Four days in Ho Chi Minh City for USD112!

Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the bustling city located in the South of Vietnam. Known for its role in the Vietnam War as well as the influence the French Colonials had on this charming place has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists alike.
If you’re looking for things to do and places to visit, do check out this holiday itinerary that would leave you with unforgettable memories once home.

Day 1: Half-day Ho Chi Minh Highlights City Tour, USD25

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Need a little help with getting acquainted with the city? This is for you! Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum, visit the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, buildings left from French Colonial times.

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/8hYmAZ

Day 2: Street food tour with dinner, USD35

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Not sure what to eat or drink? Get a guide to introduce you to the mouthwatering favourites of Vietnam in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and eat as the locals do! Make sure you’ve worked up an appetite before heading on this tour.

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/xmFjHg.

Day 3: Mekong Delta tour including My Tho and Ben Tre, USD25

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Want a bit of an adventure? Take a boat cruise down the Mekong Delta where you will be able to see floating houses and local activities along the river. Think coconut tree canals, islets and authentic villages!

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Day 4: Cu Chi tunnels tour, USD18

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The Cu Chi tunnels is a network of underground tunnels used by the Vietnamese in the war as hiding spots during combat, supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches, and living quarters. Embark on this tour as you try to scurry through the maze of tunnels back in the day.

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Reasons why you should get out of Hanoi and into the Ninh Binh province

 

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is always buzzing with activity, from the early hours of the morning till the late hours of the night, but if you step just a little farther from this South East Asian capital, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Ninh Binh, which has endearingly dubbed ‘Inland Halong Bay.’ Here are some reasons why you should visit this province located just and hour and a half away from Hanoi:

Boat cave tours

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If you love landscapes such as the picture above, you will love visiting the boat caves such as Trang An or Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Sit on a small boat peddled by a boat lady as you move along the river through caves, paddy fields and limestone formations.

The ancient capital, Hoa Lu

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Once the great capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century, Hoa Lu is filled with amazing monuments and temples that were part of the ‘city’ back in the day. A perfect place for the history geek who loves to explore.

Hang Mua

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If you love views from great heights, Hang Mua, or Mua Mountain is just the thing for you! It’s a bit of a climb up the 500 steps or so but don’t forget to look back every now and then to be amazed with the incredible view of the limestone hills and paddy fields. A little tiring but well worth the climb!

Cuc Phuong National Park

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Take a walk on the wild side and head to Cuc Phuong, the largest national park in Vietnam which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna, such as the endangered langurs. Visit the endangered primate rehabilitation centre there as well as a 7,000 year old cave!


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16 Must eat desserts for the travelling Sweet Tooth in Asia Pacific

For the travelling foodie, street food is all the rage but nothing quite hits the spot like that little sweet something needed at the end of a meal. Here are some sweets for the dessert hunter around Asia Pacific:

Vietnam – Chè chuối

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A traditional dessert found around Vietnam, this pudding is made out of banana, tapioca, and coconut milk, best eaten when warm.

Malaysia – Nyonya Kuih

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Bite-sized desserts or tea cakes made with sticky rice, rice flour, palm sugar, coconut milk and more, there is a variety of them that range from the sweet to the slightly savoury.

Laos – Khao Thom Mad

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Easily found on the streets, this steamed sweet sticky rice dessert is filled with mung bean and banana and wrapped in banana leaves, making it vegetarian-friendly.

Cambodia – Num Sang Khya L’peow

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A delicious custard dessert, a pumpkin is hollowed out and then filled with a sweet milky liquid made with coconut milk, palm sugar, eggs, and then steamed.

The Philippines – Halo Halo

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This is a popular shaved iced dessert in The Philippines consisting of jellies, evaporated milk, fruits and boiled sweets, perfect for a hot day!

Indonesia – Kek Lapis

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Indonesian layer cake, or Spekuk is a labour intensive but delicious spiced cake of Dutch influence that is popular as a gift when visiting friends.

Japan – Daifuku

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Daifuku, which actually means ‘great luck’ is a Japanese sweet sticky rice cake with fillings. There is a myriad of different fillings that can be found, from green tea to ice cream!

Korea – Yakgwa

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This confection is a sweet biscuit or cookie made with wheat flour, sesame oil and honey. In the olden times, it was considered as medicine as it contains honey which was known for its health benefits.

Taiwan – Snow Ice

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A world renown dessert, Snow Ice is sweetened ice, sometimes frozen with milk that is shaved and served with toppings, sweet sauces and fruits.

Macau – Portuguese Egg Tart

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Sweet egg custard encased in a flaky pastry. How not to love? These little treats are a must eat, especially warm when in Macau.

Hong Kong – Mango Pudding

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Perhaps the world’s favourite fruit, mango pudding is a smooth pudding made with milk and fresh mangoes, often served with fresh fruit topping.

India – Palkova

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A sweet treat, Palkova is a candy made  by draining the water out of milk and forming the solids into bite sized pieces.

Australia – Pavlova

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A meringue dessert, crisp and airy on the outside, and topped with whipped cream and fruits. It is usually served during occasions and holidays especially during summer.

New Zealand  – Afghan Biscuits

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Afghan cookies or just Afghans have nothing to do with being from Afghanistan as the name may suggest. These cookies are baked with cornflakes, coated with chocolate and then topped with a walnut.

Singapore – Ice Cream Sandwich

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A staple found everywhere on the streets in Singapore. This dessert is basically ice cream on a slice of bread topped with condiments. A must have on a hot day out and about the city!


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Do’s and Don’ts when visiting a Buddhist temple

 

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In Southeast Asia, Buddhist temples are more or less everywhere and the last thing that a traveller would want to do is offend the locals on sacred ground. Before you plan on visiting a Buddhist temple, keep these do’s and don’ts in mind.

Take your shoes off around temple grounds

Just like in most homes in Asia, footwear is not allowed indoors and this is also practiced in temples so do as the locals and find the closest shoe rack or area to leave your footwear before entering a temple. In some places, they might give you a plastic bag to carry your shoes. For good measure, remove your hat as well.

Refrain from pointing at Buddha statues

Pointing can be considered rude in Asian culture and is considered offensive when it comes to statues of Buddha. If you need to gesture at something, do it with your right palm facing upwards instead. Also, back away when exiting a temple instead of turning your back as a sign of respect.

Do not point your feet at the main statue

Feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest point of one’s body in Buddhist culture and pointing your feet towards a statue, or another person can be considered very offensive. A good way to sit in a temple is by tucking your feet under your legs.

Dress decently

Leave your tank tops and shorts at home when visiting a temple. It can be considered offensive if you expose your knees and some temples might prohibit you from entering should you dress indecently. It might be a good idea to bring along a scarf in case you need extra coverage.

Do not engage in public displays of affection

This is a bit of a no-brainer but one would be surprised at the number of visitors who show indecent displays of affection on temple grounds. Keep hands off your significant other when visiting temples to avoid disapproving stares from locals and monks.

Keep your voice at a low volume

As a sign of respect, speak at a lower volume as loud conversations can disrupt those in prayer or meditation. Also, make sure that you refrain from using profanity on temple grounds as there is no tolerance for swearing or offensive remarks in these places.

Do not eat inside temple grounds

Some monks do only eat in the mornings so it might not be a good idea to be snacking around them. Also, accidently spilling a drink or potato crisps all over the floor would be frowned upon, especially when you are a visitor.

Lower your head when passing by people or Buddha statues

The head is considered the highest point in Buddhist culture and as a sign of respect and reverence, make sure you keep your head below the level of Buddhist statues and images. Also, do not touch the top of people or the Buddha statue’s head as this is extremely offensive in their culture.

Be aware of your conduct with monks

Monks are revered in Buddhism are to be respected when you are visiting a temple. When in conversation with a monk who is sitting, make sure you sit down first. Women should also refrain from touching monks as it is prohibited and should you give or receive something from a monk, make sure it is done with your right hand.

Do you have any other do’s and don’ts to share? Do let us know in the comments below. 

 


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Lesser known UNESCO heritage sites in Asia

For the travelling culture and history enthusiast, visiting UNESCO Heritage Sites is a must, from ancient cities to temples, tombs to monuments, essentially anywhere that holds some form of cultural or physical evidence.

Places like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Taj Mahal in India, and the Great Wall of China are crowd favourites in Asia but there is more than meets the historical eye if you look hard enough.

Here are several lesser-known UNESCO heritage sites that you need to check out:

Preah Vihear, Cambodia

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Predating Angkor Wat by 100 years, Preah Vihear is a Khmer temple located on the top of a hill in the Dangrek Mountains, 140 kilometres from Siem Reap. Dedicated to the god Shiva, this temple is different as it is constructed on a North-South axis, unlike the usual plan where the main gate faces the East.

Sangiran Early Man Site, Indonesia

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Dubbed one of the most important sites for studying human fossils and human evolution, Sangiran Early Man Site is an excavation site located in Java. In total, almost half of the world’s hominid fossils have been found on the 52-kilometre square area. Also home to a museum, visitors can learn more about the pre-historic Homo Erectus as well as that of animal fossils.

Vigan Town, The Philippines

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Located in Luzon, Vigan is a Spanish colonial town that was established in the 16th century. One of the few Hispanic towns with structures remained intact, it is well known for cobblestone footpaths and a fusion of Philippine, Oriental and European architecture. Once the capital of the Spanish conqueror Juan de Salcedo’s Ilocos, Vigan was part of the trade that linked Asia to Europe and the New World.

My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam

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Constructed between the 4th and 14th century, My Son is a set of ruins that were left from the ancient Cham Empire before the Vietnamese took over in the 19th century. Located 40 km from Hoi An city, these temples are dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, known under a variety of local names such as ‘Bhadresvara.’

Ellora Caves, India

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Locally known as Verul Leni, the Ellora Caves is a 2-km stretch of temples and one of the largest monastic-temple complexes in the world cut from rock and built between the 6th to 11th century in the western state of Maharashtra. This group of 34 temples are dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism which are main religions in India.

Wudang Mountains, China

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A small mountain range located in the northwest part of Hubei, the Wudang Mountains are home to a complex of Taoist temples and monasteries dedicated to the god Xuan Wu. Known as the Taoist counterpart of the Shaolin Monastery, this area is known for the practice of Tai Chi and Taoism. Built during the Ming Dynasty between the 14th and 17th century, this complex represents the highest standards of Chinese architecture and arts in over 1000 years.

 


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Best Cities in Asia for the Coffee Addict

Cup of Joe, Java, Jitter Juice, Battery Acid, Elixir of Life, Brain Juice… Coffee by any other name still smells as sweet, or robust.

One of the most popular beverages in the world, Coffee can be found in almost every nook and cranny in the world and we’ve compiled a little list of cities around Asia should you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix.

Whether you like your cuppa strong and black or with a hint of milk, there’s always something a little exciting when it comes to a new coffee experience.

Ipoh, Malaysia

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Just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur is the best place to find one of the most popular coffees in Malaysia – Ipoh White Coffee. Roasted to a lighter degree than the average Malaysian coffee bean, some say it is called White Coffee due to its roasting while others claim it is from the (condensed) milk that is added to the mix.

Visit: Sin Yoong Loong 15A Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak or Nam Heong Coffee Shop 2 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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In Kuala Lumpur, speciality coffee joints can be found all over the place, just like mushrooms after the rain and because of this, one can never be lacking a good coffee spot to hang out in, and cafe hopping is considered a norm in this part of the world. Whether it is for single-origin beans or fancy Instagram shots, one thing is for sure; the cafe goer is spoiled for choice.

Visit: Artisan Roast Coffee 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur or VCR 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Introduced by the French in the 19th century, the coffee culture in Vietnam is one that cannot go unnoticed. This Southeast Asian country brews its coffee in single serving filters called ‘Phin.’ As milk is a little harder to find and to keep in tropical climates, the Vietnamese use substitutes such as yoghurt, condensed milk or egg to add creaminess to their coffee.

Visit: Cafe Pho Co, 11 hang trong ha noi, 11 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống or Cong Caphe,

Jakarta, Indonesia

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The third largest exporter of coffee beans in the world (right behind Brazil and Vietnam), coffee has been a huge part of the Indonesian lifestlye with every region having their own form of coffee culture. In Jakarta, the modern coffee shop craze has flourished as more people are learning to savour differnt types of beans from different parts of the world.

 Visit: Tanamera Coffee Thamrin City Office Park Blok AA, 7, Jl. Kb. Kacang Raya, Kota Jakarta Pusat or Anomali Coffee 52, Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

 Seoul, South Korea

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Coffee culture has been prevalent in Korea since the Emperor had his first taste in the 19th century and turned into the countries’ first coffee addict. In fact, a study conducted in 2013 showed that Koreans were drinking more coffee than they were eating kimchi. This has led to a fiercely competitive market in the country with coffee shops almost 50 metres away from each other.

Visit: Ikovox Cafe 37 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul or Café Coffee Mashineun Goyangi 19-1 Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Bangkok, Thailand

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In the Thai capital, the coffee culture has been growing at a steady pace. A couple of years ago, the quest to find a good cup of specialty coffee was not easy but nowadays, the coffee addict can find a range of speciality coffee shops serving various beans and different types of roast in Instagram-worthy hipster joints found in around the city.

Visit: Gallery Drop Coffee 107, 1st floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok or Rocket CoffeeBar S49 46, 21/13 Klang Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok

Singapore City, Singapore

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Singaporeans are generally accustomed to sitting down for long conversations over Kopi (Coffee) at the Koptiam (local coffee shop) but a new craze of speciality coffee shops have taken over. Not only serving various coffees, plenty of cafes in Singapore are well equipped with fantastic meals that pair will with their beans.

Visit: Common Man Coffee Roasters 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore or Chye Seng Huat Hardware 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore

New Delhi, India

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In India, tea trumps coffee any given day as the preferred beverage but the latter is slowly climbing up the ranks as the middle-class are slowly starting to embrace the coffee culture of cafes for conversations and remote working. In Delhi, the locals have a profound love for coffee. From young to old, almost everyone is accustomed to having their daily fix.

Visit: Cafe Lota National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi or DePaul’s Cold Coffee 22, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi

Tokyo, Japan

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In Tokyo, people breathe coffee. One way or another, locals will have their cuppa at some point in the day, whether it is heading to a coffee shop or grabbing one from the vending machine. Because of this, good coffee can be found everywhere, even for a measly 100 yen at convenience stores like 7/11 or Lawson.

Visit: ARiSE Coffee Roasters 1-13-8 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo or Café de l’Ambre 8 104 0061, 8 Chome-10-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Do you know other coffee-loving Asian cities or coffee shops you’d like to share with us? Do let us know in the comments below!


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10 best things for the hopeless romantic to do in Asia

There are few things more romantic than travelling with your Significant Other,  sharing new experiences, may it be exploring a new city or eating in a hidden cafe.

However, if you want to take it up a notch and impress your Significant Other, may it be for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon or even a surprise proposal, here are some activities that ought to keep the flames of love burning.

Hot air balloon ride over the countryside, Chiang Mai (Thailand)

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The Northern part of Thailand is rich with a gorgeous countryside landscape and the best way to take it all in is via a hot air balloon ride!

Handled by a professional pilot, you will be navigated through the skies while the sun rises. Add a little bit more pizzazz to your ride with a champagne breakfast to make it a trip you will never forget.

A Khmer Gondola ride down an ancient waterway, Siem Reap (Cambodia)

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Take a step into the past as you ride down waterways and past ancient temple ruins on unique Khmer gondola-type boats, a foolproof attraction for the history buff!

This excursion will take you past famous ruins such as the Tomb Raider famous Angkor Thom, the Royal Secret Path and City Goard Post. To top it off, canapés and champagne will be served, adding a little luxury to this historical ride.

Luxury Sky Dining in the Singapore Cable Car, Singapore

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Do you want something fancy and romantic but at the same time a little adventurous? If yes, this four-course romantic dinner in a cable car 330 feet above the sea is for you!

Definitely one that will wow your Significant Other, this luxury dinner will be accompanied by the gorgeous Singapore skyline and view of Faber Peak and Sentosa Island as you hover in a private dining cable car.

Day trip around the Yamanashi Prefecture, Chūbu (Japan)

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The perfect trip for the Japan enthusiast, this day tour will bring you around the Yamanashi Prefecture, just Southwest of Tokyo.

Visit the famous Katsunuma winery, a strawberry farm in Enzan, a 600-year old Erin-Ji temple, and Kawaguchi Lake which is famous for its cherry blossom and Mt Fuji view which is the perfect backdrop for photographs.

The ultimate relaxation tour, Hoi An (Vietnam)

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If you are worn out from travelling, or just love being pampered, this relaxation tour should be on your to-do list!

Located in the historical and charming Hoi An, you will be whisked away to a spa where you will be treated with a therapeutic massage. This will be followed by a relaxing boat ride down the Thu Bon River and a romantic dinner in a garden restaurant by the river.

Tour of Winter Sonata’s Nami Island, Seoul (South Korea)

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For the couple who love Korean drama and/or nature, this tour around Nami Island is one that will always be remembered.

Walk around the tree-lined paths of the ‘Naminara Republic’ with its views that vary from season to season. After which will be a short drive down to Petit France, a French-themed village consisting of little shops and a building dedicated to the author of Le Petit Prince.

Night at the Zoo with a romantic dinner, Bali (Indonesia)

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The ideal attraction for the animal lover, this Bali Zoo visitation, complete with a dinner on zoo grounds is sure to impress.

Meet and feed the elephants and pet several other animals who reside in the zoo. This will then be followed by a guided tour around zoo grounds before being led to an al fresco dinner under the stars.

Overnight private houseboat tour with a candlelight dinner, Kochi (India)

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Nothing quite screams romance like an overnight private houseboat cruise down the narrow canals in Kochi, while birds chirp in the background, the perfect way to spoil your Significant Other.

As you move along the crystal clear waters of  the lagoons, small lakes and rivers, top this off with a candlelight dinner on board a that could turn even the coldest of hearts into hot mush.

Watch the sunset from the Sky100 observation deck, Hong Kong

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The quintessential romantic experience is watching the sunset together, and what better way to do it than from a 360-degree observation deck?

Make your way up the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, where you can watch the sunset from 1289 feet above sea level, drape the city skyline with hues of orange, pink and blue, all while sipping on wine provided at the venue.

Overnight stay on a luxury Halong Bay cruise, Hanoi (Vietnam)

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Perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in Asia, people visit Halong Bay in the droves to witness the vista of its limestone islands and emerald waters.

Take a two-day cruise along the bay in a luxury junk boat as you sail past the 3000 limestone islands, grottoes, beaches and caves, complete with a swim in a secluded cove and sunbathing on the beach.

Do you know other romantic activities in Asia? Do let us know in the comments below!


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When in Vietnam …

Must-do in Vietnam

Vietnam is as exotic as it gets, rich in tradition and cultures this gem of a travel destination is a feast for the senses. Breath-taking natural beauty, outstanding colonial remnants from days of yesteryear, and mouth-watering local delights combined with the insatiable chaos of Hanoi city. This complex travel destination may seem overwhelming at first, but not to worry because we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the must-do activities in Vietnam:


Grab a bowl of Pho

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The unofficial national dish of Vietnam, Pho (pronounced as ‘Fuh’) is a must try. Pho is usually served with a selection of meat cuts from tripe, thinly sliced steak to fatty briskets. If that hasn’t got you salivating yet we don’t know what will. You can opt for a more upscale rendition of this Vietnamese staple in any 5 star restaurants in the country or for a more authentic experience there is no shortage of food stalls and roadside vendor lining the streets of Vietnam.

Learn to cook like the locals

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Apart from savoring local Vietnamese delights, another way to get to know the cuisine is to learn how to cook it. Vietnamese cuisine is a combination of flavours that leave a lasting impression. The cuisine relies on the five fundamental taste sense; spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet. It might sound like an overkill of flavours but that’s the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine, despite a mountain of different flavours, the way it is prepared ensures that each component compliments each other perfectly. Once you have mastered the art of Vietnamese cuisine, you can bring a taste of this beautiful country back home with you.

Cruise along Halong Bay

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When translated Halong means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, surrounded by glistening emerald waters this beautiful bay is a natural spectacle for all to enjoy. Halong Bay was designated a World Heritage Site back in 1994, partly due to its fantastic limestone landscape. The best way to discover Halong Bay is via cruise, you’ll get to take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings whilst enjoying a relaxing cruise along the bay.

Hiking at Cuc Phuong National Park

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Hiking on a holiday? Yes as absurd as it may seem to some people, a little hike at Cuc Phuong National Park is one of the must-dos when visiting Vietnam and hopefully it’ll get you singing a different tune at the end of the day. This is Vietnam’s’ largest park, tucked away in the Ninh Binh Province and is situated at the foothills of the northern Annamite Mountains. The park is home to a wide array of colourful plants and exciting wildlife, suffice to say hikers will be in for a real treat here.

Shop at a floating market

Must-do in Vietnam - Visit a floating market

Forget about colossal shopping malls and designer items; immerse yourself in the true Vietnamese shopping experience at a traditional floating market. The place to find a floating market will be at the world famous Mekong Delta. Farmers from all over the country bring their fresh produce here and sell them to the local dealer. So it’s safe to say that you can find the best and freshest Vietnam has to offer here.


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Best Destinations in Asia for the Travelling Culture Vulture

Culture Vulture in Asia

Asia is the largest and one of the oldest continents in the world. It is seeping with history and culture from every corner of the continent. It is no wonder culture vultures from all over the world flock to this side of the globe in search of wonder and adventure. Walking through ancient catacombs, discovering remnants of ancient civilizations, snapping a selfie on a century old alley, here are some of the best places in Asia for the travelling culture vulture:


#1. Laos

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This is one of the less commercialized travel-destination in Asia. You don’t have to fight your way through large groups of tourist when exploring the beautiful landscape of this quaint little mountainous country. Laos is wedge between Vietnam and Thailand and offers a more ‘authentic’ Southeast Asian experience for travelers. The country is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Luang Prabang and Wat Phu. Backpacking through Laos is one of the best ways to get to know this bountiful country. The locals here adopt a more laid-back and relaxed lifestyle, you can’t help but to follow-suit and soak in all that Laos has to offer.

#2. Oman, Arabian Peninsula

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Oman is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Bahla Fort, a 13th century historic fortress located at the highlands of the country. The fort includes many towers, wells and mosque. The mud-bricks stone foundation and its intricately sculpted prayer niche showcase the remnants of ancient Omani Imamates who once reside here. This Arabian gem is so exclusive that it was only open to the public in 2012 and with very limited visiting hours.

3#. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - Siem Reap

This is THE place to get your Indiana Jones on! Home to one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a bustling hub of culture and wonder. Siem Reap offers a mixture of colonial and Chinese-style architecture which is highlighted in the Old French Quarter and Old Market. Culture vultures will have a hoot exploring the nearby fishing villages, Cambodian Culture Village, picturesque rice –paddy fields and local cuisine.

#4. Beijing, China

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - Great Wall of China

Home to one of the seventh wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China and the majestic Forbidden City, Beijing is without a doubt a must on a culture-vulture’s travel bucket list. The city of Beijing is also home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, now that’s impressive. You can find some of the world’s most modern and ancient architecture in Beijing, a perfect blend of the old and the new.

#5. Malacca, Malaysia

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - Malacca

Founded by a Sumatran Prince, Malacca was one of the greatest ports in Southeast Asia back in the 1500’s. Malacca is laced with remnants of when the Portuguese and Dutch during their colonisation of this Malaysian state. Besides the countless historical buildings and beautifully history infrastructure Malacca is also well-known for its Peranakan Cuisine. A feast for the eyes and your appetite Malacca does not disappoint.

#6. New Delhi, India

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - New Delhi

The city of New Delhi is a place of mystic and wonder, an education for all of the sense. The city is filled with relics from lost empires from way back when. A must-see for culture-vultures is the Red Fort, a magnificent sandstone carcass of a former British barracks. But sometimes in New Delhi, the lesser known streets and are the most rewarding, so don’t be afraid to go exploring around the city.

#7. Bali, Indonesia

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - Bali

Besides being one of best island-destination in Asia, Bali has also build up a reputation for its breath-taking landscape made up of volcanic mountains, glistening rice paddies and ancient temples. Culture vultures can expect rugged coastlines and white sandy beaches, a chance to explore and relax at the same time. There’s nothing more exciting than an island getaway!

#8. Rajasthan, India

Best Places for Culture Vultures in Asia - Rajasthan

Some say that Rajasthan holds more history of India than any other place in the country. It is the land of kings, and rightfully so. The city was once home to the Rajputs a warrior clan who had controlled over India for over a thousand years. They are said to have originated from the sun, moon and fire. That’s quite an interesting story for any culture vulture to pursue.


So there you have culture vultures, some of the best places in Asia to explore and discover. What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your travel experiences with or check out some of the personalized travel itineraries to Asian destinations here:

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