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The 2nd best destination in the world for backpacking tourism: Vietnam

1. New Zealand

New Zealand

Top of the list is New Zealand. This island is covered with lots of forests, mountains and lakes. Located between the ocean and not far from neighboring Australia, New Zealand’s population dominated by natives as Maori, Irish and Scottish migrants. Surreal beauty and blend of cultures makes New Zealand a destination attracts a lot of tourists each year.

2. Vietnam

Backpacking Halong, Hanoi

In the eyes of many people, Vietnam is a paradise of backpacking tourism, with unique scenery. From the dense primeval forest to the city noisy, boisterous, from the pristine islands to the peaceful countryside, a trip to Vietnam and immersed in the lives of the people here can change your life forever

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3. The countries of Eastern Europe

Sotres Panorama, Eastern Europe

Despite the fact that there are many people timid with the Eastern European countries, this area is still the most attractive destination for backpacking tourism. From the dazzling beaches on the shores of the Black Sea to the peaceful countryside in Albania, The Eastern European enough charm to attractive travelers with journeys.

4. India

Farewell India

With 31 states, 1.618 languages, 6,400 castles, 6 ethnic minorities and 29 annual festivals, India is a unique country in the world. The country welcomes visitors not only with civilization but also by the attraction of a rich nation faith and the surreal architecture.

5.Borneo Island, Southeast Asia

Krasivyy Ostrov, Borneo

Borneo Island, the indispensable destination in schedule to discover nature with lover’s life and wild freedom. The country is home to a wide variety of plants and rare animals, and owns a jungle up to 130 million years.

6. Belize

Belize Vacation resort

Despite owning small area but Belize is still one of the top priorities of the backpacking people. Located between Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is only a mere 9,000 square miles wide. However, that does not prevent the country becoming a great destination for backpacking tourism in recent years. Much of the country is covered by dense tropical forests, along with the impressive coral reefs.

7. Canada

Canada

Canada, country has ever been ruled by Great Britain until the early 20th century, completely different from the US, the neighbor to the south. Canada is not just a piece of land that stretches 5,000 miles, adjacent to two major oceans, but also possesses the rare landscapes, from arctic glaciers to the white sand beach, enough to make the visitors to charm.

8. The Alaska in North America

Alaska

Vast, cold and desolate lands of Alaska in North America, this destination is both pretty and scary. Those who came across the movie “Into the Wild” certainly somewhat understand that fact. Alaska is the combination of spectacular natural and absolutely beautiful, and the harsh climate. Because of that fatal charm, this place has become the top destination for those who love adventure travel.

9. Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

In the past few years, Peru began to emerge as a destination indispensable in backpacker tourism. Not only is the home of the legendary city of Machu Picchu, the South American country but also possesses beautiful landscapes and the most wild, dedicated to the adventurous visitor

10. Australia

Australia beach wonderful.jpg

This country is mentioned first in this list is the “mecca” for backpacking tourism, Australia. Countries in Oceania has long been a familiar destination for enthusiasts back from around the world. With the unique landscape on Earth, Australia has everything one needs for a trip.

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Experiences for tourists when travel Myanmar

MYANMAR TRAVEL: journey back to the past, barefoot, sunset and sunrise …

Hi all!

I have just traveled to Myanmar 12 days. Myanmar is very poor, it’s like Hanoi-90s, the weather is hot, a bit difficult to eat food, people are generally friendly and hospitable. There are 4 places when travel to Myanmar as the Golden Rock, Bagan the ancient city with about 4000 ancient temples, Mandalay and Inle Lake that is really very beautiful.

Bagan - Myanmar

At Yangon, I was welcomed by a sunny morning, it’s hot and frustrating. When I haven’t already felt anything about this small city, I have to go to the Golden Rock in a hurry. On arriving, I like being sucked into a black hole and return to Vietnam’s past, from 1985 – 1990 of the last century. It’s poor, dusting…

Golden Rock

On the night I was sitting in meditation, silence hear tinkling wind chimes, hear murmur prayers, spirit throughout. I have never felt the current connected to the past, it’s so close together. In the morning, got up at 5 am and dawn with prayers echoing, watching the immense hills, sky …

Bagan

Beautiful and ancient surprisingly. Bagan, I was feeling silly when watching the sunset on the Shwesandaw temple and imagine about tens of centuries ago, when Myanmar was still flourishing, how did they organize spectacular ceremony and mystics at the beautiful temples like this? hear the horses’ hooves clatter on the road to watch the sunrise at 5am, or sense of the sacred when seeing black temple in the night …

Madalay

When I went to Mandalay, I asked myself why this country has many temples ? People here are poor, very poor probably due to how much of the wealth and confidence are brought out to build the temple.

Unique Leg rower at Inle Lake

Inle Lake

During his time in Inle Lake, i am impressed with austere face, innocent smile and the gentle of the boatmen who is 19 years old. He’s 19 years old but he looked older than me so much although I was 27 years old … because of hard life, poverty…

Picture of 8-year-old boy was sailing with heel, characteristic of Inle Lake. Is feeling waking up in a beautiful resort that secluded with the outside world, no vehicles, no human voice, silence with sparkling lake.

And finally, the image about my cheeks were applied Tanakan powder with various shapes, every once applied on the face, once different emotions, joy and excitement.

Thanaka

Sometimes frustrating, sometimes disappointing, sometimes joyful and sometimes dumbfounded …. there is so much emotion in my 11 days in Myanmar. Sitting on the plane and goodbye Myanmar , not knowing when I will have the opportunity to come here again. But if you haven’t ever gone, go to Myanmar once to feel

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Sightseeing in Hoi An and see “Wonders of the World” made from pottery

Hoi An is an ancient town of Vietnam, is the main trading center of the central end of the 16th century to the 17th century. Hoi An attracts visitors from everywhere with lots of attractions. Sightseeing in Hoi An – Vietnam, you will be looking at the old houses hundreds of years old, the beautiful beach at Cua Dai and Cu Lao Cham …

sightseeing in Hoian, pottery

Hoi An is not only famous for many ancient houses, beaches attract tourists or beautiful sight … , but also Hoi An is famous for the cultural values and traditional craft villages such as Thanh Ha pottery village, Tra Que Vegetable Village, Kim Bong carpentry village…

Recently, at the Cultural Park Thanh Ha Terracotta exhibited “Thanh Ha ceramic Tone” with the participation of 18 artists in Ceramics Club Fine Arts (Fine Arts Association of Ho Chi Minh City) and Thanh Ha pottery village artisans have created 170 terracotta artworks to perform exhibitions.

 sightseeing in Hoian, pottery

Model of ancient Roman arena

 sightseeing in Hoian, pottery

Ancient Castle of Rome

sightseeing in Hoian, pottery

Tower of Pisa

sightseeing in Hoian, pottery

Statue of Liberty

It is really an attractive destination, ideal for domestic and foreign tourists when Sightseeing in Hoi An,Vietnam

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10 most attractive tourist sights in Vietnam

1. Halong bay

Ha Long beach

Ha Long, wonder of Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is located on the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin, includes waters, islands of Halong City, Cam Pha city and part of Van Don island district, Quang Ninh province. Halong Bay has a coastline of 120 km, an area of about 1.553km 1,969 square including large and small islands, mostly limestone islands, of which the core zone of the bay has an area of 335km square, about 775 large and small islands .

Not only by the beautiful scenery “water wave, clouds”, poetic beauty and numerous limestone islands floating on the water of Ha Long also gives visitors the feeling of tranquility immersed in the scenery. Being recognized as one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world

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2. Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu pagoda, the ancient temple is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of Huong river, Hue city center 5km to the west. Official Thien Mu Pagoda was built in 1601, the time of Lord Nguyen Hoang Tien. With natural beauty and vast scale, Thien Mu Pagoda has become the most beautiful temple at that time

3. Hoan Kiem lake

Hoan Kiem lake

Also known as Sword Lake, a natural freshwater lake of Hanoi, the lake has an area of approximately 12 hectares. In the past, the lake also known as: Luc Thuy Lake, Thuy Quan lake, Ta Vong lake and Huu Vong lake, Hoan Kiem name first appeared in the fifteenth century associated with the legend of King Le Thai To pay sword for turtle god

Hoan Kiem lake is associated with the legendary lore, as a symbol of the desire for peace the people of Vietnam. Therefore, there are many artists who took the photo Ho Guom foundation for his work.

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4. Hoi An

Lantern street - Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An city located on the banks north of the Thu Bon river, about 25 kilometers from Da Nang city in the southeast and about 50 km from Tam Ky city in the northeast. From the sixteenth century, the seventeenth century this place was famous called Faifoo, where trade and trade center of the large merchants Japan, China, Portugal, Italy … in Southeast Asia.

Today, Hoi An almost intact preservation of relics of ancient architecture and intangible culture, religious activities, folk art, cultural festivals, the village Besides traditional career … culture food in Hoi An is one of the special things that tourists often referred to, if already here, not enjoy the traditional dishes such as Cao Lau, Quang noodles cake “white roses” … shall be deemed never been to Hoi An.

5. Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc, one of the most beautiful islands in South East Asia

The island is also known as Pearl Island, the largest island in Vietnam, is also the largest island in population of 22 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Phu Quoc Island and other islands create Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province. The entire island district has a total area of 589.23 square kilometers.

In 2008, the site concierge.com (travel professionals in Australia) has announced the Bai Dai, Phu Quoc is one of 13 beaches “most pristine and beautiful” on the world. Also Phu Quoc where producing fish sauce, is not only famous in Vietnam but also around the world.

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6. Terraced fields of Sapa

Terraced fields of Sapa

Sa Pa is a highland town in northwest Vietnam, where the beautiful terraced fields that stretch. With the spectacular natural landscape, poetic, and rich food, Sa Pa has “mesmerized” when most tourists arrive here.

In 2009, “Travel and Leisure” magazine (USA) has voted to Sa Pa terraced fields is 1 in 7 most beautiful terraces, spectacular in Asia and the world. Tháng 12/2011 Lonely Planet Travel Magazine (UK) has introduced ground “Sa Pa is one of 10 amazing points in the world for walking” and the beginning of the month 11/2013, the Ministry of Culture – Sports and tourism has also decided to rank “Terraced fields of Sapa” is landscapes national heritage.

7. Mui Ne

Mui Ne

Mui Ne, One of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam

Being a famous tourist center in South Central, from the center of the city of Phan Thiet (Binh Thuan Province) 22km northeast, where it is a wild green coastline with the red sand dunes stretching as desert and the fishing village.

Mui Ne also attractive by many historical monuments – a culture of diverse cultures, such as multi-ethnic Kinh, Cham, Hoa, Cham typical tower, water tower, Ong pagoda, Thien Hau pagoda, Van Thuy Tu and many other valuable monuments of culture, history and tourism.

8. Mekong Delta

Sunrise on a floating market - Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Southern Vietnam

As part of the Mekong delta, also known as the Southern delta or Southwest, the total area is 40548.2 square kilometers. Due to its long coastline and Mekong river divided into several branches, canals, islets, islands, where it suited for this kind of eco-tourism, experience and explore.

Go to the Mekong delta in addition to visiting the vast orchard, go on one in 9 tributaries of the Mekong River beach, listen “don ca tai tu” and enjoy delicacies southern region, tourists also can not ignore the floating market, a feature that you only see in the western rivers.

9. Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

As defense system underground in Cu Chi district, the land was dubbed the “iron land”, from Ho Chi Minh City 70km west – north. This system is the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam during the Indochina War building and the Vietnam War.

This is a unique architecture located deep in the ground, there are many floors, many corners like cobwebs over 200km long, where is dining, accommodation, meeting and fighting of army and people.

10. Nha Trang

Nha Trang beach

As a coastal city and the center of politics, economy, culture, and tourism in Khanh Hoa Province. Dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient”, Nha Trang not only possesses the natural landscape of fresh, cool with white sandy beaches, islands that have coral ecosystems magic but also known by ancient Cham temples, quiet museum in the city center ..

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Top Things to See and Do when Traveling in Cambodia

You want to discover Cambodia but you don’t know where you have to go, what you have to do. Don’t worry because we will help you.

Cambodia, the country with the amazing people, rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a lively nightlife…

Top Things to See and Do

Angkor Wat

The Wonder of Angkor Wat

This huge temple complex is the reason most people visit Cambodia. The temple ruins are massive and you’ll need a few days to explore all of them. While there’s a lot more to the country than this UNESCO site (too many people only come to visit Angkor), no trip is complete without satisfying your inner Tomb Raider and exploring these ruins.

Tongle Sap

Sailing down this river allows you to get a look at how closely Cambodian life is tied to this major waterway. You can take a boat all the way down one end to the other or just cruise around on a day trip.

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville beach

White sand beaches, nearby deserted islands, great diving, amazing seafood, and a heavy nightlife filled with cheap booze make this spot a favorite among travelers. This was once a very seedy spot, but has become a mecca for backpackers. It’s not a quiet place to hang out but it’s good place to drink or use as a base to visit the nearby islands, which are quiet and serene.

Kep

This beautiful beach town is the quiet version of Sihanoukville. There’s also great seafood here is a nice place to relax on near the ocean without the party atmosphere that is Sihanoukville. This city is famous for it’s pepper crab and empty beaches. There’s not a lot to do here so it also makes for a good day trip.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, this place has a wild west atmosphere with dusty streets and a “devil may care” atmosphere. There are few good attractions to see and there is an up-and-coming foodie vibe to the city. Since the destruction of the lake, most of the action has moved towards the river.

Bokor National Park

Wander among the atmospheric French ruins while hiking a great rainforest. Bokor was a big destination for the French aristocracy back in the day and you can see the ruins of their homes. It is a day trip from Sihanoukville or nearby Kampot.

Battambang

Buddhist temple Battamban

Known as a farming area, and famous for its fading French colonial architecture, this is the place to get a real taste of Cambodian life. There are great temples, a bamboo train, and stunning architecture from long past here. This destination sees few tourists except for those who like to get off the beaten path and off the Siem Reap-Phnom Penh trail. It’s Cambodia without the tourism.

Prasat Preah Vihear

This breathtaking mountain temple is source of conflict with its neighbor Thailand, who also claims this place as its own. The trip here is not easy but nothing worth going to is ever is.

Visit a river village

There are 3 floating villages to choose from in the country. The houses are built on bamboo stilts and there are always boats filled with people selling trinkets, food, and hanging out. The Chong Khneas is the most visited in the country but popularity has made it a bit of a tourist trap recently.

Koh Kong

Kohrong beach

A city near the Thai border in the Cardamom Mountain district, Koh Kong offers great opportunities for jungle trekking, as well as a chance to relax on the white sand beaches. Koh Kong island is reputed to be one of the best beach spots in Southeast Asia. It’s illegal to spend the night there, but it makes for an easy day trip.

Visit the pepper farms

Outside the city of Kampot (go there) and on the way to Kep are vast pepper fields. This southern region of Cambodia is filled with pepper farms where you can learn about the history of the spice, see how it is grown, and pick up what is considered some of the finest pepper in the world.

The Killing Fields

You can’t mention Cambodia without people drawing a connection to the country’s bloody genocidal past. Although a visit to the Killing Fields, located 15 km from Phnom Penh, may not be the most cheerful way to spend an afternoon, it makes for a hallowing, and memorable experience, a testament to the dangers of uncontested power.

Kampong Cham

Though it’s the third-largest city in Cambodia, most backpackers overlook Kampong Cham. As a result, it retains a lot of its old French colonial feel, and is a great place to really get to know Cambodia. While the city in itself is something to explore, you should also check out the ruins at Nokor Wat. One of the highlights here is a detailed series of murals which depict religious torture scenes.

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Vietnam World Heritages Tour

Hanoi - Vietnam Travel Packages - Huong Viet TravelDay 1: Arrival – HANOI (-/-/-)
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in. Then, a tour by cyclo around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life. O/N in Ha Noi.

 

Day 2: FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR (B/-/-)
Morning: A half day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with its house on stilts and One pillar pagoda. An orientation drive via colonial quarter to the West lake before taking a visit to Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam?s first university. Drive back to hotel. Afternoon: Transfer to visit the Ethnology museum. Enjoy your time to learn about 54 ethics in Vietnam. Then continue visiting to the Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple. The rest of time for a walk to do shopping. Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art. O/N in Ha Noi

Day 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
08h30: We are picked up at your hotel, and then transferred to Halong Bay. 12.30 We are welcome on the traditional junk and have welcome drink. Start the boat trip to visit Halong Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque ?Dragon descending to the sea? Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Visit of a grotto then seafood lunch on board. The excursion includes the visit to Con Cho Island, Dinh Huong island, Canh Buom island, Ga Choi island. Swimming on Titop or Hoa Cuong beach. Watching sunset. Fishing with seine and owing bamboo boat (on request). Dinner and overnight on board.

Halong - Vietnam Travel Packages - Huong Viet TravelDay 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI RAILWAYS STATION (Brunch/-)
Breakfast on board or getting the breakfast box. Continue to explore other side of Halong Bay. Brunch is served on board. 11h30: Transfer back to Hanoi with stopover at Dong Trieu ceramic village. Arrive in Hanoi. Free time. 19h00: Overnight train to Dong Hoi.

Day 5: DONG HOI – PHONG NHA CAVES – HUE (B/-/-)
06h30: Arrive in Dong Hoi, you are met & transfer to have breakfast. Then proceed to Phong Nha caves. Boat trip to visit Phong Nha caves, newly listed as one of UNESCO Natural World Heritages. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is situated in a limestone zone of 2,000 km2 in Vietnamese territory and borders another limestone zone of 2,000 km2 of Hin Namno in Laotian territory. Additionally, Phong Nha-Ke Bang area is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos with a total length of about 70 km, of which only 20 have been surveyed by Vietnamese and British scientists; 17 of these are in located in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang area. Phong Nha holds several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, as well as the largest caverns and passageways.
PM: Transfer to Hue. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon.

Hue - Vietnam Travel Packages - Huong Viet TravelDay 6: FULL DAY HUE CITY TOUR (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, we have a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue?s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue to discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Chance to see a Royal musical performance of Hue (which is listed also as one of cultural UNESCO World Heritages) In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. O/N in Hue.

Day 7: HUE – DANANG – HOIAN (B/-/-)
Departure to Danang. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van Pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). Arrive to Hoi An, which was which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian town is now not only an UNESCO World Heritage, but a real live museum. Visit of Hoi An Town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. O/N in Hoi An.

Danang - Vietnam Travel Packages - Huong Viet TravelDay 8: HALF DAY TO MYSON (B/-/-)
Today, wee have a half-day trip in the morning to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom of My Son, the last UNESCO World Heritage on the trip. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Back to Hoian for lunch (client?s own account). Afternoon free for shopping and further discovery of Hoian. O/N in Hoi An.

Day 9: HOIAN – DANANG – Departure (B/-/-)
Morning drive to Danang, visit Cham museum. Transfer to Danang airport for departure flight.

Cost in US$ per person in the party of (valid 30 Sep’11)

VIETNAM WORLD HERITAGES TOUR

Standard First Superior

2 pax

865

955

1,069

3 – 6 pax

725

819

935

7 -10 pax

589

690

793

11 – 14 pax

490

585

697

15 – 19 pax

465

563

683

20 pax & plus

427

525

645

Single supplement

150

230

355

Full board supplement

150

160

170

INCLUDING:
– Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Overnight train ticket Hanoi – Dong Hoi by S1 (4-berth A/C cabin)
– Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room)
– Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, B = brunch, D = dinner
– English or French speaking guide
– Entrance fee to indicated sights
– Water puppet show
– Boat trips

EXCLUDING: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance,…

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Buses in Myanmar – Yangon to Mandalay, Myanmar

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I was headed to Mandalay with Lauren, Yana, and Nathan, the Aussies I met in Yangon, via a 12-hour overnight bus ride. The bus was first class meaning it had air conditioning, no toilet, though. We didn’t know that when we signed up.

After arriving at the bus station, the agent showed me a seating chart. My seat was in the back row. I looked at the bus and saw it was old and rickety, not what I would consider first class. I noticed also that the back seat was just a long seat you’d see on a city bus. The others were reclining bucket seats, what I expected. I started getting uncomfortable. The thought of sitting on a bus for 12 hours, shoulder to shoulder with the other unfortunate souls in the back without the ability to recline, no armrest between us, was a future I wasn’t looking forward to. Little did I know my fears would pale in comparison to what actually took place.

We boarded the bus after our bags were loaded, and only after constant pestering. The durian fruit had been loaded into the bottom hold of the bus at least an hour before. I guess they were unconcerned about the rest of the baggage. After all, you can only buy durian fruit everywhere, hence the necessity in loading it onto a passenger bus.

I sat in the back seat as the passengers boarded. I watched my Aussie friends settle themselves in their comfortable bucket seats. They looked back at me with amusement and sympathy. The guys on each side of me were Burmese. At least I wasn’t in the middle, I thought. I was one guy away from the window. One of them looked at me with a smile and said something in Baram, his language. His friends sitting up ahead had been looking back at him too. I didn’t need a translator to read his expression, “We really got the short end of the stick on this one”, he seemed to be saying.

The bus started and we got on our way. The bumpy dirt road on the way out of the bus yard made me realize there was a big metal bar running horizontally across my back just under the fabric of my seat. The first bump in the road let me know that if I forgot the metal bar was there, the subsequent bumps throughout the journey would remind me.

The air conditioning fired up as soon as we headed down the road. Everyone looked as though they were getting some relief from the heat as they reached up to adjust the direction of the vents above their heads. The man to my right and myself put our fingers up to the vent above the head of the guy to my left, next to the window. Yep, the vents were slightly cooler than the air surrounding our heads.

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We stopped a mile or so after leaving the bus station. The doors opened, people started getting on. I was puzzled because the bus was already full. Were people going to stand? Then I saw little seats that swung out from the aisle seats. They were not the same big bucket seats that lined the sides of the bus. They looked more like the kind of foldup seats you see people hauling to a baseball game. I couldn’t believe they were piling more people on the bus.

I looked for the chickens to be loaded next, but as luck would have it, there were none. I guess escaping this bus in the event of a fire was not a consideration. There was no getting away from this coffin. The last middle seat in the aisle, right in front of the long back seat I was sitting on, pitched back about 45 degrees, and had a back rest that went to about the middle of the back of the guy sitting on it. I could see the strain in his neck as he had no place to rest his head or upper back. There was actually somebody on this bus with a worse seat than mine. I wondered if he paid the same 10 dollars I had. With this man sitting where he was, the person to my right lost his leg room. The head of the man in front of him was practically in his lap. He could have massaged his scalp without leaning forward. Another seat worse than mine.

After a couple of hours, we stopped in a small town to rest and to buy food. I chose not to eat – no toilet on the bus and nowhere to go in the event of an illness. After that rest stop, I noticed that someone had pulled up a big bag of rice that was under the seat of the person to my left, next to the window. There was no way to get that giant sack of rice back under that seat, so the man next to me had to sit with his knees practically up to his chin. I sat there waiting for my turn, my turn for this ride to get even worse. I was surrounded by dwindling fortunes. As we sweated, I watched the Aussie girls I was traveling with cover themselves up with shawls. The air conditioning at their seats was a bit too strong. I sighed and resigned myself to my fate.

I thought the temperature would cool off as night came, but that thought was crushed when, after hitting a big bump, my seat shifted a little. When I went to move it back, I realized we were sitting on top of the engine. All the heat coming off the engine was radiating upward through the seat and the floor. There was no way it was going to get any cooler.

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Throughout the night, the bus had to stop at police checkpoints. Everyone got off the bus and showed their identifications. Being foreigners, I thought we’d get the most scrutiny, but they waived us through. Although my mates disliked the checkpoints because it meant they had to wake up, I didn’t mind. It was an opportunity to stretch my legs and get a break from the heat. I wasn’t going to sleep anyway.

After more than 12 hours of no sleep, no food, unbearable heat, non-reclining seats, no air conditioning, a seat that kept shifting out of position, sitting shoulder to shoulder with my two sweaty Burmese friends, (bump in the road), (don’t forget that metal bar going across my back), we arrived in Mandalay. We piled into a small blue Mazda pickup local taxi, and headed for what we hoped would be a decent accommodation. Luckily, the Silver Swan Hotel was very pleasant and after haggling with the manager over the price of one of the rooms, we checked in. I promptly took a shower and headed straight to sleep.

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The Best of Vietnam in 3 Weeks or Less

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

A land of dense jungle, beautiful bays and fields of rice patties, Vietnam has spectacular scenery and a rich cultural history. Despite the many occupations, invasions and wars that have been fought within its borders over the last several centuries, Vietnam has retained its beauty, mystique and exotic flavor. From eating bowls of steaming pho to walking the streets of Hanoi, tourists’ senses will be overwhelmed with natural beauty and rich culture of Vietnam. If you have been dying to venture to Vietnam, but aren’t sure where to go or the best places to see, a great solution is signing up for a great adventure tour. In 3 weeks or less, you can see and do all of the greatest things in Vietnam with the help of local and knowledgeable guides.

So, ok, I know what you are thinking, and no, travel tours aren’t just for old ladies on big buses anymore. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. The groups are kept small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. You’ll be taking in the beautiful vistas of Ha Long Bay, boating on jungled rivers, and visiting amazing beaches and quaint fishing villages—these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. The local guides know the best places to take you and best foods for you to try. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing Vietnam from the window of some bus the entire time. Even the shorter Vietnam adventure tours have travelers moving about on boats, by train, on foot, and local wheeled taxis called cyclos. Between visiting important temples and historical sights, eating the delicious local cuisine, wading past rice paddies and seeing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, you won’t be sorry you booked one of these three great adventure tours.


Reunification Express

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This 15 day tour will have you traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on board one of the world’s most fascinating train journeys. The Reunification Express is a vital lifeline between north and south Vietnam and chugging along the railway, you’ll get to experience the scenic, historical, cultural and culinary highlights of this marvelous country. From visiting the imperial Thai Hoa Palace to traveling through coastal rice paddies and over mountain passes to eating and hanging out in scenic fishing villages, this tour has a little bit of everything. ‘All aboard’, for a ride you’ll never forget.

Vietnam Unplugged

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Trace the eastern coastline of mystical Vietnam, traversing the country from south to north and unplugging the many attractions that lie along the way. From the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City all the way up to old-world Hanoi, you’ll experience tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colors and inspiring scenery on this fun-filled adventure. Over the course of 15 days, you’ll cruise the Mekong River, visit old temples, shop in eclectic markets, and indulge in fresh seafood.

Taste of Vietnam

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Without a doubt Vietnam has some of the tastiest cuisine in the world, not least because eating and preparing food is intrinsic to the Vietnamese way of life. The French have left their mark as well, and you’ll find fresh baguettes, exquisite pastries and strong sweet coffee everywhere you go! This is a trip that lets you dine your way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, indulging all your senses in delicious tastes and tantalizing aromas, while traveling in comfort and style. This 15 day tour leaves from Hanoi and has guests seeing, feeling and tasting all the most wonderful things Vietnam has to offer.

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A Moment Of Vietnam & Cambodia

Day 1: ARRIVAL – HO CHI MINH CITY (-/-/-) Saigon city
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our guide & driver at airport then driven to your hotel for the check-in.
The rest of time, you will be free on your own to refresh after a long flight.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: HALF-DAY OF SIGHTSEEING + CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)
In the morning, after having breakfast you will be picked up at hotel then take a half-day of city tour around Ho Chi Minh City with visits of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, a lacquer-ware factory, and the bustling Chinatown with Binh Tay Market, Thien Hau Pagoda is not be missed as well.
Cu Chi tunnelIn the afternoon, you will be transferred about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along.
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: FULL-DAY TO MY THO + BEN TRE (B/L/-) Mekong
In the morning, you will be transferred to My Tho, take a boat trip downstream to Ben Tre through floating market, where you have the opportunities to meet the locals there to learn about their daily life in Mekong Delta then take an outlook of natural sceneries along banks of river with coconut candy mill, fruit gardens followed by fruit tasting, rice paper mill… Biking or sitting on horse carriage to weave around the zigzag village roads. Later on, we will enjoy a lunch served at a local restaurant on island with local specialty of “Deep fried Elephant – Eared fish”. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY – PHNOM PENH (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight to Phnom Penh.
PhnomPhenhUpon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport by morning flight, you will be welcome by our friendly tour guide then accompany you to the hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. This morning start visit Wat Phnom (rebuild in 1434, 1806, 1894 and 1926), a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Then visit Yeay Penh’s statue (grand mother Penh) at southwest of the hills, who found four statues of the Buddha and she was build a hill or Phnom in AD 1372 for placed a shrine on top to the house the precious artifacts. The Victory Monument, build in 1955, it is the symbolize Cambodian Independence regained from French colonialism in 1953. Then visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: In the afternoon, visit National Museum, it was build in 1917and designed in Khmer style by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts. The museum has a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th centuries) to post-Angkor period (14th centuries). Then visit Royal Palace; built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, Silver Pagoda, Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. When you exit from the Royal Palaces, Then continue your visit to the riverfront, it is the most popular place for the tourist. The view of the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap River is the geographically unique.
O/N at hotel.

Day 5: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit the notorious Killing Fields ” Choeung Ek” 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979). Then return back on the way drop and visit to the handicraft shop, spa and vocational training restaurant. This place was created in 1996 by Pour un Sourire d’ Enfant (PSE) http://www.pse.asso.fr. Is the NGO that aims to rescue Cambodian children who are forced to scavenge through the rubbish dumps to survive, especially around Steung Mean Chey garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Today we prefer you to have your own lunch over there.

Angkor WattPM: Visit Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmei), the distinctive art-deco styling of this market makes it stand out among the architecture of Phnom Penh, where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products, then transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival met and transfer to hotel for check in. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which is home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles
O/N at Siem Reap

Day 6: SIEM REAP (B/-/-)
(Optional tour to view sunrise at early morning will be paid by yourself)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: Visit Angkor National Museum & to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills. Dinner and enjoy with Aspara Dance Show at local restaurant, O/N at Siem Reap.
(Optional tour with either elephant or balloon riding will be paid by yourself)
O/N at hotel.

Day 7: SIEM REAP – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast hotel
AM: Visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Lunch at local restaurant on your own.

PM: Visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure to next destination by evening flight.

INCLUDING:
– Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Domestic air-ticket: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.
– Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room)
– Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch or D = Dinner
– English or French speaking guide
– Entrance fee to indicated sights
– Boat trip in Mekong

EXCLUDING: International flight (Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh), Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…

Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid     30 Sep’12)

A MOMENT OF VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

Standard

First

Superior

2 pax

    653     702     891

3 – 6 pax

    597     646     831

7 -10 pax

    492     540     736

11 – 14 pax

    458     501     692

15 – 19 Paxs

    445     495     696

20 – Upwards

    429     478     671

Single supplement

    125     170     352

Full board supplement

    150     150     150

NOTES:
– FOC means Free Of Charge applied to the tour leader escorting the group of 15 people & onwards.
– Standard Class is applied to 2-star hotels
– First Class is applied to 3-star hotels
– Superior Class is applied to 4-star hotels
– Deluxe Class is applied to 5-star hotels

NOTE: The supplement for the current airfare (Ho Chi Minh – Phnom Penh) is US$ 175/person (This airfare could be changed at the time of booking or issuance without prior notices)

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TET Festival in Vietnam 2013

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As this lunar new year draws to a close and the year of the Snake is upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many wonderful guests who stayed in out properties during 2012.  The Year of the Sname (2013) is already proving to be a very busy year as we work hard to complete two new properties.  The first is our TET Decor Cafe in Hanoi on the banks of West Lake, the second property is a stunning property in Hoi An located 50 metres from the beach… Stay tuned for more information shortly.

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We would like to thank you for your interest in our properties. and would like to inform our properties are closed on the following dates.
6 on Sixteen boutique hotel Hanoi
Thursday 7 February 2013 reopen Friday 15 February 2013

Sapa Rooms boutique hotel and restaurant
Wednesday 6 February 2013 reopen Wednesday 20 February 2013

The Village Noshery mountain lodge and restaurant
Wednesday 6 February 2013 reopen Wednesday 20 February 2013

Hmong Mountain Retreat
Thursday 31 January 2013 reopen late March 2013

History of this holiday
Tet is the most important festival of the Vietnamese calendar. It marks the beginning of the lunar new year, which is celebrated in China as well. Festivities occur throughout the country, but this is a family holiday and many of the traditions of observance occur in the home. The official holiday lasts three days, but celebrations continue for at least the first week of the new year.

Lunar New Year / Vietnamese New Year (Tet Nguyên Ðán, more commonly known by its shortened name Tet) is the largest, most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year based on the Lunar calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The name Tet Nguyên Ðán (in Sino-Vietnamese) can be loosely translated as Feast of the First Morning.

Before The New Year

Preparations begin about a week before the new year. Homes are cleaned out in the hopes of getting rid of the past year’s bad luck, and some families go so far as to repaint their house’s exterior. It also is believed to be lucky to buy new clothes and get a fresh haircut. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Vietnamese families conduct the ritual Le Tru Tich, which involves gongs, firecrackers and other noisy items to chase out the old year and ring in the new.

New Year’s Day Traditions

On New Year’s Day, most families meet to exchange gifts and have a traditional meal, and also perform a ceremony to appease the kitchen god. Homes are decorated with the hoa mai flower and all thoughts of sadness are supposed to be avoided. Children are encouraged not to fight or cry and anyone in mourning is shunned because it is bad luck to be associated with death on New Year’s Day. Many families plant a new year’s tree in front of the house and wrap it with lucky red paper. The tree is removed at the end of the first week of the new year. After the family meal, many Vietnamese attend the local pagoda to worship ancestors.

In The Cities

In major cities, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Tet celebrations are more similar to new year celebrations in western countries. People attend events in dance clubs and bars. This is a time of enjoyment and there is a lot of eating and drinking involved in the celebrations. Fireworks are set off to scare away the evil spirit Na A. Stores and neighborhoods decorate with colored lights and red banners.

Food

Food is an important part of the Tet celebrations. The Vietnamese believe that what a person does on New Year’s Day dictates the course of the rest of the year, and eating a lot represents the hope that no one will go hungry in the coming year. In the days leading up to the holiday, the Vietnamese traditionally give gifts of food to family members and friends. The traditional meal includes foods such as bang, a bamboo and pork soup; bang chung, a sticky rice cake filled with pork and beans; and orange sticky rice. Even the ancestors are given food gifts. Families leave a five fruit tray at the altar.

Things To Know

Most businesses close down for the entire week of Tet celebrations. Because the holiday is an important time for Vietnamese families to spend time together, travel in Vietnam is as hectic as Christmas travel is in many other parts of the world. Any travel plans within the country must be arranged well in advance. Since most of the celebration takes place in the homes of friends and family, visitors might feel left out for most of the week unless they have close friends or family in Vietnam.

Happy New Year
Chuc Mung Nam Moi

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