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Essential Info for Vietnam

Vietnam

A new ecolodge in southern Laos uses zipwires to help tourists get in, out and around Dong Hung Sao national park<p>If the gibbons are watching, they are probably feeling a touch disdainful. For our primate cousins, this kind of treetop travel is a doddle. Equipped with nothing more than mobile wrists …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Laos

Lovely, languid Laos – but for how much longer before tourists take notice?

You wouldn't expect the guests to keep coming after the lights flickered out, white-knuckling it along the rickety bamboo footbridge over the Nam Khan River to the Dyen Sabai restaurant. But they poured in through the pitch dark: parents carrying children on their shoulders, students, shoeless …

Laos holidays

May 2017<p>From Vietnam’s little-known islands to Laos’s interior and even tourist-free Thailand, our writers reveal some hidden treasures<p>Published: 10 May 2017<p>October 2016<p>The ancient city in the north of the country is a delightful mix of exquisite temples and French colonial buildings – and a great …

5 Reasons to Go to Laos

Laos often gets short shrift compared to its heavily traveled neighbors. Thailand, the undisputed tourism champ in the region, sees almost 10 times …

Guide to Luang Prabang, Laos

Located neatly between the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos, rarely fails to secure a spot in the hearts of travelers who …

Vientiane: Best Chinese food outside of China

Chinese businessmen taking advantage of Laos' development boom are fueling demand for great, authentic regional cuisine<p>It’s boom time in Laos. The country's unprecedented economic growth has inspired the country’s powerful neighbors to rush in for a slice of the pie.<p>The hungriest of them all is …

8 things you can only experience in Laos

If you don’t do the necessary research prior to your arrival, you’ll likely be unaware of the fact that Luang Prabang shuts down early. <i>Before</i> …

Bangkok temples: 7 of the best wats for tourists | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Given Thailand is 95% Buddhist, there are of course hundreds of Bangkok temples -- known in Thai as "wats."<p>Some are small, located far down tiny "sois" or side streets and well out of the way of tourist traffic. Others are part of massive complexes filled with halls, schools and revered …

In Bangkok, the 'world's best' Indian restaurant

Chef Gaggan Anand's eponymous restaurant is the only Indian venue to crack the top 10 on the "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" list. So how's he faring now?<p>It's been a wild year for Bangkok chef Gaggan Anand.<p>In February, his eponymous Indian restaurant snagged the 10th spot on "Restaurant" magazine's …

Top 10

Bangkok 101: What (and Where) to Eat

Food in Bangkok is what the Magic Kingdom is to Orlando. It is a symbol of pride and one of the biggest reasons to go. Thais eat 24 hours a day and …

First-Timer’s Survival Guide to Bangkok

Arriving in Bangkok for the first time, the jet lag, humidity, and traffic might knock you over. But you’re in luck, because this is one place where …

Bangkok nightlife: 9 best new bars

Looking for a new watering hole? These Bangkok bars, clubs and live music venues will keep you out from afternoon to the small hours<p>Though fans of Bangkok nightlife have favorite pubs and clubs that have stood the test of time, the city's drinking scene continues to evolve.<p>Seemingly every month a …

Thailand

Destinations

10 Coolest Attractions in Bangkok

Visitors to Thailand’s famous (and infamous) capital have no shortage of sightseeing options. With enough ancient temples, notorious districts, and …

In Bangkok: Fitting Right In

<i>Bangkok, listen. Bangkok, no. I say, no.</i> I do not want a suit that's specially made. I rarely tie a tie. My wife may gawk at fitted Chinese dresses, she may touch their magically thick twill. She will not buy.<p>When we travel, a few years back, to the world capital of silk, I am being firm. This goes …

Bow Ties

For the Best Food in Bangkok, Hit the Streets

You can wander the streets of Bangkok for weeks, pointing at every single thing that looks tasty, handing over a couple dozen baht, and eating until you burst, all without ever trying the same thing twice. And you'd have difficulty spending more than around $10 a day doing it. And, in fact, that's …

What it feels like to visit Bangkok for the first time

Walking out the doors of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s hot, humid air hits me. It’s somehow harsher, wetter, and well, hotter than any other place …

Insiders Guide to Old Bangkok

Thailand’s capital is at its most evocative in the narrow lanes and streets of <b>Old Bangkok</b>, where a renaissance of small, owner-restored guesthouses is making it easy for visitors to experience the rich culture of everyday Thai life.<p>“Every traveler has a special place, a home away from home,” says</i> …

Great Read: Saving Old Bangkok

I’m floating through liquid air, without a plan, along Samsen Road in <b>Bangkok’s old city</b>, a neighborhood of wooden houses, temples, and royal retreats tucked along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.<p>It is April, the dog days just before rainy season, when Bangkok’s metropolitan area transforms into …

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai: Buses, Trains, and Flights

In a nutshell, you have three options for getting from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: bus, train, or flight.<p>Choosing the best mode of transport depends on …

Trains