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Conquering Fansipan Vietnam to be the champion

Fansipan is the highest peak of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, so it is called the “Roof of Indochina” while the local people call it Huasipan, which means large tottering rock.

Motorbiking Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam - an unforgettable travel adventure

Riding a motorbike from the North to the South of Vietnam was an amazing experience. Now, while I didn’t ride the motorcycle on myself (Anthony did an amazing job!) it is still something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Discover Vietnam by cycling

People who had traveled to Vietnam agreed that it was an interesting experience in general, but the bicycle tours definitely brought more adventurous excitements.

A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been to in my life.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vietnam’s best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was worth the wait. The country has more than 3,400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, hidden coves, lovely lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches.

Nha Trang
The heavy weight champion of Vietnam, Nha Trang has been knocking out visitors for years. True, the town is brazen and brash, but the beach is bold and beautiful and a gateway to a cluster of quieter islands.

Mui Ne
Set on a seductive swathe of sand, Mui Ne is an absolute charmer with swaying palms and towering dunes. Get pummelled on the beach by a masseur or pummelled by the waves with some water sports - this place blends action and inertia to perfection.

Phu Quoc
Simply the most beautiful island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white-sand beaches and cloaked in dense, impenetrable jungle. Long Beach is sophisticated, OngLan Beach is romantic, and Bai Sao is simply irresistible.

Con Dao
The Con Dao Islands have been protected from over-exposure by their isolated location off the coast. Enjoy it while it lasts, with their smattering of resorts and an overdose of idyllic beaches, as this is sure to be the next big thing in Vietnamese beaches.

Doc Let
While the rest of the world is sunning itself in Nha Trang, slip up the coast to this little teaser, home to some atmospheric resorts and some squeaky white sand; a place to get away from it all.

Ho Coc
Vung Tau to Phan Thiet is almost one long beach, but much of it remains mercifully inaccessible to the masses. Sample its potential with a retreat to Ho Coc, a glorious sandbar about midway along this stretch.

Staying Safe While Travelling in Asia

Asia still seems to be the top on the destination list for backpackers and gap-year aficionados. And why not? Nowhere else on Earth has the variety and scope of this remarkable region with pristine beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and lush rain forests. It’s also a perfectly safe area to travel around, as long as you plan well and use a modicum of common sense. Here are a few tips for your trip.

Before you go
Research, research, research. Don’t just take the word of one internet source, but investigate thoroughly the area you are planning to visit and make sure you are fully aware of all the entry requirements, visa needs, inoculations and have organised sufficient travel insurance. From there look into your local transport options, currency types and potential accommodation. If the price and location of an establishment seems too good to be true, it probably is. While user led review sites such as Trip Advisor can focus on the negative, you can usually surmise if a certain hotel or hostel is best avoided.
Take a look at the customs and tolerances of the countries on your itinerary. Some areas may be more lax on soft drug use for instance, while the next country over may view such things as worthy of a long prison stay. Be wary at borders and airports, with drugs being such a lucrative business in that part of the world, the last thing you want to become is an unsuspecting drug mule. Keep your luggage with you at all times and make sure it’s locked securely.

Staying Safe
While crime against westerners is fairly rare in Asia, it always pays to be alert. Scams and pickpockets can operate in the big cities when renting scooters and motorcycles, as more disreputable firms have been known to ‘steal’ the vehicle rented to you, forcing you to pay for a replacement. And if you are paying someone to drive you to a location, be sure of the price before you set off.

The region is one of the safest for female travelers, but be aware of local customs, especially in rural areas, where displaying too much flesh is frowned upon. The same rule applies when visiting Buddhist temples and Mosques, ensure you are appropriately dressed. And, as everywhere including at home, don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. Not that you ever would.

Staying Dry
While crime and political upheavals are easy to avoid if you use common sense, the weather can’t be relied upon so readily. The region features a vast array of temperaments and while extreme conditions such as typhoons are rare, they can occur. May to November is the rainy season and monsoons can conjure up high winds and heavy rain. Don’t pack your suitcase with thongs and flip-flops only. Ensure you have adequate clothing to deal with any eventuality.

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