Category : - By Brian Vu - At 12/05/2017 02:22:00 AM - No comment
The one of 7 World’s Wonders of Nature - Halong Bay must be a not-to-be-missed destination for every tour packages to Indochina thanks to its glamourous beauty and luxuriously fun-of-fun vessels. Indeed, cruising is the best way to deeply discover the Bay and its surrounding areas. The top reasons to stay at least one night on Halong Bay cruises are listed below.
Party All Day and Night
According to many domestic and international passengers, one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences they’ve ever had in their Vietnam beach holidays is a cruise in Halong Bay. Except the day-tour cruise when you don’t really have enough time to discover the Bay, the overnight ones will definitely guarantee to bring you more than your expectations for your endless party in Vietnam. The Sundeck on any Halong Bay Cruises is totally out of this world, where you can easily contemplate the breathtaking landscape with thousands of limestone islets as well as the fresh emerald water. It is also the place where the sunset party takes place during dusk, offering you the opportunity to make friends with other passengers from different places in the world, enjoy some beers or rice wine and learn how to cook the essential Vietnamese foods.
Photo: Halong Bay Cruises
Pearl Farm Discovery
After enjoying a peaceful night on boat, you might have a chance to come to a local farm to learn more about how most of jewelry stuffs in Vietnam are made. The trip also offers you the opportunity to meet and with the local fishermen in Halong bay, observe their daily activities to earn the living. There, the tour guide will help you to have an overview of Pearl as well as its unbelievable values. You will also have chance to witness the whole process to produce Jewelry from natural oysters.
Ideal Place for Kayaking
Kayaking is one of the favorite activities that you will have chance to experience on an at-least-one-night trip in Halong Bay. The kayak here is nicely designed for 2 people, thus, it might be the time for you and your darling to discover the beauty of Halong together, paddling through stunning grottos, enjoying the fresh atmosphere while soaking hands in the fresh water. Furthermore, it is impeccable to go kayaking during dusk when you will contemplate the sunset over the bay as well as incredible reflections of majestic islets in the emerald water.
A cruise in Halong Bay also takes you to the most breathtaking caves in Vietnam, which dates back to millions of years ago. Once setting foot in the caves, especially the largest one called Sung Sot (Surprising), you will be wowed by a giant system of stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes, which will surely challenge your imagination.
On-board activities must surely be the things you will never forget after leaving from Halong Bay. When the night falls, you will be attracted to various entertainments hosted by the boat crew from playing cards, squid fishing, karaoke etc. You can also have some fresh drinks in the bar and lay stretched on the sundeck to enjoy cool sea breezes or get acquaintance with other tourists on the vessel.
➤ Beyond Halong Bay, check out our Vietnam Excursions for more charming attrctions in Vietnam.
- By Brian Vu - At 11/07/2017 02:35:00 AM - No comment
Enjoying sunrise at Angkor Wat, scenic cruising on the Tonle Sap, experiencing the unique bamboo train, visiting ethnic villages in Mondulkiri are some of the most interesting things that travelers should try in Cambodia. I hope that after reading this post, you will sure have some great ideas for your Indochina holiday packages.
1. Enjoy the sunrise at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the most beautiful, the biggest and located in the most prime location among all the temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat, the pinnacle of Khmer architecture, was built under the reign of King Suryavarman II in the first half of the 12th century. The temple is famous for the long corridors carved by hundreds of Hindu bas-reliefs and thousands of stuning Apsara images. In particular, getting up early and watching sunrise moments at Angkor Wat is the experience that you will never forget.
2. Enjoy a performance by the Apsara
While exploring the ruins of Angkor, surely you can see the carvings of Apsara dancers on the temples’ walls. Apsara dance is one of most important Cambodian traditional art forms, performed by beautiful and charming women. When travelling to Cambodia, especially Siem Reap, you should not miss these unique shows.
3. Take a boat cruise on the Tonle Sap
Tonle Sap, the most important lake in the country, is also the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia region. The lake extends and changes amazingly every season. From November to May – during the dry season, the lake is almost dry and it becomes much wider with lots of amazing floating villages in the rainy season. Taking a boat on Tonle Sap Lake is a good chance for you to understand more about the local life.
Furthermore, you can book one of Mekong River cruises on Tonle Sap area to easily explore the majestic Mekong river and its basin.
Explore Mekong River on Rv Jayavarman Cruise
4. Experience Bamboo Train
Battambang is well known for its norris or Bamboo Train – the unique vehicle which is also main mean of transportation in the region thanks to quickness and cheap price. Guests can catch bamboo train anywhere in Battambang with only USD 8/person/time.
Discovering the floating villages on the lake by kayak is considered a must-try experience when visiting Battambang.
Green Orange Kayaks, a local NGO providing free English classes for people, is also the supplier of kayaking tour for tourists. You can rent a kayak for a half day trip departing from Ksach Poy village. From this small village on the countryside of Battambang, visitors can paddle along the Stung Sangke River and return the city.
6. Explore cuisine in Siem Riep
Siem Reap attracts visitors not only by famous Angkor temples but also well known delicious dishes. The special dishes here are always an exciting mystery with culinary enthusiasts: simple appearance but very attractive and meticulous procedure to create, which can be listed as: Fish amok, bun burden Nom banh chok fish curry, papaya salad Tomyam, jaggery cake cow, food from insects etc.
7. Visit the ethnic minority village in Mondulkiri
Khmer people are main population in Cambodia but there are many other ethnic minorities living here. And if guests want to have more experience, do not forget to discover ethnic minority areas in Mondulkiri in Cambodia. Located in western Cambodia, Mondulkiri is given natural beauty with exotic pristine jungles, deep green hills and majestic waterfalls.
In addition, communities of ethnic minority people here are very friendly and honest, which would be an ideal destination for adventurous travellers.
8. Enjoy seafood in the town of Kep
Kep is a small lovely town which borders both the sea and mountain. This was one of the leading places in Cambodia for relaxing during colonial period, so the buildings and architecture here still feature the French style. In particular, visitors should not ignore specialty of Kep - crab cooked with green peppers- the tasty dish that you will never forget once trying.
9. Enjoy a glass of beer in Pub Street
Located in Siem Reap’s downtown, Pub Street is famous among travellers with built-up houses, restaurants and bars, offering a bustling nightlife. This is called “Western Street” as it is the meeting point of foreign tourists in Cambodia for meeting each other and enjoying specialties in this area at night. The most interesting way to enjoy the nightlife atmosphere in this place is ordering a glass of beer while chatting with your friends and admiring the street.
10. Shopping in the market in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, so it is easy to understand why there are so many places for tourists to shop. Phnom Penh markets sell everything from souvenirs to the local specialties. If you are someone who likes shopping, you can make a stop to shopping destinations in Phnom Penh like: Phnom Penh Night Market, Olympic Market, Russian Market, Lucky Supermarkets, Sorya Shopping Center etc.
Category : , , , - By Brian Vu - At 10/08/2017 01:11:00 AM - No comment
Tea leaf salad, Nga htamin (fish rice) or sweet cakes are some of must try item of food in Burma.
Lephet Thoke (tea leaf salad): When it comes to the golden land, we cannot ignore the exotic tea leaf salad of this country called lephet thoke. The dish has the main ingredient of fermented tea leaves which then mixed with shredded cabbage, tomato, roasted beans and nuts, chili and garlic.
Nga htamin (fish rice): This dish is made with rice which cooked with turmeric then covered with a layer a crispy fish’s skin and garlic oil. It is usually served with deep – fried pork rinds bringing the distinctive flavors.
Burmese curry: This is the traditional Burmese dish which combines many condiments and ingredients. Pork, beef, mutton, fish and shrimp can all accompany with this special curry. The uniqueness of this dish comes from an incredible sauce made from fish and Balachaung (a condiment of fried onions, shrimp, garlic, ginger and chili).
|Bumese curry is one of the famous dishes of Belmond Orcaella Cruise's chef|
Moun, bein moun, moun pyit thalet (Burmese sweet cakes): Burmese people usually have breakfast and afternoon tea with sweet snacks. The sweet flavor of these cakes comes from coconut milk, grated coconut, sticky rice and fruits unlike other have the sweetness from sugar. A perfect example of sweet snacks in Burma is Has nwin ma kin, a small cake made of mixture from flour, coconut milk, butter and raisins.
Hto – hpu nwe: This is a kind of food made from a kind of pea planted in Myanmar which then used to cook porridge. Hto hpu nwe is served with a sticky yellow sauce, herbs and chili flakes. You can also add chickens or pork to enhance the flavors.
Nangyi thoke (Burmese fried noodles): Burmese people seem to be addicted with fried dishes in which Nangyi thoke is one of locals’ favorites. Thick noodles are fried then put together with chicken, fish, poached bean sprouts and boiled egg. The ingredients then mixed with bean powder, turmeric and chili to bring the distinctive flavor for the dish.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 8/13/2017 07:35:00 PM - No comment - Location: Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
There are many attractions to visit in the city of thousand flowers, but Langbiang is one of the impressive destinations that certain visitors can not visit when visiting Dalat. Langbiang has long been considered a symbol of immortality for the legendary Central Highlands, associated with the legend of the love story of Lang and Biang.
For more information about the legendary mountain peaks of the Central Highlands, as well as more experience exploring Langbiang, we would like to introduce to you the article Experience of travelling to Langbiang Dalat. Hopefully with these sharing, you will have a trip with interesting experiences in the "roof of the Highlands".
About the legendary Langbiang Mountain
Langbiang is the highest mountain in Lam Vien, consisting of many different mountains, not just one Langbiang. In addition, Langbiang is called by the natives called Mother Mountain, consisting of two mountains called Ong Mountain and Ba Mountain. Langbiang is located in Lac Duong district, not too far from Dalat city center about 12km to the north.
The name Langbiang is associated with many interesting stories that not everyone knows. Ones must understand the culture of the Central Highlands to understand the origin, history and the name Langbiang. The Tay Nguyen people call Langbiang the Mother Mountain because matriarchal thought has long been embedded in the cultural transmission of residents (the matriarch is a long-standing social system in human history, and in our country The Central Highlands is the only place that maintains this regime by promoting and celebrating the role of women in the family and society.) Pictures of two mountains leaning on one another as if covering each other, suggesting the beauty and sacrifice of the woman.
Besides, the name Langbiang also associated with a legend and the love story of the love affair of talented son Lang and Biang. It is said that boys and girls born in two different tribes have accidentally met and fell in love with each other earnest. But the contrary, the customs and laws of the people have forbidden the two come together, so the two have escaped to the top of the mountain ... Their peaceful life ended when Biang fell ill . After a period of healing, Lang went down to find the healer Biang but the villagers chased and killed him. Biang bravely caught the poisonous arrows for Lang and died. Lang was so painful, his tears flowing into a large stream that is still called by the name of Golden Stream to remember the love story of Lang and Biang. The mountains where the boys and girls lie down have turned into two mountain peaks standing together that is still called Langbiang Mountain or Mother Mountain.
If you want to visit Hang Nga Dalat villa, you can easily choose the transportation because this electricity is located in the center of the city, to reach the top of Langbiang mountain, visitors will have to find out thoroughly to choose the most suitable vehicle because terrain is quite difficult.
Jeeps: Jeeps are a popular choice for tourists visiting Langbiang. Jeeps will take visitors from the foot of the mountain to the top of Radar in a simple and quick way. Beside that fun comedy with lots of fun stories are fun experiences for visitors. With this move you will save your time and "health" but the trip will lack of interesting challenges.
Walking: Walking is also one of the favorite choices of travelers to conquer Langbiang. Visitors can go along the asphalt road built from the foot of the mountain up to the Radar Hill area. With a length of about 6km plus steep terrain, visitors can take about 2 hours or more to reach the Langbiang.
Climbing: Climbing or Trekking is one of the exciting experiences to conquer Langbiang. Visitors will move to the top of the mountain by following the trails in the jungle for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the person. Although not easy, climbing is a great option for those who are interested in exploring and challenging.
Experience in the legendary mountain
Not only the highest mountain in Dalat, Langbiang also attracts visitors by the beautiful sights and interesting entertainment activities. So do not miss these great things, let’s visit the legendary LangBiang. It will be an ideal choice for visitors to fully enjoy the impressive experience with Langbiang.
From the top of the mountain you can see the "whole" embrace of the beautiful city of Dalat. A large city is soon lost in a picture in your eyes. Heaven and nature immense grandeur will embrace the traveler and bring the best feeling.
Coming to Langbiang, visitors will not only enjoy the majestic natural beauty, but also participate in many interesting and interesting activities here. Visitors can explore the cultural traditions of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands through activities such as camp fire, gong festivals, drinking wine and soulful souls following the legendary stories of this sacred land. In addition, with the kind of unique picnic travel like climbing, paragliding, down the mountain with a string, watching the city with binoculars or making a cowboy on horseback ..., also the interesting experience for visitors.
Langbiang is a magnificent natural masterpiece that the Creator has bestowed on the Central Highlands. Come to Langbiang to experience and discover, you will definitely have a trip with the best memories. Again we hope that with the article Experience of travelling to Langbiang Da Lat, visitors will have more useful knowledge about the legendary mountain and experience to explore Langbiang.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 8/13/2017 07:10:00 PM - No comment - Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Not only is an 'outdoor studio' with many beautiful corners, Little Japan also has many restaurants with many standard Japanese dishes.
In the midst of bustling Saigon, with plenty of places to eat, you can also find yourself a peaceful space full of Japanese identity. Located in the alleyways of Le Thanh Ton - Thai Van Lung Street, a popular Japanese area is known as "Japan Town" or "Little Japan" of Saigon.
Just over 2km in District 1, from 15A, 15B Le Thanh Ton street to Thai Van Lung, and the surrounding streets like Ngo Van Nam, Thi Sach ... you will easily catch a lot of Japanese restaurant with wooden doors and bilingual signs.
Nearly "uniforms", the whole area has signs of wood, fabric, lantern in white and red color tone and the rolling door, which is characteristic of the country of cherry flowers. If there are no Vietnamese address lines, you would think you are in the middle of Tokyo.
This place is the focal point of 70 stores ranging from dining, spa, business establishments of the Japanese or related to Japan. Different from the other loud, bustling streets in Ho Chi Minh City, everything is cozy, small, beautiful, quiet in Little Japan.
Not only attracts visitors by the shops, but also the favorite place of photography, Little Japan is loved by young people, celebrity, magazine photography, fashion photo space… which is like a beautiful “outdoor studio".
In addition to businesses, the neighborhood is home to about 300 Japanese households, retaining many cultural characteristics, especially the civilization, cleanness and quietness.
You can go from many directions to the area, the most popular is from 8 Le Thanh Ton alley, with many shops. The legendary check in wall is enjoyed by many young people.
Just dressed in style and pose well, check in Japan, you can "fool" many people that you are traveling rather than in Saigon.
Most of the restaurant here is a gourmet restaurant with the characteristic of retaining the original flavor of the dish, partly because the owner is Japanese, partly because many Japanese are also living in Ho Chi Minh City.
Here, you can find most of the dishes from the popular to the country's rising sun like Ramen noodles, pancakes, Takoyaki pancakes, sashimi, sushi, mochi ... Taste is still very " Japanese standard".
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 8/13/2017 06:42:00 PM - No comment - Location: Ninh Bình, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam
Phat Diem Cathedral
Phat Diem cathedral is a 22 ha Catholic church complex located in Phat Diem town, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. Phat Diem cathedral is considered by the media to be one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam, like the "Catholic capital" of Vietnam.
Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary
Thung Nham Bird Sanctuary, located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, is one of the tourist destination full of cultural, spiritual, landscape and biodiversity factors. Beside the pleasure of sitting on the boat, admiring the lagoon, visitors also explore the wildlife of nearly 40 species of birds with about 50 thousand ones.
The Galaxy Cave (Thien Ha Cave) is located in Son Ha Commune, Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province. The cave lies hidden in the mountain range, a mountain in the Trang An range. Mount Tuong is considered as a guard to protect Hoa Lu of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh. To explore the Galaxy cave, visitors will move from Muong Tho Ha village, Son Ha commune to a small canal with the length of about 1 km in the Ben river system, then continue to peddle on the 500 m long stone road near the foot of the Chess Mountain to get to the gates.
Hoa Lu ancient capital
Hoa Lu ancient capital is an important national relic complex and one of the four core areas of the World Heritage complex of Trang An. Historic Hoa Lu Ancient Historic Site has an area of 13.87 km² in Ninh Binh Province. With a time of more than 1000 years, ancient capital of Hoa Lu is a place to store historical relics through the ages.
Thai Vi Temple
Thai Vi temple in Van Lam village, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, King Tran Thai Tong, Tran Thanh Tong ... The legend of Thai Vi temple was built on the palace of Vu Lam servants of Tran kings. Every three years, Thai Vi temple held a festival in 3 days from March 14-16 (lunar calendar) attracts many visitors to the cross.
Kim Son islands
Bai Ngang, also known as Kim Son island, is recognized by UNESCO as the world biosphere reserve. The area has about 200 species of birds, including 60 migratory birds, more than 50 species of birds. Many rare species are listed in the world's red book such as: royal spoonbill, albatross, white stork... Currently, few visitors know this place.
Dong Chuong Lake
Dong Chuong is a natural freshwater lake located in Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province. The lake is bent around the pine hills and has a perimeter of nearly 8 km. Surrounding the lake are pine shingles that create a fresh and romantic space between the majestic mountains and forests.
Ninh Binh Valley Homestay
Ninh Binh Valley Homestay is an ideal place for visitors who love beauty close to nature. Homestay is built in a vast valley of tranquil countryside of Hoa Lu district, surrounded by homestay is water and mountain so every afternoon you can watch the sun go down under the mountains. Sitting in bamboo houses you will also see white storks returning to the valley to find a place to sleep.
The bungalows here are designed with materials close to nature and environmentally friendly such as wood, bamboo, roof ... which is cool in summer and warm in winter. At any location of homestay, you can also enjoy the view of green nature. This will definitely be an unforgettable experience for any guest staying here.
Chezbeo Valley Bungalows
If you are bored with the resort, the ocean view resort is full of sunshine, and you want to find somewhere simple and calm, try Chezbeo Valley Bungalows, where you will feel like home, and the peace of mind when we wake up in the morning among a natural green space.
Chezbeo is a homestay located in the village of Kha Luong, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, very close to Tam Coc, Bich Dong. From Hanoi, you can go motorbike to this place, then visit the famous scenic spots in Ninh Binh is also very convenient.
Chezbeo especially attracted people at first glance because the design which is completely different. Instead of staying in solid houses, you will have the feeling of "hidden" in the huts between the mountains and water.
Category : Top Destinations - By Brian Vu - At 7/20/2017 09:49:00 PM - No comment - Location: Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan is not an strange destination for Myanmar travelers. Bagan is the land of rustic carriages, the ancient capital of Myanmar ... the world of thousands of ancient temples and colorful balloons.
Bagan is the most beautiful at dawn, if you come here, let’s say goodbye your warm bed, find a high temple can climb, spend time enjoying the beautiful scene of dawn, beautiful sobs, the scene can make the most demanding people also have to surprise.
The whole scene is immersed in frog in the early morning under the red of the dawn, on the temple floor.
As the sun is about to appear, the "giant bubbles" are ready to be released into the sky.
The sun appeared, the balloon also rose high, the sky was no longer dark, the fairy scene is emerging before the eyes of travelers.
It is said in Bagan that the two most beautiful times are sunset and sunrise.
- The perfect place to experience these great moments:
+ Shwe San Daw Temple, the most famous temple for sunrise and sunset, taxi circles called "sunrise pagoda", this place is quite high, beautiful and crowded tourists.
+ Lay Myet Temple: This place is not crowded, but the last day can not see the dawn because of fog, if more than 3 days you can choose here a day.
+ Dhamma Ya Zi Ka Temple, which is currently under repair, but the temple next to you can climb, and this place is full of trees, can see the sunrise or sunset with the green trees. I visited here twice, to watch the sunset but to see the rain.
As a person who does not have much interest in tourist sites with many monuments, temples, pagodas ... I also do not intend to go to Myanmar, to Bagan – it was just because of the promotional air ticket. However, once coming here, I am sure to come back many more times. This place is beautiful, let’s try to come, you will not regret.
Elwood Resort Phu Quoc Resort
Elwood Resort Phu Quoc is one of the ideal accommodation for your family when traveling to Phu Quoc. Located in Ong Lang hamlet, Cua Duong commune (Phu Quoc), Elwood Resort Phu Quoc is only 6.5 km from the city center and near Dinh Cau. With convenient location, from the resort you can easily move to the famous attractions of Phu Quoc.
Built in 2016, Elwood Resort Phu Quoc is a 4 star international standard hotel, designed in classic style. For those who love the airy space close to nature, Elwood Phu Quoc will not disappoint you. Step into the resort, you are like a return to the peaceful life of a village in Vietnam through images such as bamboo, bamboo bridge, jar, roofs ... making every tired of normal life tan sea.
Elwood Resort Phu Quoc has 39 bungalows, including Lounger Bungalow, Tropic Bungalow and Family Bungalow. The rooms are designed in warm colors mixed with modern style, and equipped with facilities promising to bring you relaxation, comfort during the break. Family Bungalow is a great place for your family, spacious room and garden space you will have fun moments with your baby. In particular, Family Bungalow also has its own kitchen to help your family together to prepare delicious meals during the holiday.
In addition, the resort also offers a completely free play area for children and a variety of recreational services such as fishing, relaxing spa, free airport pick-up and drop off transfers. Move to the city center, bring the most satisfaction to visitors. Come to Elwood Resort in Phu Quoc, not only enjoy the relaxing holiday but also the place where families have happier moments together.
Novotel Resort Phu Quoc
Located in the Sonasea Villas & Resort complex and managed by the prestigious Accor Group, the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort is located right in the center of Bai Truong, just 25 minutes ride from Duong Dong Town.. On this favorable location, Novotel Phu Quoc built a total of 366 hotel rooms and 96 villas, all of which are associated with the familiar fishing village image interwoven with modern style.
The step-level design of the terraced fields helps the hotel rooms look towards the sea. Each room here gives you a feeling of great comfort, not only through the spacious space, but also the interior is arranged in harmony, the balcony with sunlit sun terrace to help you have a panoramic view of the garden courtyard wind sea of the resort.
Particularly, villas of 200-272 m2 are designed to meet the needs of each family member (4-12 persons) such as 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms. The villa also owns a private swimming pool and private garden, providing a private space for each family to enjoy their free time during their stay.
In particular, the resort also provides children with a variety of recreational activities at the children's club. This is a place not to be missed for children, with a professional and dedicated staff, ensuring children angels will have a lot of fun time.
Vinpearl Resort Phu Quoc
Located in Long Beach, Vinpearl Phu Quoc covers a total area of over 300 hectares, including five star hotels and villas with 750 hotel rooms. Designed in the style of contemporary architecture, interior decoration subtle, Vinpearl Phu Quoc offers visitors luxury resort experience and close to nature.
The whole interior of each villa is a reflection of the sophistication, elegance and grace of the classic or modern architectural style. All Vinpearl villas are located on the coast, looking out: garden view, sea view, swimming pool depending on your preference, you can choose one of the villas here to make a great "home" for your holiday.
In addition, the Vinpearl Land entertainment area with a variety of games, entertainment or natural exploration at Vinpearl Safari Park, all will bring you the moment of relaxation and fun games with your family.