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Lifestyle & More

The Mid-Autumn Festival and Mooncake Madness

This time of year, many countries in East and Southeast Asia commemorate the Mid-Autumn Festival. And headlining the festivities is, of course, the ever-present mooncake.

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Cheroot – Burmese Cigars

When it comes to cultural traditions, Myanmar certainly has no shortage of distinctive customs, including cheroot cigars – so prominent that it is often described as a Burmese facial feature.

Experiences

Seasons of Halong Bay – When to Visit

Because northern Vietnam has four seasons, one should take factors such as weather as well as budget and crowds into consideration when planning a trip to breathtaking Halong Bay.

Lifestyle & More

Tai Chi – Meditation in Movement

With millions in the east practicing tai chi along with a rapid surge in popularity in the west, this martial art is widely hailed for its physical and mental health benefits.

Lifestyle & More

Thanaka – The Secret to Burmese Beauty

Thanaka is a paste with a distinctive bright color. It can be applied on the face in many ways, with shapes going from a simple smear to an elaborate drawing of a leaf or a flower.

Lifestyle & More

Ao Dai – Vietnam’s National Garment

When it comes to the sensual beauty and elegance of Vietnam, nothing better represents its feminine appeal than the country's national dress, known as the Ao Dai.

Experiences

Tak Bat – Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos

At the break of dawn every morning, a truly captivating phenomenon takes place all across the streets of Luang Prabang as hundreds of monks set out for almsgiving, known as Tak Bat.

Experiences

Ylang Regency Suites – The Pinnacle of Luxury

Two months after setting off on her inaugural journey, Heritage Line Ylang (and her 10 extravagant suites) has made quite the splash in Lan Ha Bay’s luxury cruising industry.

Experiences

Tonle Sap – The Beating Heart of Cambodia

Southeast Asia’s largest fresh body of water, the Tonle Sap Lake provides sustenance for over 1.2 million Cambodians while also undergoing a unique, annual cycle of changing water levels.

Lifestyle & More

Banh Mi – Vietnam’s Iconic Sandwich and Its Many Types

When it comes to the Vietnam’s most internationally recognized dishes, banh mi is undoubtedly a top contender, renowned for its crispy bread filled with fresh herbs, vegetables and meats.

Experiences

Wat Hanchey – A Hilltop Temple Overlooking the Mekong River

Situated atop a remote hillside in Kampong Cham, Cambodia is the ancient temple of Wat Hanchey. After climbing 300 steps, guests are greeted with resplendent views of the Mekong River.

Story

Nguyen-Nguyen Situation: A Look into Vietnam’s Most Common Surname

If you have come across any individuals of Vietnamese descent, there’s a decent chance their surname is Nguyen – a designation so widespread it comprises 39% of the total population.