The Champa Kingdom

Cham-inspired travel combining culture and comfort Known as intrepid seafarers, the Champa Kingdom developed international trade routes that allowed them to accumulate wealth and political power as well as forge ties with other regional kingdoms and with South Asia and China. Together with the Khmer and Dai Viet kingdoms, a maritime route starting from Thang Long, near the Red River in Vietnam’s north, spread

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Blueprint to Paradise

Can conservation and tourism co-exist in Coron? We slip into the glassy, emerald waters of one of Asia’s cleanest lakes, our hands feeling our way past smooth underwater boulders. Crystal clear visibility reveals a moonscape beneath the surface of Coron’s Kayangan Lake. Encircled by soaring, vegetation- clad granite cliffs and with no other tourists around,

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Stay Awhile in WA

Western Australia is a land of superlatives and extremes, so take your time Like many world-traveling professionals there are a few cities now that I’ve lived in that can easily be called home, but when that inadvertent question comes up here in Saigon— “Where are you from?”—I have to always answer “Perth”, the city I was

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Living Stories

Experience another layer of Saigon through stories from everyday locals “I started this because I realized that every association with Vietnam revolved around banh mi, pho and conical hats,” explains Linh, the creator of Hidden Saigon (www.hidden-saigon.com), while en-route to our first stop on the tour itinerary. Linh continues, saying that the only way to

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Street Art

On creating an artists’ community in Hoi An The fate of Hoi An’s craftsmen and artists has long waxed and waned with the prosperity of the town itself. Starting in the 15th century, artists from all over the country moved to the bustling port town, hoping to tap into the international market created by traveling

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Family First

Sun-drenched memories made at Novotel Phu Quoc Resort Looking to beat the winter blues, we find ourselves on a short flight from Saigon to Phu Quoc in search of sand, sea and sun. Once ensconced in our bungalow set among lush gardens conveniently located between Novotel Phu Quoc Resort’s main building and the beach, we

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5 of the best Asian cities to visit

Asia is such a diverse continent, packed full of unique experiences and cultures. One country can be so utterly different from the next, making it the perfect place to go on your travels. One minute you could be in the rice paddies of China and the next surrounded by the bright lights of a Japanese

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Chengdu & Chill

Why the capital of Sichuan is China’s happiest city There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says “the young shouldn’t go to Chengdu, and the old shouldn’t leave,” speaking to the laid-back lifestyle of this city of 10 million. The gateway to Western China and the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is known for many things,

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When “Less Is More” Is More

Everyone gets a dream vacation at InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort A romantic getaway for two. A few leisurely weeks by the beach to truly unwind. A raucous family holiday filled with waterslides and edutainment activities. A luxe retreat where pampering is the order of the day. What may seem like four separate vacation

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The Art Of Living Well

Affordable luxury at Sofitel Chengdu Taihe What do you get when you combine the French art of living well with Chengdu’s already laid-back Epicurean vibe? The answer is the Sofitel Chengdu Taihe, 262 rooms and suites in the heart of Chengdu. I make this pretty property my base for exploring all that Chengdu has to

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