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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Old Market Bridge, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Passage is a lively pedestrian street in the heart of the Old Market District of Siem Reap lined with restaurants, pubs, hotels and galleries. I highly recommend the restaurant Chamkar for its Cambodian-French style vegetarian dishes that...
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Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
No better place to RENDEZVOUS than in the sacred passages of the revered ruins of Angkor Thom, the most significant political and religious center of the Khmer empire. Is this tourism or the path to ancient RITUAL within the walls of gray carved...
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I'll get back to you about this trip to a floating village near Siem Reap, in Cambodia. It was an incredible experience, but, at the same time, a very sad one. To see how these poor people were used like animals in a zoo for us tourist to ride on...
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Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Packed with over 240 vendors selling hand-made Cambodian crafts, the night market of Siem Reap is hands-down one of the best places to pick up unique souvenirs. Established in 2007, and running well into the nighttime hours, the market holds an...
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Stone Buddha statue on rear promenade of Bayon ruins near Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
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Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia
I was delighted to come across the Phare Circus the last time I was lucky enough to visit Siem Reap. I've never tired of exploring the atmospheric temple complexes the region is famous for, but it’s always nice to have the option of variety. The...
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St 113, Phnom Penh 12304, Cambodia
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
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N° 402, Village Trea, Sangkat Stueng Mean Chey, Phnom Penh 12352, Cambodia
Not far outside of Phnom Penh is the Stung Meanchey Landfill. There is a large community of people living in and off this landfill...sifting through the rubbish in order to find food, shelter and things to recycle for money. I visited this...
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No. 16, St. 152, 12253 Phnom Penh, 152, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fingerling bananas are everywhere on the streets and markets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It can be argued that one has not truly eaten bananas until one has sampled one from South East Asia – four inches long and intensely flavorful. One can find...
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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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169 Đường Ngô Tất Tố, Khu đô thị Phú Mỹ Hưng, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
To know pho is to know Vietnam. Vietnamese love it, savor it and depend on it from the time they wake up until the last meal of the day. It’s simple yet complex and includes unexpected treasures. Each local connoisseur of pho has a favorite...
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Số 12, tỉnh lộ 8 khu phố 2, thị trấn Củ Chi, TT. Củ Chi, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh 070000, Vietnam
After crawling through a few of the tunnels that have been somewhat expanded for tourists and seeing the displays of recovered bombs, people who were not involved in the Vietnam War (called the American War there) can get a feeling of the horror...
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While traveling in Vietnam in 2010, I had heard mentions of a legendary "lunch lady" who served the most delicious soups out of a small cart in Ho Chi Minh City's city center. Each weekday she features a different soup, each hand made with fresh...
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Saigon River
A trip up the river to Ho Chi Minh city had never been on my bucket list. Growing up on the cusp of the Vietnam War, I was curious and mildy annoyed about the country that inhabited our tv screen night after night in dreary black and white. But...
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Võ Thị Sáu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
One of my favorite places in Saigon! At Le Van Tam park you can dance the waltz, join an aerobics class, watch break dancers or pick up a game of badminton.
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Boating Through the Jungle
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Intricately stacking and securing goods onto the back of a bike was a fairly common, but always fascinating, sight in Vietnam. Next time I visit, I'll find a place to sit with a better background (probably on the side of the main road which is...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Soviet influenced architecture at it's finest.
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Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
A couple of blocks west of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake—meaning Lake of the Restored Sword—is one of Hanoi’s anchors. It contains a number of sites worth visiting, like Ngoc Soc Temple and the picturesque, red-lacquered Huc...
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Hương Sơn, Mỹ Đức, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A three hour journey from Ha Noi (by bus, boat, gondola and foot) will bring you to Perfume Pagoda. This ancient temple attracts thousands of visitors in its peak season (February 15th- March) when many Vietnamese take a pilgrimage up the steep...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
A short drive south of Da Nang, Hoi An is a spellbinding UNESCO World Heritage site, with intact 16th-century architecture that celebrates its origins as a trading port that long welcomed merchant ships from China, Japan, and Europe. The Old Town...
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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Don't skip Temple of Literature when you visit Hanoi, especially if it is during the time of the New Year Celebrations. This is when students and their families will come and pay a visit and calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and...
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Cầu Thê Húc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Huc bridge of Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi. My travel buddy Jen and I had been traveling for several weeks in Vietnam and were getting ready to leave for the airport to head back to the States. We had grabbed a bite to eat...
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43 Phõ Gia Ngư, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 1000, Vietnam
If you're planning to take a trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay to check out the amazing views, don't miss a journey into Hang Sung Sot Cave. Many of the overnight tours include this adventure as part of the trip-and it's not to be missed. In addition...
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55 Bát Sứ, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Situated to the south and east of Lake Hoan Kiem, the French Quarter has a different feel from the rest of Hanoi—one characterized by a profusion of space. The French began shaping this part of the city in the late 1800s (in part by knocking...
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A colorful Garuda statue stands guard in a traditional Balinese house-turned-art-gallery in Ubud. Garuda is a giant mythical bird and the national symbol of Indonesia.
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The most fun I've had on a bike for ages! Coasting on a bike gently down the Bali hills, sun on my face, wind gently blowing my hair, through rice fields and small villages all the way to Bob's place for a mouth watering Balinese meal. From the...
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Jl. Dewisita, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Whatever you crave you'd probably be able to find in the cafes and restaurants along Monkey Forest Road in Ubud but sometimes the simple treats offered by the street vendors are the tastiest. This lady offers fresh corn that's been simply steamed....
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Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Balinese people have taken ritual baths in the waters of Tirta Empul since it was founded in 962. The waters are believed to have healing powers, both physically and spiritually, so people come from all over the island to purify...
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Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Spending an early morning with our family in the monkey forest was a nice way to avoid the crowds, and have fun observing the monkeys. We enjoyed exploring this amazing nature reserve and shoot some family pictures given the lovely morning light.
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Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Every night in Ubud one can find a variety of traditional dance and music performances taking place in the various temples sprinkled throughout the town. My second night in Ubud, I bought tickets to this Barong dance that took place in the Ubud...
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Jl. Subak Sala, Banjar Sala, Pejeng Kawan, Ubud, Pejeng Kawan, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Everyone loves camping...until they have to sleep in an uncomfortable tent and cook their own food and do all that naturey stuff. Glamping has changed all that and now Ubud has it's very own glamp site just a few minutes out of town. Sandat...
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Ewa Oceanic Sepik Art Gallery is a must see for lovers of Tribal Art. The gallery has on display a selection of artefacts from the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, collected by the Todorov family whilst living and working with the New Guinea...
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Jl. Pura Kulat, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Take a surf lesson with Impossible Surf School, located in Padang Padang, for a great introduction to a beautiful pastime in Bali. Lessons are taught in English & range from beginners workshops to expert surf guiding on the water.
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Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Jimbaran Bay is a beautiful white sand beach with calm water and gorgeous sunsets and is known to have the freshest and tastiest seafood in Bali. During the day a seafood market sells to restaurants and private buyers, and at night there are...
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Metra Kaja, Yangapi, Tembuku, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
On the shoulders of Bali’s most sacred mountain is perched its Mother Temple, Pura Besakih, a complex of 23 sacred buildings. Several times annually, pilgrims flock here from around the island—on the backs of motorbikes, in buses and...
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Jl. Mekarsari - Baturiti Bedugul, Luwus, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82163, Indonesia
The Bali Pulinah is a "Spice and Coffee Farm", where you walk between, touch, feel, smell and taste exotic plants, learn of the secret behind the Kopi Luwak and Civet cats while learning about coffee and chocolate processing. This farm is 5...
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Tenganan, Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
The Bali Aga people are similar to the Amish in America. Most of their communities do not encourage visitors and are religiously and ceremonially unique, but in Tenganan they actively promote tourism and encourage the purchasing of their artwork....
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Pandawa Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Catching the sunrise at Pandawa Beach, also known as the “Secret Beach” in South Bali, was an adventure from beginning to end. After learning about it from Rob, the owner of Suara Ombak Cottages (www.wavevoice.com) where we stayed during our SURF...
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Gianyar, Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Tengah, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Balinese cremations allow the island's Hindu community to celebrate the deceased and to send them off to the next life. The ceremonies rarely include tears: Instead, families come together to ensure a proper send-off. Mass cremations, where...
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Bunutan, Abang, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
It's quite a hike to Lempuyang temple, which sits at the summit of Mount Lempuyang, 1,058 feet above sea level, but it's worth every one of those thousand(ish) steps. Time your trip to arrive at sunrise, when the view of Mount Agung to the north...
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Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 8217, Indonesia
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most important and most iconic temples on Bali, which also makes it one of the most visited. It is one of the six cardinal temples, and on a very clear day you can see all the way to Uluwatu Temple on the very...
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Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Kaler, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
For every Hindu in Bali, the tooth-filing ceremony (potong gigi in Indonesian or mesangih or mepandes in Balinese) is a rite of passage for teenagers, one of several coming-of-age ceremonies. The filing down of the canine teeth is...
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Gerokgak, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Australian Chris Brown was one of the first people to open a dive shop on the less-developed north side of Bali. His Reef Seen Aquatics center, at Pemuteran beach, works to protect the marine environment with programs such as the Reef Gardeners...
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Sidemen, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80864, Indonesia
When in Bali I skip the beach and head straight to the breathtaking rice terraces of Eastern Bali to experience nature in all of her green glory: Sidemen Valley. This is old Bali, unaffected by the influx of tourism—a landscape of multi-hued...
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Pengambengan, Negara, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Beautiful, ornate fishing boats adorned with the images of Hindi goddesses dock in the small fishing village of Pengambengan, near Negara, in western Bali. The boats work in pairs; one responsible for fishing while the other hauls the catch. It’s...
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If you are looking for a great underwater experience in Bali, then Menjangan is the place to go. Menjangan is a tiny island just off the coast of Bali National Park. Snorkling here is amazing. A good way to get there is to stay around Pemuteran...
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Climbing Mount Batur, one of the sacred volcanos of Bali, is a mind-warping experience if done before dawn. The volcanic sand runs away beneath your feet like an hourglass and the tassels of pine trees flow by you in the dark. My friends and I...
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Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Nothing reminds me more of my time in Bali than the clanging, balanced sound of the gamelan. Here, a woman plays the local instrument at a funerary procession. Full orchestras of women or men play the gamelan together across the island. It's an...
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Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Ubud, Kemenuh, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets is a free museum tucked away in a small village about 5 minutes outside Ubud. Created by a businessman with a beautiful collection of puppets and masks from all over Indonesia, and many other countries, the...
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jl Silakarang 5A, singapadu - ubud, Singapadu Kaler, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Lawar is a dish of vegetables, coconut, pork and a whole lot of spices that is very important to the Balinese. Making lawar is something men do together early in the morning before ceremonies and then eat together and often take packages to other...
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Jalan WR. Supratman No. 306, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80237, Indonesia
Batik textiles are one of Indonesia's most distinctive crafts. Using hot wax to block out intricate patterns before dyeing (a technique called resist dyeing), craftspeople create fabrics of an astounding range of designs and colors....
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The best babi guling (suckling pig) in Ubud can be found at the no frills, open air Ibu Oka, Jalan Sueta / Tegal Sari No 2. Sit on the floor in front of a low table (you may have to share) and rip into a plate of tender pork served with rice and a...
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Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Discover the art, history, and culture of the Asia Pacific region at the Museum Pasifika in Nusa Dua. The collection gives an idea of the geographically diverse influences of Asia-Pacific art, including Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Indo-European,...
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Jl. Taman Bali – Banjarangkan, Banjar Blahpane Kelod, Desa Sidan, Sidan, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands and so many different cultural identities, languages, traditions, and religions that it's impossible to count them all. Taman Nusa is a cultural park that showcases some of these amazing differences that...
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Jl. Sulawesi, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Jalan Sulawesi, right in the heart of Denpasar in what used to be the Chinese district is the place to go for fabric. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful piece of traditional batik or something a bit more funky, the selection on this street is...
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Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
The wax resist dying technique of batik is one of the symbols of Indonesian culture. Although it actually came from Java to Bali with the Majapahit Kingdom in the 14th Century, the Balinese now consider it as much part of their culture as the...
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Jl. Pesagi, Karangasem, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia
Freshly-dyed wool dries in the afternoon sun above barrels of indigo dye. The region of Karangasem in eastern Bali is too dry to cultivate rice like the rest of the island, so they must rely on weaving for their income instead. You can watch the...
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Jl. Raya Candidasa, Sengkidu, Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Visit this quiet village in eastern Bali for hand-loomed geringsing ikat weavings. Protected from outside development, the village still operates according to ancient traditions, and the residents are descended from one of the oldest Balinese...
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Sunset beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Lembongan island, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Located just off the eastern shore of Bali, Indonesia, is a small island called Nusa Lembongan. It is a great place for a day trip if you're vacation in Bali, and it's only a 30-40min boat ride from Sanur. There is a boat that will take you...
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Ketewel, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is still a country very much unmechanized. On the southern shore, villages harvest salt from the sea. When it rains to much to allow the salt to dry, they harvest small black volcanic stones, polished by the waves, and sell them to companies...
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Lembongan island, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Bali is such a mythical place that tourists often forget that that is a real place inhabited by some of the hardest working people on the planet - seaweed farmers. For just cents a day these people toil at low tide, be it at 4 AM or 4 PM, to plant...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The most quintessential Cambodian souvenir must be the checked cotton krama that you will see around the necks, heads or waists of every Cambodian you meet. Cambodians like to boast that the krama has a dozen different uses -- some clever, some...
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67, Cambodia
Established in 1997 by Aki Ra, who was forced to become a child solider by the Khmer Rouge, the petite Cambodia Landmine Museum is much more than a museum. Operating as an NGO, the museum profits go to the on-site school and relief facility for...