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mar 25 2015

So Cute! Baby Elephant Takes a Bath in Thailand—We Can't Stop Watching This Video!

You can play with baby elephants like this one at non-profit org ElephantStay.

(Simon Irwin/Lonely Planet)

At elephant-conservation organization ElephantStay in Ayutthaya, Thailand, a Danish visitor had an extremely interactive encounter with an adorable baby elephant named Double Trouble who loved being hosed off and taking a dunk (or five) in his miniature bathtub.

feb 18 2015

Eat Like a Local in Vietnam

Learn the insider secrets of affordable Vietnamse cuisine from a pair of world travelers who love sharing the locals-only lowdown.

(Lonely Planet)

Danika Garlotta and her husband Chris are traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at nodestinations.com.

Vietnamese food is without a doubt, one of my favorite cuisines. My husband Chris and I love its creative ingredients, and that mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors! Although we were excited to visit Vietnam in general, we were more excited to taste everything and eat our way through the various cities we were visiting like Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Saigon.

jan 28 2015

Off-The-Beaten-Path Singapore

Book Shop in Singapore

Stop by Littered With Books, just one of a small but delightful collection of independent bookstores in Singapore.

(Courtesy AsiaRooms.com)

If you're planning a trip to Singapore and would like to see the city-state beyond its usual tourist hotspots, check out AsiaRooms.com's list of 50 alternative things to do in Singapore. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Explore an abandoned palace

dec 23 2014

Google's Top Travel Search Questions of the Year...Answered!

Airplane in the sky

Pack your bags! We'll help you make your dream trip happen.

(Courtesy ajjordan2/myBudgetTravel)

You've got questions? We've got answers! Google crunched its data from the past year and unearthed the top 10 travel search terms for their annual Year in Search analysis. One huge takeaway from the roundup: Travelers want to know how they can travel more—and do it on the cheap. We'll do a New Year's toast to that!

dec 17 2014

Hot Stuff! Spice Up Your Food With This Cool New Keychain You Can Take Anywhere

Sriracha2Go in NYC

Grab a snack from a food truck in a brand-new city, and boom: Sriracha2Go is right there for you.


Sriracha, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways:

1. The spicy condiment's core ingredients are simple, but the kick is big. Wildly popular Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods, Inc., grinds sun-ripened red jalepeño chili peppers and garlic into a paste. Voilà: Sriracha!

nov 24 2014

The Rich Flavors of Cambodian Cuisine

Typical Cambodian Breakfast
(Courtesy Andrew Kolasinski)

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.

nov 14 2014

Visiting Chiang Mai’s Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival
(Courtesy Andrew Kolasinski)

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.

nov 03 2014

What Are Your Best Tips For Getting Through Long Flights?

Hoi An Vietnam

I'm heading to Vietnam for the first time. Do you have any tips or favorite places to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

(Courtesy mala/myBudgetTravel)

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.

sep 25 2014

5 "Boomtowns" You MUST Visit ASAP

Hong Kong is the fastest-growing city in the world, according to Bloomberg.

(Courtesy BereniceKimura/myBudgetTravel)

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:

sep 02 2014

How to Avoid 5 Common Scams in Bali

Bali, Indonesia
(Courtesy Milda Ratkelyte)

This article was written by Sia Ling Xin, who travels and writes about it for Asiarooms.com, a blog and online community focused on travelling in Asia. You can also find her on Twitter.

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