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DONG DO HOTEL - HCMC / SAIGON ...


If you are looking for a nicely located, inexpensive, clean, free-Wifi,  great top-floor breakfast included ... 1/2 block off Dong Khoi in downtown HCMC / Saigon ... and warm welcome & friendly staff ... visit Dong Do Hotel, 35 Mac Thi Buoi Street, District 1, tel:  (+84-8) 3827-3637, e-mail:  dongdohotel@hcm.vnn.vn, website:  www.dongdohotelvn.com ...

                                       


$0.25 USD FROM SAIGON INT'L AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

Simply amazing ... exit the HCMC/Saigon Int'l Airport ... look & go right ... jump on the local bus #152 ... pay $0.25 USD (5,000 Dong) ... and within 30+ minutes you arrive at the Ben Thanh Market downtown, District 1 bus station within walking distance to Back/FlashPacker guesthouses in one direction and the Dong Khoi street hotels in the other ...


SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - BOUTIQUE ...


         

Near Old Market Center, the crowded Pub Street and 1/2 block from the Siem Reap River is a quiet, boutique alley ... a couple shops ... some friendly residents ... the Socheata Restaurant ... and the small boutique Neth Socheata Hotel opposite/across the alley from the Restaurant ...

A 'must-try' papaya salad with spearmint leaves and the Trei Rorh (Toule Sap fish) at the restaurant ... enjoy the roof-top garden view if you stay at this boutique hotel ... a small starter breakfast at the Socheata Restaurant is included with each night stay ...



NEW 'LAO CENTRAL AIRLINES' ...


                                              
                                        

Great new airline ... 30 minute flight on Boeing 737 to/from LuangPrabang-Vientiane ... put this one on your list of travel options ... my first flight on Lao Central was perfect ...



GUAM ...


This unspoiled paradise just three-and-a-half hours from Taiwan in the western Pacific Ocean has pristine beaches made of silky seashell sand overlooking crystal clear waters.  Snorkeling and diving excursions allow for up-close views of coral - the island has 400 types - and 700 species of fish.  Guam is also a shopper's haven.  The local Lam Lam bus can whisk visitors around the island, whose shops are completely duty free.  Be sure to sample the cuisine of the local Chamorro people: red rice, which is made from the sees of an achiote tree, and kelaguen, a dish of chicken or shrimp mixed with lemon juice, coconut flesh and spices served with titiyas (tortillas).  You'll quickly discover the food is as delicious as the views ...

THE HALL OF OPIUM ATTRACTION IN CHIANG RAIS GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND ...

Located at Baan Sob Ruak, in the Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai province – close to the very fields where millions of poppies once bloomed, the Hall of Opium gives a full picture of the opium trade, it’s history, some of the characters involved and how it blighted the lives of addicts.

This is a tale of a trade that stretches back some 5,000 years and gave rise to some of the biggest events in history – the Chinese Opium Wars, the colonisation of India and the rise of international drug cartels.

Despite being a dark tale, the history of opium is fascinating and The Hall of Opium’s exhibition has been designed to make a big impact on all visitors. Put together by historians and multimedia experts, the show treats visitors to sound and light displays, unique photos, video exhibits and interactive presentations. This means it is accessible and exciting to people of all ages and nationalities as well as being poignant and thought-provoking.

Because it has been designed to be educational and instructive, the Hall of Opium will be especially interesting to younger visitors, who may find it hard to imagine that just a few years ago things were so different in this bustling modern nation.

The drug trade of the Golden Triangle is not glorified in any way and there is a strong focus on the dangers of the poppy – that lovely bloom which ruins lives. Once the flower’s sap was extracted and boiled into addictive opium it became a magnet for crime.

The museum teaches all about drug trafficking, addiction, and smuggling, but most of all how the drug can affect the people who take it, destroying families and communities. But the final lesson the museum teaches is how there is hope and ultimately things can change for the better.

The museum is open every day (except Monday) from 8:30 – 17:00 hrs. A visit takes around 2-3 hours. The entry fee is 200 baht per person.

Theodore Koumelis (TravelDailyNews-AsiaPacific)

PAY-PER-USE LOUNGE IN PUBLIC ZONE SET TO ENHANCE TRAVELLER EXPERIENCE AT SINGAPORE'S CHANGI AIRPORT ...





SINGAPORE – Jet Quay Pte Ltd opens The Haven by JetQuay, the only pay-per-use lounge located outside the immigration zone at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Situated at the Arrival Hall, Level 1 at Terminal 3, it offers a host of services to cater to business and leisure travellers, including families with children.

The Lounge is accessible for use by passengers in transit, arriving passengers who have cleared Customs, as well as departing passengers prior to checking-in with their airline.  In recent years, aviation trends have shown a demand for pay-per-use airport lounges. Such lounges are found in many airports in cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Seoul and Zurich. 

For more information, visit The Haven ...


BEYOND ANGKOR - THE LOST TEMPLES OF CAMBODIA ...


Hidden deep in the jungles of Cambodia are hundreds of extraordinary temples and even a lost city from the Khmer era ... They are scattered in areas that for more than two decades were off-limits to visitors ... Now, with the building of new roads and gradual mine-clearing, these places are slowly opening up to tourism ... Below is the monumental complex of Koh Ker considered one of the architectural wonders of the Khmer era ...

A WONDERFUL BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN LUANG PRABANG, LAOS ...


Say goodnight to the 'never sleeping' Mekong River ... Wake Up early to experience this ancient capital of Laos as it begins a new day ... Dine at hotel's riverside restaurant and again watch the mighty Mekong touch both Laos and Thailand as it moves slowly to Vietnam ...

Stay at the SalaLaoBoutique Hotel when visiting Luang Prabang, Laos ...




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