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Highly recommended destinations with great weather Hoi An, Vietnam

The beaches of Hoi An and Danang deserved in the list with good weather expected throughout the month. Average temperatures remain high at 30 °C and most of the days sunny and dry.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is likely to be at its the best of the weather of the year with yellow sunshine, blue sky, and white sand that also at peak season of domestic traveling.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui in August is the right time, right place. Most days are long and generally sunny, with 29°C temperatures and a comfortable level of humidity between 61% and 88%. The wind is mostly from the west and stirs up a few waves on that side of Samui, making it good for sailing. The popular east-coast resort towns still enjoy placed 28°C, perfect for swimming with young ones on their summer holidays.

August is good for beach relaxation

August is good for beach relaxation

Fairly good choice

Phnom Penh & Siem Reap, Cambodia

Although the rainfall is almost at its peak, the showers tend to be short and intense, lasting for a few hours rather than all day. In the countryside, there is more lush and green, and water levels on the Tonle Spa Lake are high, making it possible to visit the flooded forests and floating villages by boat. The average temperature is a comfortable 26-27°C.

Pakse, Laos

Despite the wet weather all over in Laos, southern highlights of the 4000 Islands remain accessible by boat, with the region’s waterfalls (unsurprisingly) at their best. The Khone Phangpheng, the Mekong River biggest waterfall with stunning scenery is worth taking.

Khone Phapheng falls

Khone Phapheng falls – Source: internet

Be prepared with hit or miss

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The months of July – August often see sporadic hurricanes and storms, which may render cancellation and delay of your trip. In those cases, you can switch around by visiting another destination in the North of Vietnam and visit Halong Bay later (such as Sapa, Hoa Binh or Ninh Binh). These storms will not last longer than 3-4 days. However, the massive sales of cruises in low season is interesting for who doesn’t mind the weather.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rainfall across much of Thailand is at its peak in August, with Chiang Mai and the north typically receiving their heaviest rainfall of the year. In the more rural northern regions, such as Nan and Chiang Kham, the rain can make traveling around fairly difficult. Temperatures continue to drop slightly although humidity levels will remain high at average 26-30°C.

Luang Prabang, Laos

High probability of rain and showers increasing in severity. Along with overcast skies, humidity levels can reach 85% in August and temperatures in Luang Prabang range from 25-30°C.

In the more remote regions, such as Phongsali and Muang Sing the heavy rain can make traveling around fairly difficult and tracks may become unpassable, with the risk of landslides in some areas. If it’s ‘off the trail’ it’s best avoided in August.

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Phuket, Thailand

Rain can be expected almost every day on the islands of Koh Chang and Koh Kood, and the west coast beaches of Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi will also be experiencing their wettest month of the year.

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

In the more rural north-east regions, such as Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri the heavy rain can make traveling around fairly difficult and tracks can become unpassable. If it’s ‘off the trail’ then it’s best avoided in August.

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Myanmar

Rainfall will start to lessen towards the end of the month, however, wherever you travel in Myanmar you should expect heavy rains.

Temperatures remain high (averaging highs of 27 – 30°C) and the beaches on the west and southern coast are now closed with road travel across much of the country difficult, in many cases impossible.

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Colorful Bangkok

Colorful Bangkok

Great food, superb shopping and a vibrant culture make the Thai capital an ideal gateway for a journey to South-East Asia. Bangkok is a huge hub for Southeast Asia and is also an excellent place to kick off a trip. It’s a big bustling city and it’s best to see.

You could spend a lot more time exploring the city but I visited this capital many times before so 3 days in Bangkok is a good length of time for my visit. Each time I come  back I fall deeper and deeper in love with this amazing city.

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Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. From street-side restaurants with plastic chairs and road-side amulet stalls to top-notch restaurants and the world’s hippest rooftop bars. From exploring ancient temples to taking a  tuk-tuk tour through the Bangkok night. Bangkok has it all and there is never a dull moment when you hit the streets of this city.

Tuk Tuk is popular transportation in Bangkok

Tuk Tuk is popular transportation in Bangkok

Here is my sharing for 48 hours itinerary with the highlights of what to do in Bangkok.

Saturday: Temples and Historic Sites

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) – Wat Pho (Gigantic reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn.

Buddhism is the national religion and is practised by nine out of 10 Thais, who pay their respects at shrines at all times of day. The former home of the monarch, the Grand Palace is located right beside the architectural wonder that is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Wear shirts with sleeves, long pants or skirts and shoes. So no tank tops! If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks, so no bare feet. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that provides clothes to cover you up properly. You must leave your passport or credit card as security. Shoes should be removed before entering the main chapel. Also, when sitting in front of a Buddha image, remember to tuck your feet behind you to avoid the very offensive pose of pointing your feet towards Buddha.

From Grand Palace, walk about 10 minutes to Wat Pho, the gigantic reclining Buddha is amazingly beautiful covered in gold leaf and mother-of-pearl ornaments inlaid in his feet. Wat Pho is also Thailand’s headquarter for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. After this walk around Grand Palace and Wat Pho, nothing beats a relaxing head or foot massage.

Then it is time to cross the river, so jump on a cross-river ferry from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun pier. On your way to the Grand Palace and Wat PhraKaew you passed this temple with the ferry, so you already know that it is spectacular and atmospheric with its steep piers reaching up in the sky. It is at its most impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks a bit magical and like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it closes before nightfall. This is my favourite temple in Bangkok.

In the late afternoon, take a ride to the Asiatique-The Riverfront, a new shopping and entertainment venue on the Chao Phraya River. I love this place very much. You can go shopping, enjoy a cocktail to see sunset on the river bank or have a great dinner with live music.

Grand Palace in Bangkok

Grand Palace in Bangkok

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Sunset on the riverbank

Sunset on the riverbank

Asiatique Market & Shopping Mall

Asiatique Market & Shopping Mall

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  1. Sunday: Modern Bangkok and Weekend Shopping

After this delicious breakfast and it’s time to head on to the famous and vibrant China Town that is located by the river. Go for a walk through the narrow streets and beautiful buildings in China Town, shop Chinese green tea and other Chinese souvenirs, and just watch the life on the streets. (How to get there: It is best to take a taxi or tuk-tuk to China Town – Estimated time: 1-2 hour)

Next stop is Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. It has reached a landmark status as a must-see place for my visit all the time. Chatuchak Weekend market is probably the biggest weekend market in the world. Here you will find just about anything you can imagine, both useful and not so useful stuff.

If you are not in Bangkok a Saturday or Sunday, it is time to experience the modern side of Bangkok and visit the Siam area to go shopping. Take the sky train to Siam station or Chit Lom station. Siam is a shopping bonanza and we love it. You can spend hours and hours exploring the four big shopping centers that are located next to each other in the Siam area: Central World (has an ice skating rink at ground floor), Siam Paragon (has South East Asia’s biggest aquarium, Siam Ocean World at base level and the Exotic Thai store on 4th floor – perfect for gifts and souvenirs), Siam Center, Siam Discovery (has Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds on 6th floor), MBK.

China Town in Bangkok

China Town in Bangkok

Siam Shopping Center

Siam Shopping Center

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Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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There you go, this itinerary packed with what we consider it the “heart” of Bangkok. Two days is in our opinion not enough time to spend in this magnificent city. Four or five days are what I would recommend, then you have time to really enjoy yourself and your time in Bangkok and also have some time to relax.

Hope you enjoy this city as much as I do!

Photos credit by Lucas.

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In the weekend, escape from busyness in daily life, just relax and take time to discover the walking street in Hanoi and feel the capital with the peaceful moment. On Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday, instead of picture of crowed road, Trang Tien, Ly Thai To, Hang Bac, Hang Trong, Hang Gai and Hang Dao street become the unique space where not only the local people but also foreign tourist relax and get new experiences.

The green and fresh space

Take time and walk around the old town located surround Hoan Kiem lake now, what I feel is the green and spacious atmosphere without smog from vehicles.

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Fresh and green space without vehicle.

The streets now have its own memories in the past, which seems to be separated from the noise outside.

You can see the small stores selling To He, the traditional toy for Vietnamese children which can be eaten, lanterns or some street venders with many special foods, which seems to be only in the past. An ancient Hanoi returns in the walking streets.

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To He returns in the walking streets

In the weekend, some pictures of the mother pushing pram go into the streets slowly, young people with smiles under brilliant sunshine sunset can bring you peaceful fellings. There are many middle – aged men playing the chess or doing exercise. Besides, some families are training their children how to travel by bicycle on the small one. The streets become peaceful with walking spaces, friendly people not being separated by layers of glass doors, helmets, cars exhaust. All of these highlights make you enjoy Hanoi city – city for peace as recognition of UNESCO.

Destination of childhood memories.

If you are 8X, 9X generation, I am sure you will get some special feelings like me when remembering of the traditional games which close to our childhood. It is great when sitting under the shade of the large banyan tree and playing these games with our friends. Traditional game is intrinsically Vietnamese, arousing a strong sense of nostalgia and familiarity in Vietnamese people around the world.

In the center of walking street, near Cam Tu monument, many people are gathering and playing some traditional games such as bamboo jacks, mandarin square capturing, tug of war, etc. I have not seen these funny games for a long time. I think it seems to disappear in a modern life.

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Mother teaches her sons how to play mandarin square capturing in the walking street.

I feel happy when seeing the beloved images which seem to be in the past, all of them are my beautiful childhood memories. There are many children often making friends with the technological equipments, playing video games after school time excited at the traditional games, which is indispensable for them in the past. Both the children and the older are fascinated with the return of the traditional games in the center of Hanoi city. It is not only games for children, but also brings Vietnamese unique culture. You can easily feel the happiness in their face when experiencing again the childhood games, which seem to be in their memories, which make them feel younger.

Besides, there are many foreign tourists getting new experience with the unique and simple games. This is opportunity for them to learn more about Vietnamese culture and close to friendly local people.

Just with some small things such as a rope, a few bamboo sticks or pebbles, these games can attract you strongly, making you forget time and space. Intelligent calculations, ingenuity, fun and especially high community are the special characteristics of these games. They both help children develop thinking skills, creativity, ingenuity and help them learn about friendship, love of family, home and country.

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Young people are excited at the game with stones.

As I know, bring traditional games back to Hanoi people is a project of a group of young people from MyHanoi Club, founded in 2006, they want to help young people closer to the folk games which seem to be forgotten. Their efforts inspire me and other people in reservation our traditional games when I see some families bringing ropes teaching their children how to play with them.

If you are the first 9X generation like me, do you remember some games such as bamboo jacks with small bamboo sticks and rhymes, cat & mouse game, mandarin square capturing with small stones and squares, tug of war? If you are in Hanoi in the weekend and have free time, come and experience these games again with me. See you in the walking streets!

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Set in the mountain of the northern Thailand, Chiang Mai offers cool weather and natural beauty. Chiang Mai is surrounded by 13 national parks with diverse flora and fauna. Dozens of waterfalls, mysterious caves and old-growth forests draw nature lovers from around the world. Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.

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Although Chiang Mai is one of the biggest cities in Thailand, it has neither elevated roads, an MRT system nor skyscrapers and shopping malls. Visitors feel a sense of calm in this lush and peaceful city. Those who love flowers should visit Chiang Mai between November and February. During this season there are blooms everywhere, from wild flowers on the hills to gardens full of famous Thai orchids. Indochina tours Thailand

The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern Festival

The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern Festival

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The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern is another famous cultural event in Chiang Mai. On a full moon night in November, thousands of lanterns are released into the sky. They resemble thousands of twinkling stars. People also place lanterns on the river to wish for luck and happiness at the festival. Chiang Mai is the only city in Thailand where people are allowed to light sky lanterns, thanks to its large open  spaces and lack of tall buildings.

A long neck woman at the ethnic village in Chiang Mai

A long neck woman at the ethnic village in Chiang Mai

Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

An old city with a long history, Chiang Mai is home to many fascinating sites. Thailand is known as the country of Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha). Visitors of all religions tour the city’s famous temples and pagodas to admire their architecture and sculptures. The first place to visit is Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda, known for its unique architectural design. This 600 year old pagoda is located on the top of Mount Doi Suthep at 1,676 meters above the sea level. Phrathat Doi Suthep has housed a sacred relic of Lord Buddha in a gilded temple since the 14th century. Many sophisticated Buddha statues carved from green stone are covered in glittering gold.

Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda

Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda

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The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below

The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below

I like riding a bike up to the Doi Suthep pagoda

I like riding a bike up to the Doi Suthep pagoda

Visitors write their names on the tiny golden bells and hang them around the temple to wish for good luck. Every time the wind blows, the bells ring. Thai people believe that the Buddha hears this ringing and helps the wishes come true. The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below.

There are many beauty spots and festivals waiting to be discovered in Chiang Mai. This is a wonderful place to experience the traditional culture of the land of the Golden Buddha. I would not mind coming back here again. It’s one of my favorite destination.

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Celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is the longest holiday in Thailand and lasts from 13th April 2014 to 15th April 2015.

If you’re considering traveling to Thailand for Songkran (Thailand’s Water Fight Festival 2015) be prepared to get soaked having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight (all in good fun).

 

Today, we would like to introduce 5 major cities in Thailand to attend the Water Festival:

  1. Bangkok

As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the destinations can not miss the water festival. The festival will be taken place around the area of Banglamphu, especially Khao San Road, Phra Athit Road, Santhichai Prakan, Wisut Krasat and Rattanakosin Royal Square. By participating in the festival you remember to bring a bucket of water or water guns. In particular, you should keep the valued electronic equipment (cell phone, IPhone…) at your hotel. You only need to bring a little bit of money, put in waterproof bags and then soak up the vibrant atmosphere here.

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While a lot of the water will come from the usual water guns, hoses and buckets, wetting down passerby, there are party goer’s who will drive around with 44 gallon’s of water, catching everyone by surprise; it’s all in good fun and a fun way to cool off.

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  1. Chiang Mai

Being called “the rose of the north” of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city famous for the Water Festival. Go to Chiang Mai, visitors can participate in the opening ceremony of the Songkran Festival with a parade around the city. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade by delicately and respectfully, pouring water over the legs and arms of the Buddha. One reason that Chiang Mai most likely commemorates Songkran more vigorously than other locations in Thailand is that a large number of people from Chiang Mai work in Bangkok and neighboring cities, so it gives them a chance to return home and celebrate with their families and friends.

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  1. Pattaya

Located at the terrain surrounding rice fields, Songkran festival is an occasion that people are praying rain for the upcoming season. There are many activities that take place as the parade, the special cultural events and of course the festival will end with a “water war”.

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songkran festival- source: internet

 

  1. Phuket

In addition to pouring water together, people in Phu Ket will visit their relatives and pray. Join the festival, visitors can join in the procession to bring Phra Buddha Phuttha Sihing along Patong Beach.

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  1. Khon Kaen

Located in the heart of Northeast Thailand, Khon Kaen is also organized many activities to celebrate the New Year as oxcart parade, throwing iron marble, food fairs, …

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Go to these destinations that will giving you plenty of chances to have a great time getting wet which is also said to bring you good luck throughout the upcoming next year.

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