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A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

This Canadian couple, recently retired, travelled independently for three months in Southeast Asia and wrote home about it, highlights of which are captured here. This is the quintessential Southeast Asian travel experience, and one that Barb and Ben Dietrich—new to this kind of travel—undertook with obvious humour, curiosity and class. What missing? Perhaps the Plain of Jars in Laos, Sapa in North Vietnam, the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam, Penang in Malaysia. So what. They left the … Read entire article »

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Mekong Delta photo gallery

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The Mekong Delta, where life revolves around the river

The Mekong Delta, where life revolves around the river

I have long wanted to visit the Mekong Delta, that vast triangular plain in South Vietnam where the mighty Mekong River branches into nine mouths—known as the Nine Dragons—as it makes its final push to the South China Sea. The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of Asia and I had been following it for some time, crossing it when I travelled from Thailand to Laos, travelling along it in Cambodia, witnessing its … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Phu Quoc Island

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Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island

If you’re looking for an island where much of the shoreline is untouched, that many say has the best beaches in Vietnam along with the best sunsets, then head to Phu Quoc. The island also makes what they claim is the world’s most famous fish sauce if that influences your choice! Phu Quoc, which lies in the Gulf of Thailand near the Mekong Delta and the Cambodian border, is Vietnam’s largest island, about 48km long and … Read entire article »

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Canyoning in Vietnam

Canyoning in Vietnam

The sport of canyoning involves hiking, repelling, swimming and sliding down waterfalls through a canyon. Stephanie Jack went canyoning for the first time in Vietnam and found it exciting, but was a little scared for her life at times. I went canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam. There were five of us—the guy I was travelling with and a girl from Germany and two guides from a local adventure tour company. I was really, really nervous but … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

Why travel: Because it makes life more interesting

When your senses are a little dull from the routines of everyday life, catch a plane and in a matter of hours you’ll be in another world, another culture. You can head to San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico’s southernmost state and have dinner with Lacandon Indians at a scientific and cultural institute there. Or how about watching the sun set in the Great Thar Desert on the Pakistani-Indian border, an experience I combined … Read entire article »

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Finding a great place to sleep

Finding a great place to sleep

What should you look for in a property? I look for a hotel that’s in the centre of things, close to restaurants and an Internet cafe, with an outdoor area for people watching. If I bring a laptop, which I usually do now, I look for WiFi. The best places have character such as the many small hotels in Latin America that were once colonial homes. Travel books generally sort hotels into categories such as Budget, … Read entire article »

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South Vietnam photo gallery

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North Vietnam photo gallery

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South Vietnam

South Vietnam

Vietnam still seems to be a divided country between north and south. Whenever I asked someone in the north if they had ever visited the south the answer was always “no” and in the south, when asked if they had travelled north, the response was “no because it’s dangerous”. However, both north and south have much to offer the foreign tourist. South Vietnam is an outstanding destination because it has wonderful attractions, interesting culture, outstanding beaches, and … Read entire article »

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North Vietnam itinerary

North Vietnam itinerary

Vietnam is a great destination. I travelled the country from north to south about two years ago with one of my sisters.  It’s challenging to know the best time to go for when the weather is ideal in the north it’s not so great in the south and vice versa. So we just decided to go during the Canadian winter when most parts of the world seem warmer than home. Hong Kong We stopped for a few … Read entire article »

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