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
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
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 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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.