Springing into Summer at Phong Nha
Phong Nha-Ke Bang is at its most beautiful during the months of April, May and June, as Spring transitions into Summer. The rice paddies and jungle-covered mountains are lush with life; the clouds of butterflies thick enough to hide a water buffalo.
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is famous for its stunning Karst Mountains. It is the purest Limestone Massive on the planet and is host to the world’s Largest Cave (Hang Son Doong). Tours around the Park visiting Paradise Cave, 8 lady Cave, Hwy 20 war martyrs memorial temple, Nouc Moc Spring and the Dark Cave can be arranged providing a great overview of the park with historical and scientific information, cave exploring and kayaking, amongst other activities.
Son Tra: Don’t Monkey Around With A National Treasure
Dr Ulrike Streicher
Visitors to Vietnam often come to experience romanticized landscapes of jungle and rice paddy fields, as well as its beaches, cultural activities, historical monuments and buzzing city streetscapes. There are innumerable ways of enjoying Vietnam’s scenery and for most tourists an experience in ‘nature’ is usually viewed from the window of a bus, train or some other form of transportation. Or nature is simply the scenic backdrop in an outdoor activity. When I refer to nature, I associate it with an undisturbed piece of habitat.
You may ask, in a country of 82 million people, it is possible to find such a thing? It’s not easy, but yes, such places can and do exist. One such place, although it is as endangered as the species that live within its reserve, is the Son Tra Peninsula; often also referred to as Monkey Mountain.
Omar’s Namaste Hoi An: Indian food fit for royalty
My recent lunch at the new Omar’s Namaste Hoi An was fit for a queen. It was my first visit, and owner/team leader Abhay Singh Chauhan invited me to a tasting of some of the restaurant’s stand-out dishes.
Four curries, two different types of the naan bread, onion bhaji and kheer rice pudding! (Did I mention this queen was eating alone that day? Needless to say, Chauhan was kind enough to give me a royal take-away bag, too. )
The food was amazing. And, as it turns out, it really was a meal fit for a queen. Inspired by the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire of Northern India, the Mughlai and Awadhi dishes served at Namaste are a point of pride for the restaurant.
Om Sweet Om
Travelling can take a toll on your body. The long flight to Vietnam (not to mention the return trip!) The all day excursions. The motorbike madness.
Sometimes you’re so busy having fun, finding the time to relax can be elusive. Help soothe the travel-weary body with any or all of these five basic yoga postures, recommended by Hoi An Yoga teacher Stephanie Driver.
Lie on your tummy with your legs side by side. Place both elbows and forearms on the floor below your shoulders.
FAMILY FANTASTIC SUMMER PACKAGE at SUNRISE HOI AN BEACH RESORT
It's almost Summer. Waking up in the morning to the soft sounds of gentle waves and taking a walk on the white sand of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world are no longer your dream vacation. This Summer, don't miss the opportunity to have fun for the whole family by staying at Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort which boasts 222 spacious rooms, suites and beachfront villas.
The FAMILY FANTASTIC SUMMER PACKAGE includes 2 nights stay in a luxury deluxe garden room, 01 set lunch/dinner for 2 adults, free swimming class for children, 2 way airport shuttle bus transfer...The special rate starts from VND 6.815.000 ++
International Custom Jeweller ‘Original Chain of Life’ Opens Showroom in Hoi An
The Danish jewellery brand, Original Chain of Life, has been making their unique pieces of jewellery for the past 3 years in Hoi An, mainly for the Danish and international market. At the end of November, they opened the doors of their showroom to Hoi An visitors, making their jewellery available to the local scene.
From their beautiful new location in the heart of the historic old town, customers can check out the work of famous Danish designer, Erik Sørensen Live Hoi An recently interviewed founding partner, Brian Petersen, about the brand’s unique line of jewellery and the opening of the new shop.
The Sirens of Cham Islands
The Cham Islands rise from the sea about 18 kilometers off the coast of Hoi An, an uncharted world on the horizon begging to be explored.
The cluster of rocky, forested islands elicits an air of mystery from the beaches of Hoi An. What’s it like out there? Who lives there? How do you get there?
Largely undeveloped, the main island Hon Loa – the only inhabited of the eight islets – has but 3,000 residents, a few family run homestays, limited electricity, a smattering of motorbikes and no cars. One road connects the island’s two main villages, Bai Lang and Bai Huong.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Time To Face Them, Ame
I used to go by the moniker ‘Ameless in Asia’; the same title I gave to my much-neglected blog. I thought it a witty play on words – my name is Amy but I prefer my friends call me by the monosyllabic ‘Ame’– and I have been living in Asia for over 14 years, during which I have feigned aloofness about this fact.
Hence the notion of being ‘aimless’ (but spelled Ameless) is another joke, because those who know me, know that while I am many things, aimless is not one of them.
It takes a fair bit of self-assuredness (or damned right doggedness) to start a publication in any part of the world, let alone a country that is not your own. But that’s what Ameless did.
Going Local: How Vietnamese Are You?
There comes a point when every foreigner living abroad realizes they’ve gone truly local. Especially in scenarios when a person of ‘Western’ origin goes ‘East’. The differences between culture and lifestyle are significant.
Not that the populations of the ‘East’ or ‘West’ are by any means homogeneous, but there are some shared cultural features within Asia that those who have been in the region long enough have definitely adopted. Such as removing your shoes before entering a home. Or having the expert ability to use that hosed faucet next to the toilet (known colloquially as the “bum gun”) without squirting water all over your clothes and floor.