Around Chau Doc

nui sam mountain

Sam Mountain A sacred place for Buddhists, Sam Mountain (Nui Sam, 284m) and its environs are full of a lot of pagodas and temples. A strong Chinese influence makes it particularly popular with ethnic Chinese, yet Buddhists of all ethnicities drop in this place. The views from the summit are excellent (weather permitting), ranging deep […]


Around Cao Lanh


Sights & Activities Xeo Quyt Forest NATURE RESERVE (Xeo Quyt, Xeo Quit; admission 5000d; 7am-5pm) Southeast of Cao Lanh and accessible by boat tour is the beautiful 52-hectare Xeo Quyt Forest (also called Rung Tram) near My Hiep village. One large swamp beneath a beautiful thick canopy of tall trees and vines, it’s one of the […]


Angkor Wat

angkor wat

The tourist’s initial impression of Angkor Wat (admission to all of Angkor: 1 day/3 days/1 week US$20/40/60), the last construction of Khmer genius, is simply staggering, matched by only a few select spots on earth such as Peru’s Machu Picchu or Jordan’s Petra. Angkor Wat, one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived […]


Around Angkor Thom (Part 2)


Banteay Srei HINDU TEMPLE Taken into account by many to be the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei – a Hindu temple devoted to Shiva – is cut from stone of a pinkish hue and includes many of the most beautiful stone carving anywhere on earth. Begun in AD 967, it is […]


Angkor Thom


It’s hard to imagine any building huger or more gorgeous than Angkor Wat, but at Angkor Thom the sum of the parts add up to a greater whole. There are the gates that grab you first, flanked by a monumental representation of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, 54 demons and 54 gods engaged […]


Around Angkor Thom (Part 1)

angkor thom

Sights Ta Prohm BUDDHIST TEMPLE The final Indiana Jones fantasy, Ta Prohm is hidden in stippled darkness, its decomposing towers and walls locked in the relaxed, strong encirclement of huge primary systems. If Angkor Wat, the Bayon and other temples are witness to the mastermind of the ancient Khmers, Ta Prohm reminds people equally of […]


Things to do Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum


Things to do Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum In the tradition of Lenin, Stalin and Mao, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is a monumental marble edifice. Contrary to his desire for a simple cremation, the mausoleum was constructed from materials gathered from all over Vietnam between 1973 and 1975. Set deep in the bowels of the building […]


Things to do War Remnants Museum

Things to do War Remnants Museum

Things to do War Remnants Museum  Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam  Address Street 28 Ð Vo Van Tan Extras cnr Ð Le Quy Don  Telephone +84 8 3930 5587  Prices admission 15,000d  Opening hours 7.30am-noon & 1.30-5pm Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. […]


Things to do Jade Emperor Pagoda


Things to do Jade Emperor Pagoda  Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam  Address Street 73 Ð Mai Thi Luu  Opening hours 7am-6pm, on 1st & 15th of lunar month 5am-7pm Built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples […]


Vietnam things to see and do


Beautiful beaches The beaches of Vietnam are superb. Nha Trang is the perfect combination of a long sandy beach for relaxing days under the palm trees and a town with restaurants and bars to pass the balmy evenings. Boat trips take you out to nearby islands and divers can explore the nearby coral reefs. Alternatively, […]