Giang Mo in Hoa Binh province might be the right place for you. Located about 50 miles south west of Hanoi in a lush, mountainous rural landscape with beautiful green hills and valleys dotted with small family-run farms and villages is the Hoa Binh Province – home of the Muong people, one of the colorful hill-tribe ethnic group of Vietnam. Read more
More appropriately a Brown Earth Dog? 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Lunar Calendar Zodiac. Although the Year of the Dog comes around every 12 years, the Year of the Brown Earth Dog comes around every 60 years. Read more
Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Although landlocked, Laos is known for its amazing waterfalls. Rainy season is from May to October, dry season is from November to April or early May. Read more
At 7 pm on the 13th October 2016 a public announcement was made on Thai broadcasting services that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had passed away at the age of 88 years. This news has been received with great sadness by the Kingdom of Thailand and the free world. Read more
Cambodia is a small country (about the same size as Oklahoma) nestled between Thailand and Laos on the North and West, and Viet Nam on the East and the Southeast. The country is bounded on the Southeast by the Gulf of Thailand. Two main airports are used for entering Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
In Vietnam this is the Mid-Autumn festival. Sort of the Vietnamese combination of our American Halloween and Thanksgiving. Quite simply, it is a celebration of children, the moon, the harvest and giving thanks. Read more
If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in Myanmar(formerly, Burma) during October– in fact, if you are anywhere in South East Asia, we suggest you consider making a side trip to Myanmar Read more
Are you a romantic? If so, your idea of a perfect beach holiday would be one with amazing resorts, offering private set up for special beach dinners or breakfasts, award winning spas, and a perfect honeymoon experience with incredible sunsets and sunrises. Time to enjoy the natural beauty of Southeast Asia with that special someone! Read more
You will see amazing and diverse landscapes: spectacular emerald terraced rice fields, pristine rivers, and valleys, traditional markets, monumental caves and colorful mountain tribes all demonstrating a fascinating layer of history, cultural resilience and natural beauty.
This takes place around the 13 to the 15th of April and signals the beginning of summer. In most areas Songkran is a three day event, while some make it a week-long event with concerts, water fights etc. This is a time when those Thais who have moved away from their families to find work in other parts of Thailand, return home to share the blessings of Songkran.
With the Asian motif in home décor and fashion so popular now in the US, interest in the multitude of exotic textiles and furnishings available in Southeast Asia is increasing rapidly. Through the intriguing and traditional cultures of S. E. Asia you will experience the fascinating heritage of crafts, textiles and pottery making.
Lunar New Year is a big celebration in the U.S., but even more so of course in Asia, and particularly in Vietnam. Where it is known as “TET”. In 2016 this holiday falls on February 8th, but is celebrated from February 6-14. TET NGUYEN DAN or “TET” for short.
As you celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, perhaps you can share how these holidays are celebrated in other countries. Perhaps open the discussion of planning a family vacation to Vietnam or Thailand for next year!
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the Western calendar, this usually falls in November and their celebration has some similarities with our own American Traditional Thanksgiving.
Follow us…on our exciting cultural journey to see the Wonders of the Mighty Mekong, a small ship adventure on the “Mekong Sun”! The Upper Mekong is considered one of the world’s most spectacular rivers navigable by a cruise vessel and is not accessible by larger ships. The area is unspoiled, uique, authentic and your cruise is relaxing. Water levels can drop or rise about 2m overnight on this part of the Mekong making every cruise on the upper Mekong an adventurous experience and subject to ever-changing river conditions. Therefore, changes to the itinerary or schedule are not unusual. Each journey will be adapted to ensure your trip is a memorable one! The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition.
It’s landscape is some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, loaded with history and man-made beauty in those amazing temples that have survived for years.
A Len Dong ceremony can be held at any time but it is usually timed to coincide with a festival or anniversary or birthday, and it is usually performed in a temple or pagoda.
It has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended and many of our vets are thinking about revisiting Vietnam to see what changes have been made.
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