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Food To Try in Vietnam
Food To Try in Vietnam

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If you already have a great appreciation for the Vietnamese cuisine and you are planning your travel to Vietnam – buckle up, because what you’re about to taste in the homeland of Pho soup is nothing like what you have tried in western Vietnamese style restaurants! In Vietnam the depth of flavors, the colors and textures always make your meal a feast, even if it’s just simple street food!

Chindwin River in Myanmar 
Chindwin River in Myanmar 

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Myanmar is the largest Southeast Asian state, also known as Burma. Bordered by Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Thailand you can imagine the integration of different cultures and art forms across this beautiful land. These profound bodies of water spread in connection to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. One in particular is the Chindwin River in Myanmar.

Where Does a Mekong River Cruise Start and End?
Where Does a Mekong River Cruise Start and End?

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River cruises along the Mekong River offer travelers the perfect opportunity to experience the country from a different vantage point. Instead of schlepping around on buses and trains, the water is your road and the vessel, your home. 

Upper Mekong River Tours
Upper Mekong River Tours

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The Upper Mekong starts at the Khone Falls near Laos’ border with Cambodia and heads north into China. For a long time, the Upper Mekong was deemed not fully navigable and cruise ships stayed away from it. While the Lower Mekong gained popularity, the Upper Mekong remained cloaked in mystery. Nowadays, it is possible to do a river cruise along the Upper Mekong although they are still relatively uncommon compared with cruises along the lower part of the river.

How to Choose a Mekong River Cruise
How to Choose a Mekong River Cruise

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Everyone loves being on vacation. What people don’t normally love is all the preparation it takes to get to that stage. Choosing a Mekong River cruise can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. Here, at Rainforest Cruises, we have made things as simple as possible for would-be cruisers so you can organize your next getaway in just a few clicks and save your energy for what is really important.

The Asian Conical Hat
The Asian Conical Hat

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An Asian conical hat is an accessory that runs by many names across both Asian and Western culture. The Vietnamese name it nón lá (which translates to leaf hat), whilst countries such as China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines all have their own individual names for these amazing items.

Seasons in Vietnam
Seasons in Vietnam

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Whether you sling on your backpack and explore the country by train, or hop on a cruise and float through Vietnam on the Mekong River, you should be aware of its different seasons and how these might affect your trip. In North Vietnam the weather pattern falls almost into a spring, summer, fall, and winter just like we have at home. However, in South and Central Vietnam there are just two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

Irrawaddy River Dolphin
Irrawaddy River Dolphin

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Dolphins are unarguably one of the most beautiful and intellectually gifted creatures on earth. With elusive communicational skills, their language is far more extensive and complex than that of the human race. There are as many as 44 different species of dolphin; 38 oceanic dolphins and 6 types of river dolphin. One special member of this aquatic family is the Irrawaddy River dolphin. 

Cruising Halong Bay in Vietnam
Cruising Halong Bay in Vietnam

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Cruising Ha Long Bay is legendary – both for the Vietnamese and for the travelers. The meaning of its name is The Descending Dragon. This is where the Dragon mother and her children came to help people in their fight against the evil invaders.

Angkor Wat History - A Monument of Cambodian Past, Present and Future
Angkor Wat History - A Monument of Cambodian Past, Present and Future

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Angkor Wat has occupied 402 acres across some of the worlds most magical surroundings since the ruling of the Khmer Empire. The purpose was clear, originally designed as a Hindu temple dedicate to the god Vishnu. We know this from the orientation of the monument - unlike other operational sites in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat faces west, a dedication to Vishnu who was associated with the west. Since its first design in the 12th century, Angkor Wat has felt the footsteps of millions.

About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises, Galapagos Islands tours, and Southeast Asia cruises. We provide you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Panama and Southeast Asia. As travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure.

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