When you've got the travel bug, you'll start to find glimmers of travel inspiration everywhere you look - in movies, songs, novels, everywhere! Here we have a little reference that has inspired us recently: L’amante (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras (1914 – 1996). Like many who have read the novel, we are drawn to the portrait of Sa Dec, a provincial city in the Mekong Delta of Southern Vietnam.
“There is no such thing as ghosts or monsters!” Sure, everybody was told that when they were little. But did you know that such thing does exist….in Southeast Asia? And no, this is not a scam. Most of the people in Southeast Asia do believe in supernatural forces. This, in fact, is a part of the diverse culture of this region. Not persuasive enough? Here are 10 typical superstitions in Southeast Asia:
When traveling in a country it’s important to learn about its culture and traditions, but most of all, it’s essential to learn basic expressions so you can exchange with locals and show them interest. Here are 12 expressions that will make your guest’s experience much easier!
Looks like the next wave of travelers is ready for their next exotic journey in Southeast Asia huh? Everybody has booked their flight tickets and accommodation, their whole family has planned everything out, they've been shopping for the perfect swimsuit, imagining themselves lying on the beach catching rays. Well, somebody please tell them to sit down a minute because there are some unexpected things to be aware of. Here are 8 things everybody should know before traveling to Southeast Asia.
During 1964-1973 the United States dropped more than two million tons of explosives over Laos. The equivalent to a plane full of bombs was unloaded every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 entire years. This made Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. But as all the attention was focused on Vietnam, the neighboring country suffering this brutal war went unnoticed by almost everyone. Years later, it was reveled that, during that time, the CIA was carrying out bombing missions from, what is known as, “the most secret place in the world", the Long Tieng military base, in Laos. The main aim of the bombardments was to prevent traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which was used by North Vietnam to supply the Viet Cong fighters in South Vietnam. When fighter bombers could not reach their targets in Vietnam, they also dropped bombs in Laos, because they could not land their planes with bombs on board. The official version that the United States released on this matter is that they were conducting “humanitarian missions in Laos”.
Tet holiday has become more and more popular among travelers in Vietnam, particularly because it is celebrated in a completely different way from the usual New Year holiday. There are, however, a few unwritten rules you should keep in mind if you want to enjoy the most popular Vietnamese event like a true local.