Top 10 Destinations You Should Visit in Cambodia

Known as the country of surprises, Cambodia will sure amaze you by its charming natural cultural and historical sites. Let's find out what delights you most among our suggestions of 10 destinations you should visit in Cambodia.

Angkor Complex

No language and emotion can describe the beauty and the excellence of Angkor, unless you come to the place and see it all firsthand. The architects from the 8th century with the talented craftsmen created this place a great architectural ensemble with 600 works scattered in a dense jungle area of 45 km². However, the most important sites are Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.


Siem Reap

Located in the North-western Cambodia, Siem Reap is the most attractive city to tourists in Cambodia thanks to the majestic temples of Angkor. Served as the ancient Khmer empire’s capital, Siem Reap nowadays is a bustling city but still features mysteriousness of the most glorious ancient civilization.

Phnom Penh

As the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the most important destination of tourism in Cambodia, where known as the city of three rivers - the confluence of three major rivers Tonle Sap, Bassac and Mekong. Coming to Phnom Penh, visitors can not miss famous landmarks and monuments such as the National Museum, Wat Phnom Pagoda and Silver Pagoda. In addition, hotels in Phnom Penh are cheap, if you take time to research, you can find many accommodation with good quality at an affordable price, suitable for backpackers.


Sihanoukville

Located on the Gulf of Thailand,  Sihanoukville is a port city and the most famous beach in Cambodia. This city is the only deep-water port in Cambodia and famous for white sandy beaches and warm tropical islands surrounded by palm trees. Sihanoukville is a suitable destination for tourists to rest, relax and avoid the heat of the tropical climate.


Bokor National Park

If you are a nature lover, the Bokor National Park will be the destination you should not ignore. This park was established in 1993 on a very large area with a lot of rare plants and animals.
Additionally, Bokor Hill Station area is the most visited site by tourists because it is the remaining relic of a French resort in colonial period. It can be said that, this resort almost doesn’t miss anything from schools, post offices, casinos to churches and hotels, .... but they are all abandoned, creating a gloomy and macabre atmosphere.


Kep

Discovered and exploited around a century ago by the French, Kep is known for its hidden beauty of rare silence. The beauty of Kep mainly includes blue beaches, the old French villas, cafes hammock and small, rustic bungalows.


Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom is a city in the province of Kampong Cham in Cambodia. This is the third largest city of Cambodia and located on the bank of the beautiful Mekong River. Kampong Thom is Cambodia's 2nd largest city where there’re many historical places , just after Siem Reap. Some tourist destinations not to be missed are Prasat Kuh Nokor temple, Prasat Kok Rokar temple, Prasat Phum Temple etc.


Kratie

Kratie is a small town located on the bank of Mekong river. Although not a big tourist destination, Kratie is visited by a lot of backpackers because this is the only place where visitors can admire the Irrawaddy dolphin, a rare species of fish live in the Mekong. It is estimated that there are over 66 dolphins living in the Mekong region in Cambodia.

The best way for you to admire these extremely rare creatures is to book RV Pandaw - the only one among Luxury Mekong river cruises that do the dolphin watching tour along with a scenic cruising on the largest river of Asia.


Kampot

Kampot is the gateway to Bokor national park, famous for the base area in the hills left by the French with pleasant climate and lush tropical forests. Kampot also gives visitors chance to cruise on boat or raft on the river winding around the town, as well as waterfalls along the way. In addition, it is also known by the black pepper - a famous spice beloved by chefs in the world thanks to its unique taste.



Koh Rong

Koh Rong island located in the Gulf of Thailand and about 20km from the coastal city of Shihanoukville, only about 2 hours by boat on the calm sea. Koh Rong is totally opposite with vibrant Sihanoukville, this is truly a wild and sweet paradise which enthrals you right at the time you step up, where you will be totally relaxed among warm and  crystal sea water of the tropical land.


➜ I hope this post will help you to have some ideal spots in Cambodia for your Indochina holiday packages.

5 Must-Try Street Foods in Hue City, Vietnam

Located in the central Vietnam, Hue is famous for not only many ancient citadels but also a lot of attractive dishes. Visiting Hue, you will be surprised at a unique culinary lifestyle, especially some spicy specialties. Today, let me suggest to you 5 must-try ones when you have chance to come to this charming city.

Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue or Hue-styled Beef Noodle Soup is a flavorsome dish that you will be able to taste in every region throughout Vietnam. However, the best bowls of Bun Bo Hue can only be found in the place where it was invented. A bowl of Bun Bo Hue contains a wide range of local ingredients such as broth, beef, boiled pig pasterns, Gio (Vietnamese sausage), bean spout, vegetables, herbs and other secret spices. Particularly, Hue people always add a lot of chilli peppers and some slides of lemon into Bun Bo Hue to make it tastier. However, you can add some more spices depending on your favorite and taste. This is definitely one of the most harmonious flavor complex that you’ve ever tasted in Vietnam.
Com Hen
While Hanoi has the attractive Fried Rice with stir Beef, Saigon has its specialty - Com Tam with pork ribs, Hue is famous for its unique rice with mussel or Com Hen. Rice is a must-have food for every Vietnamese meal, thus, it is understandable that Com Hen plays an important role to the culinary life of Hue people. The main ingredient in this dish is well-prepare boiled or stir mussel, other ones must be rice, dry onions, star fruit, peanut, cabbage, chilli pepper, herbs. In order to suit your taste, you can add more fish sauce, salt or vinegar into the rice or soup. If you come to the right shop in Hue city’s center, you will get a super surprising price for a bowl of Com Hen, it is just around 50 cent.
Banh Beo
Banh beo (water fern cake) is a small piece of steamed rice, which often goes with a wide range of ingredients such as onion, shrimp, herbs and other local spices. After soaking it in the vinegar chilli sauce, you can feel a perfect mixture of different flavors. Banh Beo can be found easily in every market and local food stall in Hue.
Banh Khoai
Banh Khoai in Hue is a bit similar to Banh Xeo in Northern Vietnam thanks to their appearances. It is a crunchy combination of fatty pork, shrimps, bean sprouts, mustard leaves, lettuce, rice paper and herbs, which really gives you enough energy for the whole day. Banh Khoai is even better to taste in winter.
Tom Chua
A bottle of Tom Chua (Sour Shrimp) will be the best gifts for your beloved family when you have chance to visit Hue city. The sour shrimps have to be cooked skillfully, carefully washed and soaked in Vietnamese rice wine to make them softer and cleaner. After that, the chef put the shrimps into a jar with garlic, chilli pepper and galangal, then wait for 7 to 10 days. This sour shrimp sauce can go with a lot of different foods including boiled pork, boiled vegetable, or you can eat it with rice right away.
>> Along with classic tours around Hue city, Vietnam culinary tours will offer you fascinating experiences during your holidays in this beautiful country.

10 Reasons Why Vietnam Attracts International Tourists

Over the last 4-5 years, the number of international tourists to Vietnam has been increasing rapidly, which plays an important role in the development of Tourism as well as economics of the country. Besides breathtaking destinations throughout Vietnam, the country also got a lot of secret features that challenge travellers to discover. Let's find out 10 reasons why Vietnam attracts International tourists. 

History

Vietnam is widely well-known for its celebrated history dating back to 2000 BC, suffering and winning a wide range of long-lasting battles against invaders. History in Vietnam can be divided into many segments based on different Dynasties, Emperors and Governments. The country’s architecture and culture was also influenced by Chinese, Khmer, French, USA, etc in war time. In the past, Vietnam defeated French and American in 2 intense battles marking its fame all over the world.

Cuisine

Visiting Vietnam, you will be amazed by its charming cuisine that you will never forget. Vietnamese cuisine is mostly based on traditional ingredients and spices, which can be grown in every family’s backyards and gardens. The meat is always fresh due to the fact that Vietnamese people usually sell alive animals in markets including chickens, ducks, fishes, shrimps, crabs, ills, squids etc. Another interesting thing is that you will easily find traditional specialties in every street corner of the cities without going to the restaurant and pay much more money. Some famous amazing dishes you must hear somewhere should be tasted are: Pho, Spring Rolls, Banh Mi, Bun Cha etc.

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Tropical Fruits

Vietnam has a surprising diversity of tropical fruits thanks to the changes in climate of each region. In particular, every province in Vietnam often has its own specific fruit or flavors, or appearances. Some are exported to a lot of countries in the world, especially some strict markets such as Australia, USA etc.

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Best coffee in the world

For a long time, coffee has been a close friend of breakfast to Vietnamese people. In northern Vietnam, people often have coffee in the morning or when they go out with friends. While in Southern Vietnam, especially in Saigon, coffee is so popular that many people drink it when they are thirsty. Egg Coffee, invented by a Hanoi person, is a masterpiece that both domestic and international tourists will love it for the first taste. 

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Friendly people

After the trip to Vietnam, many foreigners will never forget the friendliness of Vietnamese people. At first, tourists will find that the faces as well as appearances of Vietnamese people are not really smiley and friendly. Actually, that’s just because they do not know what is going on or they are not familiar with seeing foreigner in their country, especially the ones in remote areas. However, once communicating with them, you will realize that they are really generous, kind and warm-hearted. They can even take you to look around their houses, have dinner and drink special wine with them.

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Beautiful beaches

With the long coast line running along the country, Vietnam is home to a lot of charming beaches including some of the most beautiful ones in the world such as Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Although some beaches are way too touristy, tourists are always attracted by reasonable-priced services and unique ways of entertainment there.

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Stunning mountains

If you are an adventurous travelers and motorbike riders, then a trip to the mountainous areas in Vietnam will not disappoint you. You can choose your favorite spot among many regions, but the best should be Northern Vietnam, containing The Rooftop of Indochina – Mt. Fansipan (3,143 meters) along with stunning landscape with majestic passes and valleys. You will also have a chance to admire picturesque terraced rice fields and idyllic remote villages.

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Adventures

Travelling on motorbike in Vietnam will definitely be your highlight. Because Vietnam motorbike tours will offer you the opportunity to experience many rugged and risky winding roads at an elevation of hundreds meters.

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Reasonable Cost

When travelling to Vietnam, you will be surprised by the prices of everything in comparison to your countries. Although the cost of living here is pretty cheap, you will find that everything you pay is worthy and high-quality. For example, if you do not want to spend too much on accommodation in Vietnam, you can easily find some home-stays and dorm rooms with $4 or 5 per night with nice services. The Street food prices here are really cheap too, you can find yourself a stick of barbecue pork for 50 cents only.

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Shopping

There are a lot of things to buy in Vietnam including delicious specialties, lovely souvenir stuffs, pocket landscape pictures etc. Moreover, you can even buy high-quality silk or the Aodai - traditional dress of the country - to remind you a memorable trip.  

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>> Are you ready to find out other exciting things about Vietnam, do not hesitate to consider our Vietnam private tours!

Top 10 Must-Try Dishes in Myanmar

Burmese cuisine is influenced by the culinary of many Southeast Asia countries which is rich in flavor and made of distinctive local ingredients. 

1.Tea leaf salad (Laphet thoke): one of the most famous dishes of Burma is laphet or fermented tea leaves. They are served alone or used for making the laphet thoke – tea leaf salad which is a great combination of the sour picked tea leaves with shredded cabbage, tomato, fried tofu, some nuts, garlic oil and sliced chili. This dish is usually served with rice as a meal or simply eaten on their own as a dessert or a snack. 


2. Shan - style rice: this item of food takes its root from the Shan (an ethnic group of Myanmar) which is known as Nga htamin (fish rice). The dish has the main ingredients of rice cooked with turmeric, freshwater fish and garlic oil. It is eaten with leek roots, some cloves of garlic and deep-fried pork rinds.


3. Burmese curry: curry is truly the star of this dish, usually meaty base which made from pork, fish, shrimp, beef or mutton. In additions, the course will be served with several appealing side dishes including rice, salad, a plate of stir fried vegetables, a bowl of soup and a big tray of herbs, raw or boiled veggies. There will be a wide range of dips following from ngapi ye – a kind fish sauce to balachaung – a dry mixture of garlic, chili and deep  - fried shrimp. 


4. Rice in tea stalls: Myanmar’ tea shop is not only a place to quench your thirst with the distinctive sweetened black tea but also to taste some of the most exotic Burmese meals like htamin thoke (a kind of salad mixed with rice) or traditional noodles.


Furthermore, each tea shop has its own characteristics owing to the origin of the owners. Muslim and Indian owned tea stalls for example, feature the Southeast Asian – influenced dishes like the samosaas or poori (crispy fried bread served with potato curry) or nanbya (baked bread)   

5. Snacks: Burmese snacks are served in the morning and afternoon with tea. The sweet flavor doesn’t come from the sugar but from the coconut milk, grated coconut, cooked sticky rice and fruit. Some outstanding sweet snacks are has nwin ma kin (a small cake made from the mixture of flour, coconut milk, ghee butter and raisins), bein moun and moun pyit thalet (Burmese pancake).   


6. Fried courses: Burmese people are really fond of deep - frying stuff, therefore, almost every kinds of snacks from the street to the tea stall are fried. They are even topped some noodles with the akyaw - fried garnishes. When in Myanmar, you have to try one of the best examples of deep – frying food: the buthi kyaw. The course has the main ingredient of deep – fried chunk of gourd which is served with the sweet and sour dip making from tamarind and bean podwer.


7. Shan’s tofu noodles: Even tofu is in the name of the dish (“hto – hpu new” in Burmese language means “warm tofu”), it doesn’t include tofu at all in the ingredients but a tofu like porridge made from garbanzo bean flour. Marinated pork or chicken are added in the dish with the thin rice noodles and the sticky yellow sauce above. Shan’s tofu noodles are also served with picked vegetables and broth. 


8. Nangyi thoke: As a popular dishes served on many Myanmar cruises like Sanctuary Ananda, this  dish is a kind of salad based noodles which is served with fermented veggies and broth on the side. The rice noodles are thick and round topped with chicken, fish cakes, bean sprouts and hard - boiled egg. Nangyi thoke is seasoned with roasted bean powder, turmeric and chili paste, then mixed by hand.


9. Mohinga: The non - official national Burmese dish Mohinga is a bowl of rice noodles served with broth made from shallot and fish. To increase the flavor of the dish, you can add several slices of hard - boiled egg, akyaw (deep – fried food items), lentils, a few drops of lime and chili flakes. Moreover, this item of food can be found in every street vendor in Myanmar from the early morning to late night.


10. Shan noodles: Compare to other dishes in Burma, Shan – style noodles are rather simple and easy to eat. The noodles are flat and thin served with spicy broth and marinated pork or chicken. It is also supplemented with roasted sesames and garlic oil. A dry version of this dish is also common with the broth served as the side dishes accompanied with the pickled vegetables.


Not only cuisines, Myanmar has so many other things to do that you surely should not miss in your trip. Consider our Myanmar holidays at http://myanmarprivateholidays.com/ and find your best trip with best care at best price today!

A Series of Pretty Homestays in Hanoi

Mei Hideaway, Ha Noi


If you are interested in the gentle and romantic architecture, you should definitely give Mei Hideaway homestay located in Truc Bach Street a try. Featuring rustic decoration and pastel colors, the homestay provides its guests with the poetic and charming space in which they can “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the city and set aside all concerns and worries of life at the same time.


Mei is currently offering 2 bedrooms, a common living room that serves as both living room and dining room, a small kitchen that is full of sunshine, and a balcony. Staying in Mei, you might feel as if you were at home which is characterized by lights and eyes – catching decorations.

Satori Homestay, Ha Noi


Spreading across an area of 16 square meters on Quang Trung Street, Satori homestay makes its guests comfortable by the cozy atmosphere and the necessary conveniences.


Featuring the simple but impressive decoration reflected by the selection and arrangement of colored walls and utensils, Satori homestay promises to capture your eyes right you get there. The homestay offers 6 bedrooms of which two of them share the bathroom, a living room, a kitchen, a terrace serving as the common space. The charge of staying in Satori/ night is about 500,000 VND (25$) (including service charges). Additionally, the price of a whole room is 140 $ (2.8 million VND) per night.

Au Frais, Ha Noi


Located on the 9th floor of a building in Tay Ho Street, Au Frais homestay has not much popular with tourists. Stepping onto the homestay, you would probably be “overwhelmed” by the rustic space, cozy atmosphere as if you were at home. Additionally, the old furniture and unique decorations that are displayed without any rule or style contribute to creating its own significance right in the heart of Hanoi.


The homestay offers 2 bedrooms that are spacious and eyes – catching. The most distinguishing feature of this pretty homestay is the stunning Westlake – view balcony. As the name would suggest, the name “Au Frais” means "cool and airy".  Additionally, you might sip a hot cup of tea and coffee when enjoying the charming scenery facing you at the balcony. How amazing!

Lacaito Homestay, Hanoi

Located in a small alley on Da Tuong Street, Lacaito homestay enables its guests to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the urban life to indulge themselves into the cool and quiet atmosphere. 


You might be curious about the meaning and origin of its name that is thought to be “La Cai To” (a nest). There is no exact explanation for it but it is still a cozy and pretty “nest” anyway. Stepping on to the house, you might definitely “ have a crush” on the impressive design and pretty decorations made of wood and rattan in the living room, bed room, or even the bathroom.  


Additionally, the “elegant” furniture such as porcelain tile floor, pillows of  the same color or a bedside table made of rounded wood logs contribute to sharpening the style of houses in European countries that you have ever seen at architecture magazine. Moreover, the homestay offers a small garden at the balcony for the purpose of relaxation. Imagining that you enjoy the charming scenery facing you while sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee, then, how wonderful your life is!



Top 5 Best Hanoi Dishes

If you are craving for tasteful snacks of Hanoi recipe such as Banh Cuon (steamed rice pancake rolls), Bun Cha (vermicelli served with grilled pork and pickled cucumbers), .., you definitely satisfy your appetite with the mouthful right in Sai Gon.

Lau Rieu Cua Bap Bo (Sour crab soup hotpot with beef and rib cartilage)


Lau Rieu Cua Bap Bo (sour crab hotpot with beef and rib cartilage) is one of the most popular dishes in the North, especially during cold days. When it first appeared in Sai Gon, it was immediately highly recommended by the young. The tasteful and fragrant sour crab soup is made from crab-roe, blended and filtered crab body, tomatoes, grease, vinegar and other spices. This amazing dish is accompanied by various kinds of vegetables and accompaniments for 3 – 4 guests.

You might enjoy this delicious dish at Tu Xuong Street, Truong Dinh Street, Hong Ha Street, ect at the price of 15$ per portion for 4 people.

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Bun Dau Mam Tom has been a favorite dish to travelers. It is served as street food at food stalls, restaurants, or even at small stands at narrow alleys. This amazing dish is made from 3 main ingredients: yellow fried tofu, vermicelli noodle, and “mam tom” (“smelly” fermented shrimp paste) which is added in chili, a little of monosodium glutamates (MSG) and whipping grease. Additionally, they accompany this dish with different kinds of vegetables which promise to release wonderful flavor in your mouth when eating.


Bun Dau Mam Tom used to be considered a snack but now you can get a “full belly” because it is accompanied with other tasteful foods such as cha com (fried nuggets), boiled pork, etc. This simple, moreover, the cheap dish has been so popular that we can enjoy it whenever and wherever you’d love to. You might enjoy this tasteful dish at Hog Ha, Phan Xich Long, and Tran Hung Dao Streets. Just spend 1$ to 2$ and you will have a full belly afterward.

Bun Cha 

Bun Cha has been familiar with people in Hanoi for a long time.  Pork shoulder, which is used to make grilled meat, is chopped or minced, then grilled on the charcoal. You definitely order one or both, depending on your taste. Bun Cha offers the best taste when eating with “Bun La” (round pieces of noodle), sweet and sour sauce mixed with garlic and chili, a pickled unripe papaya and, of course, a dish of salads.


It’s not challenging to make Bun Cha but how to make a tasteful one depends mostly on experience and family recipe, especially the sauce. Bun Cha (in the North) and Bun Thit Nuong (grilled meat vermicelli -in the Central and the South) seem to share some common things.  However, their eating style and taste of sauce are totally different. In Sai Gon, Bun Cha is best known in restaurants and food stalls serving Northern cuisine in Tan Binh District with only 1,5$ to 3$.

Bun Ca Ro Dong (Fish noodle)


Being processed from familiar ingredients such as perch, Indian taro stem (doc mung), dills, tomato,..Bun Ca Ro Dong is undoubtedly an ideal choice during such a hot day. You might enjoy this tasteful and fragrant dish at restaurants on Hong Ha Street, Tan Binh District or those on Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, District 1. A bowl of Bun Ca Ro Dong is priced at 35,000 VND.

Bun Gia Cay (false dog soup)


Bun Gia Cay (false dog soup) is one of the most delicious dishes in Hanoi in winter. The main ingredient is pork leg undergone complex processing process. A false dog bowl is greasy with meat, sour with bamboo shoots and fragrant with the mixture of galangal roots and fermented rice. Most importantly, this amazing dish must be cooked with Mam Tom (“smelly” Vietnamese shrimp paste) to create its own taste. It is usually served with noodles cut into pieces. Don’t forget to mix it to enjoy the best taste of meat and flavor of herbs in your mouth. Spend 4$ and you will have a full belly afterward at Northern cuisine restaurants in Tan Binh District.


The Memorable Childhood in Ganh Ong – Bai Xep

Over the past 2 years, Bai Xep (Xep beach) has been familiar to tourists thanks to the strong impression and effect of the childhood film named “Tôi thấy hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh” (Yellow flowers on the green grass) that is based on the famous long story of the “childhood” writer Nguyen Nhat Anh. Being naturally favored the smooth white sand, pristine blue water, and fresh breezes blowing from the sea, Bai Xep is definitely an ideal destination for those who love to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. To reach this amazing destination, we follow the route passing through the large casuarina forest and immense rice field turning into the golden yellow. 


Being in the “spot light” after the film that is on the screen, Xep beach has been attracting a significant number of tourists since then. To reach Ganh Ong, tourists have to walk along Xep beach. In other words,  you will saunter from the smooth sandy beach to the immense lush lawn surrounded by bushes of wild cactus. Thus, you might feel as if you were shot on that film.




As in the childhood dream, you definitely face the majestic mountain and the immense green nature when reaching the peak of the hill. Nestled in the amazing land of Phu Yen, Ganh Ong is still considered as the masterpiece that is cleverly created my mother nature. Standing at the top of the hill, you would probably be “overwhelmed” by the vast prairie at the foot, the immense blue sea from a further distance, and even the spectacular cliffs featuring black rocks and white -  foam wave. Therefore, you surely set aside all concerns and worries in life to indulge yourself in the breath – taking scenery facing you.



If you do not see boats floating at the middle of the sea and local residents dive under the cliffs, you might think as if you were at the “isolated” island. There is one thing interesting that Ganh Ong divides the beach into 2 areas, namely Bai Xep, a famous tourist attraction and the separated beach on the other side that is surrounded by a dense casuarina forest.



Characterized by crystal blue sea water, immense blue sky,  and tranquil atmosphere, the beach is undoubtedly an ideal destination for those who want to fully relax in a cool and quiet place in the dynamic summer. Moreover, there are cactus bushes at the edge of the majestic cliffs that surrounded by unknown wild grasses. 


Ganh Ong, Bai Xep is currently offering services of swimming and camping, so it is an ideal place for young travelers who love experiencing and exploring. From Ganh Ong, we go along the coast to admire other wonderful landscapes of Phu Yen.