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My Cambodia or Wat

One of the best things about traveling to a distant, exotic, foreign countries is meeting the  people who call those countries home. You can see different temples, shopping centers, restaurants or any kind of attractions in every country, but people are what really makes the difference. Cambodia didn’t disappoint – not with temples and definitely not with its wonderful people. Khmer people always had a big smile on their faces. They also seemed very sincere and genuine, possibly because...

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A Taste of Vietnam

On arrival in Hanoi I got my first taste of the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam. This hustling bustling city will have you on the edge with an adrenaline rush as you simply try to cross a main road. Scooters zip by, cars dodge in between lanes of traffic and pedestrians do their upmost not to get run over, amidst a never-ending cacophony of sound.

A city tour is a great way to see the temples, visit the ceramic workshop, take a walk through the park by the river or visit one of the...

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Tips for travelling to Burma

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My adventure to Burma this past year was amazing. I would like to say that there is nothing that I would change,  but there are a few things that I would do differently if I could.  On reflection, I would think more about how my packing for Burma.

Until this trip, I had a very bad habit of assuming that everything will sort its self out. I didn't think I have to rush to get bug spray. I presumed that someone will have some to purchase there. Anyway, English bug spray would probably not...

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Cycling to the Blue Lagoon

On the Budget Expedition Group Tour, the journey to Vang Vieng from Vientiane is nearly 4 hours long.  I am always up for a fun day out with the group once we arrive in Vang Vieng and I like having something to look forward to. I suggested an optional bike tour out to the famous Blue Lagoon.

The bike ride is nearly 14km there and then back to town.  I had with me an awesome team.  We had Ashley (Aus), Kristen (Aus), Jessica (Aus), Meg (Aus) and Charlotte (UK) with me on this...

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Life on the slow boat

Laos is one of my favourite places in South East Asia. I absolutely fell in love with it when I visited, and it’s one of the big reasons I came back to Asia to work. This small sparsely populated country has a chilled laid back atmosphere that sets it apart from the rest of the region.

One of the best parts of the journey through Laos is the slow boat from Luang Prabang to the Thai border. The scenery along the mighty Mekong River is stunning, and you can get a glimpse of the side...

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Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand in mid-April. Different provinces may have varying lengths of celebrations but the main dates are April 13-15. This is the Thai equivalent to New Year.

Traditionally Songkran is a time to cleanse Buddha images and then use this same “blessed” water to pour over family and friends shoulders to bring good luck for the New Year, and wash away the bad. Traditional ceremonies still take place at temples (Wats) and in some places Buddha...

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Exploring Burma

Having never been anywhere in Asia before, finding out that I was going to be traveling to Burma/Myanmar gave me a mini anxiety attack. I had no idea what to expect and the CNN documentary with Anthony Bourdain that aired in April didn't set my mind at ease. Not only did it confirm all that I had feared the trip would be, it spurred on all my friends, family and coworkers to question my ability to physically survive the entire trip.
In a panic I booked a trip to Singapore,...

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Defining Myanmar

JP fell in love with Myanmar (Burma) three years ago and lives there for part of the year. He now manages and helps run group tours around the country and with years of experience, is the best person to ask about Burma.

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A Fabu-Laos Time

One of Tucan Travel’s most experienced Tour Leaders, Tony is now their Sales Executive for North America. Here he shares his favourite things to see and do in Laos.

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Sampling Vietnamese Cuisine

Owen Denton, ex Tour Leader at Tucan Travel has journeyed the world, sampling all the culinary delights on offer. Here he offers advice on where to eat in one of the most flavourful countries in Asia.

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