Vietnam is famed for its diverse local cuisine and its gorgeous scenery, among many other things. In May 2016, even US President Barack Obama made a trip to a local bun cha (grilled meat) restaurant in Hanoi to sample one of Vietnam’s delicious local cuisine.
Newly minted as the World’s Number 1 hotel by Travel & Leisure magazine, set on the remote island of Sumba, Indonesia, Nihiwatu is an isolated paradise filled with wild adventure and experiences which promises to take you “on the edge of wildness”.
So, when the opportunity came about for husband and wife founders of Country Holidays, Theng Hwee and Siew Yim, to experience it firsthand, they jumped at the chance! We recently sat down with them to learn about their experience and what they loved most about this island escape.
You are going on a trip to the Nordic countries. You have the itinerary all planned out, the transportation and accommodation covered. The last question which is all essential and cannot be neglected is “how do I dress for the Nordic winter?”
The landscape may be marvelous and the winter activities plentiful, however if you are not dressed for the occasion you might be too busy keeping warm in the icy winter and skip that exhilarating dog sled run or a night out watching the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky.
We caught up with Sam, an expert from Campers’ Corner. Below are her recommendations.
We all agree, wine and dine is an essential ingredient of a New Zealand experience. Here we have picked 5 that will rev up your senses.
The best names in uber-luxe hospitality are racing to open in the country as it opens up after a 27-year civil war. But a luxurious stay amidst lush greenery while being spoiled with delectable cuisine and white glove service is not all a holiday in Sri Lanka offers.
The salmon-coloured city of Siena figures largely on most tourists’ to-go lists while in Tuscany. The history-laden centre of Siena city can be easily covered on foot within 40 mins from one end to the other.
For better or worse, change is a constant. When we travel we not only visit a place on the map, we visit it at a particular time, and the experience will be different each time. For many places the difference will be subtle - it would be hard to separate “Florence 2005” from “Florence 2015” - but for other places it may be huge. Massive changes can be due to the environment, politics, or simply the very success of the place drawing huge numbers of visitors.
Even in the ubiquitous Phở which can be found from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, there are subtle differences in presentation and tastes in different regions. The easiest way to appreciate the nuances of Vietnamese cooking is to eat your way through the country.
Let’s just get this clear right away - jumping off a bridge with rubber bands tied to your ankles is not a must-do in New Zealand. I’ve never understood, but have always been impressed, by how AJ Hackett’s marketing machine managed to put bungy jumping on so many lists.
The name Provence conjures diverse imageries of lavender fields, wheat-coloured hilltop villages of the Luberon Valley, the historical towns of Avignon and L’isle-sur-de-la-Sorgue; the tranquil Aix-en-Provence landscapes depicted in Cezanne’s paintings and the endless stretches of marshy beaches in wild Carmargue.Then there are the glitzy, glamorous beachfront resorts in Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Nice. If all these visions are too overwhelming for someone visiting Provence for the first time, this is because Provence’s charms are as vast as her geography is varied. This province that falls under the French administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is made up of six départements: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, and Vaucluse.