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EXPLORING SAIGON’S WAR HISTORY

EXPLORING SAIGON’S WAR HISTORY

Saigon sightseeing – exploring Saigon’s war history: Prior to arriving in Saigon, I had a rough sightseeing plan mapped out for the five days I’d be there. For any newcomer there’s a number of attractions in District One which most put on their tourist bucket lists: Ben Tanh Market, the Grand Post Office, the Catholic Cathedral, and the Opera House. I’d already seen them and decided to concentrate on the War History Sites in and around Saigon.

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VIETNAM 2024 – Discovering Cat Ba’s War Time History

VIETNAM 2024 – Discovering Cat Ba’s War Time History

For the final day of my Halong Bay Tour I was going to CAT BA ISLAND. This beautiful island isn’t actually part of Halong Bay (which lies directly to the north of the island) and has its own island archipelago to the south – LAN HA BAY. In hindsight, you need to spend a few days on Cat Ba for a full sightseeing experience (which would also include touring Lan Ha Bay). A one day tour, although very interesting, doesn’t do it justice.

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VIETNAM 2024: Cruising the Spectacular Halong Bay

VIETNAM 2024: Cruising the Spectacular Halong Bay

Cruising the spectacular Halong Bay: This is a mainstream tourist destination, in the north of Vietnam, which is normally on most people’s bucket list of must see attractions. Because of its popularity, and the inevitable crowding, it was a place I’d tended to avoid. With late May being the off season, I decided to bite the bullet and booked a 4 day/3 night tour to Halong bay and the nearby Cat Ba Island. Note: Halong Bay is also an extremely popular sightseeing destination for the locals.  The place tends to get packed out on weekends and the school holidays.

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CAMBODIA 2024: BATTAMBANG KILLING CAVES AND BATS

CAMBODIA 2024: BATTAMBANG KILLING CAVES AND BATS

BATTAMBANG is an off the beaten track location which a lot of people tend to miss. Most likely because getting there involves a lengthy road trip from either Siem Reap, or Phnom Penh. For those who can put up with the lengthy road travel there’s some interesting sightseeing locations, just a few km outside the city. The highlight attraction being BAT CAVE exodus at Phnom Sampow Mountain.

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CAMBODIA 2024: DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF KAMPOT

CAMBODIA 2024: DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF KAMPOT

Kampot is a coastal province located approximately 150 km southwest of Phnom Penh. Due to the over-development of nearby Sihanoukville, it’s becoming more popular with foreign tourists (and residing expats) looking for a more idyllic (less developed) location to spend some time on the southern coast of Cambodia. The main attractions are the riverfront area (eastern side), the nearby BOKOR NATIONAL PARK, and some interesting cave sites to the east of the city.

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LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – XE BANGFAI CAVE

LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – XE BANGFAI CAVE

On the edge of HIN NAM NO National park, and tucked up against the border of Vietnam, sits the largest cave in Laos. In fact, the XE BANGFAI is currently considered to be the world’s largest river cave. Watch the attached video to get a full video to get a full appreciation of this fantastic sightseeing experience.

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LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – NAM NONE CAVE

LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – NAM NONE CAVE

The Bomb Boats are an interesting attraction, worth a few minutes of your time, located on the Namkading River, next to Ta Bak Village. Pull over at the western end of the bridge and, below on the river, you’ll see the BOMB BOATS. According to informed sources these boats are actually constructed from auxiliary fuel tanks, from US Air-force planes, which were dropped after the fuel was used. They fuel tanks are much longer than the cluster bomb casings that are often seen in this area of Laos.

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LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – THE THAKHEK LOOP

LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – THE THAKHEK LOOP

The SECRET VILLAGE, and THAM HUEP CAVE, are hidden gems which most loopers miss but need not, because the locations are clearly indicated on Google maps. There’s a couple of remote villages on the far side of a 300 meter high karst peak, and the only way of getting there is going through a one km long river cave. Be sure to watch the attached video to get a full appreciation of this adventure tour.

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LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – EXPLORING THE KONG LOR CAVE

LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – EXPLORING THE KONG LOR CAVE

KONG LOR CAVE is probably the premier attraction of the THAKHEK LOOP TOUR. At 7.5 km end to end, it’s one of the largest river tunnels in Southeast Asia. Tours through the cave are done in a motorized boat which takes you all the way through the cave to the remote encampment beyond the upstream entrance. Be sure to watch the attached video to get a full appreciation of this cave tour.

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LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – ROCK VIEWPOINT TOUR

LAOS 2024: KHAMMOUANE – ROCK VIEWPOINT TOUR

The Rock Viewpoint is and adventure activities base, run by Green Discovery Laos, in Khammouane Province. Adventure activities include an extensive zip-line circuit and caving and abseiling. Be sure to watch the video to see this fantastic adventure tour through Nang Long Cave.

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New Website Launched

New Website Launched

With the help of the Phuket based website developer, FUSION GRAPHICS, I’ve redeveloped my website to give it a more professional appearance. The primary focus of the site is still adventure, and getting off the beaten track in South East Asia. However, to simplify...

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Getting Off the Beaten Track

It’s an opportunity to get off the beaten track of the tourist beaches and air-conditioned restaurants, that so many seem to hardly move beyond, and get to some of the more remote, and interesting, locations of this varied and diverse landscape. And the fact is getting off the beaten track isn’t all that difficult, if you’ve got access to the right information and plan things correctly.