Category Archives: Culture & Attractions

Halong Bay Vietnam tour

Exploring Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi is a city with much to offer visitors. Tasty street food, beautiful architecture and some wonderful cultural attractions are all part of the city’s appeal. But if you haven’t been to Southeast Asia before, arriving in Hanoi for the first time can be a huge culture shock. Motorbikes buzz around in all directions and […]

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand

Rocket Festivals and Royal Ploughing Ceremonies Welcome the Rainy Season

Although some tourists are put off visiting Southeast Asia during the rainy season, it can still be a great time to visit the region. It’s also a crucial time of the year for rice farmers. So much so, that special ceremonies and festivals are held in May to encourage the rains and hope for a […]

Celebrating the New Year Water Festivals in Southeast Asia

Celebrating the New Year Water Festival in Southeast Asia

The middle of April is a time of celebration for a number of countries in Southeast Asia. The traditional New Year Water Festivals are a time to make merit, spend time with family and enjoy an extended holiday break. The water festivals are steeped in tradition with each country in Southeast Asia placing their own […]

Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

Highlights of Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

For lovers of history and culture, Sukhothai is one of the stand-out locations in Thailand. Awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 1991, Sukhothai Historical Park contains temples and Buddha images which date back almost 800 years. Located in a picturesque and tranquil rural setting, the historic temples of Sukhothai are a joy to visit. In […]

12. Luang Phrabang

8 Good Reasons to Visit Laos

1. Dramatic karst mountain-flanked rivers in Vang Vieng The Nam Song River was once dotted with rowdy watering holes, but in recent years the government has attempted to clean up the reputation of debauched river pursuits (namely tubing). Hedonistic pockets still exist, but the riverscape and bucolic countryside, dotted with caves and lagoons – the […]

Death Railway, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Thailand to Burma Railway (Death Railway), Kanchanaburi

The province of Kanchanaburi to the west of Bangkok is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Thailand, but it’s also a region with a tragic wartime history; a history that should never be forgotten. An estimated 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and 180,000 Asian labourers were forced to work on the […]

3. The Mighty Wat

5 Architectural Marvels in Cambodia

With an intriguing history that stretches back many centuries, it is no wonder that visitors flock to Cambodia to learn a little more about the people and places that shaped the Kingdom. From the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat to lesser known sites further to the south, Cambodia is home to a sprinkling of […]

Khan maak tray items can differ, but commonly include (clockwise from top-left): Thai desserts, bridal dowry, jewelry, ornate banana leaf vessels with sugar cane. These gifts are symbolic of prosperity, longevity, and fertility.

Traditional Thai engagement & wedding ceremony

Visitors to the Kingdom who have had the opportunity to experience a traditional Thai wedding ceremony are usually intrigued with the elaborate processes involved. In urban areas such as the capital Bangkok, the majority of weddings — at least the handful I’ve been to over the years — still incorporate traditional aspects of this into […]