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…

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…

Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand 

FINDING YOUR WAY The Old City is the heart of Chiang Mai, framed by an ancient wall and moat, where you can explore Lanna style temples and enjoy some of Northern Thailand’s famous cuisine. Outside of the walls Chiang Mai is a modern metropolis. The riverside area has its own pace with restaurants and a…

The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia 

MAIN TEMPLES Angkor WatBuilt in the 12th century in traditional Khmer style with thousands of stone carvings and beautiful lotus-like towers that stand 65 metres tall; Angkor Wat is the most recognised and well preserved of all the temples. It’s a symbol of national pride – so important to Cambodia it features on the flag…

Paintings from Laos

Mysterious, landlocked Laos is less developed and less visited than it’s neighbours. A beautiful landscape of misty mountains, rolling hills and historic cities. Luang Prabang is particularly stunning with golden temples and pretty streets.

Hoi An, Central Vietnam 

ANCIENT TOWN The UNESCO World Hertigate site of Hoi An’s Ancient Town sits on the Thu Bon River. It was a vibrant trading port between from the 15th to 19th century. During the day explore the labyrinth of canary yellow buildings and beautiful temples. When the sunsets, the town is lit up with hundreds of…

Hanoi, Northern Vietnam 

FINDING YOUR WAY The old Hanoi is contained within four districts: Hoàn Kiếm, Ba Đình, Hai Bà Trưng and Đống Đa. Hoàn Kiếm is the most explored as this includes The Old Quarter, whose 36 narrow streets are loosely categorised by what they sell – such as paper, shoes, clothes, tin goods. There is no…

Welcome to Thailand 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND Thailand is famous for its food. Take a cooking class and recreate your favourite dishes at home. Visit beautiful Buddhist temples and learn about the country’s main religion Explore the busy city of Bangkok – visit the Grand Palace and Moon Bar. Laze on the beautiful beaches of Koh…

Bangkok, Central Thailand 

BANGKOK DISTRICTS BanglamphuArea made famous by the backpacking strip: Khao San Road. RatanakosinThe glittering temple district includes the spectacular Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The BTS doesn’t reach directly into this area so take a tuk tuk or ferry. Siam SquareBig, modern shopping district with the historical Jim Thompson house tucked down a quiet road….