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What's the Best Country In Asia For Eating?

What's the Best Country In Asia For Eating? From the 17th to 19th century, Grand Tourists (usually from England) would set out on a journey of discovery. This excursion had a near-cemented itinerary, a list of places a young man (it was almost always a man) would have to visit to have a well-rounded education. Paris,...

Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31

Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31 Melbourne-based Intrepid Travel – known for its cultural and food-focused trips to remote corners of the planet – is now offering 20 percent off over 350 of their trips, including the newly-launched Food Adventures. The discount is good for all trips departing...

Souvenir Of The Week: Snake Wine In Vietnam

Souvenir Of The Week: Snake Wine In Vietnam Reportedly, it tastes like envelope glue. And there might be a gecko or lizard floating around, like a hair in the soup du jour. But who cares? You're not actually going to swirl and sip the snake wine you bring back from this Southeast Asian nation. You're going to casually...

Fire-Breathing Bridge, A Determined New Jersey Effort, In Vietnam

Fire-breathing dragons are nothing new. We saw one of those briefly over Disney World not long ago, celebrating the opening of new Fantasyland, Disney's largest expansion in 41 years. Interesting bridges are more of a permanent attraction, and we took a look at the...

How To Eat Bolivian Street Food (Without Shame)

How To Eat Bolivian Street Food (Without Shame) There's a certain breed of traveler who will, often to their detriment, go to extreme lengths to avoid looking like a tourist. I know, because I'm one of them. Whatever spawned this phobia is anyone's guess, but I really, really, really dislike standing out in a crowd,...

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture Cafes are often a travelers hub, not just because you can kill your jetlag with a cup of espresso, but because they are inevitably the place where you go to sit and do some people watching and, while you're at it, take a moment to get immersed in the local coffee...

Video Of The Day: Scenes From Southeast Asia

This video made by Birk Poßecker and Diana Weschke is a collection of scenes from a trip to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia this past October. It takes viewers across these countries via motorcycle, zipline, plane, bus, van and even the back of an elephant....

Mysterious Vietnamese Noodle Dish Makes An Appearance In New York City

Mysterious Vietnamese Noodle Dish Makes An Appearance In New York City The most memorable, awkward meal of my life took place in an alleyway. Memorable for what I was about to eat, awkward because I was a 6-foot, 200-pound Westerner molded into a red, plastic child-sized chair, my knees rising above the matching table, like a Brobdingnagian who...

8 Delicious Street Foods From Around The World That You Can Make At Home

8 Delicious Street Foods From Around The World That You Can Make At Home There is a certain beauty to street food: it's simple and with one bite you have a true taste of the local culture. Some people even pick their destination based on how much street food they can get. But exotic street food doesn't have to be restricted to the alleyways...

Video: Vietnam Traveling

"So Viet" from Aquil'tour on Vimeo. I came across this video on Vimeo by user Aquil'tour and felt transported to Vietnam in a way so authentic, I wanted to share. Vietnam's long and narrow geography makes its landscape and climate dramatically varied. This video...

Exploring The World's Largest Cave (VIDEO)

In the video above, veteran photographer and National Geographic award winner Carsten Peter talks about exploring and photographing Vietnam's underworld inside the Sơn Đoòng cave, which is inside the country's Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, close to...

Where They Ate: Chefs' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012

Where They Ate: Chefs' Favorite Eating Experiences Of 2012 Two months ago I was at the New York Wine & Food festival. I happened to be walking by the main stage – where star chefs had been giving cooking demos all weekend – when the next chef was announced. When Guy Fieri hit the stage, the 200 or so people in...

Video Of The Day: A Taste Of Vietnam

"A Taste of Vietnam" from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. For some upbeat and inspiring footage of Vietnam, watch this video. With an emphasis on the food of Vietnam, this video pairs creative music with professionally shot and edited film. This video is just one of many...

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World Even if you're not a spa junkie, it's hard to deny the appeal of a great massage or other self-indulgent treatment. I'm actually a massage school graduate, and although I ultimately decided not to pursue that career path, I've parlayed my experience into doing the odd spa...

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I despise most of the food shows currently on television and online. That's why I got so excited when I heard about "The Perennial Plate," a weekly online documentary series, "dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous...

How To Eat A Fertilized Duck Egg

How To Eat A Fertilized Duck Egg The first time I ate a fertilized duck egg was at a Vietnamese restaurant in New York City three years ago. I was headed to Vietnam in a few months and knew I'd be writing about something food related, so I spent the run-up to...

Young Tourists Killed In Vietnam In A Tragic Mystery

Young Tourists Killed In Vietnam In A Tragic Mystery Last week, two young teachers were killed while on a weeklong trip to Nha Trang, Vietnam, in a tragic mystery. According to news.com.au, Canadian-born Cathy Huynh, 26, and American Karin Joy Bowerman, 27, fell ill only days apart from each other. Last Monday, Ms. Bowerman...

Portugal To Vietnam By Rails: Are You Up For The Ultimate Train Challenge?

Portugal To Vietnam By Rails: Are You Up For The Ultimate Train Challenge? Last year, Michael Hodson and two travel blogger friends challenged each other to take on the world by train. For a month the bloggers traveled on separate routes from Lisbon, Portugal, to Saigon, Vietnam, on a competitive quest to conquer the longest continuous...

The Most Useful Useless Phrasebook Phrases

The Most Useful Useless Phrasebook Phrases I've frequently touted Lonely Planet's Phrasebooks on Gadling (about as often as I've truthfully stated that I receive no kickbacks from them). They've saved my butt countless times, helping me do everything from getting on the right train platform to finding out what...

Hanoi's Oldest Hotel Will Open Secret Bunker To Visitors This Week

Hanoi's Oldest Hotel Will Open Secret Bunker To Visitors This Week During hotel renovations last August at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, construction workers discovered an unknown bunker thought to be used during the Vietnam War. While drilling near the poolside bar, they found a flooded hallway, numerous rooms and a...

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