Food In South East Asia

Food In South East Asia
Food In South East Asia

South East Asia – Food to Eat

South East Asian food is extremely diverse and varied. It is influenced by traditional food from each country’s native indigenous population as well as major influences from Indian cooking to the west, Chinese cooking to the north and Pacific and Indian ocean islander cooking. Of course, in today’s multicultural world you can find literally any international food to eat in any of South East Asia’s cities.

Let’s take a look at food in Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Cambodian cuisine

Cambodian food is like most Asian food in the region, however, Phnom Penh is famous for its Ka tieu, which is a variation on a rice-noodle soup made of rice noodles with pork broth. It is spicy and sweet at the same time.

As with most Asian food, Cambodian food is based on the staples of rice and noodles, which are either made into a hearty soup or used as the base for a dish made with meat and vegetables which is placed on top.

Some of the herbs and spices that are used in Cambodian cooking which give the food its unique flavor are Rice paddy herbs, fishwort, peppermint, chives, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, bok choy and different types of yams.

For meat, regular meat is used the most such as beef, pork and chicken, however, because Cambodia has such vast access to the best seafood in the world their cuisine is also heavily based on the fruits of the sea.

Vietnamese cooking

Vietnamese food is often called the ‘light cuisine’ of Asia. Filled with fresh herbs and greens, a dash of grilled or fried meat either served in soup or on a plate with noodles or rice, the Vietnamese eat a lot but in small quantities at a time. Food to eat in Vietnam is very easy to find in most places even 24 hours a day, so no matter how tired you are after a long day at the beach or trekking through the jungle, you’ll always find a hearty soup to fill your stomach.

You won’t be able to spend enough time – probably not even a lifetime is enough – to try out the over 1,200 recipes that are part of Vietnamese cooking!

Malaysian gourmet

As with many other Asian foods, Malay cuisine is heavily based on the staples of rice and noodles, served with greens and fried or grilled vegetables. Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur in particular has always a travel hub for all of Asia and as a result its food isn’t a monolithic one-flavor-fits-all, but a mix of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya and Bornean indigenous tribal food.

With the thousands of recipes available and the time required to eat them all, it doesn’t really matter where you start. But once you do, you’ll never stop.

Singapore delicacies

As with Malaysia, Singapore is an ethnic travel hub for much of Asia and its food hails from Chinese, Indonesian and Indian backgrounds as well as a lot …

Travel Tips For Bali – Nusa Dua

Travel Tips For Bali - Nusa Dua
Travel Tips For Bali - Nusa Dua

The area of Nusa Dua was originally developed as a secure and peaceful resort location away from the bustling tourist precincts to the north. Home to the Bali Golf; Country Club as well as the Bali Convention Centre, the manicured enclave of Nusa Dua is all about premiere hotels and fine dining.

Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world find their Bali home in Nusa Dua. Unknown to even some of its most loyal visitors, Nusa Dua offers more than just ranks of five-star hotels and up-market restaurants and boutique shops. For instance, many of the visitors staying at these fine hotels are largely unaware of the pristine white-sand beach located just five minutes away on the southern edge of the peninsula known to locals as Geger Beach.

The public beach at Geger is recommended for tourists. Beautiful, safe and tranquil the beach area is also home to some of the best museums in Bali. Geger beach is safe for swimming and experiences a cooling ocean breeze as it is one of the few beaches facing east. Public transport is far from regular in the area but most hotels will assist with arranging taxis for tourists.

There are three manned gates that lead into the Nusa Dua enclave and everyone entering the area is subject to a security search that has the unfortunate effect of detracting from the relaxed ambience.

Immediately north of the Nusa Dua enclave is the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa that accommodates less exclusive hotels and Benoa village. Indicating this to be a multi-cultural area, visitors will see a mosque alongside both Hindu and Chinese temples.

Boat rides are available form Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua enclave for trips to Serangan Island (Turtle Island). These are typically glass bottomed allowing excellent views of the marine life in the area. Serangan is a turtle sanctuary and conservation area. Local Balinese assist by keeping turtle eggs in purpose-built houses until they hatch at which time they are released into the waters around the local beaches.

Numerous water-sport activities are available in the Nusa Dua area including banana boat rides, parasailing diving, fly-fishing and jet-ski rides. Most of the tourism operators in the area work in a cooperative type format ensuring price control is maintained and bartering unnecessary.

Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s most exclusive spa facilities. Most of the hotels offer in-house spa treatments or will arrange for private operators to visit your villa or room.

A morning walk along the extensive beachfront path is highly recommended. The path runs from the south end of the enclave for approximately 7 kilometres ending at the Grand Mirage hotel on the Tanjung Benoa spit.

There isn’t a massive choice of restaurants in the area outside of the luxury hotels. Not far from the enclave entrance on the road from Kuta and the airport a number of Japanese and other Asian restaurants can be found. As these eating-houses are primarily aimed at group markets they have little …

Vail, Colorado: An Insider’s Travel Tips

Vail, Colorado: An Insider's Travel Tips
Vail, Colorado: An Insider's Travel Tips

Vail, Colorado. Who hasn’t heard of this masterpiece of skiing bliss. Vail has been slated as one of the world’s best places for snowboarding, skiing, dining, shopping, hiking and site seeing. When you go, here’s a few tips on how you can make your experience in Vail even better!

Take Advantage of a Condo! The local hotels are great, but a condominium stay offers you even more advantages. In a condo, you will experience a more home-like environment with more space to spread out and put the kids in a separate room! Your condo will be fully furnished like an apartment. In a condo, you will feel as if you’re living in Vail and not just visiting. If you stay in a condo, you may even be inspired to buy into a time sharing arrangement that will allow you to live in Vail at least part of the year, this is a great idea for a lot of families and will save and possibly even make you money over the years.

Order Out, Dine In! Since you’re staying in a condo, you will have a comfortable place to eat, so why not try having a hot meal delivered to you by A La Car, which is a local Vail restaurant delivery service. Several top local restaurants participate in this program and will be happy to deliver your food to you. After hitting the slopes all day, a romantic dine in meal with a nice bottle of wine may be just what you need.

Save dough, stay late! Toward the end of the ski season in early April, the city celebrates the Taste of Vail. This three day event allow you to experience some of the best foods and wines Vail has to offer. These delights are served up by several of Vail’s most renowned chefs. At this time you can enjoy spring skiing, great food and wine, and all of Vail’s finest entertainments for a fraction of their normal cost.

Scurry over to Beaver Creek! A Vail lift ticket will also work in nearby Beaver Creek. Vail is great, but why limit yourself to a single set of slopes? You can catch a shuttle to experience several of the “other” great slopes in the area. And Beaver Creek often has shorter lines than Vail does, so that means you can make more runs!

Beat the Rush, Book Now! Who doesn’t want to visit Vail? At the height of the ski season, Vail reservations are priced in keeping with the demands for the Vail experience. If you want a competitive price, you’ll have to book your trip early. You can fly to Denver and rent a car (an awesome 3 hour drive in good weather) or fly directly to Eagle County Airport. Both airfare and hotels are cheapest when booked in the off season.

Go Beyond Skiing! Try snowboarding, fly fishing or even in-line skating! Locals offer classes all three of these activities. You may be able to get a package, …

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Traveling abroad can be fun, but it can also be frustrating. Certain preparations and requirements are necessary before you are able to leave. Depending on where you are going, you are required for certain items according to airport and the country’s regulations.

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Here are a few basic tips that will help you make your planning go easier and your trip to be the best it can be.

When traveling abroad, you must have a passport. No matter if you plan to go to Canada, Mexico, or other countries across the ocean, you simply cannot do it without a passport. It is the most important thing to carry on you and one that you’ll need to have no matter where you go. You will need your passport at the airport, the border, and even some hotels requires it. There are two different kinds of passports you can get. You will need to check your destination first so you can have the correct one.

You can choose a passport book or a passport card. The most common and widely used is the passport book. The passport card is more technologically advanced since it has an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip in it. The Pro’s of using a passport card are, it’s cheaper in cost, it’s a wallet sized card, thus convenient to store in a wallet or purse. It’s very convenient for those frequent travelers who live in communities on the boarder of Mexico and Canada. The Cons are, it cannot be used for air travel. The Use is restricted for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Mexico, Canada, Caribbean and Bermuda.

Immunization cards are also important when it comes to traveling abroad. Of course this will depend on the country you visit where immunizations records are necessary. Some places have certain diseases and so it’s best to protect yourself from the diseases in those locations. Most times if you and your children are current on routine vaccinations you’ll be fine, but for certain countries, will need immunizations for diseases such as yellow fever and Meningitis. Visit the government website or speak to your travel agent regarding immunizations required for your destination. Knowing this before hand can make or break or trip.

You need to know what you can and cannot bring with you on board the airplane. Some countries frown upon certain items coming into their country while others refuse to allow certain articles to leave it. It’s always a good idea to check the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting. In doing so, you can avoid costly postage to ship items back and forth. The airports have requirements when it comes to having the correct size and weight of luggage. The charges for going over regulations can be outrageous. It’s in your best interest to check on what the rules and regulations to avoid any unnecessary charges.

International travel can be somewhat expensive but with proper planning and budgeting, you can lower the cost considerably. …

Family Fun Vacations – Theme Parks Are Not Just For Kids

Family fun vacations are often thought of to mean going to amusement parks or theme parks, such as Six Flags or Disneyland. Although these are great destinations for families with children and teens, adults can enjoy them too.

Family Fun Vacations - Theme Parks Are Not Just For Kids

Many theme parks have areas specifically designed to appeal to different age groups. A lot of these parks also cater to the adults and those who are not as physically fit as the kids.

A popular theme park that incorporates a little something for everyone is Cedar Point, which is a huge roller coaster park in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. For so many young people who are crazy for coasters, this is their fantasy vacation destination. However, even if you don’t enjoy riding roller coasters, or are physically unable to ride, this park is still a lot of fun.

Since families come in all shapes and sizes, a good theme park will offer something for everyone. Enjoy the pre-school fairy tale themed areas, the dare-devil high voltage coasters, or take in a stage show in the air-conditioned theater. Grandparents will have fun watching the older kids ride the extreme rides. Also, for those seniors who are willing and able, they can enjoy the rides with the grandkids.

Many amusement parks and theme parks are often associated with some lower cost places to stay onsite or nearby. Consider staying at a K-O-A campground, or renting a camper; many parks offer low cost areas and hookups for you to stay. This is a very family friendly option because of the proximity to the action. Older members of the family can take a break and go back to the room or camper for a rest during the day. Or, if a little one needs a nap, it is easier to be closer to your home-away-from-home. Split up into groups and let the die-hard adventurers in your group stay at the park while the others take a rest for a few hours. Re-group at a meeting place for dinner and evening fun.

Being able to break up the day can refresh some family members. When they return to meet up with the rest of the family, they will be renewed and everyone will have a better time. So, go ahead and enjoy those family fun vacations together! …