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Swaziland: A safari setting like no other

by Michelle Lewis-Loubser @ Indie Travel Podcast

Swaziland may be the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, but it’s big on experiences. Read about how to make the most of your Swaziland trip.

Visiting Aomori Prefecture in Japan

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

Aomori Prefecture is at the northern tip of Honshu (the largest island of Japan). Like many casual visitors to Japan with no ties to the country, I had never heard of Aomori. There are 47 prefectures (like a province or state) in Japan, and Aomori is one of the lesser visited of Japan. [Map of […]

Ho Tram & Ho Coc Beaches

Ho Tram & Ho Coc Beaches


Vietnam Coracle

Just 120km from the city, Ho Tram & Ho Coc are by far the best beaches within easy reach of Saigon. Forget Vung Tau, Long Hai & Can Gio, this is where you should head for sun, sea & sand when you don't have time to go to Mui Ne or Phu Quoc. Continue reading →

Rosé Hotline for New Yorkers is Calling My Name

by JP @ Trip Whisperer

Summer Fridays in NYC just got better with access to on-demand rosé by Wine Awesomeness. Tomorrow, the millennial wine experts and e-commerce brand will kick off its rosé hotline, delivering

Climbing Mount Pico: All You Need To Know For an Epic Hike

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

During my last trip to Azores, I had the pleasure of climbing Mount Pico in Pico island. Here’s my experience and how you can get to the top safely. While it’s not by any means amongst the tallest in the world, Mount Pico can be deceptively difficult to conquer which leads to many failed climb […]

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From Backpacker to Permanent Resident: Celebrating My 3 Year Aussieversary

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

On December 12th, 2014, I arrived in Sydney with my life a freshly blank slate (read: big giant question mark). I’d just quit a job I enjoyed, moved out of an apartment that had been my home for 5 years, sold/stored 95% of my belongings, and booked a one-way ticket to Australia without a plan.

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Best nightlife in Pattaya — What to do in Pattaya at night?

by Emily Nguyen @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Having mentioned Pattaya without talking about nightlife activities is a big mistake. It is famous for its long, no sleepy streets, bars and with many types of entertainments, Pattaya has become a symbol of Pattaya. What to do in Pattaya at night and things to do in Pattaya for adults? Let’s discover the best things […]

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Why Your Travel To Cuba Matters Now

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Travel To Cuba Now It doesn’t seem all that long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible for the average American tourist. In 2014 President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro took historic steps to lessen the gap between the Cuban people and Americans however, and in the last two years travel to Cuba [ ... ]

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Bankok to Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Bankok to Siem Reap (Cambodia)

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

How to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap.

Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City: Which Vietnam City Is Right For You?

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Struggling making a decision between Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh for your upcoming trip to Vietnam? In this article I’m comparing both cities in terms of food, safety, places to visit and overall vibe for you to decide its overall travel potential. Which one is the right for you? Vietnam is not the easiest of […]

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Carp fishing Czech Republik with a strange looking carp

Carp fishing Czech Republik with a strange looking carp

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

What a strange looking carp !! Was für ein seltsam aussehender Karpfen !!

Dalat Motorbike Tour

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

If you’re staying in Dalat, there is a good chance that your hotel or a member of the Easy Riders motorcycle club has offered you a motorbike tour of the surrounding highlands area. The only […]

Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

Looking ahead to 2018 🌎 ✈️

by JP @ Trip Whisperer

At the end of 2017, most people will evaluate their year and look ahead to those perennial New Year’s Resolutions. I am not unique by any means in

The best shopping experiences in Ho Chi Minh City

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

99 percent of first-time travellers to Ho Chi Minh City will beeline for Ben Thanh Market in hopes of fulfilling all of their shopping needs. Locals, however, hardly frequent or recommend this market. Though it remains a must-see attraction, there are plenty of other shopping arenas that will delight all shopaholics visiting the city. Here, […]

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Resort Review, Honeymoon Edition: Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

by Lost Girls @ The Lost Girls

By Mona Lisa Macalino LG Deputy Editor What’s at the top of every soon-to-be-married Lost Girl’s wedding list? Planning a fabulous and worldly honeymoon, of course. For Lost Girl’s editor Mona Lisa Macalino, her honeymoon was something she dreamed of even more than finding her wedding dress. Her destination? The Philippines, an archipelago of over [...]

Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @Khoulood Khoulood @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@Khoulood wrote:

I was in Thailand last summer and honestly it was the best place I've ever been. Asia is such a beautiful country. I was there for a month and a half and went backpacking with some friends. Thailand is very cheap, I stayed in hostels for like 10 CAD a night. If you're looking for some beautiful sights and an awesome place to backpack and you're not afraid of getting dirty, do Thailand. Might as well do Cambodia too since it's so close!

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Take Photos That Don’t Suck

by Lost Girls @ The Lost Girls

By Adria Saracino Contributor One of the coolest things about rapid tech advances of the past decade is the new technologies mean that we are all documentarians. We can take beautiful shots of our trips, our vacations, our friends, and we can easily share them. It’s awesome. It’s like getting to live the best part [...]

The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

Myeik with no chance to visit the archipelago :-(

Myeik with no chance to visit the archipelago :-(

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

Myeik with great potential in the future but for now I dont know !!! Myeik hat großes Potenzial, jedoch zu dieser Zeit bin ich mir nicht sicher ob es sich lohnt es zu besuchen !! Please feel free to share infos with other travellers who might be interested visiting Myanmar. Fühlt euch frei meine Posts mit anderen Travellers die Myanmar besuchen wollen zu teilen ! Thanks Rio

Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

[HCM & HANOI] HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY 2016

by admin @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

Join us on this holiday celebration at Au Lac do Brazil on 1st june with colorful balloon art from funnny

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Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

How to walk the Milford Track podcast

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

The Milford Track is the most famous of New Zealand’s Great Walks — and for good reason. An easy track, wonderful scenery and birdsong, and good infrastructure make the Milford one awesome track. Learn how to prepare for the walk in our Milford Track podcast.

Phu Quoc Island Trip Report

by phu quoc @ Phu Quoc

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Phu Quoc Trip Report Phu Quoc is Vietnam's largest island and it is slowly becoming Asia's next top vacation destination. This is the only place in Vietnam where you get a 30 day visa exemption and the island is famous for its fish sauce and black pepper. For a quick overview of the island, please refer to Phu Quoc's Infographic, ... Read More

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24 Hours in London: Amazing Moments in the City Every Hour of the Day!

by Audrey Bergner @ THAT BACKPACKER

London. Like many world capitals, they say this is a city that never sleeps, and on my most recent trip to the city, I...

The art of crossing the streets in Vietnam…..

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Locals or anyone who has lived in Vietnam a long time, who have observed the traffic, will see it as though they are watching a perfectly coordinated ballet performance of people, motorbikes, cars, buses or even the occasional chicken. If … Continue reading

A weekend in Saigon

A weekend in Saigon


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With the every-growing options for budget flights in Southeast Asia, jetting off for a weekend has never been easier. And with a bit of planning, Saig

Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

A guide to Hoi An’s Lantern Festival

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Hoi An, at any time of the year is stunning but it’s particularly magical during the full moon. The electricity is switched off; the streets are closed off to traffic and the old town is transformed into a fairyland of … Continue reading

Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

18 Food Places In Jurong East That Are Worth Travelling For

by Editorial @ ladyironchef

There is nowhere as vibrant as Jurong East when it comes to the west side of Singapore. Home to a myriad of food choices and many different types of cuisines, Jurong East is where the residents of the west gather … Continue reading

Saigon to Hanoi: A Food Diary

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

On a recent road trip between Saigon & Hanoi I made a record of some of the meals I ate along the way, to try and illustrate the variety of food available, and what a delight it is to eat your way from one end of the country to the other... Continue reading

The Cu Chi Tunnels (Ben Duoc) – How To Get There By Public Bus

The Cu Chi Tunnels (Ben Duoc) – How To Get There By Public Bus


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May 1, 2013 About The Cu Chi Tunnels are a massive network of underground tunnels and chambers in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), and are part of a much larger network of…

“Expat Living Singapore” talks about us!

by Ngoc-Phung Tran @ Urban Tales

“Expat Living Singapore magazine” tried our daily Urban Tales adventure at the beginning of the summer. They did enjoyed the experience and featured us in one article about Saigon’s fun and quirky activities. You can read the whole article right here. Thanks for your support, Leanda!

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Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace


Travelfish

When North Vietnamese Army Tank 390 burst through the front gates of Independence Palace at 10:45, 30 April 1975, it effectively marked the end of the

Mount Fuji day trip blog — How to spend one perfect day itinerary in Mt Fuji?

by Rose Nguyen @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Let’s discover the most famous iconic of Japan through our Mount Fuji day trip blog — Mount Fuji one day itinerary (Mt Fuji one day itinerary, Mount Fuji day trip itinerary) start from Tokyo and from when to visit Mount Fuji to best places to visit in Mt Fuji with Living Nomads: One-day excursion to […]

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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Grateful of No Serious Injuries in recent Public Ferry Collision

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

On 1 January 2017, a scheduled public ferry carrying passengers from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong Harbor, Vietnam made contact with a bridge pylon. The accident resulted in damage to the ferry’s bow, and several seats inside the passenger … Continue reading

Alaska Food Tour Reading List

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Alaska Food Tour Reading List Perhaps one of the best ways to get ready for an upcoming trip is to surround yourself with information about the location you plan to travel to. Our Alaskan food tour is no exception to that rule. Coming into the Country John McPhee Cultural Portrait | 1991 | PAPER | 438 pages | Favorite A [ ... ]

Travelfish #289: Bangkok’s great hostels + Volcanoes + Where to rest your head!

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is Where to rest your head because, after so much volcano stuff in the last few days, wed really like to lay down. Weve also got an old review of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, which, while a slightly old review, kind of seemed, we dunno, topical. We round out matters with a video from Thailandwhich has no (active) volcanoesdo let us know if you can name an extinct one therethere are at least three. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This month, were running a membership drive (last week we promise!) to get more people signing up as Travelfish members. Membership costs just A$35 and includes: Two hundred and thirty five pdf guides, access to the forum, discounts for ticketing and travel with roundtheworldflights.com and All Points East and last but not least, a warm and fuzzy feeling inside for helping keep us in business... Not convinced? More information here. Or listen to Travelfish member Rich when he says: In a world of travel reviews with undisclosed conflicts of interest, Travelfish provides the absolute best credible and up to date information on SEAsia destinations. 10/10 would do again. Or perhaps the New York Times? On the recommendation of the indispensable Southeast Asia travel guide, Travelfish... To the many of you who have already signed up as paid members, thank you very much! Online weve got a raft of new and cool places to stay in Bangkok. David wrapped up a couple of dozen great stops across the city, some of which weve then boiled down into our Great Bangkok Hostels piece (see FEATURED below). A bunch of other great spots include Tavee, Phra Nakorn Norn Len and, well, take a look and see what you can findwe have plenty and theyve all been visited, as always, in person, by a Travelfish writer. In the case of Bangkok, that would be David, so if you like your room, send the man some som tam! Dont forget about the 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to this page, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox Perspective matters This week has seen Gunung Agung on Indonesias Bali well and truly erupt. The eruption has (once again) uprooted the lives of people who live around the slopes of the volcano. It has also severely disrupted the travel plans of tens of thousands of international and domestic travellers and, last but not least, it has made for some spectacular photos and videos. Bali, even when destructive, is still jaw-droppingly beautifuland vulcanologists believe there is a lot more to come yet. As I write, Balis international airport has just been declared closed for a third day due to the risk of volcanic ash interfering with aircraft. This closure has brought up significant challenges for foreign and domestic tourists, as Bali is not just an important international gateway to Indonesia but its also an important hub for flight travel between the east and the west of the archipelago. It is understandable that people want to get home or wish to continue with their travels, but it is important to keep things in perspective. Yes, some of the post-eruption planning (I use that term loosely!) and communication from authorities have sometimes left something to be desired, but standing at the check-in desk screaming at an airline staffer isnt going to result in the airline deciding to turn the eruption off. While these frustrations are annoying, it is worth keeping in mind that tens of thousands of people are in camps, without the financial means to, well, fly even when the airport is open. So rather than venting over a Bintang bottle at an airport news crew, perhaps get online and make a donation to one of the organisations doing tremendous work under challenging circumstances. Ive listed a few below to get you started. Kopernik Bumi Sehat East Bali Poverty Project IDEP If Agung continues to erupt for a stretch of timenote that Sinabung on Sumatra has been erupting on and off since 2010the effects on Balis tourism industry will be nothing short of catastrophic. This would make your donation to the above-mentioned organisations all the more warranted. Good travels Stuart Featured Great hostels in Bangkok Bangkoks hostel scene has come a long way since the days when a dorm usually meant a dingy mattress, if that, on a flophouse floor. The number of hostels began to increase at an incredible rate starting around 2010, and youll now find hundreds of choices ranging from bare bones to downright swanky. What were watching Memories of Thailand My two week trip around Thailand in (mostly) chronological order. Highlights: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Erawan and Chiang Mai. Film by Preet Katta. What weve read Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded Seemed ... topical. Notes from the road BURMA: Starlight Guesthouse This small lakeside spot has set good standards with clean, comfortable rooms, reasonable prices, helpful service, plenty of local information, motorbike hire and a friendly, cosy vibe. CAMBODIA: Monkey Maya Monkey Maya, a delightful, secluded retreat on the edge of Ream National Park, lies a 45-minute journey but world away from the hustle and bustle of Ochheuteal or Otres. INDONESIA: Adhistana Hotel Stylish, serene and tasteful, Adhistana Hotel offers excellent value from backpacker dorms to flashpacker and midrange rooms. The minute you see the facade constructed from old wooden shutters and doors of this well located hotel, you know youre in for a visual treat, and Adhistana Hotel pulls off a fresh modern look without being too hipster. ISLANDS: V Mala Lao House V Mala Lao House is not on the river but if youve ever wanted to know what its like to live in a traditional Lao wooden house, here is the chanceits also cheap, clean and tasteful. LAOS: Sabaidee Guesthouse and Restaurant Sabaidee Guesthouse, its lovely owner and his nightly barbecue feast has achieved legendary status, mostly spread by word of mouth alone. MALAYSIA: Coffee Atelier Big on space and big on character, the enchanting rooms at Coffee Atelier offer a counterpoint for the oh so lovely but sometimes almost too refined restorations at heritage hotels elsewhere in Georgetown, here its rustic and authentic, warts and all. SINGAPORE: Daulat An unusual hotel with an unusual name, youll find the decidedly comfortable Daulat tucked down towards the end of Madras Street, yet still in the centre of Little India. With good sized rooms, a lap pool and a boutique-y feel, this is the only hotel in this style in Little India and will appeal to those looking for something a little different. THAILAND: Phra Nakorn Norn Len The Phra Nakorn Norn Len experience takes you straight into the artistic soul of Thailand. Imaginative murals, vintage displays, soothing common areas and comfortable rooms combine to create a hotel thats hard to forget. VIETNAM: Phong Nha Farmstay Phong Nha Farmstay is the child of Aussie Ben and Vietnamese Bich who have worked tirelessly to put Phong Nha on the tourist trail. As the national park has grown in popularity and the town has prospered, so too has their farmstay, the first foreign-run guesthouse in a region that was once off-the-radar. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters We used to hide ourselves the moment the security forces approached our villages. After they left the villages following their raids we would appear on the scenes with our mobile phones, gather on-the-spot information of abuses, violence and other related incidents and send them out through the internet immediately, he said. BURMA II: Between Burma and Bangladesh The UN High Commissioner for Refugees slammed the plan: there are already internment camps elsewhere in the state; more than 100,000 Rohingya live in them. There are no schools, and access to healthcare depends on the whim of local administrators. CAMBODIA: From pet project to problem child Now, roughly 25 years after the United Nations took over the administration of Cambodia organising the countrys first democratic elections in 1993 the ruling party has finally succeeded in what many analysts and international observers have called the complete dismantling of the countrys democracy. INDONESIA I: Evacuation centres, hotels fill up as Bali eruption looms Volcanic ash is still spewing. Its thick and rising very high up to three or four kilometres from the crater, said I Gede Suantika, an official at Indonesias volcanology agency. INDONESIA II: All we do is sleep: The crushing boredom of life in one of Balis evacuation centres The volcanology centre recommended the evacuation of all villages within a 9-12 km danger zone. But once the alarms went out, villagers outside the danger zone also fled, doubling the expected amount of evacuees. INDONESIA III: Indonesia, where smoking is widespread, just placed tough restrictions on e-cigarettes They can just become regular smokers, he told local newspaper Kompas, a seemingly puzzling statement for a government official in a country where over 200,000 people already die of tobacco-related causes each year. INDONESIA IV: Sinabung devastation highlights Indonesia volcano risk When Mount Sinabung suddenly started erupting in September, spewing vast quantities of rock, toxic gas and ash on to nearby villages and farms, cocoa and coffee grower Nande Manta Beru Ginting feared for her life. A cautionary tale. LAOS I: Nam Ou 3 dam eliminates river cruises Navigation limitations between Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang will also reduce other cruise options. It will disrupt trips that pass near Done Nguen on the downstream journey to Luang Prabang via the Pak Ou caves. The caves are on the banks of the Mekong River almost directly opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou. LAOS II: Tourists complain of construction blocking Vang Vieng view One Australian tourist commented, Ive been to Laos many times and always visited Vang Vieng. I brought my friends with me this trip and was saddened to see this new building blocking the view, which is normally spectacular. THAILAND I: New tourism aims to revive Bangkoks dying communities But the main drive behind her business, she said, is the phenomenon of a vanishing Bangkok; the eviction of old neighbourhoods in recent years. Citing the need to clear traffic flow, the iconic Flower Market was moved to an indoor building in 2016. A crackdown on once-bustling street food scene in the name of orderliness is also ongoing. THAILAND II: Star elephant beats mahout to death at Chiang Mai Zoo Mrs Jampa, 50, the mahouts wife, said Phlai Ekasit was usually a loveable and kind animal that had appeared in several films. He was popular among tourists who like to feed and take pictures with him. THAILAND III: China seeks green light to get rolling on Thai train to nowhere But the railways critics have slammed the project as the train to nowhere for its slow start and have questioned its high costs and lack of transparency. VIETNAM I: Freelance tour guides claim Vietnams new tourism law railroads them into trap Nguyen Nam, a tour guide, told VnExpress that not many travel companies are willing to hire tour guides as permanent employees because it means they have to pay them monthly salaries and cover compensation and benefits packages. VIETNAM II: Defiant map-hunter stakes Vietnams claims in the South China Sea Interest in territorial sovereignty has long been in the heart of the Vietnamese people, said a senior Vietnamese legal expert in Hanoi, who insisted on anonymity to discuss a sensitive political matter. But the oil rig crisis has greatly magnified the interest. Travel writing CAMBODIA I: Farewell to Battambangs famous bamboo railway Cambodias Bamboo Railway finally runs out of track. CAMBODIA II: Angkor temples found We found two broken pedestals, each one with two holes on each side to set a statue. We also found jar fragments, Mr Vanchan said. According to ethnic minorities in the area, wine jars were richly valued items in the past, which were exchanged against cattle when a family member died. INDONESIA I: Real Bali as Western construct: Rethinking tourisms ruination of Bali The Western artists who flocked to the island following the advent of Dutch rule promoted the Netherlands Balinese narrative. Brush stroke by brush stroke, these artists not only constructed Bali as a living museum, but also added their own paradisiacal impressions of Bali, based on Edenic and Orientalist themes that were foreign to the Balinese, to create the image still widely accepted today. INDONESIA II: One mans weed As they forsake fishing for weed-pulling, the new farmers must also practise restraint. (Old story). THAILAND: A salute to 50 years of late nights at Bangkoks Malaysia Hotel Mayurees family was among those to seize the opportunity. They built a 120-room hotel with six floors and called it Malaysia. TRAVEL: Ganja and S.H.I.T. (Suspected Hippie In Transit): Backpacking Southeast Asia in the 70s You should have been here yesterday. VOLUNTEERING: Volunteering abroad? Read this before you post that selfie These can give the viewer the impression that such small gestures can change a childs life when in reality it has no impact. A lot of these people make empty promises and never come back to the community, says Worrall, who has worked in Uganda as a development consultant for seven years. She recreated the image for Barbie Savior in August 2016. Interesting site Skyvector For your inner aeronautical nerd. Travel shot Escape the heat. Photo: David Luekens Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? 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Entrepreneur’s Corner: Shop local, Buy Local #ChangeTheWorld

by AngelaSchonberg @ Angela Schonberg

Following his career in the corporate fashion world, Standard Good’s Founder, Jeffery Gardner, has set out to provide quality and unique products for all.    Today, with so many purchasing […]

Langkawi travel blog — The fullest guide for a Langkawi budget trip of Malaysia

by Ann Minh @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

It’s definitely not an overstatement to say that Langkawi is a tropical paradise of Malaysia. Considered to be the jewel of Malay tourism, this destination is home to 99 different large and small islands. About 30km west of the mainland, Langkawi is not only well-known for its potential in island tourism but also loved for […]

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding The Islands Of Phu Quoc

by Huyen Pham @ Phu Quoc

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  From South Korea To Phu Quoc For SUP: Stand up paddle boarding Flat seas, crystal clear water, light winds, 28 islands, 3 main rivers, 1 large lake and more importantly… no sharks! Phu Quoc is a dream destination for those who love action water sports and the island is slowly becoming the action water sports capital of Vietnam. WHAT'S ... Read More

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The Ultimate Guide To Cafes In The East Of Singapore – 31 Cafes To Explore

by Julee Ooi @ ladyironchef

If there is one thing to be envious about those who live in the East, it is their close proximity to some of the best cafes in Singapore. As much as the rest of the population would hate to admit … Continue reading

The Ultimate Itinerary of São Miguel Island (Made By An Azorean)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

São Miguel in the Azores is a vibrant garden in the middle of the Atlantic. With so many different landscapes and things to do there, planning a route to explore the island is essential. This is the exact road trip itinerary I use when I get friends visiting São Miguel island and now I’m sharing […]

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THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT VIETNAM? SEPTEMBER!

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Yes, Vietnam is a great country to travel all year round depending on the region – but if you ask us which time of the year we like to travel most, it’s definitely the month of September! Here’s why: It’s … Continue reading

Flat whites and short blacks — a Melbourne coffee tour

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Melbourne is a city of coffee and cafes. We joined a Melbourne coffee tour with Context Travel for a morning of coffee and history.

7 things to try for newcomers in Saigon.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city which attracts many tourists every year. Many of them have come to Vietnam for the first time and some seem confusing of not knowing where to go and what to do here. Here are 7 things i think you should try when coming here. Nguyen Hue walking street: Located in downtown […]

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Shopping in Saigon

Shopping in Saigon


Travelfish

When you think of shopping, do you think of bustling markets or fancy shopping malls? Piles of US$3 Ralph Lauren polo shirts or the hundred dollar cus

How to celebrate Oktoberfest Tulsa

by Adam Cheshier @ Indie Travel Podcast

Heading to Oktoberfest in Tulsa? Here's everything you need to know about the festival, including how to get there and what to drink.

GUIDE BOOK FOR THE SOUTHWESTERN: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

Cai Rang floating market is a large and typical floating market in Can Tho. It specializes in wholesale agricultural products, fruits of the region. It is close to Can Tho, only 5km away so it is not difficult to see the busiest scene in the morning from 6 to 8h. It is crowded with big […]

Tan Quy Island and floating markets in Mekong Delta 2 days 1 night tour

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

Daily Travel Company is honored to introduce to travelers our Tan Quy Island and floating markets in Mekong Delta 2 days 1 night tour as follow: Highlight of the trip Visiting less tourist area in Mekong Delta See local people, orchard gardens, Khmer’s culture See the famous pagodas in Tra Vinh See the floating markets in […]

The Ultimate Guide To Exploring Komodo National Park

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

Bali may have claimed the spotlight for Indonesia, but there are at least 18,000 other islands and countless other destinations worth exploring in this country.

Komodo National Park is one of them. 

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Cherokee Nc Fly Fishing Report

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Cherokee Nc Trout Fishing Report

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

Cherokee north carolina we saw lots of nice sized fish put in the and some true river monsters caught too great smoky mountains fishing report december 14th winter fly the smokies rainbow trout 9 lbs 11 ounces cherokee nc Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report February 27th &nbsp Fly Fishing Winter Specials D In Smoky Mountains… Read More »

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.

The Cheapest Way To Send Money Internationally

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

Hey you! Have you taken my survey yet? If you haven’t yet, I would REALLY appreciate it if you could click to answer 6 easy questions – it’s totally anonymous, and will let me know what kind of content you’d like to see on this blog going forward.

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

In Saudi Arabia, you can try authentic apple-flavored Budweiser. (Non-alcoholic, of course.)

VBH Guide to Vietnamese TET New Year & The Year of the Rooster…

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

2017 represents the Year of the Rooster according to the zodiac. To the Vietnamese, the Rooster is one of the most important animals that govern human life. It’s an essential protein for nourishment but is also often used as an … Continue reading

Lisbon Travel Blog: Complete City Guide for 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon travel blog and guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to the trendiest hotspot in Europe right now. Budget, tourist traps and places not to miss vs main tourist traps, places to eat and of course insider tips. After all I’ve lived in Lisbon for a decade! I know […]

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Travel diary: A year of housesits and family time

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

It's been a year of slow travel for us -- lots of time housesitting and spending time with family. Check out our late-2017 travel diary.

Attending a Ganga Aarti: how to worship the Ganges River in Haridwar

by Sebastian Wojnar @ Indie Travel Podcast

Haridwar’s Ganga Aarti has taken place nightly - rain or shine! - at Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat since 1910. Find out how to experience the Ganga Aarti for yourself.

Vietnam travel guide & advice for your next visit

Vietnam travel guide & advice for your next visit


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Vietnam, Asia's hottest destination. From postcard-perfect beaches and glowing white ao dais, this can be a very rewarding destination

Hon Thom Island Fishing Village

by Huyen Pham @ Phu Quoc

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Hon Thom Island: A look Back The new Phu Quoc Cable Car will bring Hon Thom Island into the global spotlight and plans for the transformation of this bean shaped island, Phu Quoc Districts second largest, into an ecotourism destination will be executed and thus forever transforming the land and the lives of all of Hon Thom's inhabitants.  Here is a look ... Read More

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Entrepreneur’s Corner: Raise A Glass, Wine For All

by AngelaSchonberg @ Angela Schonberg

Throughout history the art of wine making and partaking is a tradition for those wanting to come together and enjoy time with one another. When we gather for a home-cooked […]

Review: L’Usine in Saigon

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

Tucked away down a tight alley in the heart of Saigon, one of the city’s most pleasant cafes perches in an upstairs loft. Only a short walk from most of the city’s […]

Fishing New Zealand South Island

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

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How To Visit The Amalfi Coast, Vesuvius and Pompeii From Naples Independently

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

I’m sharing my full planning insights to visit Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Amalfi Coast on a fully independent trip. I’ve used no expensive tours or agencies and I now show you how you can do the same. This is the fun and adventurous Italy! I just came back from a surprise trip I prepared to […]

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What to eat in Buenos Aires

by Craig Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

There's plenty of deliciousness to be found in Buenos Aires, and the city is finally shaking off its vege-unfriendly status. There's little of that here though. If "when in Rome, do as the Romans do" applies, then "When in Buenos Aires, eat these tasty finds" will certainly work too.

The 19 Best Travel Accessories To Save Space, Time And Money In 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This article is a comprehensive list of all the items and travel accessories that make your life easier when you are on the road. Based on my personal experience and the latest trends out there. How many have you got already? Let me start by saying I’ve seen loads of lists of “must-have” travel accessories […]

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Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

The most useful Vietnam Travel tips for families traveling with children. What to do in Vietnam when you travel with kids? Safety advice for parents.

Should I do a tour?

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Although we love to travel independently, sometimes a tour is the best way to see your destination. Check out our favourite tours for indie travellers.

How To Tour The Mekong Delta On Your Own | Frugal Frolicker

How To Tour The Mekong Delta On Your Own | Frugal Frolicker


Frugal Frolicker

Rather than booking a day trip from Saigon, do the Mekong Delta on your own! Visit the floating markets in Can Tho and book a homestay in Vinh Long.

How to Know When to Travel Anywhere – The Rove.me experience

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

We live in a rushed era where the “fast-food” concept has arrived to the travel world too. Many people out there can do a life of travel based on keeping a count of countries visited and bragging themselves because of it. But is that really the essence of traveling? For me, the whole purpose of […]

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Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

How to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan

by Linda Smith @ Indie Travel Podcast

From early March to late May, Japan's gorgeous cherry trees are in bloom -- and the whole country celebrates! Learn how to celebrate the cherry blossom festival in Japan!

Expat English Teacher on Phu Quoc

by phu quoc @ Phu Quoc

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  Teaching English On Phu Quoc Island Teaching English on a tropical island… it is what most millennials who travel abroad dream of.  Here is one living that dream.  Meet Thomas from Holland. For the past 3 years he has lived in Saigon however  this year he wanted to try something different and live on the paradise archipelago of Phu ... Read More

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The Best Value Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

After the best boutique hotels in Saigon, we decided to have a look at a cheaper selection of accommodation in our city. As always this is only based on our opinion nor this is a sponsored article/video by any of these hotels. Check out the...

‘Lost Girls’ tout travel to aid career

by Lost Girls @ The Lost Girls

From the Boston Herald by Darren Garnick: As an editor and internship coordinator for both Self and Shape magazines, Amanda Pressner noticed a disturbing trend among the pile of resumes clogging her desk. Students weren’t just competing for the right to earn a marquee company name for their resume — in some cases, they were [...]

Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour – You’ll find it’s more than a modern city

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is no longer a strange destination for travellers visiting Vietnam. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are free to venture and explore a number of destinations in Vietnam, but believe me, don’t mistake Ho Chi Minh as another sprawling modern city without personality. With […]

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7-11 Food: Beyond The Ham & Cheese

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

Seven elevens are pretty much essential these days in Thailand, whether it’s expat paying bills, locals buying online purchases, or adventurous travelers indulging in...

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What It's Like To Be A Travel Writer For Travelfish - An Interview With Don Morgan - Travel Happy

What It's Like To Be A Travel Writer For Travelfish - An Interview With Don Morgan - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

Travelfish has grown to become probably the best online-only guide to backpacking in South East Asia. Don Morgan is Travelfish's man in Vietnam, continuall

Stony lake with great pike fishing - Auf Hecht im Stony lake

Stony lake with great pike fishing - Auf Hecht im Stony lake

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

Little secret pike fishing lake in the Tumbler Ridge area in BC ! Ein kleiner Geheimtip zum Hecht angeln in der nähe von Tumbler Ridge in zentral BC in Kanada !

My 31 Favorite Travel Tips From My 31 Years Of Age (Auch!)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Looking at my travel resume, I have been fortunate to have visited more than 30 countries in 4 different continents. About time to put together my favorite ever travel tips that work anywhere in the world. This year I’ve turned 31 years old (auch!) which also means 31 years of collecting travel experiences. With every […]

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South East Asia with two kids and a nana (and a husband): Guest Post - Red Door Ponderings

South East Asia with two kids and a nana (and a husband): Guest Post - Red Door Ponderings


Red Door Ponderings

Family Travel to Cambodia and Vietnam with two children, a nana and a husband.

Pick My Brain: PR & Marketing Hotline

by JP @ Trip Whisperer

Are you in need of public relations guidance? Not have a big budget and just need to bounce ideas off a professional?
Pick my brain for an hourly rate

Hong Kong tourist card — 7 useful Hong Kong travel card every traveler must-have

by Emily Nguyen @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Your trip will be easier if you know the type of card (Hong Kong travel card or Hong Kong tourist card) you need when traveling to Hong Kong. Especially, when using these cards as a universal key as a wallet. From MTR to Octopus cards, you will not have to worry about carrying too much cash […]

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A day in Cholon

A day in Cholon


Travelfish

Cholon is Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown but it far more than just a traditionally Chinese settlement.

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @Thedistancekc The Distance Keeps Calling @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@Thedistancekc wrote:

Oh god, this is a tough one!! Currently in Vietnam (staying for 3 months before returning later in the year).

I love it here - theres so much to see and do and the food is incredible - I've visited a couple of times before and don't think I'll ever tire of it. Its so hectic here, but I love the people and the speed at which things are done.

The problem is I love Thailand just as much and have travelled there frequently - again the food is amazing and the things to see and do are endless.

I would rank them Vietnam, Thailand (so very close behind) then Cambodia.

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The Best Lisbon Hidden Gems and Secret Spots

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This is a curated list of the major Lisbon hidden gems and secret places. No touristy bullshit or pretentiousness here. Whether you are living in Lisbon, have a few extra days to explore or you’re an hipster looking for the off the beaten track, this article is for you. Lisbon holds a special place in […]

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Fishing Lodges New Zealand S South Island

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

When to fly fish in new zealand owen river lodge nz inside tongariro lodge new zealand s iconic fishing unparallelled beauty new zealand s south island is alive with glorious glacial scenery Acmodation New Zealand &nbsp South Island Fly Fishing Rivers Owen River Lodge Nz &nbsp Fly Fishing Special At Riverview Lodge &nbsp South Island… Read More »

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Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

Ladyironchef Is Hiring For 2018 – Join Us & Be Paid To Eat + Travel

by ladyironchef @ ladyironchef

Ladyironchef is hiring for 2018! New year, new goals. Keen to join our family as a full-time writer and be paid to eat and travel? Our office has a few tables to fill and we would like you to be … Continue reading

Travelfish #286: New planning section + Showcase + Membership drive!

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is Showcase and were showcasing Travelfish as a part of a membership drive. Weve also got a review of A Great Place to Have a War and a moody video from Northwest Vietnam. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This month, were running a membership drive to get more people signing up as Travelfish members. Membership costs just A$35 and we think that is some pretty spectacular valueand we hope you do too. Not convinced? More information here. Still not convinced? Please send us an email and let us know what you think would get you over the linebut no, we are not adding a free set of steak knives to the offer! To the many of you who have already signed up as paid members, thank you very much! As a part of this, weve asked some of our researchers to write about what a day in their life is like when theyre on the road for Travelfish. This is aimed at giving you a better idea of what is involved in creating what you can read online. So, with leading by example in mind, Stuart is kicking this off with this weeks soapbox. Online weve got a new and shiny travel planning section which is just about donejust a few straggling pics to come. If youre in the process of starting to plan your very first trip youll find a load of useful information in there (we hope). As with last week, weve got a special deal for all newsletter readers: a 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to the page listed below, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (note it is case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Small print: Pay at hotel room types do not qualify, and you must book through the following URL: https://www.agoda.com/travelfish Youre able to access all of Travelfish.orgs information via our website. But if youd like another way to support independent, informed coverage of how to travel around and what to see in Southeast Asia, wed be grateful for you chipping in. It costs a very reasonable A$35 per year to become a premium member (please note: Australian not US dollars!, so around US$27, C$35, EU23, GDP20 or VND 620,000!). Membership gives you access to our forum plus more than 200 downloadable guides (235 to be exact) and a special deal with both roundtheworldflights.com and All Points East. Weve been covering Southeast Asia since 2004 and we plan on doing so for many years to come. Find out more here. This weeks theme is showcase as in we want to showcase some of the writing which we think makes Travelfish so great ... and worth a $35 subscription! Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox A day in the lifeStuart Im an early riseroften up for 4 or 4:30 in the morning, so on a typical day when Im on the road researching, Ill make use of those first hours typing up what I got through the previous day. It may just be a case of typing in my scribbles, recording business card details, or, in the bigger cities, getting the days research out of my brain and into electrons. When Im covering a destination with a tonne of accommodation, Ill do a few in a group then camp at a cafe to scribble the details onto their cards or into my notebook. This initial memory dump is all about error avoidancewas Joes Lodge the one with red walls or the broken rattan lounge in the foyer? Were those the sheets with the Disney print or was that Sals next door? So the morning after the day before, before I leave my room, Im detailing and expanding on those initial notes. While downloading my brain Im also downloading my pics, sorting into folders (by destination, then type, then property name) and once downloaded I go through those to double check on my memory. The pics are terrific memory triggersahh the crap art on the wall of the jet black shower curtain Id forgotten about. Once that is all squared away I hit the street looking for a market and then some places to eatstreet cafes are my preferred digs, but Ill keep an eye out also for sit-down spots. Everything I see, random points of interest, stuff I may never need, are all dutifully collected in a smartphone app for latitude and longitude (which we use for mapping on the website). Fed, Ill wander a bit, maybe drop by another wet market, have a poke around, till things start to open and try and get some sightseeing in before I start on the hotels. Hotels I do in two slots: 10am till 12 and around 3pm till 5pm. In between Ill write up my morning notes, fit in a museum or try a few more restaurants. I work hard to take lots of pics when the lights good around sunset, then I look for places that might be good to relax at the end of the day inthis is the fun bit! Then back at the hotel, Ill write stuff up, shower again, change again, and then head back out. Ill try at least two or three restaurants if I can, just grazing, but checking out the menu and what is on offer. Depending on the town, Ill also try and find a couple of places for a drink or to socialise but I dont tend to go late. Ill normally be back at the hotel by 10, then perhaps spend 30 minutes tidying up my notes, then Im dead to the world. I can do this seven days a week for around three weeks before the wheels start to fall off. Essential gear: Smartphone, notepad, pens, a hat and a scarf. Plenty of pockets. Good travels Stuart Featured Guide to the Tha Khaek Loop By the time you roll back into Tha Khaek, youll have covered 450-kilometres and travelled through some of the most breathtaking, unforgettable scenery in all of Laos. The Tha Khaek Loop: get a motorbike and go. What were watching The old ways: A journey to Northwest Vietnam This is a short film in Northwest Vietnam, one of important sub-regions of Vietnam. This region plays a crucial role in Vietnam defense and security. Northwest Vietnam is always characterized by untouched beauty of landscapes and local people.Locations : Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Bac Ha, Hoang Su Phi, Ban Phung village Film by Nhi Dang. What were reading A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA, by Joshua Kurlantzick, an expert on Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a quite exhaustive history of US involvement in tiny, landlocked Laos in the lead up to and during the American war in Vietnam. Notes from the road BURMA: Zwegabin The massive and dramatic limestone outcrop known as Zwegabin dominates the landscape around Hpa-an. At some 725 metres, this is the highest and largest of the myriad jagged karst formations that jut abruptly out of the otherwise pancake flat paddy-fields here. The Karen consider the outcrap sacred and it has become Kayin States symbol. Hpa-ans football team is even called Zwegabin United. CAMBODIA: Why giving money to street kids is a really terrible idea It seems so natural and harmless, and resistance feels so callous and cruel, to give to the kids that fill the streets of Siem Reap selling books, postcards, flowers and jewellery, or sometimes just begging for money. They are poor, theyre clearly in need, and theyre so full of fun and banter that its impossible to say no. INDONESIA: Candi Gedong Songo Candi Gedong Songo is among Javas oldest antiquities, a complex of seven small Hindu temples dating from the eighth or ninth centuries (plus several more in ruins). ISLANDS: Motorbiking Ko Libong Every time we motorbike around Ko Libong, we stumble on secluded beaches, viewpoints and even whole landscapes that wed previously missed. Dont let the resort beach turn you into a useless puddle of relaxation until youve explored the islands 40 square kilometres concealing loads of surprises. LAOS: Motorbiking the Bolaven Plateau An expanse of highland formed from an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau is one of southern Laos most attractive destinations. Rich with waterfalls, lush jungles, farmland, ethnic diversity and miles of excellent roads, one of the best ways to cover it all is by two-wheels. MALAYSIA: Mount Kinabalu Theres something about Mount Kinabalu its awesomeness, its grace, its spirit but its no wonder so many people are drawn to climbing Malaysias tallest mountain. And the major drawcard of Mount Kinabalu is that its possible for someone with little or no previous mountain climbing skills to have a go. SINGAPORE: A one day walking tour of Chinatown With its bustling markets, fascinating architecture and mouthwatering food, Singapores Chinatown is not to be missed. Its possible to rush through this walking tour of Chinatown in a few hours, but wed advise setting aside most of the day so that you can take it at an easy pace. A lot of walking and sightseeing is involved, but weve added in eating too just to keep everything all balanced. THAILAND: A walk around Chinatown Chinatown, known locally as Yaowarat, is arguably the most fascinating part of Bangkok. Exceptional food and cheap goods line the lanes, incense smoke coils from shrines and generational businesses persist in old shophouses. Seeing as its also crowded, hot and difficult to navigate, weve come up with a walking tour to help you explore with some strategy. VIETNAM: Con Daos beaches on Daos turquoise waters sparkle like a jewel, and theyre best enjoyed from one of the islands many beautiful beaches. Some are ideal for vegging out while others require an adventurous hike. One things for sure: it will never be crowded. Heres a rundown of all the islands noteworthy beaches. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA: Rakhine crisis killing Suu Kyis peace dream While drawing on the symbolism of her independence hero father General Aung Sans 1947 Panglong Conference, an overhyped preliminary meeting with a handful of ethnic leaders, Suu Kyis 21st Century Panglong process has been devoid of detail and direction. BURMA II: I miss them so much: Myanmars lost Rohingya children plead for their parents Word spread and, in less than two months Hossain received about 1,500 reports of missing people, the majority children. He was able to reunite about half before he shut the booth down for lack of funds. I am just a volunteer, I am just a guard, he says. Im uneducated. I need some help like people who can read. I need a salary. BURMA III: Tensions over Rohingya return highlight donor dilemmas A diplomat from a donor country described the dilemma as fear of rewarding ethnic cleansing. CAMBODIA: Democracy is on the ropes Cambodian democracy is unravelling before our eyes. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is under threat of dissolution via a motion filed by the Ministry of the Interior a month ago. INDONESIA I: New great ape species identified in Indonesia Prof Wich told BBC News that the decades of collaborative genetic, anatomical and acoustic studies had achieved an amazing breakthrough. INDONESIA II: The worlds biggest grave robbery: Asias disappearing WWII shipwrecks The UKs Ministry of Defence demanded Indonesia protect the ships in its waters. A military wreck should remain undisturbed and those who lost their lives onboard should be allowed to rest in peace, a ministry spokesperson said. INDONESIA III: Indonesia to open first contemporary art gallery Indonesias first international gallery of contemporary art opens Saturday, bringing together works by Ai Weiwei, Mark Rothko and Indonesian masters in a freeflowing modern space overlooking the Jakarta skyline. INDONESIA IV: Are Chinese tourists to blame for the state of Bali? According to a recent report by the Bali Water Protection Programme, the islands water table has dropped more than 50 metres in some areas in less than 10 years. Many wells are running dry or have become tainted, particularly in the busy south of the island. SINGAPORE: Why Singapore is anxious to know who will replace PM Lee Hsien Loong Accustomed to knowing well in advance who will be their next leader, many in the Lion City are wondering why there is still no sign with only five years to go before Lee retires. SOUTHEAST ASIA: Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation But political elites, even if they could, would not want to control the flow of all information. They need the web to be sufficiently open to allow a perceived sense of online freedom of expression, and the proliferation of engaged online discussion. THAILAND: Smuggled, beaten and drugged: The illicit global ape trade Bangkoks Safari World was outed more than 10 years ago for using orangutans that had been smuggled from Indonesian jungles. VIETNAM I: Heartache for sale at Vietnams ex-lovers market Thang hopes the market will make the topic of breakups less taboo in Vietnam, a conservative communist nation of 93 million where just a generation ago arranged marriages were more common. VIETNAM II: ​Death toll from Vietnam storm tops 60 and dams near bursting The countrys Search and Rescue Committee said 61 people had been killed and 28 were recorded as missing. It said some of the victims were in vessels that capsized at sea. Others were killed in landslides. It did not give a full breakdown. More than 2,000 homes had collapsed and more than 80,000 had been damaged, it said. Roads that had been flooded or washed away caused traffic jams across several provinces. Travel writing BURMA: Western lives among the ruins of Bagan A small group of expats have made a new life for themselves at Bagan, and they advise visitors to forget the tourist trail and take in the areas history. INDONESIA: The shunned part of Bali that chef Will Meyrick adores Every year, more than 5 million tourists come to Bali. But only a sliver of that number visit the capital Denpasar because they have an impression of it being a smelly, dirty place. But for me, Denpasar is the heart of Bali a secret hiding in plain sight just waiting to be explored. SOUTHEAST ASIA: 10 of the best contemporary art spaces in south-east Asia Artists in Myanmar, Cambodia and across south-east Asia produce work in a climate of authoritarianism and often in open defiance of it. Here are 10 spaces that promote their artistic freedom and independence TRAVEL: TripAdvisor apologizes for deleting review detailing rape at Mexican resort But the investigation by The Journal Sentinel found other instances in which negative reviews, including comments that warned about assaults and deaths, had been deleted without explanation. TRAVEL: On travel insurance Bangkok Podcast interviewed Stuart about travel insurancegive it a listen and set aside some time for their dozens of other episodes. TOURISM: Responsible tourism is changing The first issue lies with a fault line at the heart of our concept that we are all very aware of. Everyone who has been an advocate of responsible tourism for international clients will have been asked the same question many times: how can it be responsible if you have to fly to get there? VIETNAM/Australia: Phở, Gỏi Cuốn, and Bn: How Vietnamese food entered the Australian consciousness In 2017 young Australians are familiar, if not obsessed, with Vietnamese dishes. Last years food trend report released by Google showed that consumer interest in phở has grown by 11 per cent year-on-year since 2013. Instagrams data from 2015 revealed Melbourne as the top spot globally for posts featuring bnh m. Interesting site Passport index Explore the world of passports by country. Travel shot Grab a bite to eat in Sanur. Photo: Stuart McDonald Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! 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33 Travel Memes That Accurately Describe Going On A Vacation

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

A collection of funny travel memes and GIFs that are real AF and perfectly describe any of your last vacations. Featuring some of my favorite ones ever! Going on a trip is full of funny situations that happen over and over. I’ve put together what usually happens to me and went looking for memes and […]

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by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

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by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

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Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @coffeehan Marjorie Gavan @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@coffeehan wrote:

I haven't been to Thailand. I was not impressed with Vietnam (got scammed a few times there also) so I pick Cambodia. I went to Siem Reap, the people are kind, the temples are breathtaking, and I love the slow-paced life.

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by Fion Lee @ ladyironchef

Nestled amongst private housing estates in the Lorong Ah Soo neighbourhood, Purist Patisserie is a beautiful boutique patisserie tucked away on the end of shop houses of The Promenade @ Kilat. Primarily opened for custom cake orders and collections, this … Continue reading

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by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with financial journalist Matt Levine, now writing for Bloomberg View.

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The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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50 Travel Photos Left On The Cutting Room Floor In 2017

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

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by @ Wikitravel

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by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

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Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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by Fion Lee @ ladyironchef

While Yishun is known for making strange news headlines regularly, some good does exist in this bizarre neighbourhood. Nestled amongst HDB flats in Yishun, Heng Hua Restaurant is a hidden gem which serves authentic Heng Hwa delights and a wide … Continue reading

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It


Legal Nomads

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon's streets with this guide to the best dishes and where to find them. Bonus section on visas, taxis, and more!

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by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon 3-day itinerary is ideal for anyone visiting for the first time the portuguese capital. It’s packed with insider advice of what’s REALLY worth to do and hipster tips to see the major sights. Bem-vindo a Lisboa! Oh Lisbon. The city oozing the million-dollar combination of tradition, charm and modernism. The alluring culture, the […]

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Mekong Delta Day Tour

Mekong Delta Day Tour


Travelfish

The Mekong Delta is the region where the Mekong River empties into the sea through many distributaries, a vast watershed of over 40,000 square kilomet

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by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Five months in New Zealand (and about five weeks in Australia) have shown us that there's no place like home... and also, no place like the open road.

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by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

Nestled along the foodie haven of Jalan Tras and Jalan Dhoby lies Restoran Hua Mui, an old-school coffee shop that is said to be the birthplace of the original, authentic Hainanese chicken chop. Although it may look unattractive at first … Continue reading

The Most Complete Travel Guide to Pico Island, Azores

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This easy-to-follow Pico travel guide contains all you need to know to explore Pico island in Azores. Find out the best places to go and how to budget and plan your itinerary. And of course, what and where to eat. Let’s get started! Each island in the Azores has its own charm and appeal. There’s […]

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South African Culinary Tour – Wine!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

South Africa Tour It is with absolute delight that we at Access Trips announce the launch of our newest exotic culinary destination! A South Africa tour is just what the doctor ordered for the cuisine savvy adventure seekers who love all that Access Trips has to offer. Our newest tour is sure to dazzle you, [ ... ]

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by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

As far as Christmas Markets go, Belfast really isn’t that bad, where it’s found under a fancy backdrop at Belfast City Hall, and when...

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Things to know for travel in Vietnam - CHOICE

Things to know for travel in Vietnam - CHOICE


CHOICE

Where to get the best cash rates, phone rates, phone apps for maps and currency conversions, and why you should blame sharks when the internet cuts in Vietnam.

Best onsen in japan — Top 5 best onsen towns in Japan

by Angela Smith @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

If you are planning to go to a place and want to find an Japanese onsen (Japanese hot springs) place that fits your itinerary, there are plenty of options along the Japan country. Are you are looking for the best Japanese onsen? Let’s discover the famous and best onsen in Japan with top 5 best […]

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Takaragawa Onsen: A Japanese Dream

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

The one experience not to be missed in Japan, for me, is the traditional ryokan experience, which is more than just your typical hotel...

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

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Marvelous Manly: Outdoor Adventures & Beaches Galore

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

I’m probably not supposed to say this as a resident of Bondi Beach, but: I really love Manly. In fact, I can definitely see it being the next place I live once I’m over Bondi (if that day ever comes!).

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Saigon Street Food: Xoi

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

Although I love Saigon’s street food, some of the dishes that you’re served streetside can have portions on the small size; some of them are plenty for one person, but others may require […]

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by Nur Sofia @ ladyironchef

Vietnamese food is one of the best things in Asia. From fresh spring rolls to a comforting bowl of pho, Vietnamese dishes are distinct and highly addictive. Due to Ho Chi Minh City’s sizeable Muslim population, halal Vietnamese food is … Continue reading

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by Kristen P @ The Lost Girls

By Kristen Putch LG North American Travel Editor A trip to the beach always offers the ultimate romantic getaway. Myrtle beach is no exception – with great options in dining and nightlife, you won’t have to rely on a simple walk along the shore to keep the spark on your trip. Dinner If you move away [...]

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by Dung @ Vis Estate

  New modern apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, big living room located in a beautiful house with elevator, parking, security 24/7. Just 10 minutes commute to downtown. Closed to supermarket and shop. This apartment is serviced. Maid, Wi-Fi, TV, drinking water, and everything except electricity This apartment is serviced. Maid, Wi-Fi, […]

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Top 5 things to do in London

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Delve into history, see a show, enjoy the parks -- if you find yourself wondering what to do in London, England, these five things to do are a great place to start.

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by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

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by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Travelling by public transport is an experience in itself when visiting a new city! Listen to our public transport podcast.

Back of the Bike Tours

Back of the Bike Tours


Travelfish

Back of the Bike Tours offer private, food-centric tours of Ho Chi Minh City at an affordable price.

Wells Gray you are great !!! Was ein schöner Park !!!

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by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

Travel and fishing the Wells Gray Provinzial Park in BC, Canada.

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by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

This year World Nomad‘sTravel Writing scholarship will be sending a lucky writer to three different countries in Southeast Asia! This assignment is unique in that you are not only sent to three […]

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by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

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by Lost Girls @ The Lost Girls

If last year’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics got you hankering after a taste of all things British, you couldn’t choose a better time to visit.  If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Royals with a trip to London, visit the home of Harry Potter in Northumberland or relax on a gorgeous [...]

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by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

This is quite probably the least likely post for me to share, given my deep hatred for shopping, but being a married man and...

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Can Gio travel guide — An ideal destination to spend the weekend near Saigon - Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Can Gio travel guide — An ideal destination to spend the weekend near Saigon - Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!


Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Can Gio ecotourism site is 50 km away from Ho Chi Minh City center to the southeast. This is a familiar tourist destination of many people who live in Ho Chi Minh City on the weekends. Top 10 most famous & best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Top 5 best islands …

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by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

If you want to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City night life at its best, don’t forget to visit a rooftop bar, overlooking the vibrant city. These are great places to meet friends to share the views with. Here are our 5 go to rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. The Social Club & Pool […]

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10 Trips From Cusco to Add to Your Peru Travel Bucket List!

by Selma Dzonlic @ THAT BACKPACKER

Once considered the centre of the universe by the largest empire of its time, the Incas, today Cusco draws over one million tourists per...

Ho Chi Minh City travel guide. Travelfish.org

Ho Chi Minh City travel guide. Travelfish.org


Travelfish

Independent travel guide to Ho Chi Minh City, includes up to date information on guesthouses and hotels, attractions and advice on travel, timetables and more.

Can Gio Island Vietnam Travel Guide

Can Gio Island Vietnam Travel Guide


Phu Quoc

Can Gio is a tropical island getaway from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. It is blessed with beaches, seafood, and awesome sunsets. Learn more.

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by Huyen Pham @ Phu Quoc

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by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

“Guess how many casinos are in Sihanoukville”, my taxi driver asked as we drove from the train station. “20”, I said with confidence. I had read a news report about it recently and I felt certain with my answer, even though it seemed like a ridiculously high number. “55”, he said. I don’t know if […]

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by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

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by Ann Minh @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Singapore Night Safari is the first night zoo of the world, which can give visitors a chance to explore the mysterious and interesting nightlife of the wildlife in Singapore, therefore, this place is always a tourist destination that any visitor wants to come at least once when traveling to this island nation. Let’s explore Singapore night […]

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by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @jegreen Johnna Green @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@jegreen wrote:

1000% Thailand. However, it is relatively easy to do all on the same trip. I lived in Thailand for three years and I still discover new sites and things to do when I visit. Bangkok is so modern and booming, there are always new bars or exhibits and amazing restaurants (especially with the Michelin guide coming this year). While the touristy beaches are cool to meet other travelers, there are plenty of more secluded beaches to go to where you don't get stuck with hiked up prices and being overrun with tourists.

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Travelfish #293: Hostel ageism + Kuala Lumpur

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Happy New Year all! Weve taken a bit of a New Year spring cleaning broom to the newsletterwe hope you like it. Weve kept the book review and the soapbox but well now just be talking about a single destination each week. The news and travel writing wraps will remain as always. Feedback, as always, is appreciated. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo Soapbox Ageism in hostels On my recent spell in Kuala Lumpur I fit in a few stays at various hostel dorm rooms. KL has some excellent hostels (some of which we list) and some truly not-excellent ones (which we dont), but something that I encountered more than once was an underlying vibe of Hey, old guy, why do you want to stay here? Thankfully nobody actually came out and said that, but here is a typical example. When I checked in, the staffer was, to say the least, nonplussed at needing to deal with me. He walked me half way to the dorm, pointed me to the door, pointed in the other direction to roughly indicate where the bathrooms were, and walked off. That was it. Later I saw the same staffer giving a woman in her mid-20s a very detailed walk-through, including showing her the rooftop area (which they didnt tell me existed). When I checked out the next morning, a different staffer took my room key and said exactly two words: Thanks. Bye. Bye indeed. Of course, I know my way around a hostel and a dorm, and to be honest I dont really need a detailed blow by blow explanation of how to use a keycardbut there was no way the staff knew that. In their eyes, Im a less desirable guest and how a hostel in an ultra-competitive market like KL can afford to have staff with an attitude like that is totally beyond me. No, I didnt list them. Good travels Stuart Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip What were reading The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui, is a beautifully drawn graphic memoir that tells the story of This parents before they fled Vietnam in 1978 with her and her siblings. More than this though, its also a quiet meditation on becoming a parent, and considering where she, her parents and her son sit in the generational story of their family. Thank you Just a few quick words of thanks to businesses who have decided to advertise direct with us on Travelfish recently. If you know a business, small or large, who may be interested in advertising on the site, please send them our One Page Media Kit! Asia Highlights offer tailor made travel through Vietnam, Take Me Tour offer experiences with locals out of Chiang Mai and, last but not least, Akha Kitchen offer Thai cooking classes in Chiang Rai. Featured destination KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur is not at the top of all Southeast Asian travellers most-want-to-see lists. But in part due to the wild success of low-cost carrier AirAsia, they are passing through KL more than ever before. Heading from Bali to Siem Reap, and youll most likely have at least a few hours laying over in KLIA2. Likewise Krabi to Saigon, Medan to Manila or Jakarta to Johor. But the airport is just a one-hour bus ride from downtown and most nationalities get 90 days visa-free entry into Malaysia. So maybe next time youre whizzing through on the way to somewhere else, consider breaking the trip up and giving KL more than a couple of hourswed say it is easily worth two days, if not maybe three or four. Why? Keep reading. We think of KL, which kicked off as a malarial jungle with mine-able tin not even 200 years ago, as being midway on a continuum between totally functional and predictable Singapore and, at the other end, the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. All three feature wildly laid out roads with spaghetti flyovers, towering condominiums and shining towers of glass and brass, with impressive stands of greenery here and there. While in Kuala Lumpur we did a series of of food walks and tours. On one of them, the KL Food Experience, two Singaporeans discussed near endlessly the origins of the dishes we were eatingwas it a Singaporean original or Malaysian. Regardless of origin, which was better? The food, like the traffic and the trees, is also on a continuum linking up the three cities. KL is affordable (yes, you guessed it, more expensive than Jakarta but cheaper than Singapore) and there are plenty of great places to stay. The mass transit system continues to expand (though it can be confusing at timeswe repeatedly caught the wrong train), making it easier than ever to get around. The city has some excellent museums, including the stunning Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, which is one of the best museums weve seen in the entire region. Another, the Heritage Centre, was as understated as it was fascinating. There is no shortage of Chinese and Hindu temples to visit, and of course, if youd prefer a view from above, choose from the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, or, our personal favourite, Heli Lounge Baran open-air bar atop a helipad. On the topic of bars, boozing isnt cheap in KL, but theres a solid speakeasy scene for those who want something more than a tall Tiger Beer to cool off withthough if you want an affordable Tiger, head straight to Jalan Alor (and have some chicken wings while youre there). Spend an evening doing a night food tour by bicycle with Bike With Elena, or try the KL Food Experience for daytime scoffing. If youd like a guide but prefer not to pay, VisitKL run free walking tours throughout the week. In 17 days, we managed to get down over 100 meals (and came home with an extra two kilos for our troubles) which weve summed up in our KL food write-up. Overall though, we had just one very poor meal and that, more than almost anything else, says something about KLs food scene. Theres Malay fare in Kampung Baru, Indian in Brickfields and Little India, Chinese in Chinatown and Western in Bukit Bintangthis is a town where its hard to go hungry. So do get off your plane. Book a three-day stop-over between flights and give Kuala Lumpur a chance. Dont be surprised if you find yourself returning again and again. Read more about KL here. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Explainer: Two Reuters journalists due to make second Myanmar court appearance The government only announced the arrest of the reporters some 24 hours after they were detained and the two were held at an undisclosed location without contact with families or lawyers for two weeks. BURMA II: As Myanmars elephants vanish, artists bring them to life in downtown Yangon Ive always wanted to make giant elephant sculptures but they also reflect the current situation of elephant killings, said graffiti artist Arker Kyaw, who led a team of artists in the construction of the sculptures. CAMBODIA: Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia Perhaps the most decisive factor behind the governments crackdown on domestic dissent has been its increasing reliance on Chinas rising star for political and economic support. INDONESIA I: Like biting into a durian: Indonesias weird architecture of the 50s and 60s Khalil was beguiled by the fusion of geometric forms from southern California. A touch of Hollywood - fast-food drive-ins and flamboyant motels - was transplanted to Java. INDONESIA II: Deradicalisation Schools: The Answer to Terrorism? Ghazali now runs Al-Hidayah Islamic Boarding School on the outskirts of Medan in Deli Serdang. Its a small establishment with just 20 pupils, but what makes it different from the thousands of other schools across the archipelago is that all its students are the children of convicted terrorists. INDONESIA III: Bali beaches buried in rubbish as Indonesia battles oceans of plastic But the scale of the problem was most poignantly illustrated by something quite tiny. While diving off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, US photojournalist Justin Hofman captured a seahorse clinging to a cotton bud. LAOS I: With its Environmental Crisis, Is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees? The huge industry has proved so vital to Laos and the region it now plays a role in how the country deals with neighbors, with many commentators pointing to illegal timber as a major cause in last years long-running spat between Laos and Cambodia. LAOS II: Revolutionary monument to CIAs fall in Laos Once locked in remote jungle fastness, northeast Laos tallest peak is a scenic attraction itself, but the official opening of a steel staircase to allow visitors access to its eastern ridge-line is expected to come on the 50th anniversary of the one of the North Vietnamese Armys (PAVN) greatest feat of arms. MALAYSIA I: Long-time autocratic ruler could be key to ending Malaysias one-party rule But few could have imagined an election such as the one expected here early this year. The campaign will see the countrys long-time autocratic ruler, Mahathir Mohamad, recast as the man who just might bring an end to six decades of one-party rule in the country. SOUTHEAST ASIA: New Mandalas top posts of 2017 Plenty of interesting reading here. THAILAND I: How to register your drone in Thailand [Important] A must read if you are a casual drone flyer thinking of droning in Thailand. THAILAND II: Blind Thai woman jailed for sharing royal insult on Facebook A blind woman was jailed for 18 months by a Thai court on Thursday for sharing a Facebook post deemed defamatory to the royal family, her lawyer said, the latest victim of a tough law that shields the monarchy from criticism. VIETNAM I: The rise of the tourism mafia in Da Lat, Vietnams holiday heaven Vietnams government has ordered immediate measures to protect visitors from new groups of gangsters in the Central Highlands town Da Lat who have reportedly forced tourists to pay for unwanted products and services. VIETNAM II: The ghosts of My Lai I wanted to know whether Calley, a convicted mass murderer and one of the most notorious figures in 20th-century history, had ever expressed true contrition or lived a normal life. Travel writing CAMBODIA I: Immigrants Find Homes in Colorful, Floating Villages In her series Icons on Water, Fedorenko looks into the living spaces of stateless Vietnamese immigrants living in the Tonle Sap lake and river system in Cambodia. The families build floating dwellings on top of waters where citizenship papers are not required. CAMBODIA II: Cambodias bamboo train back on track We have six lorries to operate and provide service to the national and international tourists visiting the Banan temple area, said Soy Bora, a representative of the new trains operators. SAFETY: How to spot a rip While focused on Australia, this is essential viewing for any beachgoers. Interesting site Overtourism A Twitter account focused solely on overtourism. Travel shot Food coma incoming at Vishal Food and Catering. Photo: Stuart McDonald Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. Disclosure | Privacy | Unsubscribe

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by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This is our final newsletter of 2017where did that year go? Well be returning to your inbox on Monday January 8, 2018 after weve put our feet up for a short break. To wrap up this year and look ahead to the next, Stuart has written a few words on what 2018 could bring. Thank you all for reading. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo Soapbox Intelligent travel In 2004, Thailand saw around 11 million tourists. In 2016, they took in some 32 million. Laos has gone from 2.5 million in 2010 to 4.5 million in 2015. Vietnam from around 3 million in 2004 to 10 million in 2016. Cambodia from 1 million in 2004 to 5 million in 2016. These are massive increases. Over the same period, Thailand hasnt increased its supply of islands nor beaches by 300% nor has Laos increased its supply of towns with French colonial period buildings by 100%. Vietnam certainly hasnt found 300% more Ha Long Bays. Instead, pretty much all these visitors are getting crammed into the same places, and barely a week goes by without another news story bemoaning overtourism as destinations burst at the seams. This explosion in tourism has benefited many, and brought enormous wealth to a few. Many though, have fallen through (or been pushed through) the crackskicked off their land, lied to, exploited or trafficked. We, and all travel publishers, bear a share of the responsibility for this as we all make a living by essentially telling people to go to these places. While travel does undeniably have benefits, we see the growing disadvantages every day. So, while were undoubtedly a bit late to the party, in 2018 we think people need to start travelling more intelligently. Travelling intelligently isnt just knowing to wear your money belt inside your pants, or to get a backpack not a wheelie bag (joke!). Travelling intelligently is also having a handle of the effect you are having in the destination you are wandering around in and, most importantly, being aware of the people who have ended up with the short end of the stick of tourism. Weve long harped on about keeping cultural sensitivities in mind, but we think there is a lot more we can all do here. The other night here in Kuala Lumpur, I did a night cycling tour with Sabah-state native, Elena. She was a lawyer in a past life, and is also a very keen cyclist. She started up her tours (which if you find yourself in KL you should do) partly because she wanted to demonstrate that there was demand for this kind of activity. Bike lanes are starting to appear in KL (theyre painted blue, but are difficult to see because cars just park on them), and that is a start. Ko Lipe, a small and very fragile island in southwest Thailand that has been totally unsustainably developed, was the birth place for Trash Heroan organisation working to clean the joint up. They started on Ko Lipe but weve seen material for them as far afield as Bali and the Gili Islands in Indonesia. It must feel like fingers in the dike for these organisations. KL as a cycling city? Cleaning up Ko Lipe, where garbage is burned on the beach? But all change starts small. Come 2018, well be listing as a part of all our destination research ways for you, as an intelligent traveller, to contribute and, well, stick a finger in the dike. It might be an organisation like Dapur Jalanan, which runs soup kitchens for the homeless in Kuala Lumpur, Swim Vietnam which teaches local kids how to swim, SoiDog in Thailand which works to improve animal welfare or the Harapan Project in Sumbawa, which works with profoundly disadvantaged villagers. These organisations are all based in destinations that see steady streams of tourists, yet many visitors come and go without even realising they exist. This is not okay and in 2018 well be working to raise awareness so visitors can do their part to chip in. Wherever possible well be asking our writers to put just as much effort into finding you a worthwhile organisation doing important work to donate to (or volunteer with) as they do finding you just the right place to sleep or put your feet up with a cold drink while the river slides by. The time for coming to Southeast Asia, having a great holiday and then leaving without giving anything back, is overwere going to give you options and information on how to make a difference as we update our coverage. Im sure for many of our readers, youre already way ahead of us on this, and for that we say, Bravo! Good travels, Stuart, Sam, and the Travelfish team Till next time Thats it from us for now. 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Travelfish #287: A day in the life + Out and about + Membership drive!

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is Out and about and were showcasing Travelfish as a part of a membership drive. Weve also got a review of The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam and a quite fancy video from Baliwe wish we had their travel budget! More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This month, were running a membership drive to get more people signing up as Travelfish members. Membership costs just A$35 and includes: Two hundred and thirty five pdf guides, access to the forum, discounts for ticketing and travel with roundtheworldflights.com and All Points East and last but not least, a warm and fuzzy feeling inside for helping keep us in business... Not convinced? More information here. Or listen to Travelfish member Rich when he says: In a world of travel reviews with undisclosed conflicts of interest, Travelfish provides the absolute best credible and up to date information on SEAsia destinations. 10/10 would do again. Or perhaps the New York Times? On the recommendation of the indispensable Southeast Asia travel guide, Travelfish... To the many of you who have already signed up as paid members, thank you very much! This month, weve asked some of our researchers to write about what a day in their life is like when theyre on the road for Travelfish. This is aimed at giving you a better idea of what is involved in creating what you can read online and this week we have David driving the soapboxwe hope you enjoy itand David were sorry we didnt give you three days to find the cat cave! Online weve got a new and shiny travel planning section. If youre in the process of starting to plan your very first trip youll find a load of useful information in there (we hope). Weve also been busy on the tech side speeding the site up a bithopefully youll see the results in the coming week as we roll out the improvements. Dont forget about the 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to this page, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox Down the muddy roadDavid Is it cool if I check out Ao Siad, the far southern bay? I posed this question to Stuart, co-founder and director of Travelfish, before setting off to rewrite the Ko Chang Noi travel guide last year. Sure, he replied, despite knowing thered be virtually no financial incentive in sending a writer to the most remote corner of this remote Thai island. Yet he knew that side journeys into little-known territory often reveal something specialsomething that our readers might like to know about. In a forest-green parka I trudged through a drizzle, and then a downpour, down a muddy road that was more like a rock-strewn streambed. On the three-hour hike I saw no one save a wispy bearded man tending to fragrant cashew trees. Finally I spotted a sign marked with one misspelt word: PIRATS. The rolling lane narrowed to a path as I looked for tree snakes on the foliage brushing against my neck. At the end I found a pirate-themed driftwood hideaway on one of the most isolated beaches with accommodation that Id ever come across in Thailand. Hornbills glided down from the old growth. A trio of native islanders welcomed me at the bar. Woven bamboo huts draped in wildflowers faced the Andaman Sea, each fetching just 200 baht per night. For a certain type of traveller, the place will be paradise. Of course, prioritisation is key for any travel publisher hoping to earn a living. Stuart occasionally denies my requests to venture three days out of the way in search of a cave that supposedly looks like a cat, for example, and we do cover the most popular destinations in depth as well. But above all, I think, we strive to guide and inspire readers who really want to go out and explore. I do it so that youll know how to reach the undeveloped beaches on Ko Muk; whether Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall really stacks up to Erawan Waterfall; how much of the Preah Vihear ruins can be seen from the Thai side of the border; where to find a high-mountain homestay in Chiang Rai; which of Ayutthayas outlying temples are worth checking out; what to expect on the Death Highway to Umphang; or whether you should follow that sign for Crystal Water in Krabi. Of course, my exploration is not always so exciting. I ask locals where they like to eat and unwind. I walk for hours in extreme heat. I run my fingers over surfaces, looking for dust, in hotel rooms. In the words of a former Travelfish writer who first got me hooked on the site nearly a decade ago: A visit to the bus station isnt a matter of when does the next bus leave. Rather, its, When do all the buses to everywhere leave? Yes, even in Khorat. Whatever the muddy road means in a given place, Ill take it and tell you what its like. From there, the exploring is up to you. Good travels David Featured The Khao Chaison loop Monkeys, hot springs, temples, curry paste and shadow puppets are some of the draws of Baan Khao Chaison and Bang Kaeo, a pair of small towns located south of Phattalung along the railroad tracks. None of the individual attractions will knock your socks off, but they combine for some unusual experiences along with glimpses of rural Southern Thai life. What were watching Bali 2017 Indonesia travel diaries Recommendations, ideas, hotels, epic views in Bali from our trip in 2017. Film by WeiS PRoDuCTioNS. What were reading The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha Written from a scholarly, academic perspective but remaining accessible, 2017-published The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam is a broad-ranging, detail-oriented history of Vietnam that goes well beyond the usual focus of the American War years so much favoured by Western authors. If youre looking for an up-to-the-minute, sweeping history of Vietnam that honours its incredible complexity, youve found it. Notes from the road BURMA: Saddar Cave A visit to wonderful Saddar Cave is one of Kayin States highlights. The limestone karst scenery of Zwegabin and the numerous jagged, mountainous outcrops sprouting abruptly from the paddy surrounding Hpa-an host myriad spectacular caves. Saddar (sometimes written Saddan) involves a cave temple but also a hike through underground passages to the far side of a mountain and a return by wooden boat. It really is something special. CAMBODIA: Tours of Battambang Walking heritage tours take in wats, markets and colonial buildings in town while some of the cycling options take you to Phnom Sampeou, Wat Banan or Wat Ek, stopping at villages on route. This is a great way to visit the areas sights while taking in the magnificent local scenery at a leisurely pace. INDONESIA: Yogyakarta bike tours Several tour companies run Yogya village bike tours, which provide real insights into authentic Javanese village life. On first impressions, Yogyakarta may seem like a busy traffic-clogged modern city, but minutes out of town the paddy fields mature, farmers tend their crops and local industries produce traditional products, just as they have done for millennia. ISLANDS: Diving, snorkelling and boat trips The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand make Phu Quoc a popular spot to take a peek under the sea and get PADI certified. Diving and snorkelling on the island is best from November or December until March, which is the exact opposite to other Vietnam dive sites of Nha Trang, Whale Island and Hoi An. LAOS: Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden Some boat tour companies now offer an itinerary combining the gardens with Kuang Si waterfall. Pha Tad Ke is quickly rising to the top as one of Luang Prabangs special attractions. MALAYSIA: Do-it-yourself walking tour of Johor Bahru Most of Johor Bahrus places of interest are clustered in the downtown heritage area, easily explored on foot. Two must-visit landmarks, Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Glass Temple, lay a few kilometres away in different directions. Wed suggest taking a taxi to either to start our self-designed heritage trail. SINGAPORE: A walk along Singapores Emerald Hill Emerald Hill is one of the most colourful streets in Singapore and makes an easy detour from the shopping belt of Orchard Road. Come for the beautiful Peranakan architecture, a bit of antiquing, or maybe a drink at one of the trendy bars? THAILAND: Chili Paste Bangkok food tour It can seem counterintuitive to do a food tour in a city with as much food in your face as Bangkok, but a tour with Chin from Chili Paste Tours, can be a terrific way for both the novice and the more experienced street food eater, to get more than just an extra kilo out of their eating time in the Thai capital. VIETNAM: Back of the Bike Tours Want to know what the locals are munching on, on footpaths, street corners and in parks? Ever wonder how the banh xeo in Ho Chi Minh City differs than the one you had in Hoi An? Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Myanmars Suu Kyi now benefits from Southeast Asias silence When the U.N. Security Council last week called for Myanmar to end the excessive military force and intercommunal violence that had devastated the Rohingya community, Suu Kyis office responded that it regretted the councils statement. BURMA II: Rohingya babies dumped and left to die in Myanmar crisis We have witnessed scenes of shocking deprivation and desperation among thousands of stranded Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, including emaciated women and newborn babies who have been dumped on beaches and left to die. BURMA III: Myanmar military exonerates itself in report on atrocities against Rohingya A senior UN official, who had toured the refugee camps in Bangladesh, on Sunday accused Myanmars military of conducting organised mass rape and other crimes against humanity. INDONESIA: Two suspected terrorists shot dead after blaze at police HQ Police officers attempted to detain the two men for investigation but they resisted with one of the men shooting an arrow at them, Rikwanto said. The officers fired a warning shot that was ignored as the men continued to fight the police. The officers then shot the two men, killing them instantly. THAILAND: Jihadism in Southern Thailand: A Phantom Menace The priority for the Thai government and Malay-Muslim militants should be to end the conflict that has cost almost 7,000 lives since 2004, not to act on speculation regarding possible jihadist inroads. Travel writing BURMA I: Travel hubs in Burma Go-Myanmar.com is proud to partner with responsible businesses around Myanmar to create the Go-Myanmar.com Travel Hub network places for visitors to Myanmar to get unbiased, reliable tourism information. BURMA II: Who stole Burmas royal ruby? This is the story most often told in Burma, and many see Sladens knighthood just a few months later - for special service in Burma - as proof that he must have taken the ruby, donated it to Queen Victoria, and been gonged in return. BURMA III: Running from Myanmar Immersing himself into the situation, the photojournalist concedes that there were some challenges but adds that they were absolutely insignificant in comparison to the difficulties faced by the Rohingya men, women, and children in their epic journey from their villages in Myanmar to the refugee camps in Bangladesh. CAMBODIA: Leaving Cambodia: How do I do right by the place I called home? For a few, their activism cost them their lives. My old paper no longer exists; my colleagues are without jobs. I had the privilege of being able to leave it all. The question now is how I do right by the place I called home for so long. INDONESIA: This Indonesian Island Is a Respite From Bali. At Least for Now. He insisted that he wasnt going to allow Gili Air, population 1,481, or Gili Meno, which has just 424 residents, to become overdeveloped like Gili T, which has long been a backpacker party haunt. And he said he would never allow gasoline-fueled scooters on the island. (Only electric ones are currently permitted but they are not available to rent.) Hmmm PODCASTS: The Travel Podcast Comes Into Its Own There will always be a place for a few friends sitting around a kitchen table with a USB microphone and a laptop, as long as they talk about interesting stuff. Its the wonderfully democratized end of broadcasting. SOUTHEAST ASIA: 30 things to do on your first trip to Southeast Asia Not all of these are actually in Southeast Asia, but a good starting point for the first-time traveller. THAILAND: Off-road tourism Motorbikes are convenient in crowded big cities, says Khem, but theyre also a more fuel-efficient way to explore tourist attractions off the beaten track. And in Thailand, you can ride them all year round. TOURS: Elephant ride tour distribution the whole market vs curated canary An interesting read on the online tour resellers. VIETNAM I: The blogger They call us reactionaries. In the past, if someone was named a reactionary, they could be killed at once without any trial. So you can imagine how terrible it is, that word. So they call us reactionaries, and maybe they spread the word to the home village. And of course the family dont have enough information to think what is wrong, what is right, because Vietnamese people, were living under the ruling Communist Party for a long time, for several decades. So they dont know whats really happening to our country, and they dont know how important our work to defend our country is. Theyre always afraid. VIETNAM II: MSG in pho and what to do about it However, when my pho seems a little off, I may try to right it with a little MSG. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt. Interesting site Coast Vietnam What the World needs most in these troubled times more than a better mousetrap, more than a good ten-cent Bia Hoi, even is a guide to some of the coolest places to get your kicks in Hoi An City. I mean the kind of real inside dope that only those in-the-know can provide. Conveyed to a grateful public in the form of a handy website and free, monthly travel guide. Travel shot An inviting middle tier at Thi Lor Su Waterfall. Photo: David Luekens Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. Disclosure | Privacy | Unsubscribe

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by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

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by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

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by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

It’s 2017 so time to sort this drama once and for all. Is Naples safe for tourists or not? Let’s spill the truth! It’s the elephant in the room of every discussion around Naples. Just like happened when I visited Rio de Janeiro, most of my conversations before heading to Italy’s third largest city had […]

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

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by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

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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…

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by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

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by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

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Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

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by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Most visitors spend around 2 days in Ho Chi Minh city, and although the city has a lot to offer, with a well designed itinerary you can certainly get a good taste of the city lifestyle and make the most of your time here. Here’s a list of things to do for your 2 day […]

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The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Follow Up Report on Guatemalan Child Trafficking Part 2

by wes @ Johnny Vagabond

I wish I had better news. I’ve written about my experience of being offered an 8-year-old girl for the night at my hotel in San Pedro de Atitlán from a man named Pedro. I sent the guy’s photo to over twenty agencies and eventually heard from a man at the embassy in Guatemala. Six weeks [...]

Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

The post Thrillable Hours:<br /> Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author appeared first on Legal Nomads.

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…

Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Northland New Zealand

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

However long you have to spend in Northland, New Zealand, a stop at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves is highly recommended.

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trek From Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca

by Selma Dzonlic @ THAT BACKPACKER

Huaraz, home to the mighty Cordillera Blanca, one of the highest mountain ranges in the world outside the Himalaya. With peaks more than 6000...

The Best Place for Shopping in Saigon

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Everyone likes to go on a shopping spree sometimes, and Saigon is definitely one of the best place for this. Through a quick Google search will help you find countless of high end shopping malls (Vincom A and B, and the most recent Takashimaya), we...

Travelfish #288: Larger than life + Sihanoukville updated + Membership drive!

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is Larger than life and were showcasing Travelfish as part of a membership drive. Weve also got a review of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and a highlighted video from Malaysias Perhentian Islands. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This month, were running a membership drive to get more people signing up as Travelfish members. Membership costs just A$35 and includes: Two hundred and thirty five pdf guides, access to the forum, discounts for ticketing and travel with roundtheworldflights.com and All Points East and last but not least, a warm and fuzzy feeling inside for helping keep us in business... Not convinced? More information here. Or listen to Travelfish member Rich when he says: In a world of travel reviews with undisclosed conflicts of interest, Travelfish provides the absolute best credible and up to date information on SEAsia destinations. 10/10 would do again. Or perhaps the New York Times? On the recommendation of the indispensable Southeast Asia travel guide, Travelfish... To the many of you who have already signed up as paid members, thank you very much! Online weve (finally) got our guide to Sihanoukville onlinewe apologise in advance for the quality of some of the photossend a researcher in wet season and, well, you get wet photos (and a trashed camera). Moral of the story, skip wet season! Dont forget about the 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to this page, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team PS As this newsletter goes to electrons, Balis Gunung Agung has erupted (though it does seem minor). In the words of Volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner It has ash material in the plume, but it may be fresh ash or it could be broken rock from the volcano that was already there.. You can see a live video (be quick just about night time here) at our silly little HasAgungEruptedYet website. Lets see what the morning brings. Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox The little things Earlier this week I popped a piece on the Travelfish Facebook page titled In photos: The plastic chairs of Southeast Asia and it is, you may have guessed, a photo essay revolving around, well, plastic chairs. If you havent seen it already, you can read the piece here. These are the simplest things Ive taken for granted year in, year out: plastic chairs. Ive sat on them at the bus station, airport, on a boat, by the road, in an embassy, in a park. Ive slipped off them (or had them collapse under mea common thread in the comments on the Facebook page) in bars, restaurants, street stalls and more places than I care to think about. But the photos do a great job of shining a light on everyday scenes, which after travelling in Southeast Asia for a while, you might take for granted: The weathered mustard walls, the intricately packed bamboo and rattan food baskets that street vendors carry, the casual uniformed boozing and, more than anything else, the way people just plonk themselves down and get on with it. Forest, trees and all that. Good travels Stuart Featured Than Bok Khorani National Park Visitors to Than Bok Khorani National Park can take a dip in an emerald waterfall before kayaking to view haunting 3,000-year-old cave paintings. Spanning a sharp ridge of limestone mountains and coastal mangrove forest in northern Krabi province, the park makes for a worthwhile day trip. What were watching Perhentian: A moment in an island If youve never been to Perhentian Kecil, this may be interesting. Film by Sahrulazhar. What were reading The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew Genre-busting Sonny Liews graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is not only one of the most beautiful books weve both seen and read on Singapore, but it easily counts as one of our top Southeast Asian reads published in recent years. Notes from the road BURMA: Banana Mountain (Ko Yin Lay) The spectacular Buddhist complex of Ko Yin Lay, commonly known as Banana Mountain, lies around eight kilometres out of town. Burmese come from afar to visit this elaborate hilltop temple and monastery. CAMBODIA: Baphuon The opening was the culmination of nearly 100 years of work, punctuated by wars, conflict and occupation, made possible by the tireless dedication and optimism of the workers. The final stage, over the last 16 years, has seen a 300-strong team tackle what had become the largest three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle in the world. INDONESIA: Climbing Gunung Tambora Before it erupted in April 1815, Sumbawas biggest volcano, Gunung Tambora, reached a height of around 4,300 metres. When it finished belching its contents out into the atmosphere, the cone of the volcano collapsed in on itself, shaving more than an incredible kilometre off the height of its peak. ISLANDS: Gala Gala Underground House Gala Gala Underground House is the folly of the late Made Biasa, a local farmer, dalang (shadow puppet master) and priest. Biasa may mean ordinary in Indonesian, but Made Biasas house is certainly not run-of-the-mill. Basically its a 500-square-metre hole in the ground, or a labyrinth of tunnels to be exact, dug entirely by hand, with steep, narrow entrances and rooms. LAOS: Konglor Cave The Hinboun river flowing out of a nondescript opening at the base of a towering cliff hints there may be something wondrous inside. It is in fact 7.5 kilometres of wondera river passage through solid rock, and travellers can traverse the entire length to the other side on an exhilarating boat ride. This is Konglor Cave, a highlight of Laos. MALAYSIA: Batu Caves The almost 43-metre tall statue of Lord Murugan stands by the entrance to the Batu Caves and is one of Malaysias iconic images. The epicentre of the annual Thaipusam procession, Batu Caves is famous for the festival, statue and main cavern behind it. SINGAPORE: The Istana The Istana (palace in Malay) is the official residence of Singapores president, located at the very end of Singapores bustling Orchard Road behind a large white gate flanked by sentries. The building was completed in 1869 and originally served to house the governors in the British colonial government. THAILAND: Phra Pathom Chedi London has Big Ben, New York is the Big Apple and China has the really big wall. But only Nakhon Pathom can lay claim to having the worlds tallest Buddhist chedi (or stupa) rising grandly from its centre. Of Thailands countless chedis, none can match Phra Pathom in either sheer mass or historical significance. VIETNAM: Ha Long Bay If you ask a travel agent or your hotel tour desk what the differences are between the various cruises to Ha Long Bay, they will all tell you the same: the more expensive it is, the better the boat and the better the food. But how different are they and whats going to suit you and your budget? Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Should tourists still visit Myanmar despite the violence towards the Rohingya? Tourists should inform themselves about the places they visit. In an age where clicks often drive editorial decisions, staying informed can also keep the spotlight on critical issues like the Rakhine crisis. BURMA II: Bullets and burns: Injured Rohingya refugees Viewer discretion advised: Curled up in a ball, 11-year-old Ansar Allah shows a large, livid scar on his right thighthe result of a gunshot wound. BURMA III: Shan State: Burmas hidden humanitarian crisis According to Charm Tong from the Shan Human Rights Group, conditions in the camps are already dire, 6,000 people have lost food. The situation is desperate. This is a crisis for all on the Shan border. Unless the delivery of international aid is resumed soon, these communities will run out of food. CAMBODIA: The demise of the opposition sounds the death knell for democracy in Cambodia This is a tragedy not only for Cambodia, but for all those nations who have worked for decades to help rebuild the country, after many years of genocide and civil war. INDONESIA I: Exotic Indonesian birds smuggled in drain pipes Dwi Adhiasto of the Wildlife Conservation Society believes the birds uncovered from Mondays raid were on their way to the Philippines, given links to a parrot smuggling network there. INDONESIA II: Indonesias Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith So that our children can have the same opportunities as the outsiders, the people of the light, we had no other choice. We had to all convert to Islam. INDONESIA II: 90% of Southeast Asias poor live in Indonesia and the Philippines The high numbers of impoverished people in Indonesia and the Philippines can be explained by their relative population sizeaccounting for more than 250 million and 100 million out of Aseans roughly 700 million people, respectively. MALAYSIA: Marina Mahathir is on the front lines of Malaysias culture wars Theres this idea that the more like Arabs you are, the better Muslim you are. Thats the very real obliteration of our cultural heritage. THAILAND: The Bangkok type William Warren, a legendary denizen, writer of dozens of books about Thailand including a biography of Jim Thompson and Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, and a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University for 30 years, died last Thursday aged 87. RIP. TIMOR LESTE: Toxic cost of rubbish scavenging in East Timor Among them is Domingos, a 61-year-old man working at the landfill for six months. The valuable things are bottles and cans, he says. If I collect a big pile of cans, I can sell it for $1. VIETNAM: In search of Arabica in Vietnams war-scarred soil In Vietnam, unskilled and fragmented labor are major hurdles to growing coffee that meets international requirements. At the same time, shifting cultivation can also be a problem in Vietnams rural areas, as it takes an average of three years to harvest coffee, which can prompt poor farmers to abandon it for other short-term alternatives. Travel writing BURMA/CAMBODIA: Angkor-Bagan sister city deal: Why it matters However, whilst Siem Riep has an international airport, the Nyaung U airport is only equipped for domestic travel, meaning significant upgrades will be necessary for international flights to be possible. BURMA: Sparks and sponsorship light up Myanmars Shan State There are also suggestions that the Taunggyi hot air balloon competition began under the British in the late 19th century, and that the colonialists hobby was adopted and repurposed for the festival. But festival veterans like Soe Ngwe say the first proper competitions began in the mid- to late 1940s after the end of Japanese occupation. Also, our report from a few years ago. INDONESIA: Cloud forest Enjoy. VIETNAM Hẻm Gems: Chinese-Malaysian noodles and Saigons new generation of street food Opposite the small counter where this noodle-making magic occurs, a row of small tables lines the wall, opening onto the bustle and noise of District 5, a part of town that always seems to operate at double-time compared to its downtown neighbour. VIETNAM II: Bizarre banana tree with 200 bunches grown in Binh Dinh Go bananas in Vietnam. VIETNAM II: Luke Nguyens guide to the best eating and drinking in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Go and scoff. Interesting site Architectural guide Yangon Going to Burma? This is a keeper. Travel shot At the Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival. Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. Disclosure | Privacy | Unsubscribe

How to get from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura, Spain

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Sometimes it makes sense to fly to an alternative airport and make your way to your final destination by ground transport. In the Canary Islands, if you're going to Fuerteventura, you might want to fly into Lanzarote.

The Manhattan FISH MARKET – Our Childhood Favourite Introduces CNY Prosperity Treats

by ladyironchef @ ladyironchef

With over 70 outlets across the world, The Manhattan FISH MARKET certainly needs no further introduction in Singapore. This casual seafood restaurant chain is not one to disappoint when it comes to mouthwatering American-style seafood dishes at very affordable prices. Drawing inspiration … Continue reading

The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

Saigon’s Best Karaoke: iBox Karaoke

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

Karaoke is a popular pastime in Asia (Bangkok and Hanoi for instance), and Saigon is no different. In fact, if you spend much time cruising the streets at night, you will quickly see that […]

Gifts for travellers podcast (aka gifts we love)

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Listen to our travel gift podcast for tips about what presents to buy for travellers. We've received some awesome travel gifts over the years!

Frugal Frolicker Turns 5 Years Old!

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

I’ve never made a fuss over this blog’s birthday before, but I feel like 5 years is a pretty big deal so you know what? Let’s celebrate Frugal Frolicker’s 5th birthday!

Frugal Frolicker specializes in outdoor travel adventures. The post Frugal Frolicker Turns 5 Years Old! appeared first on Frugal Frolicker.

Giving it up to travel the world

by Maggie Young @ The Lost Girls

From smh.com.au: By: James Adonis “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Anecdotally it seems people are increasingly [...]

How to get around Singapore — 6 means of transportation in Singapore for tourists

by Rose Nguyen @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

With a wide network of stations located across the city, MRT seems to be an absolutely perfect solution for traveling in Singapore. However, there are still other vehicles in the city that you can use in other cases such as taxis, buses, or rental cars, motorcycles or even walk. With the range of only 50 […]

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Travelfish #291: How about a bit of respect? + Salt!

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is salt, in part because Stuart has been eating so much of it in delicious Kuala Lumpur the last week. Weve got a new review of the beautiful Sugarbread, by Balli Kaur Jaswal. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This week David is in Hanoi on a brief break before heading back to complete our full update of Thailands Ko Chang; Stuart is still in KL as he hasnt quite eaten everything yet; Sally is busy writing up her West Java research and Mark is back in Cambodia. New on the site, we have some of Kuala Lumpurs sights and attractions, which Stuart is adding as he goes. His favourite so far, undeniably, the beautiful Islamic Arts Museum. Thanks to those who signed up for our new seven-edition, specialised newsletter. We were overcome with requests and the first 25 slots went in the first hour. Well be looking at peoples feedback when it finishes this week and may open up more slots. Dont forget about the 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to this page, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Thanks to everyone who joined up during our membership drive last monthwe really appreciate it. If youre not already a member, read all about why being a member will improve your life here. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox How about a bit of respect? Im in Kuala Lumpur at the moment, trying to, well, eat everything, as part of my updating our coverage on Kuala Lumpur. At this stage it is looking like around a five-kilo trip. All that damn lard, I tell ya. Anyway, KL has some excellent points of interest, so Ive been trying to work off the lard walking from sight to sighttake my word for it, KL is not a city designed with pedestrians in mind! Aside from excellent museums and some great green spaces, KL also has some temples and mosques that are well worth a visit. Sadly, it never fails to amaze me what tourists deem to be appropriate wear for a visit to a religious site. Okay, the Chinese temples can be pretty freewheeling, but the Hindu temples and particularly the mosques can be quite conservative when it comes to what they expect casual visitors to wear. In an apparent nod to the absent-mindedness of some tourists, at both the National Mosque and Jamek Mosque friendly staffers will help the semi-dressed into brightly coloured hooded robes (red at Jamek and purple at the National), free of charge. But really, is it that hard for people to understand that wearing a bikini top or a tank-top and board shorts are not appropriate wear at a religious site? No, it isnt all that hard. Which leaves me to think that some people just dont care. So the question begs, if you cant be bothered to dress with a modicum of respect before entering a Muslim mosque, a Tamil temple, or (and this is a major issue in Thailand) a Buddhist wat, then perhaps just dont go? Good travels Stuart Featured Don Hoi Lot When it comes to locally produced food, tiny Samut Songkhram punches far above its weight. The provinces inland reaches are studded with fruit and veggie farms, and the coast churns out a bounty of fresh seafood and related products like salt, fish sauce and shrimp paste. For a taste of all of the above and more, head down to Don Hoi Lot. What were reading Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal At its heart, the lovely novel Sugarbread is the story of Pin, her mother and grandmother, secrets and inter-generational cultural change. Notes from the road BURMA: Eating in Burma The most famous salad in Burma and probably the countrys second signature dish (after mohinga) is laphet thoke (green tea leaf salad). Tea leaves pickled by oil, garlic, salt and chilli (optional) are consumed together with fried beans, peanuts, garlic, sesame seeds and dried shrimp. CAMBODIA: Phnom Penh food tour A bag of pork scratchings miraculously appeared for us to snack on as we headed back through the market, stopping at a stall to try green mango with a classic dipping mix of salt, sugar, chillies and dried shrimp. INDONESIA: Katewel, Sumba Katewel (Katewela) is a tiny coastal Bugis settlement on the north coast of West Sumba, built around a muddy, mangrove-filled, crocodile-infested estuary. The beach here isnt much, and you cant swim (did we mention the crocodiles?), but Katewel is worth a visit to see the traditional salt making. ISLANDS: Kusamba salt making Along the dry east coast of Bali, traditional salt panners spend their days labouring in the hot sun to produce some of the tastiest sea salt youll find. LAOS: Tamarind Cooking School My larp lacked salt and a pinch was all that was needed to bring out the glorious fragrance of my herb-infused minced pork. MALAYSIA: Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalus laksa hotspot Kedai Kopi Yee Fung is always busy and great for people watching. The Sabah-style laksa (medium/large for 7/8 ringgit) is pretty mild in spiciness, however the coconut milk sauce is creamy and well balanced. It comes with shredded chicken and thinly slices prawns, tender and delicious. Squeeze in some fresh lime to boost the taste. Ice lemon kitchai (kalamansi lime with salted plum) is a refreshing accompanying drink. SINGAPORE: Pulau Semakau You might expect an island made from burnt garbage to be stinky and dirty, but Pulau Semakau is scenic and the only smell is the salty sea air. THAILAND: Day trip to Baan Laem and Bang Tabun A day trip from Phetchaburi to the coastal towns of Baan Laem and Bang Tabun reveals old-style Central Thai scenes of salt farms, rice paddies, riverside temples and crab-fishing huts dotting the ocean to the horizon and beyond. VIETNAM: Hoi An to Lang Co Also try the stir-fried morning glory, whole fish steamed, squid (dip them in a slurry of salt, pepper and lime juice) and when fresh, the salt-chilli fried prawns. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Myanmar army accused of targeting Rohingya children A nine-year-old girl has told Al Jazeera how she survived being shot three times as she crossed into Bangladesh, after Myanmar soldiers shot and killed both her parents. BURMA II: Status of Irrawaddy dolphin raised to endangered Between 2002 and 2016, 42 dolphins were found dead in Myanmar, 29 of them in the Irrawaddy Dolphin Protected Area (ADPA). Established in December 2005, the ADPA is the first national aquatic protected area to be so designated by the Department of Fisheries in Myanmar. INDONESIA I: Balis rumbling volcano leaves tourist industry gasping for air But now, Ubuds hotels and shops have few customers and the streets are uncharacteristically devoid of traffic. Tour buses, typically ubiquitous, have vanished. INDONESIA II: In Indonesia, women begin to fight epidemic of street harassment I feel street harassment has been normalized within our society, said Anindya Restuviani, coordinator of Feminist Festival Indonesia, which organizes events on womens issues, including harassment. SOUTHEAST ASIA: Eluding censors, a magazine covers Southeast Asias literary scene Mekong Review is unique in part because it serves as a bridge between the academic world and Southeast Asias literary scene, said Judith Henchy, the head of the Southeast Asia section at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. Its an attempt at a kind of regional cosmopolitan voice, she added. Were subscribers! THAILAND I: How stable is post-cremation Thailand? The dismissal has raised questions about how far the new reign will go in ferreting out old royalists who have used the monarchys name for personal enrichment or influence-peddling. THAILAND II: Michelin guide leaves sour taste What was more surprising to me was the fact that only seven out of the 17 establishments that won a star were serving Thai food. Five restaurants, including one that won two stars, serve French cuisine.. As a fan of Thai food, that was one of the biggest disappointments. VIETNAM I: Bomb disposal experts destroy 4m US missile found in Hanoi river Across Vietnam, unexploded ordnance still threatens a fifth of the countrys land mass decades after the Vietnam War ended. Explosions occur frequently, killing more than 1,500 people every year and maiming and injuring 2,200 more, according to official data. VIETNAM II: The man who shot Vietnam Faass assignment to Vietnam was a logical choice, according to Tim Page, another fearless Vietnam War photographer. In 1960 he was in Congo, where he took some of the last images of the independence leader Patrice Lumumba. There is no school for conflict, Page said, only the experience. You can do it or not. Horst could. Travel writing BOOKS: 13 of our favorite travel reads from 2017 From a meditation on the Caribbeans future after the hurricanes to an exploration of the haunted side of Bangkok, here are some of our favorite Travel articles from the past year. BURMA I: Under a spray of Myanmar stars, my world felt properly foreign If anything the mountains there reminded me of the sea wave upon waves of mountains, up and down. Riding through them on the motorbike felt like being out of the back behind a set of waves, on a surfboard, being gently risen and dropped by some natural force. BURMA II: Should we boycott Myanmar tourism? Kind of misses the point that many regular people in Burma today support what is happening in the west. INDONESIA: Agung Volcano, Bali December 2017 Some fab pics here! VIETNAM: Saigons coworking movement and the rise of the citys creative class Two of their most important criteria for a coworking space are a quiet atmosphere and an aesthetically stimulating interior, says Nguyen. However, these factors dont have to be divisive. Interesting site Fried chillies Start eating here. Travel shot Astronomy and astrology. Photo: Stuart McDonald Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. Disclosure | Privacy | Unsubscribe

New Housing Law allow expats to buy properties.

by henry @ Vis Estate

Accordingly, from July 1, 2015, two long-awaited pieces of legislation, the New Housing Law , and the Real Estate Business Law, have come into effect. Under the provisions of the Housing Law, the requirements for foreigners to buy and own homes in Vietnam are loosened. Specifically, foreign organizations and individuals investing in Vietnam, branches and […]

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An updated map of the future Saigon Metro

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

[HCMC Metro Map (download full resolution image here.] Out of all the megacities of Southeast Asia, Saigon is the only city without any form of metro transport. Even the traffic-dystopias of Jakarta and Manila have a few rail lines between them. This will change when the first metro line in Saigon opens sometime after 2020 […]

Ocean Kayak Scrambler Fishing Setup

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

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Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

12 Photos from Venice, Italy

by wes @ Johnny Vagabond

Angkor Wat in pictures

Angkor Wat in pictures

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

Angkor Wat in pictures !!! Angkor Wat was in front of me find out what is behind me, its quite interesting !!! Safe travels Rio

XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

Travel Guide – Saigon City or Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnamese | Indie Travel Podcast

Travel Guide – Saigon City or Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnamese | Indie Travel Podcast


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Free online travel guide for Saigon City / Ho Chi Minh City. Travel amongst the Vietnamese and see the sites of Saigon.

How to get around Australia podcast

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Australia is a land of huge distances, so choosing the right transport is a big deal! Find out how to get around Australia in our Australia transport podcast.

Ha Long Bay tour 2 days 1 night on Oriental Sails cruise

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

Day 1: Ha Noi – Bai Tu Long bay (Meals: Lunch, dinner) 08:00am – 08:30am Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half driving to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge. 12:15 – 12:45 Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive […]

Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

A dogs life on Phu Quoc Island

by phu quoc @ Phu Quoc

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A Dog's Life on Phu Quoc Island Recently we caught up with “Jimmy“, a cute little dog living on the main island of Phu Quoc, along with his two owners.  The following is an interview from Jimmy's perspective that will offer those of you who are planning on bringing a pet to Phu Quoc some insight from both a local ... Read More

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Where I Went in 2017: A Look Back Through 21 Countries!

by Audrey Bergner @ THAT BACKPACKER

Happy holidays everyone! I hope it’s been a wonderful time filled with love, laughs and delicious food. I took a bit of a hiatus...

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @norasophia206 Nora Kaiser @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@norasophia206 wrote:

Vietnam, definitely!
The food is amazing, the people are great and very kind. I can recommend you to buy a motorbike and drive up north from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi or in the other direction through the country. At your destination you can easily resell your motorbike for a good price to other backpackers.
Cambodia is also worth seeing, but I can't recommend the very touristic places like Sihanoukville for example. Also Phnom Penh was really exhausting and a loud, dirty, asian city I got annoyed of pretty fast. Kampot in the south of Cambodia is truly beautiful and peaceful though!

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels


Travelfish

The Cu Chi tunnels are a testament to the perseverance of communist forces in survival and aggression—and they are very much worth seeing but visitors

Fishing Regulations New Zealand South Island

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

Lake pukaki mount cook np photo by bpurcell le nz newzealandvacations to fishing regulations fish new zealand Central South Island Fishing Map Waters Nzfishing &nbsp New Zealand Fishing Trout Fly Sea Fish &nbsp Fish Size Chart Nz All The Best In 2017 &nbsp Fishing Regulations Fish New Zealand &nbsp Where To Freshwater Fish In Nz… Read More »

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Barnacles – Stylish Bar With Gourmet Fare At Customs House

by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

Barnacles at Customs House is a popular after-work haunt that offers a medley of gourmet grub as well as a stellar view of the Marina Bay skyline. When the sun begins to set and the lights from the surrounding buildings … Continue reading

Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being out of action. I’ve been to Phnom Penh numerous times and I have always admired the old train station, hoping that one day that train services would resume. If you want to ride the only […]

Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Saigon Cafe (Vietnam)

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Saigon Cafe (Vietnam)


Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

Best Halong Bay Tours? We test the Halong Bay Overnight Cruise with Saigon Cafe Travel from Hanoi (2 days / 1 night). Not as promised but value for money.

Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Where to exchange international driving licence.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

Foreingers who live in Viet Nam and want to exchange  international driving license into Vietnamese one can come to Vietnamese Transport  Departments to do this procedure. Here are exact addresses of some Vietnamese Transport  Departments: Ho Chi Minh City: 252 Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 9, D3, Ho Chi Minh city. Ha Noi: 16 Cao Ba Quat, […]

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Fishing Charters New Zealand South Island

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

Wele to auckland s best fishing charter oamaru fishing charters deep sea new zealand South Bay Fishing Charters Kaikoura New Zealand Top &nbsp Our Charters Fishing Kaikoura New Zealand &nbsp Fiji Fishing Charters Namotu Island Nadi Fishinger &nbsp The Top 10 South Island Fishing Charters Tours &nbsp Seabird Charters Nelson New Zealand Boat Fishing &nbsp… Read More »

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Fascinating Harajuku Culture

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Harajuku Culture on the Access Trips Japan Tour How do we put into words the fascinating world of Harajuku? A lifestyle? Cultural phenomenon? Fashion era?  In Japan, it is all of those things and more. Uniquely Japanese and cultivated in Tokyo, Harajuku fashion is a combination of childlike fantasy, anime, and expressive other-worldly wear that [ ... ]

A Fun Stay At Vietnam Backpacker Hostel: The Downtown Hostel (Hanoi)

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Written by Huong on Jul 13, 2016 The experience of backpacking through Southeast Asia would not be fulfilling without spending a night at a backpackers’ hostel. Among all the experiences I have had so far in Southeast Asia, one of … Continue reading

Top 5 exciting shopping experiences in Hanoi

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Besides visiting famous places or trying authentic cuisine, shopping is one of the activities everyone should have on their list while traveling. Hanoi offers so many shopping options for any kind of interests. Find out more what you buy and where to shop in Hanoi. Hanoi Shopping Malls Keangnam Hanoi  Shopping malls are the best […]

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Saigon motorbike driving tips: Dealing with Police

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

Traffic in HCMC is ridiculous: it’s noisy, congested and totally awesome tonavigate. To look at the traffic from the outside it would most certainly seem chaotic; people driving on the sidewalk, almost no […]

10 Easy Day Trips You Can Take From Prague

by Laura Bronner @ THAT BACKPACKER

While there are plenty of sights and activities to keep you busy in Prague, a trip to the city should definitely include a few...

Summer Special Offer! The Hanoi to Saigon Buffalo Run

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

  We couldn’t be prouder of our Hanoi to Saigon Buffalo Run. Taking you to everywhere that makes Vietnam so damn great, many years of hard work have gone into designing this adventure. And this summer we are offering an … Continue reading

The Art of SE Asia Discovery with Travelfish.org

by AngelaSchonberg @ Angela Schonberg

Whether you are going to Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh or Nakhon Nowhere Travelfish.org has the destination details you need for you to start your next adventure. Since launching in 2004 […]

Top 5 Shopping Districts In Seoul You Must Visit For The Latest Korean Trends

by Editorial @ ladyironchef

Seoul might as well be known as the city of shopping, with its seemingly endless stretches of streets lined with stores of all kinds. Clothes, shoes, bags, beauty products—you name it, Seoul probably has it. It is basically impossible to … Continue reading

The Best Apps To Buy Cheap Flights On Your Phone (Updated for 2018!)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Finding a good and reliable travel app can be a hard task. In this article I will try to answer the question: which are the best apps to find cheap flights on your phone? Booking flights before vs now Not many years ago, you need an appointment with your travel agent to book a flight. We booked […]

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Tan Son Nhat airport’s new sleeping zone.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

With new sleeping zone, passengers will have no longer had to sit on the floor waiting for their flights. In November, the waiting area at the international terminal of Tan Son Nhat airport has been recently expanded with a 100-square-meter sleeping zone equipped with long wooden chairs and 20 sleeping loungers that anyone can use […]

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7 Unique Experiences and Things To Do in Pico Island, Azores

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

These are some of the most unique things to do in Pico you can’t miss when you’re in the island. Pico is the second largest island of the Azores archipelago – after São Miguel. Despite being the most obviously volcanic, it still boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Between the green meadows, the lava fields, […]

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FoodLine – Best Portal For CNY Buffet Catering In Singapore + Enjoy S$38 Off

by ladyironchef @ ladyironchef

With less than a month to go before Chinese New Year, we bet you are just as thrilled about this festive season as much as we are! There’s nothing quite like gathering around the family table for a wholesome feast. … Continue reading

Travelfish #294: Staying alive + Mae Hong Son

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi all, This week weve got new coverage on Thailands Mae Hong Son on the site, with West Java in the editing queue and Thailands Ko Chang due in shortly. Cindy is set to soon head to far northern Laos, while Stuart and Sally are hitting East Java tomorrow, and Mark is hitting Chiang Rai next week. Busy, busy, busy! Thank you to those who emailed in with their thoughts on ageism in hostelsseems Stuart isnt the only one! If youd like to chip in (if you havent already) for using the site, wed love you to sign up for a year-long subscription for just A$35. See more here. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo Soapbox Staying alive Sadly, this is not our first Bee Gees-themed issue, but rather were on about, again, the literal topic of staying alive while travelling in Southeast Asia. Here are two straightforward ways to improve your odds of having a safe holiday in Southeast Asia. First: Avoid speedboats. Sunday brought news of yet another speedboat accident in Southern Thailand. The King Poseidon speedboat, carrying five Thai crew and 26 Chinese tourists (including three kids) from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi Leh exploded while at the latter. According to the Phuket News the accident was due to a faulty fuel line. While initial reports said there was one fatality, they seem to have (thankfully) walked this back to 16 injured, five seriously. After the Phuket accident, a guesthouse owner on Ko Chang in eastern Thailand tweeted that a similar accident between Ko Mak and the Thai mainland occurred a few months ago, killing a Cambodian crew memberit didnt make the international news headlines. Google phuket speedboat accident or, for an Indonesian angle, Bali to Gili speedboat accident and youll see no shortage of similar reports. And as with the story out of Ko Mak, these are just the ones that make the news. Speedboats are dangerous, but it is rare, if ever, that the only route somewhere is by speedboat. Timetable your trip sensibly, and allow for some extra time to travel by slower (albeit still not 100% safe) boats, and avoid speedboats entirely. Bonus: Slower boats bring with them fewer risks of seasickness. Second: Learn to ride a motorbike properly or dont drive one at all. By far the most likely way you are going to die or maim yourself (or kill or main another person) is while riding a motorbike. If you are going to ride a motorbike, learn to ride and get licensed before you leave your home country. It is that simple. Knowing how to actually ride a bike drastically improves your chances of being able to ride one safely and well. It also makes you safer on the roadto everyone elses great relief. And if you do drive one, or just jump on as a passenger, always always always wear a helmet. The road is no softer in Southeast Asia than the roads in your home country. While were not suggesting Travelfish readers are soft-headed, dropping a watermelon out of a car when travelling at 50km/h is a pretty good indicator of what happens to a helmetless head riding at 80km/h. It doesnt matter if youre just riding down the road to grab a coffee; wear a helmet. Always. Do your bit to make the roads safer for you and everyone else on them. Youre welcome. Stuart PS Bee Gees fanes click here Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip What were reading Raffles and the British Invasion of Java by Tim Hannigan Raffles and the British Invasion of Java is a gripping, page-turner of a history that examines the five years of British rule in Java, from 1811 to 1816. Thank you Just a few quick words of thanks to businesses who have decided to advertise direct with us on Travelfish recently. If you know a business, small or large, who may be interested in advertising on the site, please send them our One Page Media Kit! Asia Highlights offer tailor made travel through Vietnam, Take Me Tour offer experiences with locals out of Chiang Mai and, last but not least, Akha Kitchen offer Thai cooking classes in Chiang Rai. Featured destination MAE HONG SON When independent travel really got going in Thailand in the 1990s, the northern town of Mae Hong Son, out in the wilds to the northwest of better-known Chiang Mai, began to feature on traveller itineraries. More or less at the halfway point of what became known as the Mae Hong Son loop, Mae Hong Son delivered a beautiful, bowl shaped valleyoften submerged beneath a thick blanket of mistto weary scooter riders as they rolled into town from the hair-raising (and back then, far bumpier!) Route 1095, from Pai and Soppong. For those who preferred to ride clockwise, Mae Hong Son waited at the end of a blazing north-south road from Mae Sariang, which would take you through vast teak forests and sparse traffic. Or you could of course get the busa creaking, fan-cooled affair, but oh boy the going was slow. With a wealth of cheap guesthouses and good places to eat, a frosty evening climate and an interesting cultural mishmash of Thai and Shan people, Mae Hong Son had an earthy traveller vibe, without the crunchy new age streak more common in Pai. Trekking was on hand for those who felt Chiang Mai was trekked out and it was also, thanks to the ongoing civil war(s) in Burma, home to a small number of foreigners involved in the refugee camps along the frontier. Fast forward 20 years and while the roads have improved (though theyre still winding as all helldo be careful) and matters have settled down somewhat over this border, the number of foreign visitors has, if anything, dwindled. Pai in particular meanwhile has boomed. A big reason for this would be the opening up of Laos to independent travellers, especially via the northern entry point at Chiang Khong. Many travellers today get to Pai but go no further, turning back to ride back to Chiang Mai to drop off the scooter and head up to Laos for the slow boat to Luang Prabang. Domestic tourists, especially Bangkokians, who reminisce about old-style countryside Thai living, love the areaand also dont seem to miss the 15 degrees of heat that goes AWOL in Mae Hong Sons cooler climate. When the sunflower fields down to the south near Khun Yuam are in season it can feel like half the population of Siam Square (selfie sticks included) has walked through a portal to Mae Hong Son. But the rest of the time, the town is blissfully quiet. Were not saying it is a ghost town by any means (though, Thailand being Thailand, there is bound to be a ghost or twocheck out some haunts [groan] at Mae Hong Son Living Museum), but rather this is the type of destination that will appeal to those looking for all the elements that make a stay comfortable and interesting, without the hordes. Explore the markets or perhaps fill half a day with a boat trip. Do climb up to the hilltop temple to enjoy a late afternoon view (or an early morning misty one). Enjoy the late afternoon crisp air while walking around Jong Kham lake, and savour the reflection of the two wats dancing across the water. Set aside a day by scooter (or hire car) to head north to Ban Rak Thai, an old Kuomintang village thats more Chinese than Thai. On the way, feed the fish at Tham Pla and walk the gorgeous bamboo bridge at Su Tong Pae. If youve more time up your sleeve, particularly if there are a few of you, Mae Hong Son still makes an excellent alternative base for some multi-day trekking. Of course, sometimes all you really need is a holiday from a holiday, in which case wed suggest aiming for one of the places on the outskirts of town where you can relax on your balcony with a book or three and enjoy some traditional Shan cuisine. Yes, Pai is worth a look and Soppongs cave is magnificent, but dont turn back! Keep going around and set aside perhaps three days to enjoy one of the most beautiful (and hospitable) provincial capitals in the country. Read more about Mae Hong Son here. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA: For Muslims across Myanmar, citizenship rights a legal fiction But citizenship is an issue throughout the country, and Muslim community leaders want the world to know that its not only those who call themselves Rohingya who face prejudice and discrimination. CAMBODIA I: Cambodias queen of punk wants to kill the love song But when she began singing about womens rights, about destitute children, dump sites and drugs about real things she felt she was onto something more meaningful. I love love songs, she says. But not this stereotype, this well-selling recipe of a woman leaving because the other guy has a bigger motorbike. CAMBODIA II: Cambodias hidden language classes But it was precisely this connection to the free world that made English so attractive. INDONESIA I: Wildlife detectives pursue the case of dwindling elephants in Indonesia In an ideal world, it obviously would be law enforcement conducting these investigations, said Shayne McGrath, an independent environmental development consultant based in Sumatra. The reality, though, is that now that NGOs are engaging in it, it does seem to improve results. INDONESIA II: Meet the 80-Year-Old grandma trying to save Indonesias classic wayang comics Before Batman fought the Joker. Before Wolverine popped his claws or Naruto perfected his slack-armed run, Gatotkaca, the bald magical warrior, was the comic hero of choice for most Indonesian kids. INDONESIA III: Beware Indonesias quiet drug war In December, Waseso said the policy had resulted in the deaths of 79 suspects, including ten foreigners, in 2017. Human Rights Watch condemned the policy, which has seen the death toll jump from 14 the year before. These extrajudicial killings are expected to continue this year, with BNN announcing investigations into dozens of nightclubs and bars in Jakarta. MALAYSIA I: Licence revoked for hawkers with foreign cooks in Penang Ong said for privately-run coffee shops, foreigners were not allowed to be the principal cooks for 13 local delicacies. They are asam laksa, char koay teow, loh bak, hokkien mee, curry mee, chee cheong fun, wan tan mee, pasembur, mee sotong, char koay kak, oh chien, koay teow soup and nasi lemak. Beyond absurd. MALAYSIA II: Mahathir Mohamad crops up again in bid to lead Malaysia with Anwar on the same side Even the multi-billion-dollar scandal that broke in 2015, and which remains the subject of a Department of Justice investigation in the US, seems not to have weakened its position. THAILAND: Yakuza boss arrested in Thailand after photos of his tattoos go viral That was until a resident posted photos of the diminutive retiree playing a streetside checkers game with his intricate gang tattoos on full show and a missing little finger yakuza members often slice off a fingertip to atone for an offence. VIETNAM: The Beatles of Vietnam The children were so small when they started the band that no one could see the youngest, Tung Van, behind his drum set, even if he was standing. Travel writing CAMBODIA I: Cambodias beaches At risk of sounding like a travel brochure, the water really was bathwater-warm and an arresting shade of Crest-toothpaste green; the sand really was white and fine as ash; and the intrepid young backpackers clustering around the Dream Dorm were so lithe and lissom that your middle-aged correspondent felt and looked like a hairy tub of yoghurt by comparison. CAMBODIA II: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being out of action. Pretty much everything you need to know about catching this train. INDONESIA I: The five lakes of Lempur We came to a wooden hut in a small clearing where a farmer lived with his young family, right on the border where the hutan adat and virgin forest meet. Real frontier livingthey even spoke of a tiger occasionally coming through their fields, in its hunt for wild boar. INDONESIA II: Goodbye Indonesia, I will miss you Accompanied by either one of them, I criss-crossed the archipelago in search of stories that interested me and (I hope) gave readers some insight into the complexity and wonder of one of Australias closest but least understood neighbours. THAILAND I: Healing powers Certain aspects of massage therapy also have psycho-spiritual components. The wood used for the dok sen therapy should come from a tamarind tree that has been struck by lightning, as it is believed such a tree has been bestowed with rare energy from celestial realms. Likewise, the iron from a plough is deemed most auspicious for the yam khaang heated-foot massage because the ploughing of fields is believed to remove bad energy from the earth. THAILAND II: Thai Chinese food tour If this video doesnt leave you with a rumbling tummy we dont know what will. Interesting site Explorelist Since quitting his job of 24 years in 2015, Darren has worked remotely and travelled the world. He loves sharing travel experiences and advice. Travel shot How about some bamboo rafting at Pang Oung? Photo: Mark Ord Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! 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How to get around Bangkok by BTS Bangkok, MRT Bangkok & Bangkok Airport Rail Link?

by Emily Nguyen @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Bangkok’s “feature” is the traffic jam, so even if the cost of a taxi is cheap, moving by taxi when traveling to Bangkok is not a wise choice. By contrast, the subway system in Bangkok runs exactly in a minute, covering most major tourist destinations, can help you save a lot of time and money. […]

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The Best of Northern Ireland

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

Northern Ireland is a country foremost famous for alcoholics, terrorists and a sinking ship, and admittedly my home country does have a slightly depressing...

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

16 Coffee Shops In Raffles Place For Your Morning Coffee Runs

by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

In today’s hectic work environment, coffee has become an essential part of our lives. Like most people, we wake up feeling grumpy and prepare for work in a haze of lethargy. But the aroma of coffee will instantly wake us up; … Continue reading

Rush Hour and the Elephant

by wes @ Johnny Vagabond

I was about three months into my journey, sitting at an outdoor cafe in Phnom Penh and drinking a beer, monopolizing the wifi. It was rush hour, 5pm, and as I was hanging out I saw a full-grown elephant come walking down the street, minded by her trainer and wearing shoes made from recycled tires. [...]

A guide to 2017 Asia-Pacific festivals

by Nicole Leigh West @ Indie Travel Podcast

From fun-filled water fights to sparkling headdresses and nature’s finest displays of beauty, the Asia-Pacific region hits the festival circuit running in 2017. Better yet, festivals give you the perfect excuse to travel and experience the wonder of cultural displays! Are you ready for the adventure? Here’s a guide to 2017’s Asia-Pacific festivals. Songkran, Thailand […]

Misadventures on the Mekong Delta, or how NOT to run a tour company

Misadventures on the Mekong Delta, or how NOT to run a tour company


THAT BACKPACKER

I had visions of spending three days on a steamboat cruising down Vietnam's Mekong River Delta, what I got instead was the torture tour that would not end!

Phu Quoc Half Marathon

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

I’m a runner; I try to run whenever I can. I run anywhere I can, mostly in the gym because I live in the city of Saigon, but I particularly love […]

Fun facts about Hanoi that you may not know…

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Hanoi translates to “city inside rivers” (there are nine lakes in the city). It’s historic and more formal name is Thang Long, which has a more bad-ass meaning “Ascending Dragon”! Hanoi is over a thousand years old! The city celebrated … Continue reading

2017 in Review: Home Sweet Sydney

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

Welp, this year-in-review post looks a bit different from the ones I’ve done the last couple years when I was a nomad.

That’s because 2017 was all about getting grounded and making a new home for myself in Sydney, rather than country hopping.

Frugal Frolicker specializes in outdoor travel adventures. The post 2017 in Review: Home Sweet Sydney appeared first on Frugal Frolicker.

Surviving in Saigon during Monsoon Season · Vis Estate

Surviving in Saigon during Monsoon Season · Vis Estate


Vis Estate

Angela Schonberg (Travelfish) once described the weather in Ho Chi Minh City: “It comes in two flavours: dry and wet. The wet season sounds like a downer,

How-to guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

by Beth Leslie @ Indie Travel Podcast

Want to know how to get the most out of the weird and wonderful Edinburgh Fringe Festival? Check out this guide for tips on what to do and see, where to stay, and how to get there.

Resort Review, Honeymoon Edition: Gaige House, Sonoma, CA

by Lost Girls @ The Lost Girls

By Mona Lisa Macalino LG Contributor Sonoma is the perfect destination for honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic hideaway. With its Asian-inspired design and secret-garden charm, the Gaige House fits the bill for travelers looking for luxury and upscale comfort. The Location Sonoma is a beautiful, charming town, a sought-after destination for couples in need [...]

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

Chrismas is coming, Where will you Stay to welcome this holiday?

by Dung @ Vis Estate

  I know a majority of you come from many different countries on over the world and because of many reasons, we are now living in Saigon together. If you are busy or don’t have the intention to come back to your nation’s home on Christmas Day and need to find a place to live. […]

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Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?


Travel Fish

I'm currently in Vietnam and loving the country so far! I'm curious to know which of these three South East Asian countries other travelers prefer. 😃

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary

Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary


the Guardian

Hanoi is Vietnam at its most exotic, arguably the best place in the country to enjoy street food and culture, taking in the views and flavours on numerous walking tours of the city

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide


Nomadic Notes

Travel Guides > Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and the unofficial business capital. If you love chaotic cities with a buzz and want to v

Saigon street food: Pho

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

A trip to Saigon, or Vietnam for that matter, isn’t complete until you sit down for a bowl of the famous pho. Although plenty of restaurants in Saigon serve pho, you may find the best bowl […]

Annecy: A French Fairytale Town (Turned Soggy)

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

Well my friends, I’m afraid this is a tale of travel dreams being tarnished by craptastic weather.

You can plan the bejesus out of a trip, go well out of your way to reach a destination, and even allot extra days to thoroughly enjoy it – but you can’t do a damned thing about the weather other than try to make the most of it.

Frugal Frolicker specializes in outdoor travel adventures. The post Annecy: A French Fairytale Town (Turned Soggy) appeared first on Frugal Frolicker.

Runaway Bridesmaids Q&A

by Maggie Young @ The Lost Girls

From Native Foreigner magazine: Holly Corbett, co-author of the book The Lost Girls, recently traded her travel gear for a bridesmaid dress and running shoes. Read more to find out why. NF: What was your first international travel experience? HOLLY:My first international travel experience was Semester at Sea. I was a senior in college and I had always [...]

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!

23 Things To Do In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): Top Attractions!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Discover these 23 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest and busiest city in Vietnam. Don't miss these incredible attractions when you're there!

Parks in Saigon

Parks in Saigon


Travelfish

Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling, dense concrete jungle so locals relish in the city’s remaining green spaces and communal areas. If you happen to be i

From Sweden To Phu Quoc With Love

by Huyen Pham @ Phu Quoc

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  From sweden To Phu Quoc with love We recently caught up with a newly engaged couple from Sweden who visited Phu Quoc in 2017.  The following is their account of the island. Interview Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you and where are you from? → My name is Mikael Bellon and my fiances name is Sarita Sihvonen, ... Read More

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

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…

A guide on choosing a hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Choosing a hotel for your holidays always takes time. Especially when you have a long list of places to visit, you have to book a hotel that is easy for you to commute. When in Hanoi, due to its complicated traffic system and the position of famous tourist attractions, you should book a hotel around […]

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Fishing Charters Alaska Ketchikan

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

King salmon ketchikan the waters surrounding ketchikan alaska are home to many diffe types of bottom fish logo king salmon ketchikan ketchikan fishing charters on the f v first light fish for king salmon and Bella Misty Fishing Charters Ketchikan Alaska Halibut &nbsp Salmon Fishing In Ketchikan Is Some Of The Best World &nbsp Charter… Read More »

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KeepGo: Idiot Proof Roaming

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

I’m not saying that my parents are idiots, but when it comes to smartphones, they kind of are. As my dad has never in...

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Ocean Kayak Frenzy Fishing Setup

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

Kayak bimini top i might try this as it does not get in your way much some other tops when fishing diy pvc rod holder for kayak fishing made 1 thin wall pipe cut in muy bueno check out these pics we just got from another hy hobie island owner this tent is setup on… Read More »

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Travelfish #290: Khun Yuam + First trip + First light

by @ travelfish

Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This weeks theme is first light, because we often find ourselves up before then to catch the cheapest flight of the day. Weve got a new review of Hun Sens Cambodia, by Sebastian Strangioconsider it essential reading if youd like a better handle on what is going on there. Video-wise, we have a cracking snippet which cuts through all the Bali bad news to showcase the island for how beautiful it can be. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was On the road we have David kicking sand around on Thailands Ko Chang, Stuart heading to Malaysias KL in a couple of hours for two weeks of eating (do email us with any eating, or other, KL tips please!) and Sally is airborne on her way back from an epic walking across Portugal effort. Now its time for her to walk across Java, we reckon. Online, weve got newly updated coverage of Khun Yuam in northern Thailandyouve probably not heard of it, but that could be reason enough to give it a look. In case you missed last weeks newsletter, we also have a raft of new places to stay in Bangkok. David covered a few dozen great stops across the city, some of which we boiled down into our Great Bangkok Hostels piece. Separately, were testing out a new short newsletter which runs for just a week. If youd like a peek, please email Stuart to let him know (just reply to this newsletter). Without giving too much away, the newsletter will appeal to those looking for something a little different in Thailand. The email is invite only, and we have just 25 slots. If youre interested, be quick! Dont forget about the 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to this page, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Thanks to everyone who joined up during our membership drive last monthwe really appreciate it. If youre not already a member, read all about why being a member will improve your life here. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox The first trip That first time, be you 18 or 80, when you do the hugs and kisses by the wall just before immigration. You let go, wander towards the officials. Hand over your passport. They wave you through. You step forward, around the corner, into some kind of walkway, and leave your life behind. Over the years Ive done this dozens of times. Hugged friends, family, lovers and yes, even the odd taxi driver. But the first time was in the early 90s and I remember it like it was yesterday. My travelling companion and I were were flying to Hawaiithe first stop on a round the world trip, which almost two years later would land me in Southeast Asia, to where Ive been somehow attached ever since. We flew out with Continental on February 29, 1992. (And thank you Continental for losing my bags on three of my four flights in the US). It was a leap year, and because of the dateline we arrived in Hawaii before we left Sydney, so we joked about ageing four years in 24 hours. We arrived clueless and were blown away by the six-lane (each way!) highway that took us from the airport to our hostel somewhere in Honolulu, where we proceeded to get drunk and be dumb tourists. We bailed Oahu and got a flight to Maui. As the flight took off, I looked out the window and saw a submarine submerging as it went out to seaI could still sketch it for you today. On Maui, courtesy of some locals we met on the flight, we camped in our silver tents in the crater of Haleakala volcano and enjoyed dawn with birds who barked like dogs. Since then, Ive been lucky enough to travel dozens upon dozens of times, with some trips more memorable than others. But that first one, while perhaps not the best, was certainly the most memorable. How was your first trip? Write in and tell us (or post in the forum) and well wrap them into next weeks newsletter. Good travels Stuart Featured Phu Chee Fah Forest Park Phu Chee Fah is the best known of the spectacular viewpoints along the scenic Doi Pha Mon Mountain Range, and consequently the most popular. This is where the dramatic photos you see on posters and in brochures of the jagged cliff leaning out towards the Mekong are taken. Phu Chee Fah, at 1,682 metres, is not quite the highest point in the range but it does afford truly awesome views of Laos to the east, with the Mekong in the foreground. The two most popular viewing times are dawn, for sunrise over Laos, and early to mid-morning for the sea of fog in the valleys below. What were watching Bali, island of the gods On an island where the gods live in the mountains and the demons dwell in the seas, we find ourselves humbled by the epic beauty of the natural landscapes. Its not hard to see why Bali is named The Island of the Gods. Film by Patrick Watkins. What weve read Hun Sens Cambodia, by Sebastian Strangio As the title suggests, Sebastian Strangio captures Cambodias modern political history through the prism of its long-term leader, Hun Sen. Drawing on a vast array of resources, and writing evocatively, Strangio creates a colourful and multi-layered portrait of Cambodia that will add to the knowledge of even the most avid kingdom-watcher. Notes from the road BURMA: First light vantage point The amazing Bodhi Tataung standing Buddha image, Laykyun Sethyar, towers 130 metres above the surrounding countryside. Theres some debate, but the consensus seems to have Chinas Spring Temple statue -- also a standing Buddha -- as the worlds tallest statue, with Monywas effort weighing in second. Not bad for little Monywa! CAMBODIA: First light crowds With more than two million visitors a year flocking to Angkor, savvy visitors looking to avoid the crowds quickly realise that what makes the difference between a packed-out temple versus a people-free one comes down to a combination of the right timings and the right sites. INDONESIA: Best at first light: Borobudur Under the shadow of temperamental Gunung Merapi, one of Indonesias most active volcanoes, the ancient Buddhist monument Borobudur emerges majestically from the surrounding jungle and farmland. ISLANDS: First light anvil under the sun: Ko Tao Every now and then we come across a place that makes us want to drop our bag, throw our feet up and lose a week Moon Dance Magic View is such a place. LAOS: Prayers at first light Dating to the 19th century, Wat Muang Kang is Champasaks oldest active temple. With a lovely position on the banks of the Mekong river, the wat possesses a stunning blend of architectural styles. The crumble and patina of age only enhances its beauty. MALAYSIA: First light dive Scuba diving is one of the primary reasons people visit the Perhentian Islands and, with more than 20 dive schools to choose from, it is very well catered to, and quite price competitive. SINGAPORE: Before first light Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singaporeits roots can be traced back to 1827 when it was the only Hindu temple in the city and its priests had the authority to officiate over Hindu marriages. THAILAND: First light above a sunken village Stars still twinkling in an early morning sky, we walked to the wooden bridge that spans the northern tip of Vijaralongkorn Lake in Sangkhlaburi. VIETNAM: First light float Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Vietnam wish to check, and none are bigger or more popular than Can Thos Cai Rang Floating Market. Heres what to expect and how to book a boat tour. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: The Popes impossible choice in Burma In opting for the pragmatic bromides of peace and reconciliation, the pontiff has held back from calling any of these evils by their name. BURMA II: The true origins of Myanmars Rohingya The problem with these conflicting narratives is that both have elements of truth. The term is not an unprecedented invention, as it clearly appears in a document predating the colonial period. But the colonial records dont show the term anywhere, and it seems that it did not begin to be widely used until the 1950s. INDONESIA I: Mount Agung volcano erupting in Bali, in pictures Stunning stuff. INDONESIA II: In Bali, science collides with money politics Volcanic eruptions can be complicated. INDONESIA III: Nusa Penida Festival to return to Bali this December Throughout the four-day celebration, Nusa Dua Festival 2017 is going to combine art and culture with water sports through activities such as sailing, snorkeling, surfing, international surfing competition, canoeing competition, diving, beach cleanup and the planting of coral reefs. THAILAND I: Lurking in toilets, swimming the streets: Snakes of Bangkok move in One relative wrote on her page, Theres an old saying that if you encounter a snake, you will meet your soul mate. THAILAND II: Americans arrested for bare buttocks at temple Can we call these guys dumb arses? VIETNAM: Vietnam lauds its war heroes, so why are so many fighting for recognition? Although proud of her service and unflinchingly supportive of the cause her family died for, she feels let down by the current government and sees it as ironic that while she received a medal for her service in 1997, she is not sufficiently provided for despite her desperate need. Travel writing INDONESIA I: Bali eruption advice Youve read the news and the cataclysmic advisories, but what should you do? If youre stranded in Bali, how do you leave? How can you skip it to get east? If youre on the way, should you still come? Read on for the skinny. INDONESIA II: Is it safe to travel to Bali with the volcano erupting? All you need to know. PHOTOGRAPHY: Pictures of the year 2017 Not strictly travel, but some amazing shots in this collection. VIETNAM: Scootering in Vietnam? An important rule change for Brits Safety and security section (Road travel) as of December 2017, the Vietnamese authorities have advised that British issued International Driving Permits (IDPs) are not accepted in Vietnam; if you want to drive a car or motorcycle in Vietnam youll need to get a Vietnamese driving licence. Good luck with that. Interesting site Help Exchange HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, BandBs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation. Travel shot Take a plunge? Photo: Mark Ord Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. Disclosure | Privacy | Unsubscribe

Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

Charter Fishing Alaska Homer

by Brian @ Best Fish 2017

Halibut fishing homer alaska huge halibut highliner lodge charter boat salmon fishing homer alaska fishing charters charter boat red ryder homer alaska fishing charters Fishing Charters Wele To Homer Alaska Chamber Of Merce &nbsp Alaska Charter Fishing Boat Trolling In Kachemak Bay Homer &nbsp Aewsome Halibut Fishing Homer Alaska &nbsp Halibut Fishing On Diamond Cape… Read More »

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How to Survive Bhutan’s Famous Naked Monk Dance

by Evan Purcell @ Indie Travel Podcast

Heading to Bhutan in late October? Don't miss the Naked Monk Dance in Bumthang, central Bhutan. Check out our Naked Monk Dance festival article for tips!

[Hanoi] Hello Summer Philip2

by admin @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

Join us on this holiday celebration at Au Lac do Brazil on 1st june with colorful balloon art from funnny clown.

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Ninh Binh: A Detailed Travel Guide to Vietnam's Hidden Gem

Ninh Binh: A Detailed Travel Guide to Vietnam's Hidden Gem


Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

The ultimate travel guide to Ninh Binh, Vietnam. What to see, do and eat and the updated travel tips to explore Tam Coc and its surroundings easily!

5 Fun Ways to Experience London’s Art Scene

by Audrey Bergner @ THAT BACKPACKER

Do you ever plan your travels around a specific theme? Maybe you’re a foodie who likes to check out lots of restaurants and markets,...

Vietnam Tips And Tricks: 26 Key Things To Know Before Your Trip

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This list of useful tips and tricks of Vietnam is mostly intended for first-time visitors but it can help anyone achieve a safe and worry-free travel. It should alert you for common mistakes and prepare you for traveling to one of the most amazing countries on Earth. I mean it. Not gonna lie: Vietnam is […]

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) Vietnam

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) Vietnam


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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)Well like everybody who knows me and follows my travel blog would know Im not the biggest fan of big citys Im more a Country boy and love my outdoor adventures and nature. Saigon which is quite an interesting City to visit but its nuts, if you think Bangkok is busy forget about i

24 Hours in Jerusalem 

by Craig and Linda @ Indie Travel Podcast

24 Hours in Jerusalem - After a brief visit, I've put together my perfect to do list for a short visit to Jerusalem.

The Best Of Siquijor: Itinerary, Tourist Spots and Budget in 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Siquijor travel guide and itinerary has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the best hidden gems of the Philippines. Dreamy waterfalls, secret tropical beaches and memorable sunsets await you in Siquijor: the island of fire! Siquijor island has been known as land of witchcraft, enchantments and sorcery. So […]

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Road Trips: Crossing the Irish Sea

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

These days we always prefer taking our own car for road trips, simply because we can pack it full before setting off, and now...

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Top 5 hostels for backpackers in Saigon

by Khue Nguyen @ Inspitrip Blog

Hostels are the way to go for budget-oriented travelers. Visitors can enjoy full of services with small angles, affordable rates. the suggestions below will give you the perfect choice. The Common Room Project Bizarre in concept yet strangely nice in the way it brings it all together, The Common Room Project is where hotel meets […]

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Travelfish #285: Penang + Unexpected

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Everywhere is on the way to somewhere Hi everyone, This week were all about the unexpected and sticking to the unexpected, no book review this weeksorry! The soapbox is here though and its unexpected. No really, thats the title. More below the fold. Exclusive for Travelfish readers: Save an additional 7% at Agoda Use promo code Tfishpromo The week that was This week we have finally got Penang all of onlinetime for a laksa to celebrateif only there was decent laksa in Balinow that would be unexpected! Less unexpected is we are a day late ... again. Weve also just about finished with an entirely rewritten and reorganised part of the site (well, just need to add the pics in, youll be able to find it if you dig a little, there is a hint a few pars down) which we hope will be especially of use to those just getting started in their planning, and worried about the ... unexpected. More on that next week. The Travelfish server totally and utterly spat the dummy on Fridaybe believe the dummy landed somewhere near Ha Long Bay (our server is in Texas), leading to about 36 hours of downtime while we coaxed it back into action. This was also rather unexpected! We apologise for any inconvenience caused. As with last week, weve got a special deal for all newsletter readers: a 7% additional discount off hotels booked with Agoda. To get your discount, go to the page listed below, search for a hotel you want to book and, as long as it is marked Promotion Eligible, the discount is good. Enter the coupon code Tfishpromo (note it is case sensitive) and youll score an extra 7% off. Small print: Pay at hotel room types do not qualify, and you must book through the following URL: https://www.agoda.com/travelfish On the road, Mark is back in Cambodia having submitted the last of his research for Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang and Soppong, Cindy is still trying really hard to be dispatched to Castaway Island and David is back in Bangkok as he ramps back up to speed. Youre able to access all of Travelfish.orgs information via our website. But if youd like another way to support independent, informed coverage of how to travel around and what to see in Southeast Asia, wed be grateful for you chipping in. It costs a very reasonable A$35 per year to become a premium member (please note: Australian not US dollars!, so around US$27, C$35, EU23, GDP20 or VND 620,000!). Membership gives you access to our forum plus more than 200 downloadable guides (235 to be exact) and a special deal with both roundtheworldflights.com and All Points East. Weve been covering Southeast Asia since 2004 and we plan on doing so for many years to come. Find out more here. This weeks theme is unexpected as often the best experiences on a trip are exactly that. Please forward this newsletter on to any friends, family, strangers in bars, bus drivers, som tam ladies or massage men you think might be interested to receive it. Good travels, Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team Premium members only: Book a round the world with roundtheworldflights.com (must travel from the UK via Asia, Australia, New Zealand AND the Americas) and get pound30pp off your trip. Offer valid for departures to December 2018. Log in to the Member Centre on Travelfish now for your coupon code and start designing your own round the world trip Soapbox Unexpected The other day I was in Ubud freeloading onto a session at the Ubud Writer and Reader Festival. I wasnt attending the festival but had a lunch date with the moderator of the panel I was eavesdropping on. The session was travel writing related, and while I found some of what was discussed slightly annoying (Let me just get this off my chest: I dont have a rich husband and have still been able to run Travelfish for 14 years without taking a single freebie or press trip!), one point that jumped out at me was regarding trips gone bad. One of the writers (the one who doesnt apparently have a rich husband) had been dispatched to Western Europe to do a food story, but, upon arrival, got struck down with a week-long stomach bug and had to can the story. I thought: what a missed opportunity. So much of the joy (and occasionally the tears) of travel is colliding with the unexpected, dealing with it, adapting and getting on with perhaps a new, and even better, experience. So what is the classic food story you write when you cant keep your caldo verde down? I dont know, Im not really a food writerhow about here is a story about all the food I couldnt eat! My point is more travel will often pass you the unexpected, but dont make the mistake of assuming it is always for the worse. This is why we say (all the time!), a looser plan is often better then something too tightly ordered. Leave some wiggle room in there and allow for the ... unexpected. Good travels Stuart Featured The unexpected, writing for Travelfish And its here, in the unexpected, that the real beauty of this joband indeed of travel in generalis realised. When I reached Ha Pla I found not another predictable luxury resort but a chilled out, artsy, stylish and welcoming spot on an isolated stretch of beach. They had just one more cottage available for the night and although still on the pricey side, at 1,300 baht the room is comfortable, spacious and has a fresh, pleasant smell. One glance at the big, soft bed and my frustration began to fade away. What were watching Find the unexpected 30 DAYS IN VIETNAM // FIND THE UNEXPECTED goes beyond the basic tourist attractions of Vietnam and gives you an insight into the landscape, culture and daily life of the vietnamese people. Film by Tobi Schnorpfeil. What were reading Unexpected treats While we were tempted to stick to theme and make up a review for The Hobbit an unexpected journey, we held back and will have a review for you next week. In the meantime, you may well find some unexpected treats in our existing collection of reviews of Southeast Asian hammock reading material. Notes from the road BURMA: An unexpected treat Thatons extensive display of colonial architecture came as an unexpected treat, and it shows the towns importance during imperial times as being way above that of, for instance, nearby Hpa-an. CAMBODIA: An unexpected haven Across the longest bamboo bridge in the world, on the prettiest of islands, youll find a quiet little hideaway that you may not want to leave. An unexpected haven on an island on the Mekongyour friends back home will hate you. INDONESIA: An unexpected giant chicken A giant cement chicken roosting on a forested hill overlooking Borobudur is perhaps a little unexpected, but this is not a cock-and-bull story. (Note this still remains one of our favourite pieces on all of Travelfish). ISLANDS: Unexpected for the notably low rates The best fan bungalows come with fridges and hot water, both unexpected for the notably low rates. Cheaper huts have ceiling fans and tinier bathrooms, but all of the attached porches bag you a sea view. LAOS: Unexpected angles Walk and walk to find unexpected angles on unexpected temples. MALAYSIA: An unexpected highlight Penang boasts Malaysias smallest national park, and although that may not sound like anything to brag about, a trek through this beautiful rainforest reserve is, for many travellers, an unexpected highlight of Penang. SINGAPORE: An unexpected bonus We had a bed in an eight-bed mixed dorm. It was mid-sized by Singapore standards, but felt super-sized as we had the entire dorm to ourselves, an unexpected bonus! THAILAND: An unexpected swimming pool While certain types of travellers will appreciate the vintage appeal, anyone will be psyched with the terrific location and completely unexpected swimming pool. VIETNAM: Unexpected natural wonders However, before you give Pleiku a skip, it has some spectacularly beautiful countryside and unexpected natural wonders wonders that have been left natural, too, which is a rarity in Vietnamlike Phu Cuong Waterfall, truly breathtaking and completely off the radar. Travelfish partners We work with a number of partners on a commission basis and this helps keep us in business. Please consider using the following links to make any reservations as a commission may end up being paid to us, with no impact on what you pay. Thank you! Flights: roundtheworldflights.com Places to stay: Agoda, Booking Tours and activities: TourRadar, GetYourGuide Ground transport: 12Go Asia Travel insurance: World Nomads News from the region BURMA I: Myanmars tourism dreams pierced by Rohingya crisis Ever since the bloodshed broke out in late August, tourism operators have witnessed a cascade of cancellations, rippling fear through a nascent industry that was gearing up for its high season in October. BURMA II: Thousands march in support of Myanmar military Nyunt Yi, a 70-year-old retired military soldier who served in the army for more than 40 years, said Sunday that only the army can protect the national security and stop the illegal intruders, referring to the Rohingya. INDONESIA: One Convicted, One Cleared: Signs of Trouble in Indonesia Courts I think the two cases make a strong message that Indonesia still needs reform in the justice system, said Bivitri Susanti, head of the Jakarta chapter of Indonesias Association of Constitutional Law Lecturers. The reforms must include a legal education system that can produce good, quality law enforcers. INDONESIA II: Mount Agung: Bali volcanos alert status lowered after decreased activity On Sunday afternoon, authorities reduced the threat level from dangerous, a level 4, to level 3 or high alert. INDONESIA III: Indonesias Aceh has now caned more than 500 people Acehnese law now criminalises extramarital relations known as zina, as well as consensual same-sex acts. Those charged under the legislation can be given 100 lashes and up to 100 months in prison for homosexuality. SOUTHEAST ASIA: Old dominance, new dominos in Southeast Asia Not coincidentally, in all four of these cases, old dominance is rooted in old authoritarian ruling parties. In this sense, Southeast Asia is far from unique. THAILAND I: Tak Bai 12 Years Later: Unhealed Wounds, Justice Denied Yaena says that when people got the compensation and agreed not to sue the state, most were more or less satisfied and too worn out to press the case further. THAILAND II: How a Thai King Made Wealth Seem Sacred Today, six decades later, there is little discussion over the expense of King Bhumibols cremation. THAILAND III: As Thailand cremates King Bhumibol, can it keep lid on tensions? The reason the junta could keep power for so long, compared to previous coups, is the passing of the king, said Kan Yuengyong, executive director at the think tank Siam Intelligence Unit. [After the coronation] it will be time to get back to normal politics. Travel writing CAMBODIA I: Kampot literary festival hopes to revive Cambodias lost art of storytelling Cambodia has long wooed visitors with its ancient temples and Phnom Penhs chaotic charms, but next week the southern coastal town of Kampot will be in the spotlight as it hosts the Kampot Readers and Writers Festival (running from 1-5 November). CAMBODIA II: The past isnt past By temperament, Americans are forward-looking and optimistic perhaps overly so. Gore Vidal once wrote that the past, for his compatriots, was a separate universe with its own quaint laws and irrelevant perceptions. Whether or not this is the case in general, it is certainly so in the case of Cambodia, a faraway nation that the US government has never understood or even really tried to understand on its own terms. INDONESIA: Indonesia at a crossroads Which way will Indonesia go? In traveling across the country, its diversity and complexity, its paradoxes and tensions are all apparent. Great pics! SINGAPORE: Prawns make daring escape as MRT cabin bursts into laughter Overnight prawn stars. Hat tip to Erin Cook for this GROANWORTHY one. If you dont already get it, sign up for her excellent newsletter herewe read it every week. THAILAND: A vegan festival in Thailand There are a few other ways to make merit, too. Festival-goers are meant to refrain from sex and alcohol, while buckets of fish, snails and turtles often sit sadly beside temples, waiting to be set free into a nearby river. TOURISM: Tourists in denial But Id argue that feeling like an outsider is one of the only authentic experiences travel and tourism have to offer, and its a feeling that can keep travellers from figuratively bulldozing over the places and cultures they seek to visit. TRAVEL TECH: Do These 9 Things Before Taking Your Phone Abroad Before you hop on an international flight, there are several things you should do related to your smartphone to ensure you have a safe, happy, smooth, and successful journey. VIETNAM I: Theres a $100 Banh Mi in Saigon, and People Are Actually Buying It Fools money parted etc. VIETNAM II: Hanoi after dark: 7 unconventional nightlife experiences In the Old Quarter -- particularly along Ta Hien Street, Bao Khanh and Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets -- theres no shortage of watering holes that cater to those looking for good-value beer and mixed drinks. VIETNAM III: From Saigon to Paris: A Vietnamese backpackers motorbike adventure Tran Dang Dang Khoa, a 30-year-old backpacker from Vietnams southern province of Tien Giang, arrived at the Eiffel Tower last Saturday. This symbol of Paris marks the end of the first part of his journey around the world by motorbike, which he started on June 1. According to Khoa, he has been dreaming about embarking on this journey for 20 years and spent 2 years preparing for it. Interesting site Mekong Review Mekong Review is a quarterly literary journal publishing fiction, essays, reviews and poetry from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Travel shot There is no wrong time to visit Georgetown. Photo: Sally Arnold Till next time Thats it from us for now. As usual, enjoy the sites new additions and drop us a line if theres something in particular youd like us to cover in Southeast Asia. Travel light! Stuart, Sam and the Travelfish team https://www.travelfish.org/ Youre receiving the Travelfish newsletter because you signed up at Travelfish.org. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe Instantly. Make sure youre getting our emails! If youre a Gmail user and would prefer your Travelfish newsletter in your Primary in-box rather than Promotions, just drag this email from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab, and click yes when it asks if you want to do that for all of our emails. Better still, read this newsletter online. 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Overcoming Jet Lag During International Travel

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Jet lag: A temporary sleep disorder brought on by travel across time zones. Regardless of how well we prepare our bodies for travel, a disruption in our circadian rhythms is, for lack of a more appropriate description, the pits. Sleeplessness, exhaustion, inability to focus your attention, and even gastrointestinal problems are all symptoms of the [ ... ]

The checklist: How to pack for Burning Man

by Leigh Shulman @ Indie Travel Podcast

Packing for Burning Man, be it your first time or not, is an overwhelming experience. This what to pack list will help you be prepared for anything.

How to be a tourist in your own backyard podcast

by Craig and Linda @ Indie Travel Podcast

It's always possible to keep the travel mentality alive, by being a tourist in your own backyard! Listen to our local travel podcast for advice.

20 Craft Beer Places In Singapore For Nights Out With The Lads

by Editorial @ ladyironchef

Here’s to all with an undying love and passion for alcohol, in particular, beer. This addictive alcoholic beverage complements so many cuisines and it never fails to perk you up after a long and tiring day at work. It is … Continue reading

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @jmlee Jeremy @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

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Vietnam is definitely my favourite! With Myanmar coming a close second, and then Thailand!

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Top 10 best places to visit in Pattaya

by Angela Smith @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Pattaya is known as a place to party (of course with a good meaning). But it does not stop there, Pattaya also has a lot of things to do and to watch for the whole family in the wilderness of the city again. You can enjoy the impressive beauty of the city, sandy beaches, and […]

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Nice travel guide: what to do in Nice, France

by Mandy Nicholls @ Indie Travel Podcast

Amazing beaches, delicious food, connections with France, Italy, and Monaco -- what isn't to love! Find out what to do, where to stay, and how to enjoy Nice, France, in our Nice travel guide.

Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Uber Taxi Vietnam Review Promo Code

by Phuquocisland @ Phu Quoc

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Review of Uber Taxi Vietnam – Promo Code (uberPhuQuoc) for Free $15 Ride Included This may sound too good to be true – free Uber Taxi rides, $15 credit to take taxi anywhere in Vietnam (Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City), no taxi booking fees, $1 discount off UberTaxi fares, 25% discount off UberTaxi fares. Initially I felt the same ... Read More

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How To Get From Lisbon Airport to City Center (Without Getting Scammed)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Find out how to conveniently get to some of the most popular places in Lisbon’s city center. First tip: stay away from taxis! Lisbon is one of the most charming capitals in Europe. There are many unique things to do, see and taste here, ensuring you have a memorable time. I recommend that you stay […]

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Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi: 6 highlights and you’ll get your perfect choice

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Finding reasons to love Vietnam is not a difficult task, especially when you look at the charming landscapes, sprawling beaches, mesmerizing mountains and unique scenery only found in Vietnam. With all this, it is easy to forget the big cities of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We are going to compare and […]

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Using a Smartphone Camera Lens Kit To Boost Your Photos: Pixter Review

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Looking for a clever, effective and inexpensive way to boost your photos on your smartphone? Pixter might be the answer you’re looking for. This is a detailed review on of their attachable smartphone camera lens: the Super Fisheye! I confess I had a bit of prejudice against smartphone accessories. It’s just that I’ve seen so […]

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Life Of A Scuba Dive Instructor on Phu Quoc Island

by Huyen Pham @ Phu Quoc

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The Life Of A Scuba Dive Instructor on Phu Quoc Island Meet Edgar, a Scuba Dive Instructor and underwater photographer living and enjoying life on Phu Quoc Island.   The following is his expat story. Interview with a phu quoc island scuba dive instructor About you What is your name and where are you from? My name is Edgars Balodis, and ... Read More

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The Mekong Delta Guide | Vietnam Travel

The Mekong Delta Guide | Vietnam Travel


Rough Guides

Touring the orchards, paddy fields and swamplands of the Mekong Delta, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the pages of a geography...

Liberty Central Hotel, Nha Trang

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Liberty Central Nha Trang is a contemporary, stylish, high-rise hotel just a block from the beach. Featuring elegant, minimalist decor, extraordinary sea views, rooftop bar & its own section of beach, Liberty Central is a solid place to stay in Nha Trang.... Continue reading

What to pack for travel with children

by Krystal Rogers-Nelson @ Indie Travel Podcast

Packing for travel with children is quite a different experience to packing for solo or couples' travel. Check out our packing tips for traveling with kids.

The Otaru Snow Light Festival (Hokkaido)

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We travelled to the Otaru Snow Light Festival (aka the “Otaru Snow Light Path Festival”) during a visit to Hokkaido, where it was somewhat of...

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15 Essential Things To Know Before Your Trip To Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog

15 Essential Things To Know Before Your Trip To Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog


Inspitrip Blog

I wanted to share these Vietnam travel tips with you, in the hope that you too can dive right into the deep end of the experiences Vietnam has to offer.

My 2018 Goals & Intentions

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

Hey you! Have you taken my survey yet? If you haven’t yet, I would REALLY appreciate it if you could click to answer 6 easy questions – it’s totally anonymous, and will let me know what kind of content you’d like to see on this blog going forward.

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Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

Swim with the Pigs!

by JP @ Trip Whisperer

If you venture down to the Out Islands in the Bahamas to this jaw-dropping archipelago called the Exumas, you’ll come across the inhabitants, who are a bunch of

The Winter Crossing to Hokkaido

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We travelled from Honshu to Hokkaido by train during what we expected to be the busiest time of the year. We were travelling for...

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Using Tokyo metro 24 hour ticket — You can discover all the best places of Tokyo during one day for only 600 yen!

by Angela Smith @ Living + Nomads – Travel tips, Guides, News & Information!

Tokyo, a dream destination for many people who like to travel, has a lot of invitations, making the choice of places to visit is so difficult, especially if you have only one day to visit. Moving in the inner city will be an expensive fee if you do not plan on signing carefully. And this […]

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Small group tour for Cu Chi tunnels

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

  Small group tour for Cu Chi tunnels Departs at 09.00am – Finishes at 14.30   Highlight of the trip Visit Ben Duoc tunnels site where has less tourists visit Maximum 10 tourists join the tour together Having more time for shoot training at the tunnels area Visiting cricket farm and try its product like […]

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

Top 10 things to do near Vilanculos Mozambique

by Sabine Behrmann @ Indie Travel Podcast

From diving to horse-riding; picnics on the beach to exploring the local market -- there's plenty to do in Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

Things to do to when live in Vietnam on Tet’s holiday.

by Judy Tran @ Vis Estate

An old year is about to passing and a new year is going to come soon. As you know, Vietnam, as well as many other Asia nations, have 2 calendars, western calendar, and eastern calendar. At the end of the year following to  eastern calendar, a big festival will occur to welcome the new year, we […]

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Con Dao the last untouched Island Vietnam´s

Con Dao the last untouched Island Vietnam´s

by Rio Reisser @ travel/Reise blog - strange-waters

Con Dao is the last untouched island Vietnam´s and my last destination and my highlight before my flight back home !! Enjoy the post guys and safe travels Rio !!

Christmas in Northern Ireland

by Fanfan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We have spent the past 4 years documenting the various cultures of Asia, yet to date we haven’t shared much about the other side...

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Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @Tuliyani Tuliyani @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

@Tuliyani wrote:

Vietnam is definitely my country of choice. The people, the food, the culture it's all so amazing to me.
Then it's Cambodia and then Thailand.

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Top 10 things to do in Portugal

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Portugal is an amazing place, full of delicious food and drink, amazing buildings, and cultural experiences. Listen to our top ten things to do in Portugal in this Portugal travel podcast.

How to deal with travel stress

by Linda Martin @ Indie Travel Podcast

Travelling can be stressful. But don't let travel stress ruin your journey -- use our seven tips for de-stressing on the road!

An Awesome 2-Week Thailand Itinerary (For First-Timers)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This article will help you craft your very own Thailand travel itinerary. After reading this, you’ll be ready for a trip to one of the most adventure-packed destination in the world! Thailand is a one of a kind place in the world. Despite getting 30M of tourists every year – some spots are already lost […]

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It’s Mid-Autumn Festival Time… What is it?

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Today marks the beginning of the Mid-Autumn Festival! Named Têt Trung Thu in Vietnamese, it is also known as the Children’s festival. It is said that name came about, as it’s a way for parents to make up for the … Continue reading

Sydney Harbour Walk: Hermitage Foreshore Track

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

The latest on my quest to tackle ALLLLLL the Sydney Harbour walks? The Hermitage Foreshore Track, which runs along the waterfront on the harbour side of Vaucluse.

Rose Bay. The track begins shortly after the sand ends here.

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The 3 towers

by Ngoc-Phung Tran @ Urban Tales

During your investigation of the “Malediction of the Jiangshi” you may see in the distance 3 brick towers. We invite you to make a short detour to look at them more closely. These towers located on the banks of the river “Song Thu” are neither ancient watchtowers nor the remains of a fortress. They are […]

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Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

10 Bars In Singapore’s CBD With The Best Happy Hour Deals

by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

In Singapore, few things ever come as cheaply as we would prefer (not in the town area at least). After a long, tiring day at work when all you feel like doing is winding down at a spiffy bar, with … Continue reading

Ha Long Bay tour 2 days 1 night on Luxury Starlight cruise

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay (Meals: Lunch, dinner) 08:00am – 08:30am Pick-up at hotel and start the three hour-and-a-half driving to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge. 12:15 – 12:45 Embarking on Starlight Cruise by transfer boat. Listen to […]

The Vietnamese calendar

by Ngoc-Phung Tran @ Urban Tales

Do you know how the Vietnamese calendar works ? In Western countries, we use the Gregorian solar calendar of Roman origin. However in Vietnam, as in China, the Gregorian calendar is only used for official dates. For everyday life, it is the luni-solar calendar that prevails. The day and the year are based on the race of the […]

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Vung Tau Beach one day tour

by yukiokami @ Tours in Vietnam

Vung Tau Beach one day tour   At 07.30am – 08.00am, meeting our tour guide in the city center and depart for Vung Tau Beach. A relaxing day with nice beach and fresh air is appearing to your eyes after one and half hours driving from Ho Chi Minh city. At 9.30am, arrive to Vung […]

Why Couchsurfing is perfect for couples

by Craig and Linda @ Indie Travel Podcast

Couples looking for accommodation will have slightly different priorities to other travellers. However, Couchsurfing is one of the best options, for everyone really, but especially for couples.

A Beautiful Woman, an Ugly Brit and Nail Polish

by wes @ Johnny Vagabond

He invites himself to my morning coffee and sits down at the table. Nice guy, on holiday, who has been in the Philippines for a week (an incomplete sentence but you’ll have to deal with it). We chat and swap tales and he says “you have to meet Mary — she’s a 60-year-old South African [...]

Ha Long Bay tour 3 days 2 nights on Oriental Sails cruise

by thanhsang @ Tours in Vietnam

Day 1: Ha Noi – Bai Tu Long bay (Meals: Lunch, dinner) 08:00am – 08:30am Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half driving to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge. 12:15 – 12:45 Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive […]

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

by @NomadicMorgan Morgan Paar @ Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

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Vietnam without a doubt. You need to get off the beaten path though. Yes, you need to see the highlights... quickly. But then go to a town no foreigners to to. That is Vietnam. I have been in SE Asia for some time. I have lived in Vietnam for the last year. I traveled to Cambodia for a month about two months ago (Amazing temples!!!) and I've been to Thailand four times... I think. Vietnam is amazing. Food, people, culture. But don't just stay in the backpackers area of Saigon. That is not Vietnam. You must eat a meal with a Vietnamese family on their floor with your shirt off (if you're male), drinking rice wine and laughing without knowing exactly what is going on to really experience this country. Love it!

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Weekend in Havana – You Should Book Now!

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Weekend in Havana: too good to pass up! Topping the list of off the beaten path travel, a weekend in Havana still reigns supreme. Never has a destination been so sought after. But, recent policy issues have left many travelers with legitimate concerns over how, if or when they can go to Cuba. Never fear, [ ... ]

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