Monthly Archives December 2013

Vietnam

From the vertiginous rice valleys of Sapa in Vietnam’s north stretching to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions that will seduce both budget and top-range travellers.

Vietnam’s war-torn history — both the French and Americans have left their own unique and not often positive stamps on the nation — as well as its stunning and varied geography, delicious cuisine, hedonistic beaches and amazing shopping are all reasons to travel to the fast-paced Communist nation.

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Welcoming foreign tourists and their dollars for well over a decade, enterprising Vietnam has rapidly developed a well-trodden trail of tourist attractions. Many travellers kick off their vacation in the former capital of Hanoi in the north, where smokey French-style c...

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Malaysia

Stunning, ethnically diverseMalaysia is Southeast Asia’s unsung holiday hero, offering tourists a huge range of attractions to choose from. Mix and match a trip that includes lush jungle trekking, chilling out on white-sand beaches, amazing snorkelling and diving, gastronomic adventuring and immersing yourself in a colourful cultural heritage.

With the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur midway between UNESCO-listed towns of Penang and Melakaand also just a few hours by bus from the sprawling Taman Negara National Park, many of Malaysia’s highlights are both affordable and easy to reach.

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Whether you’re a budget-minded independent backpacker or a tourist with cash to flash, Malaysia satisfies against an exotic backdrop of wafting call-to-prayers, eye-watering spicy street foods and the chatte...

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