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The Spectacular Kuang Si Falls

The majestic, cascading Kuang Si Falls along with its natural swimming pools and vibrant turquoise waters are truly a sight to behold, drawing countless visitors annually.

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The Golden Touch – Gold Leaf Beating in Myanmar

Aptly nicknamed ‘The Golden Land’, Burma is known for its countless gold leaf-plated pagodas and statues. The process of hammering gold into thin sheets is known as goldbeating.

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Calling of the Soul – The Laotian Baci Ceremony

One of the most important customs of Laotian culture is the revered Baci ceremony. The origins of this ritual stem from the ancient belief that the body has 32 guardian spirits, or kwan.

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The Ayeyarwady River’s Grand Second Defile

As Myanmar’s most prominent waterway, the mighty Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River features three narrow river gorges flanked by steep vertical cliffs, otherwise known as ‘defiles’.

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Shwedagon Pagoda – Worth Its Weight in Gold (and Diamonds)

Like a shining beacon in the sky, the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the Yangon skyline. Most astonishing is the pagoda’s gem-encrusted crown, valued at $3 billion USD.

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The Pak Ou Caves of Laos

Situated on the Laotian upper Mekong River’s rocky shore and opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River are the mystical Pak Ou Caves, home to over 4,000 sacred Buddha statues.

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Retracing the Footsteps of George Orwell in Katha, Myanmar

In legendary author George Orwell’s famous novel, Burmese Days, the fictional town of Kyauktada is based on his experiences serving as an Imperial Police officer in Burma.

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The Akha Hill Tribe – Laotian Haute Couture

The Akha are one of many ethnic groups residing in Laos. But what truly sets them apart from other highland peoples are the women’s intricate headdresses, also known as the ‘u-coe’.

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Sung Sot Cave – Halong’s Grand Opera House

Situated in Halong Bay is one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces. The grand Sung Sot Cave was discovered by French explorers who nicknamed it the “Cave of Surprises”.

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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.

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Ben Beo – Lan Ha Bay’s Marvelous Floating Fishing Village

Nestled within a cluster of limestone islets of Lan Ha Bay lies the timeless Ben Beo floating fishing village, home to 300 families who survive on fishing and aquaculture.