Category: Vietnam

Vietnam – a journey by book

Vietnam – a journey by book

Vietnam is at a truly fascinating stage of development, with one foot steeped in ancient traditions and the other vigorously embracing 21st century modernity. Diverse influences have shaped its character, manifested in the Confucian temples and French colonial architecture. The war of the late 20th century is also still in evidence in the cities and countryside.  […]

Where to watch in 2015

Where to watch in 2015

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for 2015 are afoot. But with so many countries to choose from, where should you pick? Looking at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, our top five predictions for 2015 are Sri Lanka, Romania, Vietnam, Colombia and Oman. Here’s why you should […]

A new generation of luxury river cruises in Asia

A new generation of luxury river cruises in Asia

Much of southern Asia covers largely tranquil, jungle-clad regions brimming with ruined temples, exotic wildlife, peaceful village communities and winding waterways that have served traders and fishermen for centuries. Despite tourism being firmly established, large parts remain hidden and sheltered; and the life-giving waterways invariably provide the most enjoyable – and sometimes the only – […]

An introduction to Indochina

An introduction to Indochina

Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to know before taking a trip to the cultural and culinary heart of south-east Asia. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang. Have a cup of Vietnamese coffee in Ho Chi Minh city whilst getting a new wardrobe from a tailor or discover Cambodia’s modern history in Phnom […]

3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being a vegan)

3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being a vegan)

Check in to one of these 3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being vegan) and your request for something a little different, will be met with with total understanding. Instead of feeling like a ‘problem guest’ you’ll get to eat some of the finest Vietnamese food you’ll ever taste, as […]

Vietnam - 'the big three'

Vietnam – ‘the big three’

With a stunning coastline, wild mountains, fascinating history, ancient culture, and fragrant cuisine which fuses its French heritage with the best of Southeast Asia, Vietnam is widely tipped as one of the new hot-list destinations. 2015 sees the 40th anniversary of the end of the war which ravaged its population and, indeed, its neighbours for almost […]

Win $4,000 towards your dream trip!

Win $4,000 towards your dream trip!

Picture yourself driving through Sri Lanka’s national parks and encountering leopards. Imagine yourself exploring Japan’s many beautiful temples and gardens. How about soaking up the rays on one of Southeast Asia’s amazing white­sand beaches? These and many other luxurious activities are available for you in Nezasa‘s new Dream Trip Contest in which US $8,000 in […]

A gastro guide to Vietnam

A gastro guide to Vietnam

The days of Vietnam’s war torn asceticism truly belong in the last millennium, for never has there been a better time to visit this vibrant country and indulge your taste buds in its staggering 500 traditional dishes. With the economy soaring, its crumbling old quarters are now crammed with fine restaurants and globally respected chefs. […]

Photograph of the week: The Pongua Waterfall, Da Lat, Vietnam

Photograph of the week: The Pongua Waterfall, Da Lat, Vietnam

The Pongua Waterfall, also known as the Step Waterfall, is located in a mountain range about 50 kilometres from Da Lat in Vietnam. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful and magnificent falls in the Lam Dong province. During the dry season, the river that feeds the waterfall almost dries out. This allows […]

History's home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

History’s home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

A sing-song “Bonjour Madame“caught me somewhat by surprise. This is Hanoi, Vietnam’s hectic capital, and the redolent heart of old French Indo-Chine.  And, I’m at the Metropole. Some 10 minutes later, I am wrapped up in a checked woolen blanket, drinking vin rouge by the swimming pool. Festive Christmas lights twinkle over-head.  The air is […]

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Whether standalone or privately owned as part of a larger development or a resort, multiple-bedroom villas are all the rage for summer holiday bookings and ideal for family, a group of friends, or to host special occasions. For those who have a kid or two, simple hotel rooms or suites just do not bring the […]

Top 5 places to spend Summer in South East Asia

Top 5 places to spend Summer in South East Asia

South East Asia is a continent well known for a variety of reasons. Vietnam and Cambodia are the famous beach capitals and Indonesia is one of the best diving locations outside of Australia or California. The weather is fine for most of the year, which shouldn’t keep you away from these five places you should […]

Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Golf holidays are becoming ever more popular and 2014 is no exception with many new destinations emerging as ‘the next big golf destination’. Each year, a staggering 3 million golfers pack up their golf clubs and head for warmers climate, sweeping golf courses with ocean views and luxurious accommodation, and it’s easy to see why. […]

5 unusual romantic breaks

5 unusual romantic breaks

When you think of romantic places, the common ones like Paris, Venice and the Seychelles always come up.  If you are planning something for Valentine’s Day, or are in need of a romantic getaway with your partner, how about a break that is much more romantic then the popular choices?  Here are 5 romantic getaways […]

Asia's most romantic resorts

Asia’s most romantic resorts

Nothing quite says romance like a secluded spot on an exotic island, fringed by powdery white beaches and deep aqua blue waters, or a lush green jungle brimming with biodiversity, complemented by a world class spa that engages the best of nature. The world’s largest continent, Asia, naturally contains all of the above, sometimes even […]

Top 5 exotic beaches in Southeast Asia

Top 5 exotic beaches in Southeast Asia

Forget the Caribbean or Mexico — if you want a slice of beach paradise, then Southeast Asia is just the place for you. Yes, we do not discount the fact that Mexico and the Caribbean have beautiful beaches, but there are plenty of unexplored slices of paradise in Southeast Asia, where the weather is fine […]

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