Carry on up the Mekong!

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Part I: Vietnam and Cambodia Well it seems that the BBC love Indochina almost as much as we do – no sooner have we finished delving into the Cambodian…

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Introducing our interactive Explore Vietnam guide!

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We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to introduce the delights of Vietnam and its neighbours to the intrepid travellers out there, and we’re excited to show off…

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Saigon Panorama – The Outtakes Part 2 – Cholon

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In preparing the photos for my book Saigon Panorama, one spot that absolutely had to be in there is Cholon – Saigon’s Chinatown. Actually Cholon really deserves to have an entire photobook of its own, as it’s an absolute treasure trove of interesting scenes and sites.

So I figured it’d be a great choice to share for the second installment of my Saigon Panorama outtakes series.

Saigon - Cholon

Probably the biggest drawcard in Cholon is its temples that have been built by and for the large ethnic Chinese population that populates the area.

Saigon - Cholon

Saigon - Cholon
The intricate decoration in the pagoda above reminded me a lot of an ancestral hall in Guangzhou called Chen Jia Ci (Chen family ancestral hall). Wandering around Cholon, it’s easy to forget you’re in Vietnam and not in China!

Saigon - Cholon
The family that prays together stays together?

Saigon - Cholon
I love the coiled incense that burns overhead in many of the…

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Top 5 things about being Vietnamese

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A photographic trip through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

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Michael Cross travelled with InsideVietnam Tours earlier this year on his own Indochina Encompassed trip through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Combining some of the cultural sights with a bit of hiking and adventure on two wheels, Michael has kept a fantastically detailed travel blog from his trip which he has kindly shared. Here are a few images that give a good taster of his trip. Enjoy!

Siem Reap Navitu Hotel

First stop Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

The famous temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Alms for the monks

Luang Prabang, Laos – Waking up early to see the monks dawn alm offerings

Kuangsi Falls

Spectacular Kuangsi Falls, Laos

Luang Prabang night market

Tasty food at Luang Prabang night market, Laos

Luang Prabang temple

A beautiful temple in downtown Luang Prabang, Laos

Cucphong national park

Trekking through the jungle in Cuc Phong National Park, Vietnam

Sampan Ride

Sampan Ride through the Van Long Nature reserve, Vietnam

Sapa lake, Vietnam

Mist on the lake,  Sapa, Vietnam

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Paradise Cave in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam

Dragon Boat on the Perfume River Dragon Boats on the perfume river…

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Saigon travel guide 2014. District 1 Backpacker area after dark

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Vietnam’s animal cafes

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Last year was the ‘Year of Friendship’ between Japan and Vietnam and it seems that there are some influences from Nippon, cropping up in Vietnam.

Japanese Cat Cafe

Japanese Cat Cafe

Vietnam’s greatest export is coffee, which it takes very seriously. There are plenty of cafes to sup your coffee at, but there have been some changes of late. One of these recent influences from Japan is the pet café. You have probably heard of the cat cafes / bird cafes / reptile cafes etc, where people who do not have the chance to own their own beast of choice, have the opportunity to pet one temporarily whilst sipping their green tea and chomping on cheese cake.

Not to be out done in Vietnam, there is a whole assortment of altertnative cafes opening up in Saigon these days. In fact, they are popping up all over the place.

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Have you ever fallen in love with a city?

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I do believe that if you wanna get to know a city, you gotta be right in there rushing with the life pace of its own then at the end of the day sit down at a corner to watch how the city moves in the morning, at noon, in the late afternoon, at midnight.

If you say you fall in love for a city, I would ask you how that city wakes up, how that city races with people’s different life and stories, how that city lazily shines the last light ray of the day or how that city slowly falls asleep.

I would insistedly ask you- like a real selfish kid- to tell me how you feel that city by all of your senses. I would ask you to tell me the scent of the city that you will suddenly miss when in another faraway land, the sound that makes it different from any other city, the taste…

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