Near the town of Ninh Binh, an hour and a half from Hanoi, Vietnam, are the caves of Tam Coc (which in English, means “three caves”), in the karst landscape environment of the Ngo Dong River. The area is known as the Ha Long Bay. In a boat trip, you can go into a lost world, including canals and rice fields where the Vietnamese rural life goes unchanged for hundreds of years, and where the views are nothing short of amazing.
With the growth of tourism, the harmony of the place may be overshadowed by the insistent sellers. But, nothing compares to navigate the canals and river and the traditional shirts steered by foot.
Finally, it is important to consider a rigorous sun protection, including a hood, on a tour of Tam Coc.
Whenever you think of exotic travels, you may think about the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The Temples of Angkor was built by the Khmer Empire.
At present, many of the temples are being restored.
The quickest and easiest way to get to Angkor is by plane and landing at Siem Reap International Airport. There are flights from the capital of Cambodia, or even in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand or Singapore. However, there are also buses and hydrofoils.
Once in Siem Reap, you can rent bicycles, motorcycles, vans, motorcycle taxis, even elephants. However, due to the high temperatures in the jungle, I recommend you rent a car with air conditioning and with a guide which can cost about $30.
To see the Temples of Angkor, you’ll be needed at least three days. Three are three temples I consider essential.
The most famous and spectacular of all is Angkor Wat. This is a huge complex that is worth dedicating many hours. This city-temple was erected in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu, but Buddhist monks are currently who pray within its walls.
The main shrine is surrounded by two walls that keep their spectacular five towers shaped like lotus. It is worth waiting for the sun to set or head there to see the first rays light up the walls. It’s definitely magical.
Another breathtaking temples is Ta Prohm. Its archaeological remains include 3,000 villages that were inhabited by about 80,000 people. The Khmer empire was slowly disappearing, while nature continued to grow at will. Now, the great kapok share space with this ancient monastery.
Travelers should not miss Bayon. Located right in the center of the complex called, Angkor Thom. This is a very enigmatic, whose main feature is its 54 towers with smiling faces looking toward the four cardinal points.
You see, a walk through the temples of Angkor in Cambodia provides for plenty of anecdotes, experiences and adventures. Those who seek exotic travel in the Cambodian jungle can surely say that this is one of the most breathtaking cultural wonders of the world.
A community, people, houses, markets and shops, all floating in the middle of an incredible landscape, the Halong Bay is one of the postcards of Vietnam, with its beauty and wonder. But particularly in this post we penetrate virtually floating villas representing the adaptation of people to the geography of the place rather abruptly. In Halong Bay, what is lacking is the flat terrain between mounds of karst origin, islands and small rocks that emerge in the water.
The rich fishing grounds of the place was enough for many to think about living on floating structures established at homes on a permanent stay in the water without direct contact with the mainland.
In the floating villages in Halong Bay, depending on your water and your lifestyle is completely linked to fishing and shellfish extraction. Completely unable to grow crops in the area, the villagers live on fishing every morning and go in search of sustenance.
The best known floating communities are those of Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau, Vong Vieng. Its people also manage to practice marine aquaculture, in fact, are shallow and calm inhabited by dozens of species of fish and shellfish. Despite what looks like an idyllic place, there are certain problems with contamination of the hand of population growth and tourism. However, it seems that nothing comes to overshadow the beauty of one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Want to be in a resort with white sandy beaches whose whiteness stands out even more in contrast with the deep blue ocean? What about staying in a resort and marvel in awe with the emerald green of the forest?
The Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam will surely fulfill that dream. The Six Senses Con Dao can be reached by daily flights of 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City.
This five star resort have as many as 50 villas, designed to minimize environmental impact. This resort also boasts water infinity pools that are located at the opposite side of each patio.
The villas range from 1 to 4 bedrooms, all with breathtaking sea views. So don’t hesitate to treat yourself. After all, with a beautiful place like this, you’ll surely get everything you paid for.
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