The Reunification Express – Vietnam
Mar24

The Reunification Express – Vietnam

Train Travel Thorough Vietnam Perhaps it is the desire to see the place that I am traveling through, perhaps it is the people I always end up meeting along the way or perhaps it is the desire to travel in an environmentally conscious way; whatever the reason, I am drawn time and again to overland travel instead of the air. So, once more I found myself desperately trying to cram my oversized rucksack into the tiny space allocated for...

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AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options
Jul15

AMA Waterways Expands Exotic Itinerary Options

Calabasas, CA – (Apr. 14, 2016) – AmaWaterways today announced that it has enhanced its “Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong” itinerary, providing travelers with even more options to experience Southeast Asia. “We are delighted to introduce flexible new itineraries on the fabled Mekong River this year,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-owner of AmaWaterways....

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Funny Travel Lessons
Jun11

Funny Travel Lessons

My Initiation Traveling has been like my own personal eccentric Kung Fu master. When I began I expected to be gently washed of my narrow world view, but that is not what the teacher had in mind. Rote repetition, bruises, and often just straight up weirdness was to be my guide. Here are six life changing lessons I learned on the not-so-glorious side of the road: The Original Position A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a year...

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New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam
Jul03

New Tour from Backyard Travel: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam

Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Highlights of Cambodia & Vietnam Bangkok, Thailand (June 18, 2013): Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company, has released news of a marvelous new multi-country trip which allows travelers the chance to enjoy the inspiring highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, led by expert local guides. The twelve-day, eleven-night tour gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into the sensational...

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Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina
Nov27

Aqua Expeditions expands into Indochina

  Lima, Peru – November 8, 2012: Following the success of river cruises on the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is launching its third luxury vessel in 2014 to sail the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam, it was announced today by Aqua Expeditions CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro.   The Aqua Mekong will be the first boat of its class on the river. Keeping in style with the M/V Aria and M/V Aqua, the M/V Aqua Mekong will be...

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Life Resorts Christens Fleet in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay
Nov17

Life Resorts Christens Fleet in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

(HA LONG, Nov. 2011) — Nearly 150 people turned out to celebrate the opening of Life Heritage Resort Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s first private luxury fleet, in a theatrical launch at the Tuan Chau Marina Friday. Representatives from the Embassy of Netherlands and Life Resorts’ sister properties watched along with tourism officials, travel agents and journalists as the new heritage junks sailed in formation through the...

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The Train from Ninh Binh to Hue, Vietnam
Sep25

The Train from Ninh Binh to Hue, Vietnam

In the heart of the Red River delta region lies Ninh Binh, in many respects a typical Northern Vietnamese town. Few tourists, busy local markets, an extremely young population and one chaotic central highway. National Route 1A at 2,300km long dissects every one of Vietnam’s major cities and runs in parallel to the famous train line, which unites this once divided country. Chaotic, crazy and at times terrifying, it may be. Yet, somehow...

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Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia
Jun26

Uniworld Expands River Cruises in Asia

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises introduces a new ship, River Saigon, and expands their Asia river cruises and tours in 2012, so travelers can experience this destination in world-class style and comfort for which Uniworld is known. With over 100 departures on 8 itineraries ranging from 10 to 24 days in China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, travelers can unlock the richness and vast diversity of this region. From the Great Wall of China to...

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Vietnam Airlines Grows Operations
Jun20

Vietnam Airlines Grows Operations

Vietnam Airlines is ramping up flight frequencies and expanding its fleet and route network in Asia-Pacific. From today, the Vietnamese flag carrier’s Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne services will be boosted from five-weekly to seven-weekly, while its Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney services will be increased from six-weekly to seven-weekly. From June 16, the carrier will introduce a direct daily flight between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur,...

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Observations of a Farang
Jul04

Observations of a Farang

I’m a Farang. If you’ve got European ancestry, you are too. Although the word exists in many linguistic forms throughout the Siam and Khmer Empires and beyond, this Thai version is the most well known. Its widespread use lends credence to the theory it entered the region long ago as a corruption of the Persian word for “foreigner”, though occasionally it’s used as a slur directed at Euro-males escorting young Asian women. You’ll...

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