Considered by most little more than a bump in the road between Mui Ne and Nha Trang, Bob James finds that Phan Rang-Thap Cham holds hidden surprises for visitors looking for an isolated beach, a glimpse into a fading chapter of history, and some unique handicrafts.
Infamous as the town about which a US Army major declared “It became necessary to destroy Ben Tre to save it”, Bob James finds the city has become a fascinating stop to see everyday life in rural Vietnam – and also has one of the country’s best (and not outrageously priced) hotels
Can Tho Vietnam is one of the key areas to see life lived on the water in the Mekong Delta – and also to see just how fast Vietnam is changing. Bob James explains why you should try to get to Can Tho sooner rather than later.
Get a unique view of night time Saigon from the back of a motorbike with XO Tours’ elegant female guides. Bob James heads out on a whistlestop run through six of Ho Chi Minh City’s districts with three spectacular pitstops for Vietnamese food.
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Inle Lake is a huge area, and the fact you need to get a boat pretty much everywhere means some planning will make for a much better experience. Bob James makes some suggestions of things to see and do at Inle Lake
One of Asia’s most beautiful areas, Myanmar’s Inle Lake is quickly gaining in popularity with tourists. Bob James explains how to plan your visit to Inle Lake and where to stay.
Beyond Mandalay’s modern city hubbub lie three of Myanmar’s ancient capitals – Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa – which can be visited in a day and includes the must-see U Bein Bridge. Bob James goes exploring.
Wired magazine co-founder and Asia Grace author Kevin Kelly is currently travelling in Myanmar, blogging as he goes on Google+
A self-sufficient village deep in Myanmar’s Shan State, Hsipaw offers a taste of real Burmese village life and some beautiful trekking routes in the surrounding countryside, as Bob James explains
One of Burma’s most stunning man-made marvels built by the colonial British, Gokteik Viaduct is a spectacular railway bridge over 100 metres above the ground and nearly 700 metres long. Bob James takes the plunge.
As Myanmar opens up to the rest of the world, Bob James explains why now is the time to go before mass tourism fully takes hold of this fascinating and diverse country
A luxury nature retreat in the middle of the city, Bangkok Tree House is an ambitious attempt to integrate a purpose-built hotel resort into its river and jungle surroundings