Exploring Vietnamese Cuisine

KEY FEATURES OF VIETNAMESE CUISINE Vietnamese cuisine varies between the north and south with the changing landscape. Like much of Southeast Asia the aim is to balance spicy, salty, sour and sweet flavours. REGIONAL SPECIALTIES NORTHERN Northern dishes take influence from China. Expect more mild, herby flavours like northern Thai dishes. Soy features as much…

Hoi An, Central Vietnam 

ANCIENT TOWN The UNESCO World Hertigate site of Hoi An’s Ancient Town sits on the Thu Bon River. It was a vibrant trading port between from the 15th to 19th century. During the day explore the labyrinth of canary yellow buildings and beautiful temples. When the sunsets, the town is lit up with hundreds of…

Hanoi, Northern Vietnam 

FINDING YOUR WAY The old Hanoi is contained within four districts: Hoàn Kiếm, Ba Đình, Hai Bà Trưng and Đống Đa. Hoàn Kiếm is the most explored as this includes The Old Quarter, whose 36 narrow streets are loosely categorised by what they sell – such as paper, shoes, clothes, tin goods. There is no…

Welcome to Thailand 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND Thailand is famous for its food. Take a cooking class and recreate your favourite dishes at home. Visit beautiful Buddhist temples and learn about the country’s main religion Explore the busy city of Bangkok – visit the Grand Palace and Moon Bar. Laze on the beautiful beaches of Koh…

Choosing between Thailand’s Islands and Beaches

GULF ISLANDS & EASTERN BEACHES Perfect weather in the summer months. The mainland town of Surat Thani has ferry services to all three islands. You can also fly into Samui and Phangan. Koh Tao A long-time favourite with backpackers for diving and snorkeling. Koh Phangan Every month thousands head for Haad Rin beach to dance…

Koh Lipe, Thai Islands 

FIND YOUR WAY Lipe is a tiny island in the far south of Thailand. So far south it’s almost Malaysia. The main accommodation options and restaurants are all based around Walking Street which leads of the main beach. ACTIVITIES This is an island people come to relax. If you’re looking for lots of water sports…

Welcome to Vietnam 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN VIETNAM Explore the stunning streets of Hoi An Sail around Halong Bay Hike in the highlands of Tavan Get lost in the Old Quarter of Hanoi Learn more about Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class EXPLORE BY AREA Vietnam is a long thin country which you can split into Northern,…

Ho Chi Minh City, Southern Vietnam

HISTORICAL SITES Central Post Office A large yellow building with green shutters this French Colonial building still runs as the city’s main post office Notre Dame Cathedral One of the most famous buildings in the city, the cathedral was built in the 1880’s made entirely of French materials. One of a few Catholic churches in…

Welcome to Cambodia 

CAMBODIA Stunning temples, rugged forests and castaway islands, Cambodia is a treasure waiting to be explored. TOP THINGS TO DO IN CAMBODIA Explore the stunning temples of Angkor Relax on postcard beaches Sample traditional Khmer cuisine EXPLORE BY AREA Siem Reap & Temples of Angkor Battambang & Northwest Phnom Penh Cambodia’s Islands & Beaches Eastern…

Welcome to Myanmar 

MYANMAR Long isolated from the outside world, Myanmar is something of a throwback to what all of Southeast Asia used to be like. It’s another, older world. The countryside is dotted with tiny villages and pagodas while cities host crumbling colonial buildings next glittering temples. Amongst all this history are hasty developments, particularly in Yangon…