News from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Thursday, 1st December 2016
Cambodia's best beaches
There are many different reasons to visit Cambodia and no doubt you have your own, whether it be the stunning temples at Angkor or the incredibly friendly people. On top of the attractions and activities you’re keen to tick off your bucket list, be sure to factor some days at the beach into your tailormade holiday. After all, Cambodia has some fantastic stretches of sand. Read on to find out which ones you should include in your itinerary.
Otres Beach, Sihanoukville
By far the best beach in Sihanoukville, Otres is set away from others in the area and therefore has brighter sand and cleaner water. It’s worth making your way beyond the headline to reach this beach and find a spot on the sand all your own. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing and snorkelling, refuel at one of the seafood shacks or beach bars.
Long Set Beach, Koh Rong Island
A fantastic destination night or day, Long Set Beach has much to offer the restless traveller, who likes the idea of kicking back and relaxing but can’t lie on the sand for more than half an hour. Pass the time wandering the shoreline admiring the shells or take a dip beneath the waves, as Long Set is among the best places for diving in Cambodia. After dark, the luminescent plankton can be seen in all their glory.
Long Beach, Koh Ta Kiev Island
The golden sand and turquoise waters of Koh Ta Kiev’s Long Beach are onl
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Friday, 25th November 2016
Vietnam's yellow city: Hoi An
The port city of Hoi An in in central Vietnam has been gaining attention with visitors in recent years. This is mainly down to its incredible food scene and the beautiful handmade silk lanterns that are created locally. One thing that has not gained so much attention, however, is the vibrant hue in which many of the houses are painted.
Yellow is an auspicious colour in Vietnam, as it symbolises royalty and superiority, as well as giving the feeling that sunshine is coming out of the walls of the place. At night, when the city’s famous lanterns are lit, Hoi An takes on an even warmer glow from its yellow facades.
Not every house and shopfront is painted in the exact same shade, but while bright, the hues are not vulgar and have led to Hoi An’s nickname The Yellow City. Even on a cloudy day, the colour is uplifting and puts you into a happier disposition.
Some say that yellow inspires creativity, which could account for all the artisans and artists that call Hoi An home. Others believe that the colour reflects heat and therefore keeps houses cool in the bright Vietnamese sun. Either way, it makes for a stunning backdrop to an exciting city and lends itself to plenty of photo opportunities.
Hoi An is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, with 844 of its ancient buildings documented by the body as of historical importance. Strict building regulations ensure that the city retains
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Thursday, 17th November 2016
Spotlight on the Nam Ou River
The Mekong may be Southeast Asia’s most famous waterway, but the Nam Ou River also has a lot to recommend it. In fact, spending time charting its course from Phongsali Province to Luang Prabang Province is made all the more interesting by the fact that fewer people do it. Over a distance of 448 kilometres, the river passes through stunning landscape, remote communities and the heart of Laos.
Much of the Phongsali Province surrounding the river is devoid of roads, meaning that the Nam Ou is the best way to get around. Its tributaries form a network that is navigable by small boat and one that remains largely unchanged since the 19th century. It’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time and are among the original French explorers that journeyed through the region.
Your journey will start on the southern side of the mountains that separate Laos from China, providing the perfect backdrop, with high peaks in three directions. As you drift along unhurriedly, take time to notice the old-growth forests on each side of the river. On the way down to Luang Prabang Province, a total of eight tributaries join the Nam Ou, swelling its mass.
Of course, the chances are you’ll want to stop at various points along the route of the Nam Ou and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Phongsali is the capital of its namesake province and can be accessed via Ha Sa, which acts as its port on the river. Expect to find a quaint Chinese quarter,
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Thursday, 27th October 2016
Where should you eat in Phnom Penh?
Phnom Penh is one of Cambodia's most exciting destinations. Packed with cultural wonders such as the Royal Palace, this bustling, vibrant city is also one of the very best places to eat in the country.
In fact, according to the Khmer Times, the Restaurant Association of Cambodia is seeing more and more restaurants opening in the city, giving travellers all the more reason to visit. Indeed, it stated that there are now almost 1,000 places to eat in Phnom Penh and, with the city already enjoying a good reputation for its cuisine, for visitors this means even more choice.
Here are some of the best places to eat in Phnom Penh.
Malis is one of the top Khmer restaurants in Phnom Penh. This upmarket establishment is an excellent place to try authentic Cambodian cuisine, and it has a fantastic, intimate ambience to boot. While being an ideal place for an indulgent dinner, with its traditional soups and perfectly cooked meats, Malis is also a great spot for breakfast. At this time of day, you'll find the food is especially well-priced.
This fusion restaurant is another spot with an amazing ambience. The place to come for contemporary Pan-Asian Pacific flavours, this eatery also has a chic cocktail bar downstairs, not to mention an outdoor terrace. As well as serving up a menu that contains a unique blend of East and West, this restaurant also regularly hosts live music.&nbs
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Vietnam Airlines is making travel for those with impaired mobility a priority.
Having had unprecedented success at home, Yellow Flowers is hoping to gain glory internationally.