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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 […]

VIFA Fair 2015 (11-14 March 2015), Vietnam’s International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Admin @ Go Vietnam!

First, let us give you some useful information about the VIFA furniture fair in Vietnam. The official name for Vietnam’s number one Furniture Fair : Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair 2015 Abbreviated name: VIFA-EXPO 2015 Dates for this furniture event in Vietnam: 11 – 14 March, 2015 Trade days: 11 March, 2015 (10:00 […]

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

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

by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

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by Robyn @ EatingAsia

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by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

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Top rooftop Bar & cafes in Saigon, Vietnam - Vietnam Private Tours

Top rooftop Bar & cafes in Saigon, Vietnam - Vietnam Private Tours


Vietnam Private Tours

Top rooftop coffee shops in Saigon, Vietnam will help you discover the magical beauty of Saigon night from above and have a wonderful feeling.

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by Tess Vigeland @ Tess Untethered

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by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

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Places to eat in Con Dao Islands, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Con Dao Islands, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


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An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Con Dao Islands, Vietnam.

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by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

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by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

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by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

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

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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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by Robyn @ EatingAsia

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by dosu @ Fodor's Forum

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

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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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50 Travel Photos Left On The Cutting Room Floor In 2017

by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

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Coffee with a View: Photo & Bike Cafe

Coffee with a View: Photo & Bike Cafe


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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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Vietnam travel guide & advice for your next visit


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by dosu @ Fodor's Forum

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by @ Wikitravel

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by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

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by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

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by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

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by Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

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by admin @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

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Travelfish #292: Intelligent travel

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. 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

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

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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Thrillable Hours: Matt Levine, Financial Journalist

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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Berlin Bucket List: 10 Things to Experience in the City!

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Berlin is a city packed with excitement. Whether you want to visit for the history, the art scene, the food, or some adventure activities, there’s...

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?


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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. 😃

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by Fion Lee @ ladyironchef

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A guide to Hoi An’s Lantern Festival

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

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

by Editorial @ ladyironchef

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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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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

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Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant will be closed from February 6th 2016 and reopen in February 11th 2016

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Have yourself a warm and merry little Christmas in Păng Tiêng, Lâm Đồng province

by Thuy Nguyen @ Go Vietnam!

It is said Christmas is the best time of the year. It definitely is when you get together with family and friends to give gifts to one another and have a warm Christmas dinner spreading festive cheers. Unluckily, our festive cheers and just cannot do that much for people who live in poverty. Around and about in […]

Alaskan Culinary Tour: Treats From The Wild

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From Tree to Table We’ve all seen images of maple harvest in the Northeast. Soldierlike maple trees, standing bare among the snowy hills of Vermont, with metal taps protruding at waist height. Thick late winter sap is collected in buckets and then boiled and simmered into edible, delectable maple syrup. But did you know that [ ... ]

“The coolest thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City”

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SHE Travels writer visits Vietnam Vespa Adventures…      “The coolest thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City”… …”Hands down,...

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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 […]

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

Spinal Taps, a Burglary, and a Legal Nomads Hiatus

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Legal Nomads is on hold for the time being.

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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

Exploring Native American Civilization of Cahokia

by Saran Shanmugam @ Randomvoyager

           When I lived in Maryland Heights near St. Louis for a few months in 2000, I did not hear about Cahokia mounds across the Mississippi river from St. Louis.  An historical site,  it is also one of the 23 UNESCO sites in USA. I had the opportunity to travel to […]

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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Ho Chi Minh City travel guide. Travelfish.org

Ho Chi Minh City travel guide. Travelfish.org


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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.

Chinese Lantern Festival – VisitNC-2

by Saran Shanmugam @ Randomvoyager

               As I walk through the magical Chinese Gate and into the gallery of the bright red lanterns, my holiday triggered mild Seasonal Affective Disorder afflicted mind calms down. I walk through the numerous LED Lantern displays exhibiting the exquisite work of the Chinese artisans presenting a miniscule piece […]

COSTELÃO DAY – EVERY FRIDAY

by Ha My Duong @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

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Hanoi mourns turtle Cu Rua - and Vietnams Communist Party is worried

Hanoi mourns turtle Cu Rua - and Vietnams Communist Party is worried

by noreply@blogger.com (marhas) @ Treasures of Vietnam



The death of a turtle has shocked Vietnams Communist Party: The Yangtze giant softshell turtle Cu Rua was found dead in Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi. A legend says that the turtle - believed to be more than 100 years old - was the incarnation of a mythical creature living in the lake in the 15th Century. According to the legend Le Loi, who became emperor of Vietnam, borrowed a magical sword to fight against Vietnam's Chinese oppressors. After claiming independence, he came to the lake and returned the sword to a giant turtle in the lake. Thats how Hoan Kiem lake got its name: the Lake of the Returned Sword.

Some in the Communist Party, where a power struggle is ongoing and that started its Congress on Thursday, saw the death of Cu Rua as bad omen. Censors tried to prevent media to report the death, reported bbc.com. But the news of the death via Social Media could not be stopped.

The National Party Congress takes place every five years. Around the 12th Congress, opened on Thursday, there has been a lot of speculation about the outcome: the elections of the general secretary and the Prime Minister, the two top posts of the country. Anti-Chinese sentiments in Vietnam have grown in the past years after China’s actions in the South China Sea, where Vietnam and its larger northern neighbor both claim sovereignty over islands. The congress will end on January 28. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is expected to keep his post according to aljazeera.com, "albeit for half the five-year term in an apparent compromise with his rival, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung".


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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.

Frugal Frolicker specializes in outdoor travel adventures. The post From Backpacker to Permanent Resident: Celebrating My 3 Year Aussieversary appeared first on Frugal Frolicker.

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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Le Jardin, French restaurant in Saigon

Le Jardin, French restaurant in Saigon


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Today I will speak about Le Jardin, a French restaurant in the Q1 of Saigon. Me and my friends were missing French food, so we decided to try this restaurant, where a lot of expats are used to go. …

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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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 [ ... ]

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 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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A mini Hue in Ho Chi Minh City

by noreply@blogger.com (marhas) @ Treasures of Vietnam

You felt lost, when you walked around the imperial town of Hue? Or you just got the desire of having an overview? You can have this just 20 kilometres away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Nearly forty years old Nguyen Thanh Tung, who grew up in Hue, has spent five years with building in his garden in Long Binh Ward. On 1000 square metres he has created a miniature version of Hue (read more) and named id "Ngu Lam Vien" (Royal garden). See pictures by Lan's Lucky. Adress: Hue thu nho giua long, 502-504 Hoang Huu Nam, Long Binh, District 9.

Travelfish #287: A day in the life + Out and about + Membership drive!

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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

Eating Dogs in Vietnam….When pets become food

by Thuy Nguyen @ Go Vietnam!

Dog meat and dog restaurants in Vietnam and around the world Every year, hundreds of thousand of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam. The increased demand for dog meat in the Vietnamese market means that a  higher number of dogs are killed every year in order to satisfy all the consumers. Up […]

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.

How well do you know Southeast Asian food? Put yourself to the test!

by Admin @ Go Vietnam!

Have a go and let us know how well you performed in this hunger-inducing test. Let your taste-buds scream and see which of your friends knows Southeast Asian dishes the best!

Back of the Bike Tours

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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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Trip Report Star Trekking at The Griffith Observatory

by maitaitom @ Fodor's Forum

Although Tracy, myself and the corgis often hike up to the *Griffith Observatory*, I had not been inside for five years. Last month, I decided to...

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

Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist based in Saigon, Vietnam – Pizza 4P’s

by Thuy Nguyen @ Go Vietnam!

Globalization has been bringing the world to become smaller as well as blending cultures together, particularly when speaking of cuisine. Pizza could be one of the Italian greatest and most popular foods ever. We are accustomed to the fact that pizza is an Italian dish; therefore, the best quality that this oh-so famous dish should […]

Hydrofoil from Saigon (HCMC) to Vung Tau catches fire

Hydrofoil from Saigon (HCMC) to Vung Tau catches fire


Go Vietnam!

In what seems the latest and one of the most serious incidents happening to the hydrofoils ferrying passengers back and forth from Saigon (HCMC) to Vung Tau, a hydrofoil burst into flames today at 2pm local time this Monday 20th of January 2014.

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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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


Indie Travel Podcast

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

An Information-age House

by layered @ Antidote to Burnout

With the landscaping finally completed on my house in Ho Chi Minh City, I wanted to have the house photographed by a professional architectural photographer. Beyond posting a few snapshots of the house for my friends and relatives on Facebook,...

Travel Route: Going to Vietnam and Cambodia

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

Today we travel 6 six weeks to Vietnam and Cambodia. This will be our first visit there. And while butterflies in the stomach start to beat a proper fist, thoughts of whether the two countries can live up to our expectations are roaming in our minds? We love Asia! We like the food, the culture and the atmosphere. It […]

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Burgundy/Rhone/Provance in 15 days

by kondrah @ Fodor's Forum

I'm new to this forum, so I would like to say Hello everyone:). In the beginning of may we are going to France with my wife and one year old son...

8 Museum Cafés And Restaurants In Singapore To Appreciate Art And Food

by Fion Lee @ ladyironchef

Over the years, Singapore has attracted numerous influential artists and big-name museum exhibitions—from renown Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to prized specimens from the prestigious Natural History Museum London. In addition to all that rich culture and wonderful art, there are some … Continue reading

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...

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...

Ginger – CNY Dinner Buffet With Prosperity Trio of Pen Cai, Lobster Lo Hei & Lobster

by ladyironchef @ ladyironchef

When it comes to crab and seafood buffet, our minds naturally gravitate towards Chef Low and his team at Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Drawing inspiration from Singapore’s culturally-rich ethnic landscape, the chefs at Ginger never fail to impress us … Continue reading

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

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 […]

Trip Report Star Trekking at The Griffith Observatory

by maitaitom @ Fodor's Forum

Although Tracy, myself and the corgis often hike up to the *Griffith Observatory*, I had not been inside for five years. Last month, I decided to...

Burgundy/Rhone/Provance in 15 days

by kondrah @ Fodor's Forum

I'm new to this forum, so I would like to say Hello everyone:). In the beginning of may we are going to France with my wife and one year old son...

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

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 [ ... ]

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: 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.

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...

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

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

@jmlee wrote:

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

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Hoian cooking class – best way to explore Hoian’s cuisine

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

With uncountable restaurants, no matter what their location or size, offering courses lasting from an hour to a day long, with the prices significantly ranging, it is not hard to join a Hoian cooking class. The luxury Indochina tours ThuanTinh island cookery class Joining Thuan Tinh cooking class, you will experience a few additional activities.

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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

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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The Breeze House — Returning to Sustainable Architecture in Viet Nam

by layered @ Antidote to Burnout

My posting here a couple of days ago explained the architectural theory behind the design of my house in Ho Chi Minh City. However, sustainability was the most important consideration in designing the house. © Oki Hiroyuki The primary goal...

Sihanoukville – The New Macau of Southeast Asia

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 […]

6 Halal Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh City To Satisfy Your Vietnamese Food Cravings

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

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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Airline: Our trip with Aeroflot

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

We booked a round-trip to Vietnam with the Russian airline Aeroflot, famous and notorious for fatal plane crashes and minimal customer service. We survived – so now the question is whether we would do it again? Here we describe our experience with Aeroflot. Photo: Pixabay. NEVER! “This was my first and intuitive response when Martin told me that […]

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Travel Blog: Con Dao – the unknown paradise of Vietnam

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

With a bloody past as a penal colony, the secluded Con Dao Islands have been a rather unknown area for travelers in Vietnam. Today, the jungle drums bang a different beat that tells stories of a true nature paradise with postcard-beautiful beaches. But to us, the Islands offered a mixed experience. Even though the engines on […]

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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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It’s 2015 and I’m in Phu Quoc! Great, now what do I do? Tips for those travelling to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

by Dario Gonzalez @ Go Vietnam!

Here are some ideas that could be useful to persons travelling to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. Having been there in 2007 and now in 2015, the difference is amazing, not really a good thing as I prefer the less-developed version with its small airport in the main town of the island. Things have changed […]

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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by Ha My Duong @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

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Jerash, Jordan: Giving Rome a Run for Its Money

by Tess Vigeland @ Tess Untethered

“Welcome to Jordan!” said the man walking next to me on the street in Amman. Somehow he knew I wasn’t from there. “Thank you!” I replied. “English?” he asked. “American.” “Ah. Welcome!”   It’s a short conversation that repeated itself again and again over the nearly two weeks I spent in Jordan. When’s the last time you saw a likely tourist on the streets of your town and went up and welcomed them? “Welcome” seems to be the default greeting in this gorgeous, jaw-dropping country that I can’t wait to visit again.   Amman reminds me a bit of San...

Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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Japan Culinary Tour Highlight: Sampuru “Fake Food”

by Meloni @ Access TripsAccess Trips

Japan Food Tour If you haven’t discovered the Access Trips Japan tour yet, it’s time. Our Japan tour gives you an insiders view of the cultures we visit, and as with all Access Trips tours, it’s through the lens of the cuisines that shape daily life. We recently showcased our stop at the Sampuru factory on the Access Trips blog [ ... ]

Check out this Amazing video about the Frenetic Traffic In HCMC!

by Viet Nguyen Duc @ Go Vietnam!

THE FRENETIC TRAFFIC IN HO CHI MINH CITY Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo. Rob Whitworth is a prominent urban filmmaker with his excellent knowledge and experience in time-lapse photography. You can easily recognize his work which reveals places around the world through powerful and compelling photographic skills. His work has gained […]

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

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...

Monkey Island (Can Gio) in Ho Chi Minh - Attraction in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola

Monkey Island (Can Gio) in Ho Chi Minh - Attraction in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola


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Monkey Island in Can Gio district is actually a series of small islands just jutting out from the mainland near Ho Chi Minh City.

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Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

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

@NomadicMorgan wrote:

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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Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


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An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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.

Purist Patisserie – Stunning Boutique Patisserie In The Heartlands Of Kovan

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

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 […]

Shan Tuyet green tea in Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is province which has the oldest Shan Tuyet trees in Vietnam. Are you wondering why the green tea is growing here better than other places? In Ha Giang, Shan Tuyet tree is located throughout most of the districts which generally have an elevation of 300 to 1000 meters. Phin Ho village is located

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7 'digital nomads' explain how they live, work and travel

7 'digital nomads' explain how they live, work and travel


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For many, the Internet is an opportunity to combine work and traveling the world. 7 'digital nomads' share their story.

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 […]

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! 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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 […]

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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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

Saigon motorbike driving tips: Dealing with Police

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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 […]

Easy Sparkling Sangria

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

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

Travelfish #294: Staying alive + Mae Hong Son

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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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[HCM & HANOI] HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY 2016

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

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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 […]

Discover: Lubbock

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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.

The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

Our guest having fun with Saigon after dark tour

by ladmin @ Vespa Adventures » Reviews & Testimonials

Intel Financial team had so much fun on Saigon after dark tour.

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Photo Essay: Year Two, Untethered

by Tess Vigeland @ Tess Untethered

This week marks two years since I left on this grand adventure with nothing but a penny in my pocket and a song in my heart. Wait no... I left with a suitcase, a backpack, and a few million Vietnamese dong in my wallet.

Happy International Woman’s Day 2016

by admin @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

On the occasion of International Women's Day 8 March, Au Lac do Brazil is pleased to give you

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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

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 […]

Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia?

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@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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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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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

Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary

Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary


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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

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

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.

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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...

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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Drinking Food at the Deserters' Market

by Robyn @ EatingAsia

'Gaumarjos!' Cheers! It is not the best wine I've drunk since arriving in Tbilisi the week before, not even close. Lightly effervescent, with a distinctly sour edge. Also, it is 10 AM, and I'm not a morning drinker. Not so...

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Travelfish

A comprehensive list of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Includes all the major sights and activities in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

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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Guide: Stay in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

It is often a jigsaw puzzle to find the best place to stay, especially in a big city like Ho Chi Minh City. Location, price and standard must unite in a higher trinity, and that kind of divinity is not easy to find. But, hallelujah – we found the best area and hotel! When we started researching […]

Indlægget Guide: Stay in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City blev vist første gang den Mette & Martin Rejser.

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!

Christmas Lights of McAdenville – VisitNC-3

by Saran Shanmugam @ Randomvoyager

             The brightly lit trees provide a soothing relief to my mild winterblues. The unusually cold winter night did not bother me as I was walking on the streets lined with wreaths. It is a spectacle to behold staged by the  entire community who willingly participates in a stark contrast […]

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!

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

Dambri Waterfall

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Bao Loc – Vietnam Coracle

Description | Map First published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Dambri waterfall is 130km from Dalat, but it still makes this list because the falls lie within Lâm Đồng Province. This impressive waterfall is, by some … Continue reading

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 […]

Clams in Tomato Broth

by Hema Saran @ Randomvoyager

  Clams are mollusks which are a lean protein choice as they are low on fat. It has a high amino acid score of 105 which indicates it is a high quality protein. And it is packed with vitamins and minerals.   Ingredients Required   3 Doz. Clams or Mussels * 2 tblsp finely chopped […]

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 […]

A great blog from Henriques Jeanne about our tour

by ladmin @ Vespa Adventures » Reviews & Testimonials

Chick here for full blog I am sending a ‘shout out’ to Vietnam Vespa Adventures in Ho Chi Minh City...

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Franklin Street – Food Haven in the RTP – VisitNC-1

by Saran Shanmugam @ Randomvoyager

         I had just moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in February of 2016, wondering what was in store for me as I was preparing for the long haul expecting to spend the remainder of my life till retirement there. I went to a Vietnamese restaurant, Lime and Basil in Franklin Street […]

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

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

The post Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year appeared first on Legal Nomads.

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 [ ... ]

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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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...

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

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...

Guide: 5 cool experiences in Ho Chi Minh City

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

Vietnam’s largest city stands out from the rest of the country with its fascinating contrasts. Vietnamese culture and modern business life live side by side in the vibrant streets of the city, where classic French buildings are reflected in the glass of modern skyscrapers. Ho Chi Minh City is Asia’s version of New York – and we […]

Indlægget Guide: 5 cool experiences in Ho Chi Minh City blev vist første gang den Mette & Martin Rejser.

Holidays Abroad: Time Gone Missing

by Tess Vigeland @ Tess Untethered

When I realize, belatedly, that it's almost Memorial Day back home, or Thanksgiving, it makes me feel like my life's timeline is somehow off. It's warped.

Top 5 tourist attractions in Hue

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Thanks to the richness of culture and history as well as romance, gentleness, Hue has been one of the attractive tourist destination for a thousands of Vietnamese people as well as foreign tourists. To have more in-depth understanding about Hue’s culture here is top 5 tourist attractions anyone should visit: Indochina holidays Hue Imperial Citadel

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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...

Discover: Graz

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.

8 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants In Singapore To Satisfy Your Inner Carnivore

by Alvin T @ ladyironchef

When it comes to barbecued meat, the Koreans do it best. Nothing beats a satisfying Korean barbecue meal—think an extensive selection of meats (pork, beef, chicken and even lamb) and seafood placed over a burning barbecue grill accompanied with banchan (side … Continue reading

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 […]

Eating in Hanoi I

Eating in Hanoi I


Gastronomy

After living in Vietnam for over 7 months without traveling north of Hue, I finally made it to Hanoi recently for a business trip. With no appointments on my first day, I was free to tour the city …

The Nomadic Boys Take a Foodie Adventure!

by admin @ Vespa Adventures » Reviews & Testimonials

  The Nomadic Boys are big foodies. Stefan & Sebastien have been travelling & eating their way around Asia since...

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Fish treats in HCMC

Fish treats in HCMC


Thanh Nien Daily

Take a sweet tasting fish, add some sour and bitter herbs, and presto, you have lẩu cá kèo (spiny goby hot pot)

Vietnam has become very dangerous for Chinese People - the Reasons behind

by noreply@blogger.com (marhas) @ Treasures of Vietnam

At least 21 dead and nearly 100 injured in Vietnam after riots. Crowds set fire to industrial parks they believed to belong to Chinese people and hunted down workers. Read more on theguardian.com. Thursday morning a mob of thousand people stormed a giant Taiwanese steel mill in Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam.

This came two days after other mobs burned and looted foreign-owned factories in south Vietnam, believing they were Chinese-run, though many were actually Taiwanese or South Korean.

Chinese nationals have fled out of Vietnam. Cambodian Interior Ministry Spokesman Khieu Sopheak told the Anadolu Agency on Thursday that nearly 600 Chinese citizens had left Vietnam through the Bavet border crossing on Wednesday.

Anti-Chinese sentiment in Vietnam goes back to the time, when it was a Chinese colony - more than thousand years ago.

But there are more reasons for the Vietnamese people to be angry at Chinese people, as chinhdangvu.blogspot.com points out. Vietnamese are livid about China's attempt to drill for oil in waters claimed by Vietnam. But this is not the only reason. "Over the past few years there have been dozens of strikes at foreign-owned plants in Vietnam. Complaints about low pay, bad workplace conditions (poor canteen food, limits on using the toilet and so on) and bullying management have triggered disputes", writes Bill Hayton on bbc.com. These complaints have focused on plants owned by Taiwanese, Korean, Thai and Singaporean. And some factories, particularly Taiwanese-owned plants, "have been employing Chinese workers in favour of local Vietnamese".

The riots have consequences: Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufacturers iPhones and iPads for Apple, has shut operations in Vietnam for three days according to Financial Times. Meanwhile Samsung, which is a large investor in Vietnam, and Canon, the Japanese camera maker, said they had no plans to halt operations in the country. But Vietnam's Council of Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce has issued a warning to Chinese businesses that may be targeted in the next few days. It urged these firms to raise the Vietnamese flag over their offices and to remove or cover Chinese characters on their buildings or gates, reports South China Morning Post.

Police has detained about 1,300 people in anti-Chinese protests that have recently swept across southern and central Vietnam, a source in Vietnamese police told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a text message to Vietnamese cellular subscribers yesterday. He wrote Patriotic Vietnamese shouldn’t allow “bad elements” to “harm the interests and images of the country”.

Vietnam has a lot to loose if its anti-Chinese riots continue, writes Quartz. Vietnam relies heavily on foreign investment and tourism. Industrial output from foreign-owned industries has been rising, and made up 46% of the country’s overall industrial output in 2012.


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...

Ever wanted to become a Travel Writer?

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 […]

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 [ ... ]

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 […]

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market


Travelfish

Arguably Saigon's most famous landmark, Ben Thanh market has occupied its present location in the heart of District 1 since 1912.

The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

An Information-age House

by layered @ Antidote to Burnout

With the landscaping finally completed on my house in Ho Chi Minh City, I wanted to have the house photographed by a professional architectural photographer. Beyond posting a few snapshots of the house for my friends and relatives on Facebook,...

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...

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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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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Celebrating womanhood – Kamakhya Devi of Assam

by Hema Saran @ Randomvoyager

                        I walked around the temple and could see many goats, brought by the devotees, waiting to be sacrificed at the temple Bali Peedam. This temple was the stronghold of Sakta cult and so the tantric sacrifices and mysticism were practiced centuries ago. This is Kamakhya Devi temple on Nilanchal Hill in Guwahati, Assam, one […]

Travelfish #285: Penang + Unexpected

by @ travelfish

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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Picanha

by Dung Zeno @ Au Lac Do Brazil Restaurant

500,000 vnd
A juicy and tender cut, it is essential part of the churrasco. Weighing about 1 kilogram, it can

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The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

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

The post The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca appeared first on Legal Nomads.

The Hungry Ghost Festival…What is it??

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Today marks an important event in the Lunar Calendar – The Ghost Festival or Hungry Ghost Festival! This festival typically starts from the 7th month in the Lunar Calendar and on the 15th Day, and lasts for a month. Why … Continue reading

Homestay- a good choice among kinds of accommodation in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam- a wonderful destination for you in the Indochinese Peninsula. About Hanoi, maybe you can hear about traffic jam, noise and so on. However, a lot of foreign tourists come here every year. So, why? Over those, Hanoi still contains many traditional beauties and characteristics. They can be small ancient

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Heartland Mall Food Directory

by Editorial @ ladyironchef

Photo Credit: Heartland Mall Heartland Mall—located just next to Kovan MRT Station—caters mainly to the residents from the neighbouring housing estates. Although the layout of the mall is such that unit numbers are not used, it is pretty easy to navigate … Continue reading

Southern Vietnam Discovery (6 days, 5 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Activities: cruises, history, culture
Starts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh City

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The Best Of Vietnamese Street Food

by Viet Nguyen Duc @ Go Vietnam!

Vietnamese food is well-known for its diversity, palatability and healthiness. It’s also low in fat and high in carbohydrates which is very good for your health. The balance between fresh herbs and vegetables as well as carefully selected spices make it one of the best cuisines in the world. Fortunately, in Vietnam you can taste these delicious […]

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.

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Coffee with a View: Photo & Bike Cafe

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Bao Loc – Vietnam Coracle

The Central Highlands is famous for its coffee and its mountains. Photo & Bike Cafe marries these two elements nicely, making it the perfect pit-stop on any road trip that passes through Bao Loc, on the way between Saigon and Dalat... Continue reading

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.

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.

The post Recipe of the Month:<br /> Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca appeared first on Legal Nomads.

Last Thursday Morning in Songkhla...

Last Thursday Morning in Songkhla...


EatingAsia

...was probably much like any other Thursday morning in Songkhla, except for the two bleary-eyed foreigners wandering the southern Thai city's 'old town' in search of caffeination (the sun rises an hour earlier there than it does in Kuala Lumpur,...

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

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


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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.

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

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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Discover: Kanab

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When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

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

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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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,...

Aqaba, Jordan: Diving the Red Sea

by Tess Vigeland @ Tess Untethered

One of the most valuable aspects of travel – aside from meeting wonderful people in every single country – is what it teaches you about geography. Here, on my first journey to the Middle East, I find myself gobsmacked by the proximity of the four countries surrounding Aqaba, at the southern tip of Jordan, where I’ve been the last three days. The photos below are from two days of diving in the Red Sea, which I failed to part. Day one was a shore dive — my first! — and looking out from the dive site, you could scan across the...

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

How should I split days between Santa Fe and Taos?

by henry_66 @ Fodor's Forum

Wife and I are headed for New Mexico this coming September. We have 10 days total, including 2 days for travel . Figuring on spending the first...

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

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.

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

Saigon’s Reunification Day

by AngelaSchonberg @ Travelfish – Angela Schonberg

Everyone knows that travelling to Saigon during Tet can be a bit of a headache, with many restaurants and shops closed and transportation is limited. Tet, however, isn’t Vietnam’s only celebrated holiday […]

Mekong & Phu Quoc island (5 days, 4 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Starts in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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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

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

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...

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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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

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

Guide: Tanzania or South Africa?

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

It can be hard to choose where to go when you are planning a trip to Africa. We have visited both Tanzania and South Africa and decided to compare the two experiences. Since the year draws to a close we thought that it was obvious to write a blog post based on the question that we […]

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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!

Where to Eat, Caffeinate, Shop and Stay in George Town, Penang: An Opinionated List (UPDATED August 2016)

by Robyn @ EatingAsia

now, as tourism to the UNESCO world heritage site I call home seems to be building momentum, it seems a good time to pull some loose ends together into a post that will, hopefully, insure visitors leave George Town loving it at least a fraction as much as I do.

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

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.

Guide: Getting around in Saigon – and surviving the traffic

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

The traffic in Saigon is everything but boring. Here are our three tips on how to get from A to B – without being swindled or crashed into. Prior to arrival the reputation of the Vietnamese traffic had printed many grim visuals into our minds. No traffic rules. Thousands of honking and sputtering motorcycles pumping through the […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

7 Instagrammable Street Food In Bangkok – Cheese Toastie, Watermelon Ice & More

by Julee Ooi @ ladyironchef

There are few places in the world that can match up to Bangkok when it comes to cheap and delicious street food. As Thailand’s tourism industry flourishes, we are definitely not surprised to find out about emerging food fads and … Continue reading

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

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

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

[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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Travel blog: The city with two names – Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City

by Mette @ Mette & Martin Rejser

We have many names for the things we love. But that’s not quite the reason behind Vietnam’s largest city whose two names made us slightly confused. Is it called Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City? Or both? Why do some people write Saigon and others Ho Chi Minh City? I looked questioningly at Martin who was in the process […]

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The Breeze House — Returning to Sustainable Architecture in Viet Nam

by layered @ Antidote to Burnout

My posting here a couple of days ago explained the architectural theory behind the design of my house in Ho Chi Minh City. However, sustainability was the most important consideration in designing the house. © Oki Hiroyuki The primary goal...

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