taken this to the next level, switching off its fluorescent lights and raising its coloured lanterns for one night every month – when the streets are filled with crowds of locals and tourists, games, festival food and music. Click here to see Hoi An Lantern Festival: 2017 dates. (more…)


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