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Laos Buffalo Dairy – For the Love of Cheese and Yogurt

I love dairy products. I love milk, butter, cheese and yogurt. A high proportion of Asians are lactose intolerant but I’m probably one of the exceptional few who don’t have problems consuming dairy products. The love of dairy was cultivated in me since I was a little girl. My mother’s family loves all things dairy, hence that “love” was passed on to me. Therefore, I can relate to the predicament faced by Susie Martin and Rachel O’Shea, CEO and Head Chef of Laos Buffalo Dairy respectively, who shockingly learnt that Laos has no local dairy products. No dairy means no

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Rosewood Luang Prabang – Review

The immediate thing that most travellers do upon arriving at a destination is to check into the hotel. And sometimes the accommodation can make or break a trip. If you’re planning a holiday to Luang Prabang in Laos, I can assure you that the Rosewood Luang Prabang will make your trip indeed…a luxurious and indulgent one. Located just ten minutes’ drive from Laos’ romantic colonial town, the Rosewood Luang Prabang offers a luxurious escape, if not, a tranquil ambience set amid tropical forest with 24 spacious rooms, suites, private villas for guests to choose from – all centred around a

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Mekong Tourism Forum 2018: Thematic Village Experience

During the last week of June, I was invited by Destination Mekong and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) to attend the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF2018) in Nakhon Phanom, a small city in north-east Thailand that borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. It was my first time travelling to Nakhon Phanom – a destination that I never knew before – and attending MTF2018. The conference was held from 25th till 29th June but I was only able to attend from the 27th onwards due to prior engagements in Kuala Lumpur two days before. Although I

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4 Reasons to Visit Nakhon Phanom, Thailand

When I first learnt that the location of the 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF 2018) was Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, I wondered where this place was. Nakhon Phanom is a small city in the north-eastern region of Thailand called Isaan and it borders with Laos, the Mekong River separating the two countries. Being geographically close to Laos and Vietnam, the population of Nakhon Phanom – roughly 700,000 people – is a diverse mix of Thais, Thai-Vietnamese and Thai-Chinese. The main languages spoken here are Isaan and Thai but culturally, the city is more Lao as it was once part of Laos

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Best Places to Visit in Lovable Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is simply lovable. I’m very fond of Sri Lanka – its gentle and lovely people, laid-back lifestyle, rich ancient history and culture, delicious spicy foods and fantastic beaches. As such, I don’t have anything negative to say about Sri Lanka. Whenever anyone mentions this tear-drop island nation in the Indian Ocean, I wish I’m back on the island again. My first trip to Sri Lanka was in 2009 – barely five months after the civil war had ended – every now and then, our vehicle was stopped at various checkpoints in the city for inspections. It was a

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Travel Bloggers Share: Ten-Hour Layover in London

Last September I was on a ten-hour layover in London en route from Kuala Lumpur to Lisbon. You may ask, why didn’t I choose to stay longer in London at least for two days or so? Well, I do love London and I miss it very much. I haven’t seen many of the sights except for Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and the London Eye, and I would love to explore more of the city. But I was travelling on a tight budget last year and since a close friend in Lisbon had invited me to visit her,

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Travelling in Australia – Transportation Options

If money was no object, where would you like to travel? According to a survey carried out by luxury travel network Virtuoso, a trip to Australia is something that most luxury travellers dream about. If so, is Australia out of reach for budget and mid-range travellers? Definitely not, for Australia is one of the top global destinations for all types of budget. That said, many travellers don’t realise that travelling from one destination to another within Australia costs lots of money because the country is huge, thus increases transportation costs. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world covering

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Beneath the Streets of Westminster – The Churchill War Rooms

Who knew that beneath the streets of Westminster in London lies a secret underground bunker that operated as headquarters for the British Government during Second World War? That’s right, it’s the Churchill War Rooms hidden underground where Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed the Second World War from 1938 until 1945 when the war ended. While I remember reading about the ‘Blitz’ in the early 1940s, I wasn’t aware about the Churchill War Rooms until I read a review about the museum a few years ago. I was intrigued by the story that I promised myself to visit this

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Six Days in Ubud

The first time I set foot in Ubud was in 2009 but it was just a drive through its town and villages en route from Mount Batur in Kintamani to Kuta in South Bali. I remembered I was knackered from the mountain hike that I wasn’t interested to stop for sight-seeing except for one photo stop at the popular Tegallalang rice terraces. Suffice to say, I hardly saw Ubud until recently when I took the opportunity to attend my friend’s wedding and to explore in and around town for nearly a week. Places to visit and things to do in

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Tegal Sari, Ubud – Review

When I was travelling in Ubud in early May, I promised myself that I would stay in an accommodation with expansive views of rice fields. That’s because Ubud is surrounded by verdant rice fields and I’ve always loved such views for they evoke a sense of peace and calmness in me. But the question is, which accommodation should I choose that gives me those views and go easy on my pocket as well? Well, I found a place that ticks all the boxes in my checklist – rice-field views, spacious and quiet property, good location, superb customer service and value

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