Best Places To Travel In Southeast Asia In December

In a matter of one week two weeks, the month of November will come to a close. After that, work slows down, schools are closed and people get into the party mood. December is typically a time for parties (lots of feasting and drinking) and holidays, and speaking of holidays, have you planned your trips for December? Perhaps you are seeking sunny days by the beach to escape from the freezing winter. Or if you are living in the tropics, you are seeking cooler climate, giving you the chance to show off that nice-looking jacket hanging in your wardrobe 😉 Well,

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In Pictures: Mekong River Cruise

The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is often named as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”. It is such a fertile region that it produces half of Vietnam’s total agricultural output. Therefore, life for villagers in the delta centres on the rivers and canals, and their mode of transportation is obviously by river. You can experience a cruise on the Mekong River and boating along the canals – just sign up for a tour which takes you on a 2.5 hour journey from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, a former naval base and now a thriving port city in the Mekong

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Explore Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels

An introductory sightseeing of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) can be done within a day, or a day and a half. After that, it’s time to venture outside of the city. Many tourists visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which are located about 2 hours’ drive from HCMC. At times there are way too many tourists heading to the tunnels and some may complain that the tours are just too rushed but I feel it’s a must see because of its historical importance. Would you be able to squeeze through that tunnel? While fighting against French colonialism in the late 1940s,

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Explore Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum

In the second part of the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) series, I wrote about exploring this city on foot. One of the places which you could visit when exploring and walking around in HCMC is the War Remnants Museum. The War Remnants Museum is a gallery showcasing war crimes and its legacy in Vietnam – first those of the French and then those of the Americans. Some people feel that this museum is “blatantly one-sided with the emphasis on anti-American propaganda”.  Regardless of one’s opinion on US involvement in the Vietnam War, one must visit this museum to learn,

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Explore Ho Chi Minh City On Foot

I wrote about what you can do on your first day of arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and here some suggestions you can do to on the second day. And a great way to do this is to explore Ho Chi Minh City on foot… Tai Binh Market This is not a market which sells souvenirs and handicrafts to tourists but a market where locals go to buy fresh produce. Tai Binh Market is located at the end of the backpackers’ area in District 1 and is best to go there before 10am. The market also sells street

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First Day in Ho Chi Minh City: Ben Thanh Market Area

Ho Chi Minh City or HCMC is the largest city in Vietnam, and this metropolitan city was formerly known as Saigon. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, it was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. But the old name of Saigon is still used by both Vietnamese and foreigners. If you are planning to be in HCMC for a short time, I would say 4D/3N is ideal. For starters, here are some activities you could do on your first day. Accommodation in Ben Thanh Market Area It is recommended to stay at District 1 of the city because of

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