Highlights of Laos

Experience Tak Bat (Giving Alms) in Luang Prabang Set on the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is one of the most charming cities in Southeast Asia. Along the peaceful streets in the early morning, locals sit on the side of the road to give alms to Buddhist monks and novices. This peaceful ceremony is…

Giving Alms

In the early morning, locals sit on the side of the street to give alms to monks and novices. This peaceful ceremony is conducted in silence where Buddhists gain spiritual merit by the act of giving. The traditional offering is sticky rice but any type of food can be offered. Participants keep their heads bowed…

Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos

FIND YOUR WAY The river’s scenic east bank (officially called Ban Sop Houn) is where most guesthouses and restaurants are. ACTIVITIES Visiting Nong Khaiw can just be about enjoying the stunning scenery, but if you want to get out and explore, here are some ideas. RockclimbingClimb the limestone formations that surround the town. TrekkingThere are…

Tamarind Cooking Class in Luang Prabang, Laos

Food in Laos is more distinctive than you might expect. Freshness is very important with everything prepared from scratch. Dishes are based on balance between sweet, sour, cooked, fresh, mild, bitter, salty and spicy. Herbs including galangal (similar to ginger) and lemongrass are commonly used. DAY CLASS Start early with a tour or the market…

The Gokteik Viaduct By Train From Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 

The journey can be done as a day trip from Mandalay but you’ll have to get up at 3am. I’d recommend getting a shared taxi from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin in the morning. Then spend a day exploring the gardens and visit the waterfalls. The next day, catch the train at the much more…

Mandalay, Myanmar 

FIND YOUR WAY Mandalay is a large city which encompasses the area of Amarapura in the south. To the west of Mandalay are the ancient sites of Inwa and Sagaing. Visit these areas to learn about local crafts including gold leaf, wood carvings and marionette puppets. Mandalay Mandalay founded at the foot of Mandalay Hill…

Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar 

KALAW Set high up in western Shan State with a relaxed atmosphere, Kalaw the ideal place to visit if you’re looking to do some walking. The town is an old hill station with forrest-capped hills and a cooler climate. A complete contrast to the dusty plains of Bagan and Mandalay. There are lots of short…

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

ACTIVITIES Monkey ForestSet on the southern part of Monkey Forest Road, large trees and mossy structures house hundreds of little grey monkeys. The Balinese long-tailed Monkey (scientific name Macaca fascicularis) might look cute, but these wide eyed creatures continuously out-wit unsuspecting tourists. This isn’t the sort of place where they will leave you alone if you…

Inle Lake, Myanmar

FIND YOUR WAY Inle Lake is vast and difficult to see where the lake ends and the marshes begin. Nyaungshwe is the main tourist hub and access point to Inle Lake. There is a 15,000 kyat fee to enter the lake area. EXPLORE BY BOAT Without a doubt the best way to experience Inle Lake…

Exploring Vietnamese Cuisine

KEY FEATURES OF VIETNAMESE CUISINE Vietnamese cuisine varies between the north and south with the changing landscape. Like much of Southeast Asia the aim is to balance spicy, salty, sour and sweet flavours. REGIONAL SPECIALTIES NORTHERN Northern dishes take influence from China. Expect more mild, herby flavours like northern Thai dishes. Soy features as much…