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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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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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Bát Đàn, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
‘Pho’ is possibly one of the things I miss most about my many years spent living in Hanoi. Many claim the staple breakfast dish was created from French inspiration, while the soup also has undertones of Chinese cuisine. For me, the history is...
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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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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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Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
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There are some days on the road when you just feel like disappearing—surrendering to the urge to recoil and escape the pressures of travel. Those are the times when sanctuary can casually surface from a busy street scene and draw you in. Hanoi is...
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44 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
While eating Vietnamese food is never a chore, making and then eating it is even more rewarding. Hanoi Cooking Centre offers short courses and hands-on cooking classes in a relaxed atmosphere with recipes designed by Tracy Lister who has authored...
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341 Cao Đạt, Phường 1, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Whenever I get the urge to complain about my lack of space in the US, I remember the efficiently packed tight way that almost everyone else in the world lives. For instance, SE Asians are the masters of balancing their wares on bicycles. They also...
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141 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The Rex Hotel remains the most historic hotel in District 1. It’s undergone massive renovations since its heyday as a hangout for journalists during the war, including the addition of a luxury ground floor filled with pricey shopping. Skip that...
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39 Đào Duy Từ, Phường Cẩm Phổ, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
Situated in Hoi An Ancient Town, Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery Collection is the perfect place to experience Hoi An and its surroundings. The excitement of the city center is only 1.0 km away. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is...
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175 Cửa Đại, Cẩm Sơn, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
My friend and I stayed at a beautiful little inn on the river in Hoi An. Vietnam was originally not on our trip list but, since we were visiting Thailand and Cambodia, we threw it in. We were so glad that we did! Vietnam is such a beautiful...
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Set along the evocatively named Perfume River, Hué is a good place to get a feel for the conflux of Vietnam's history, French colonial influences, and postwar life—and this riverside hotel is the perfect base from which to soak it all...
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Hạ Long Bay, Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
The absolutely fantastic Halong Ginger junk cruising on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The Ginger is an upscale boat with three decks that house an elegant restaurant, lounge, two bars, a small boutique, library and ten first-class sleeping cabins. When I...
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Bạch Đằng, Tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
If you find yourself in Hanoi or North Vietnam then a trip to Halong Bay is a must. The best way to experience the bay is on one of the many overnight cruise boats. One night and two days is a enough time to take in the sights and endless...
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#9B Street 29, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
With more than 40 different plant species in its garden, Botanico GastroBar feels like an urban jungle. The new cafe serves excellent coffee along with homemade sugarcane rolls with anise and feta. At night, a stylish crowd comes for the globally...
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Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Don't worry, I did sample traditional Khmer and Cambodian food in Phnom Penh but a friend who used to live there highly recommended Yumi and I'm so glad we took her advice. Set in a restored red lacquered shop house, Yumi's barbecue ribs, pumpkin...
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28 Street 184, រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ 12206, Cambodia
The Plantation hotel opened up in late 2011 just down the street from my house. It's great for lots of reasons: rooms and facilities are spread across several historical buildings that were slated for demolition (and saved by this project),...
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321 Sisowath Quay, រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ, Cambodia
Like many travelers, I am drawn to stores and shops and restaurants where my tourist dollars can help those in the the countries I am visiting. If you are in Phnom Penh, Daughters is a must-visit (and Friends deserves its outstanding reputation I...
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ផ្លូវវត្តភ្នំ, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wat Phnom the eponym of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (in English: "Temple of the Mountains" or "Mountain Pagoda") is a Buddhist temple in the heart of the city. It was built in 1373, and stands on a mountain a whole 88.5 feet above the ground. Actually it...
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277, Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
We really enjoyed happy hour at The Quay. The rooftop bar has beautiful views of the riverfront, with a balmy breeze to keep you cool. Cocktails (2 for 1) were delicious, featuring fresh fruit juices. Service was friendly.
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House Number : 67 Oknha Chhun St. (240), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodian cuisine is delicious; similar to Thai, if not as spicy. Frizz Restaurant offers a cooking class on a breezy rooftop patio, which is a great way to spend a morning or a day. Our teacher, Heng, was patient & thorough, with enough culinary...
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Alleyway of 240 1/2, No. 82E0 St, St 244, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Should the digestive system need a rest or reset (or need to work) from noodle soups or fish amok and stews, then head over to ARTillery Cafe to have plush salads, gluten-free breakfast options or creative green smoothies -- to name a few....
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BKK1, 18 400, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Anise Villa is the perfect oasis in the middle of the hot, bustling city. The rooms (and bathrooms!) are modern, clean, and comfortable, the pool area is beautiful, and the food well-prepared and tasty. In addition, the staff is extremely...
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This place is amazing. From the minute I stepped in it just felt comfortable. There is so much character to the building and the decor. The finest details are not overlooked and I kept noticing them as time went on. The restaurant and the staff...
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Angkor Thom, Angkor Archeological Park, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Giant stone faces greet visitors as they enter the Bayon complex. This ancient Khmer center houses over 200 of these serene faces, with theories they were modeled after the bodhisattva (enlightened being) or the Bhuddist king, Jayavarman VII, who...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Better known as the Tomb Raider Temple since its starring role in the Hollywood movie of the same name, Ta Prohm has at least as much star quality as Angelina Jolie. Cloaked in dappled shadow and locked in the embrace of the vast root systems that...
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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Most hotels and many restaurants in Siem Reap offer cooking classes in Cambodian cuisine, beginning with a market tour and ending with lunch, and the class offered by Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the best. The chefs are some of the most...
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River Road West, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The excellent Cambodian chefs from River Garden hotel, who offer the Cooks in Tuk Tuks cooking class, also run a fun street food tour that gives you a great insight into Cambodia's culinary culture. Partly on foot and partly on tuk tuk, the tour...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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38 Soi, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand
One of the best street food markets in central Bangkok is Sukumvit Soi 38—right by Thong Lo station on the BTS. Some of the stalls are open during the day, but the market really kicks-off at about 5pm. The fruit shakes are so good they're...
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300 Chak Phra 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
Bangkok is a huge city, full of all the hustle and bustle you’d find in any metropolitan city its size. For all intents and purposes, it is as modern as they come, but there is one thing that makes it incredibly unique: it’s floating market. ...
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1055 State Tower Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Of course, it’s silly to say that Sirocco only became popular because of the Hangover 2 movie, but the extra publicity helped. It has always been a stand-out destination for lavish drinks with a great view and is ideal for budding photographers to...
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136 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
Phra Arthit Road, near to the Chao Phraya River, is where many Thai hipsters come out to play in the evening. The street's bars feature live performers and outdoor tables. Of the many dining venues in the area, Roti Mataba is the most famous. A...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Seashell chandeliers, nightly live music, and a relaxed ambiance make Sanaeha one of Phuket Town’s trendiest bars. Their mojitos are made with fresh fruits and juices, and if you feel like sharing, buy a bottle of whiskey with friends. The...
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8 Phang-nga Road, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83000, Thailand
In the center of historic Phuket Town, Siam Indigo’s menu and décor offer an eclectic mix of old and new. Fresh ingredients are of the utmost importance, and organic dishes are sourced locally whenever possible. The menu is constantly changing so...
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Thanon Dibuk, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Similar to indie markets in the U.S., Phuket’s Indy Market is where the hip kids can hang out, sell handmade clothes and crafts, and see some live music. On Limelight Avenue off of Dibuk Road, the market is only open Thursdays and Fridays from...
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12 Takua-Pa Road,, Amphur Muang,, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83000, Thailand
Open since 1999, Michael’s is a well-known spot for ex-pats and backpackers. With free Wi-Fi, a pool table, two flat screen HD TVs, and a house computer and printer, it’s the perfect place if you’re traveling solo, or just feeling a little...
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Phuket town อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83000, Thailand
Located in the former governor’s mansion, Blue Elephant opened its doors as both a restaurant and cooking school. Known as the unofficial ambassador of Royal Thai cuisine throughout the world, their sophisticated menu offers fresh ingredients with...
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42 ถนนกระบี่ อำเภอเมือง Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
My personal favorite destination on Phuket Island for spending a few good hours having good food and a decent walkabout is Old Phuket Town. It's not unlike other Straits Settlements, like Penang and Malacca, and is not always on mainstream tourist...
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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you’re looking for an alternative to your morning cuppa Joe, look no further than this organically focused juice bar. Whether you’re after passion fruit, lemongrass, or pineapple, Juice Raw has an appetizing menu of fruit juice and veggie...
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48 ถนน ดีบุกตัดใหม่ ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This charming 90-year-old former shop house is famous for its traditional Southern Phuket food. Braised pork belly with black pepper, and crab-meat curry with rice noodles are just some of the favorites that will get you salivating. Very popular...
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62/5 ถนน บางกอก ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83000, Thailand
Our driver Khun Kob brought us to this place, and we really appreciated his recommendation! It was a delightful restaurant tucked away somewhere near Phuket town. From the minute we set our sights on the overgrowth of vegetation at the entrance,...