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How to Avoid Jet Lag

After each flight, the human body will naturally feel the tiredness from the impact of jet lag caused by time zones difference. Here are some quick tips to avoid jet lag while traveling, suggested by Times of India.

Before you fly

Before your long flight and long trip, you should rest well, do exercises (outdoor activities should be better), eat healthy, avoid caffeine if possible and keep enough water for the body.

When waiting for your flight at the airport, make some body movements like walking around, stretching your arms and legs instead of sitting doing nothing. This will prevent you from being tired while flying. And when you are on the plane, try to stretch your body and move around every once in a while so your blood circulates well during the flight.

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Doing yoga on the plane

Before the departing day, eat healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid coffee, refined sugar and foods with too much salt. If you want to take some snacks on the plane, opt for the healthier one.

During the flight

Drink a lot of water: Try to keep your body warm, avoid taking stimulant substances like coffee, coke… If possible, bring with you a big bottle of water and an herbal tea bag so you can drink without caffeine.

Relax: You should close your eyes and relax each and every 20 minute during the flight. Try to take a deep breath. If you cannot fall into sleep, don’t try too hard to, watch a movie, listen to music or read your favorite book. If you feel asleep, drop your movie or book to take a needed rest. If you need to work while flying, don’t work for too long.

Rest: it may sound quite weird but some short rests are better than a long sleep. If you find it difficult to go to sleep, use a mask or earplugs.

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Use the sign “Do not disturb” if possible, so you will not be woken up by fellow passengers or flight attendants, especially at meal time.

Limit medicine usage: avoid using sleep tablet and let your body adjust to the new time zones naturally. If you cannot fall into sleep, take it easy and relax, sooner or later, you will.

Don’t take a nap upon arrival: Your body needs to synchronize with the new time zones, so taking some naps can destroy that synchronization process. If must are tired and a nap is a must, only for 20 minutes. Long naps will only make you feel more tired. If you are hungry, only take some light snacks, don’t eat too much, because that will make you feel tired.

No need thinking about time zone at home. Adjust your body’s clock to the new time zone and forget the usual routine at your hometown which will make matter worse.

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Discover unique features of Muong Hum market fair

 

Muong Hum market fair is considered one of the largest fairs in the Northwest area. It is located in the valley near Muong Hum stream, covered by towering mountains to make up the charming scenery in remostest area.

For this reason, Muong Hum market attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. Muong Hum is the center of a Northern communal area 8 in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, 45 kilometers far from the center of Lao Cai city. This place is isolated from the outside by rolling mountains that creates natural solid stronghold. To get to the Muong Hum, visitors need to go past an old cardamom forest with many steeps. On the way to Muong Hum, visitors can enjoy golden terraced fields in the rice seasons.

                   A busiest day in Muong Hum market
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This place still restores the traces of ancient French houses, mysterious villas reviving the traumatic past when the French occupied. The Muong Hum market is located right at the center of the town. The market is the fair of ethnic groups which falls on every Sunday. It’s easy to catch the bright dresses of the Giay, Dao,Hmong, Ha Nhi and even Chinese in the market.

The ethnic people exchanging products

Although the market isn’t so famous as Sapa love market or Bac Ha fair, Muong Hum market is considered as one of rare fairs that still preserved cultural characters of a highland market. Tourists can see distintive shops of an ethnic minority fairs such as Thang Co, Mat cake ( molasses-sweetened glutinous rice cake), Te cake ( rice cake), wine,brocade product, silver jewelry, personal items, agricultural products…The Muong Hum market exposes all features of the ethnic groups settled on this land. Only the colors of the customes are enough to mystify visitors. Many foreign tourists who ever experienced daily life with local people had the same surprised and impressive feelings.

The ethnic women selling unique hats

Horse meat sauted with onion, pig organs served with mint leaves are special dishes which you should try when visiting Muong Hum market. Besides, corn wine and fresh beer also leave deep impressions on both domestic and foreign tourists.

Due to the poetic beauty, the market near the Muong Hum stream by chance becomes a dating place for couples. They make a date near the stream reviewing the old memories, looking for their partners. The girls show off their beautiful dresses while the boys play khèn ( syrinx), or flute with the bustling melody echoing around the Northwest mountain.

The ethnic children are carriedd pick-a-back to the market

Although the way to Muong Hum market is quite difficult, this destination still attracts a lot of tourists. They come here not only to enjoy cultural features of the ethnic minority groups but also experience romantic scenery of the Northwest area.

 

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Nhi Thanh cave – masterpiece of the Creator

Nhi Thanh cave is belonged to Tam Thanh Ward, Lang Son province. It is located at the center of Lang Son city. This cave is one of ideal destionation for tourists who visit this mountainous province near China boder.

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 Inside Tam Giao temple

Stepping through the gate, you will meet steps leading to the temple called “ Tam Giao” ( Three relogions). The temple is located in a stone cave of the mountain, covered in lush vegetation. The temple worships three gods: Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu. Besides a precious wooden table, other objects are taken advantage of available stones. Some ancestral tablets has been existed since the Nhi Thanh cave was found.

Walking down the steps and then turn left, you come to Nhi Thanh cave. According to a legend, the cave was named by Ngo Thi Si ( 1726 – 1780) during his visit to this place in May, 1779 when he was sent to keep director of Lang Son town ( 1777 – 1780 ). At that time, the cave was situated in a wild place and covered by reed trees and grass. Ngo Thi Sy asked soldiers to clean wild trees to reveal the cave, then remodeled this place to be a famous landscape.

You should go through a lake called “ Nhat Binh” lake to enter the cave. The water in the lake is come from a spring called Ngoc Tuyen in the cave. Coming inside the cave, you will feel like you are entering Ha Long Bay ‘s cave. The only different thing is that the way to the cave is quite easy.    
 

Sổ tay du lịch so tay du lich Sotaydulich Sotay Dulich Khampha Kham Pha Bui Nhị Thanh hang động giữa phố núi
Nhat Binh lake

Nhi Thanh cave is about 500 meters long with many alleyways. Natural stalactites in the cave make tourists feel like they are lost in a maze. Stalactites with different sizes and shapes stimulate human imagination. Moreover, the atmosphere here is very cool thanks to a small stream along the cave.

A curved corridor along Ngoc Tuyen stream makes this place look like paradise. You can hear the sound of fish swimming in the stream. Cement bridges cross streams look like endless because of changed alleys. Some altars are appeared on the way. There are about 20 works of celerities and poets in the cave. This becomes a valuable literary treasure nowaday. We can say that this is the only limestone cave with carved epitaphs.  

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Sổ tay du lịch so tay du lich Sotaydulich Sotay Dulich Khampha Kham Pha Bui Nhị Thanh hang động giữa phố núi
 Thong Thien door
You suddenly meet a wide ground at the middle of the cave. This place is received the light outside called Thong Thien door as the light in Huyen Khong cave in Ngu Hanh Son in Da Nang. The natural light where there are stone writings of Ngo Thi Si make tourists stop longer to watch. Especially, the left cave entrance is curved with dragon and the right side is carved with tiger as if they are cave keepers. The highest place in front of the cave is the statue of Ngo Thi Si that was carved when he began expanding Nhi Thanh cave

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Ngoc Tuyen stream

 

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6 Quick Tips to Become a Better Traveler

Traveling allows you to experience, to discover the new cultures, to witness majestic natural beauty or get to know with a brand new language.

However, some travelers are not aware of the traditions and customs of the local communities and that can turn them into some impolite tourists in the eyes of the people there.

Here are 6 tips for you to become a better traveler.

  1. Keep your money in safe places

Preferring cash or cards depends a lot on which country you are traveling to. However, you must keep your money in safe places. Never put it in exposed places so you can make it an opportunity for thefts. Also, when you are walking around the city, don’t bring your valuable belongings as well as an unnecessary amount of cash.

  1. Be polite

Don’t misbehave against anybody, especially the locals. Respect to the local’s customs and traditions is a must. This will polish the image of you in the eyes of not just the local communities but also the people that you will meet on the journey. Who knows these little, simple and easy things can give you some interesting and memorable experiences.

  1. Don’t hesitate to try local foods

Sampling the local foods is a great way to make your trips more authentic and let you understand more about the cultures, particularly cuisine of the destination. If you don’t know where to start, don’t be afraid of asking the local themselves. They will be pleased to help finding some secret eating places and foods that don’t even exist on any travel guidebooks. And they can turn out to be exceptionally helpful and friendly guides along the way.

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  1. Spending more time to learn about the culture and history of the destination

Even though you know tons of information about the destination prior to your trip, it is nothing compare to the fact that you witness the sites by your own eyes, instead of on paper or on the internet. Gaining knowledge about culture and history of the destinations will provide you many interesting experiences while traveling. This will enable you to talk more and get along with the locals, who will even tell you more about all the temples, legendaries, past battles…

  1. Study the dos and don’ts

Apart from doing a little study about the cultures and customs of the destination you are heading to, be sure to be aware of all the dos and don’ts. For example, if you are about to visit temples or pagodas in Southeast Asia, make sure that you wear appropriate clothes, and avoid sleeveless shirts, skirts and shorts.

  1. Learn a few basic words and phrases

You will be very much appreciated by the locals if you can say a few basic words and phrases in local languages such as hello, thank you, sorry, numbers, or how to order in a restaurant… Some people resist from speaking local language as they are afraid of pronouncing wrongly but there’s no need worrying about this. You come here to travel, not to learn a new language. And feel offended if the locals may laugh at you a bit. It’s totally normal, and it is a sign of respect.

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Discover fairyland in Ba Na Hill

Da Nang is the well-known tourist attraction for domestic and international tourists, in which Ba Na Hill is always the spotlight in the journey.

Bà Nà Hill

Ba Na Hill which is the mountain of Truong Son range is located on Hoa Ninh commune, Hoa Vang district. It is far from Da Nang about 25 kilometers towards the Southwest with the height of 1487 meters above the sea level. Remarkably, Ba Na Hill is the natural area with the fresh air and four-season weather within the day. Therefore, it is regared as the “Green lung”, the “Pearl of climate” of the central Vietnam. Besides, it is far from airport and train station 35 kilometers.

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Typical feature of climate in Ba Na Hill:

When it comes to climate and nature, Ba Na Hill has the tropical climate of 4 seasons in a day. Its average temperature is between 15-20°C, the highest temperature is just 22-25°C. AT night, it is around 15-17°C. Thanks to this characteristics, Ba Na Hill is annually flamboyant like a spring garden with the little moisture from the sea.

The mild climate is also seen through the diverse and unique fauna and flora. More than that, Ba Na Hill is rhe natural reverse zone and tropical forest conservation including many rare species such as agarwood, sindora tree, Asian black bear and so on.

Generally speaking, it will be the truly attractive journey for tourists to discover the natural beauty as well as the unique features of this fairyland.

Different tourist attractions:

The journey to the fairyland has a lot of tourist attractions to discover. Firstly, it should be mentioned is Linh Ung pagoda that is one of three pagodas having the same name within the tourism city, Da Nang. It is also the more ancient than Linh Ung pagoda in Son Tra peninsula. The pagoda has the height of nearly 1500 meters on the top of Ba Na Hill. It is constructed on the basis of the architecture of Northern pagoda and temple with the large yard and lines of dragon-shaped pattern. Behind the pagoda is the 27-meter Buddha statue. If travelling by aerial cable, tourists can see that statue is remarkable among the natual scene in the hill. In addition, there is Loc Uyen Garden where the Buddha preaches in the first time.

Bà Nà

One more attractive destination for tourists is Fantasy Park that is tha largest indoor amusement park in Vietnam with the are of up to 21.000 squre meter, reaching the international standard and having the 3-floor design like an ancient castle to meet the entertainment needs of all ages. It provides with a range of games from video games to the adventural games.

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Beside the above-mentioned places, the cable system in Ba Na Hill is the tourist attraction. It was built in 2007 with the area of 30ha and the total registered capital of 300 billion dong. It consists 22 pillars, 94 cabins with the efficiency of 1500 passengers per hour, satisfying the tourists for sightseeing the landscapes of Da Nang tourism site such as 9-floor Toc Tien waterfall, Hoa Cuong hill, Son Tra peninsula and so on.

Ba Na Hill becomes the pride of local people and Da Nang. Let’s come to Ba Na Hill to find yourself the most relaxing moments in fairyland.

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Top 8 Highlights in Sri Lanka Travel

A center of Buddhism in the past, Sri Lanka now is a new and exciting destination with thousand-year-old relics and spectacular landscapes. Here are some finest destinations in this small island country.

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach is located in Hambantota, one of the best beaches in Southern Sri Lanka, with emerald water, white sands fringed with coconut trees. This fantastic beach is encircled by colorful coral reefs and is an ideal place for surfing and going under the water in Sri Lanka.

Sunset in Tangalle Beach

Nuwara Eliya

Ranking as the fourth biggest tea producer in the world, the landscape of this island is filled with vast field of tea plantations. But for travelers, the best place to get a snapshot of this spectacular scene is Nuwara Eliya, 160 kilometers from Colombo. While traveling here, you will pass by hills which are covered almost entirely by tea. And with the altitude of 2.000 meters above sea level, the climate in Nuwara Eliya is very nice, somewhat like typical European climate.

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Adam’s Peak

Adam’s peak is Sri Lanka’s highest point, with the altitude of 2.243 meters above sea level. It also holds significant spiritual values to the Sri Lankan. Conquering the peak is not an easy task at all, you have to take a 18 kilometer long hike. The best time to visit Adam’s Peak is from April to November, when it is the dry season and there are not many mosquitoes, plus the steps are not very slippery.

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya (or the Lion’s Rock) is sometimes called Asia’s Machu Picchu or dubbed by many as the 8th Wonder of the World. It houses an ancient palace atop and an extensive network of ruins, gardens and moats in the surrounding area. The archeological complex dates back to the 5th century and plays its role as the political center of Sri Lanka for many centuries. Sigiriya almost fell into oblivion after being abandoned in the 14th century. It was not until 1907 when British explorer John Still discovered it again. Sigiriya is now one of Sri Lanka’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is an ancient capital city of Sri Lanka and a prominent destination of Sri Lankan’s Buddhism. Here, travelers can go visit various historical relics, including Gal Vihara, an ancient stone temple, built in 12th century under King Parakramabahu I. Other interesting attractions in Polonnaruwa include the palace of King Nissanka Malla, the statue of King Parakramabahu I, Topa Wewa Lake and Archeological Museum of Polonnaruwa.

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Yala National Park

This is the oldest and most-visited national park in Sri Lanka. It is renowned for housing a large number of elephants and leopards. You can easily catch sights of them while strolling around the national park. Yala also possesses a tropical forest, wetlands and even historical and religious sites. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will not want to miss Yala National Park.

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Kandy

Situated in the center of Sri Lanka, only 116 kilometers from the tourism hub of Colombo, Kandy is the last royal capital city of the country. Some says a trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without a visit to the legendary Temple of the Tooth, which is believed to house a tooth of Buddha.

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Pinnawela Elephant Camp

This is a place to nurture and protect elephants which are lost, trapped and sick. The elephant camp has been in operation for 30 years and there have been hundreds of elephants nurtured and taken care of here. Some healthy ones can even assist humans with log logistics.

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Japanese Cuisine: more than just Sushi

If you just mention “Japanese cuisine” to your friend, it is likely that they will automatically think of the famous sushi. But in fact, this is just a very small part of the diversifying cuisine map of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Shojun Ryori

Shojun Ryori, also known as vegetarian foods, is a type of traditional Japanese food that is developed and inspired by the diet meal of the Buddhist monks. Forbidden from the act of killing animals for food, Buddhist monks invented their own menu of vegetarian foods. If you spend one night staying at a temple in Japan, you will be able to enjoy a Shojin Ryori meal as a specialty of the place.

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Oyakodon

Oyakodon is a Japanese style chicken rice dish that is loved all across the country. According to the Japanese, Oyakodon must be enjoyed when it’s still hot so the flavors have not diminished. But what makes the food great is the sauce gives it a distinctively chilly taste.

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Okonomiyaki

Apart from sushi, Okonomiyaki is ranked as one of the most popular Japanese foods. Okonomiyaki is made is a quite simple method. The cook mixes various ingredients together and grills the mixture on a flat surface. This spontaneous way of cooking also explains its name “grill what you want”. So you can basically add anything you want in your Okonomiyaki, a totally customized food.

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Kabocha chiffron cake

Kabocha chiffron cake is a perfect example for using and combining different exclusive ingredients in Japan (locally-grown vegetables, adzuki beans, and tofu) and utilizing Western baking method to create an excellent cake. The cake is quite popular in Kyoto, and travelers can enjoy this cake at Sarasa 0 a local restaurant franchise featuring international and Japanese cuisine.

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Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a much beloved street food in Japan. In Japanese, takoyaki means grilled octopus and takoyaki is exactly that, a Japanese pancake with grilled octopus on the inside. You will spot the frame for making takoyaki everywhere in Japan.

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Wagashi cake

Wagashi resembles everything that makes Japanese cuisine great, a twist of arts mixing together with authentic traditional culinary. This is a seasonal pastry that has been enjoyed through generations in Japan, with intricate flavors, appealing colors, showcasing both nutritional and aesthetic values. Besides, wagashi is a symbol of Japanese hospitality as it is often used as a gift in weddings, birthdays…

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Onigiri

Onigiri rice ball is a very familiar food to the Japanese. To make this food, you first need to put white rice with tuna, salmon egg or tuna egg on the table before using seaweed to roll them altogether. You can eat them instantly or grill it for a bit to enjoy a tasty flavor.

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Myanmar tour in 4 days

If you take a Myanmar tour 4 days, ideally, you should spend two days in Inle Lake, and two days in Golden Rock, Bagan.

Inle Lake- 2 days

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

From Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay you can reach Inle Lake (Nyaungshwe) with the routes like Yangon – Inle (about 15.000kyat, 16-20 hours), Bagan – Inle (about 11.000kyat, 12 hours, Mandalay – Inle (about 10,000 kyat, 10 hours) respectively.

In Nyaungshwe you can rent an elongated boat, which is very popular here, and take a trip around Inle lake from the morning to the evening with the cost of about $ 10,000 – 20.000kyat. Generally, the price which you directly bargain in the marina is cheaper than the one you ask at the hotel or inn.

Inle is the ideal place for you to breathe the air of the lake surrounded by hills and mountains. You should spend a whole day just sailing on the lake, watching the Myanmar men rowing on foot, visiting Phaung Daw Oo or Phaung daw Oo temple, visiting shops and meeting the long-necked women, buying a plate of beautiful silk woven from water lily’s filaments in the village, going into the tomato fields floating on the lake’s surface, having lunch at the floating restaurant…

The peaceful sunset in Inle Lake

The peaceful sunset in Inle Lake

If you choose to stay right in the lake, the cost will be expensive, especially in the resorts and floating hotels. The backpackers often come back to Nyaungshwe town near the lake to find the accommodation which costs from only USD 5-8/room/night. Joy Hotel Guesthouse is a typical illustration.

A resort on Inle Lake

A resort on Inle Lake

Bago – Kyaikhtiyo- 2 days

In the second half of the Myanmar tour 4 days, you should be visit the Golden Rock Temple.

Kyaikhtiyo or Golden Rock temple is the place where tourists visit most frequently when they take a Myanmar tour 4 days or shorter. This is not because of the time limit but it is the uniqueness of the temple which has dragged the pilgrims’ footsteps to explore this land.

Golden Rock is said to be the place where stores the hairpiece of the Buddha

Golden Rock is said to store the hairpiece of the Buddha

You need at least 2 days to visit one of the treasures of Burma, Kyaikhtiyo temple, which is located on a rock attached to a large cliff. The easiest way is to buy a package tour visiting Bago and Kyaikhtiyo for about 70-100 USD if you don’t have enough time. If you are free, you can travel from Yangon to Kim Pun by bus (the nearest point to reach the Kyaikhtiyo temple) with the cost of about 7000kyats. From Kim Pun, you have to travel in a cramped truck with many passengers to reach the craggy peak with the cost of 1500kyats.

From the last stop of the truck, you need to walk 4km more to go to the Golden Rock temple, but it’s a worth trip to see one of the masterpieces of Myanmar Buddhism constructed by both human and nature.

Tourists shouldn’t sleep at the foot of the mountain because the price is generally high; you can go back to Kim Pun, stay in the hostel for $ 5-8 dollars and catch the early bus to come back to Bago in the following day.

During the journey from Kyaikhtiyo, you can stop in Bago, wander through the temples of the ancient capital and local markets to buy souvenirs. Bago is the old capital with a very slow pace of life. Let things gradually take you away in the final days in Myanmar.

The interesting puppets in Bagan

The interesting puppets in Bagan

Hopefully, the world of the unique Buddhist temples of Myanmar will remain forever in your mind when you leave this fairy land. How simple but attractive is Myanmar.

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10 Quick Facts about Angkor temples

The magnificent temples of Angkor are obviously known by every traveler around the world. However, only few of us truly understand about the incredible cultural and historic values of this ancient wonder. So if you want to visit Angkor temples soon, take a look at these interesting facts:

1. Built between 1113 and 1150, Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world.

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2. Angkor Wat is initially a Hindu temple. However, in the late 13th century, Angkor Wat was shifted to a Buddhist temple and remained to be so until today.

3. More than half of international tourists in Cambodia consider Angkor Wat as their primary reason why they choose to visit the country.

4. The symbol of the temple was presented on the center of the Cambodian flag, as well as many Cambodian banknotes.

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5. Most of the money used to restore Angkor Wat comes from foreign aid.

6. It was not until late 16th century when the first westerner ever set foot in the temples of Angkor.

7. Angkor Wat is not the only attractions in the area. A bit further north to Angkor Wat is Angkor Thom, which houses many famous temples and ruins built in the prime time of Khmer Empire.

8. Khmer bricks were bonded together not by mortar but by a vegetable compound which remains unknown today.

9. Ta Prohm temple is made famous by serving in a scene of the movie Tomb Raider, in which features Angelina Jolie.

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Bayon Temple is another must visit in Angkor Archaeological Park. This temple features 37 gigantic stone towers, each is carved with four mysterious smiling faces on each side. This number used to be 54 in the past.

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Tips for Responsible Travel in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia remains one of the poorer areas in the world. Many people are still suffering, both in cities and rural areas, and for many of them, sustainable development of tourism may be the light out of the dark tunnel. And we travelers can help them quite a lot by travel responsibly by a variety of ways. But here are just some small tips for responsible travel in Southeast Asia that you can take along the way.

 

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  1. Don’t give money to beggars, especially children. This will encourage them to keep begging for money, and that’s not good for them. If you want to make a donation, do so via a reputable organization.
  2. Be aware of some common scams such as buying books for schools, milk powder for babies. In most cases, this will not help people you are intending to help.
  3. Don’t give candy or sweets to children. It will affect their dental health.
  4. Research orphanage’s reputation because visiting some orphanages cannot be a good idea.
  5. Respect local culture and abide some rules that you have to. A great example is alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang.
  6. Support by using services at some restaurants, shops, spas where the poor, or orphans work to earn some income and develop their skills.

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