|0||by Jamie Beckman||Food + Drink, Vietnam, Food + Drink|
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The waitress brought exactly what I ordered, but it still came as a surprise. Instead of a plate, my Fish Amok was served in a coconut shell. The classic Cambodian dish was presented made with freshly caught fish from the Gulf of Thailand.
Cambodia's culinary traditions are made with the bounty of the land and water, with influences brought by successive invaders and visitors that have given variety to the Khmer approach to preparing food. The annual monsoon floods enrich the soil around the Mekong and Tonei Sap. The river system is one of the most diverse habitats on earth, and fishing has always been central to the Khmer economy.
|0||by Andrew Kolasinski||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Cambodia, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink|
In the hills of northern Thailand, lush jungle, farms, and fruit trees rolled past the train window. As we neared Chiang Mai a fellow passenger cautioned me that the Flower Festival would fill every room in town. I hadn't made a reservation. It was a chore, but eventually I found a room. My hotel was pricey, but right on Kotchasarin Road, on the eastern side of the Moat Road that encloses the old city, a 700-year-old defensive rampart and canal built against the encroaching Burmese.
|0||by Andrew Kolasinski||Art + Culture, Festivals, Nature Appreciation, Temples and Churches, Chiang Mai, Trip Ideas|
Three days from now, I will be making my first trip to Asia, going on World Spree's 12-Day Amazing Vietnam tour, a trip that will take me through Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, and Hanoi, and includes an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. We've written about this travel package in the Real Deals section of BudgetTravel.com on several occasions because it's a great value vacation priced from $1,899 per person and includes 5-Star accommodations in four Vietnamese locales, an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, several guided tours, most meals, and international airfare from San Francisco (additional fees apply for airfares from L.A., New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.) There's a good mix of free time to explore on your own and an extensive guided tour-filled itinerary, as well as several affordable optional activities in case you're looking for special experiences like a 6-hour guided day-trip to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels (from $40 per person) or a $50 half-day guided tour of Hanoi that ends with a traditional water puppet show.
|0||by Kaeli Conforti||Adventure, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Scenic Drives, Walking Tours, Wildlife Appreciation, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Hue, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo|
It's crunch time! Bloomberg recently released its list of cities around the globe that will be the most crowded in the year 2025. The top five? Hong Kong; Salvador, Brazil; Mexico City; São Paulo; and Singapore. All the more reason not to put off traveling to these destinations any longer! Bump them up on your bucket list instead, using some of our favorite travel tips for each town as guidance:
|0||by Jamie Beckman||Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Salvador da Bahia, Sao Paolo, Health and Hygiene, Safety and Security|
|0||by Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com||Art + Culture, Bali, Safety and Security, Trip Ideas|
Are you planning a trip to Myanmar? Here's how to see the most of this fascinating country if you've got a good sense of adventure and two weeks to go exploring.
Day 1-3: Yangon
Yangon is the gateway to magnificent Myanmar. The major hub for international and domestic flights alike, it is not a bad place to start. As soon as you step out of the airport it is readily apparent that being cut off from the globalized world has allowed Myanmar to retain its cultural authenticity. Men wear sarong skirts, women wear pasty white thanaka paint on their faces, and the city is abuzz with a one-of-a-kind energy. The main sites in the tropical city actually cover a fairly small area and are manageable on foot, although taxis and public transportation are available. In a few days, you can cover the main sites of interest in Yangon including Sule Pagoda, Inya Lake, Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Chinatown, and Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Day 4-7: Bagan
|0||by Melissa Reichwage||Adventure, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Rivers and Lakes, Shopping, Temples and Churches, Wildlife Appreciation, Yangon, Trip Ideas, Food + Drink|
This article was written by Milda Ratkelyte, the travel community manager at AsiaRooms.com. She is currently exploring Asia and capturing the best moments in stories, photos, and films.
Penang is a small tropical island connected to the northwest coast of Malaysia where, as one says, "the weather never changes so everyone talks about food instead." The island's fertile land and seas combined with a mixture of Malay, Chinese (mostly Hokkien with a smaller group of Cantonese and Teochew as well as the Straights-born Chinese known as Peranakans) and Indian cultures holds Penang as Asia's top city voted by CNN and the New York Times for street food for several years now. On top of that, Penang is also one of the safest places in Asia to try street food—the competition among the street vendors is so high that any dip in quality of the food is not tolerated here. During a recent trip to Penang, I rolled up my sleeves and hit the island's most famous hawker centers to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!
|0||by Milda Ratkelyte||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Pop Culture and Travel, Shopping, Malaysia, Food + Drink|
|0||by Sia Ling Xin, Asiarooms.com||Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Pop Culture and Travel, Shopping, Singapore, Singapore, Food + Drink|
I was one of a dozen westerners waiting for the Chiang Mai midnight sleeper, along with 500 uniformed school kids noisily waiting for their train. Their frantic teachers invented amusements like group charades and spelling contests, but still most of the kids wandered around looking for trouble. A dozen 13-year-olds blocked my path. Their bold leader, a chubby pony-tailed girl, demanded to know where I come from. They all giggled and elbowed each other chattering hysterically in Thai after I told them I was from Canada. A fellow passenger, a British woman said (loudly over the din), "These kids were already here when I arrived at 7:30." She looked peevishly at her wristwatch. It was 10 p.m. I had been told Thai rail is usually reliable, so this was not a good sign.
|0||by Andrew Kolasinski||Art + Culture, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Train Travel, Wildlife Appreciation, Bangkok, Chiang Mai|