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, …

My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante

My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante
My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante

Spain is home to a wide variety of fascinating cities and towns. One of the most beautiful and historic is the city of Alicante. The crown jewel of the Mediterranean Sea, this city is one of Europe’s most historic and unique. Alicante boasts a plethora of things to do and see, from world-class museums to tranquil beaches to sightseeing. It’s almost impossible to be bored in this historic yet hip city. Those looking for an interesting and exhilarating trip will find a truly unique experience in Alicante.

Alicante is located in south-eastern Spain along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. It boasts a warm, mild climate year round with abundant sunshine. The city is accessible by bus, plane, boat, tram, train and car. Its mild weather and prime location lend to its image as a major tourist resort.

Alicante is home to a wide array of sites of interest and things to do. Whether you enjoy history, culture or the natural environment, you’re sure to find something fun to do in this city.

Gravina Museum of Fine Arts

One of Europe’s most renowned art museums, this institute proudly showcases artwork from local Spanish artists. A must-see for art enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates fine artwork.

Old Town

Alicante’s oldest and most charming district, this area contains narrow streets, historic buildings and a bevy of shops, cafes and restaurants. Here, visitors will also find museums, the town hall, a historic cathedral and many tourist-friendly shops and vendors.

Castle of San Fernando

This early 19th century towers over Alicante and offers a fascinating look at what life was like many years ago. This attraction is a must-see for architecture buffs and those who love history and culture.

Archeological Museum of Alicante

This fascinating museum displays more than 80,000 archeological artifacts from a wide range of time periods, including the Middle Ages and Ancient Rome. One of the world’s finest archeological museums, it is a truly unique experience and not to be missed.

Asegurada Museum of Modern Art

This art museum displays some of the finest artwork by the world’s most famous contemporary artists, including Picasso.

Castle of Santa Barbara

This magnificent medieval castle towers over the city and is one of its most iconic landmarks. Constructed in the 9th century by Muslim invaders, the castle is an architectural marvel and boasts some of the most phenomenal views of Alicante, the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding countryside.…

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

Travel during the holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you have children. With just a little bit of preparation though, you can make your trip go much more smoothly. Use these tips below to help you plan your trips and make it as enjoyable as possible for you and your children.

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

1. Book flights early.

The longer you wait to book your trip, the more it will cost. Buy your tickets as early in advance of your trip as possible. If you want to get the best deals for Christmas, then consider buying tickets as early as September. This is when you will get the best deals. The closer you get to the holiday, the more it will cost, and you could end up pricing yourself out of your trip.

2. Have a pre flight checklist so you have everything you need.

This is especially important if you are traveling with children. Toddlers can get easily bored during a long flight, so make sure you pack plenty of games, snacks, blankets, and other things your child will want. Put them in the window seat and allow them to look out the window. It can be an interesting view at 35,000 feet, and your children will enjoy the interesting things they see.

3. Make sure you have all your items packed for baby.

If you’re traveling with a baby, it can easily become more complicated. The way to avoid this is to pack ahead of time as early as possible. Make sure you include everything you need, including strollers, car seats, changing pads, diapers, bottles, blankets, and plenty of clothing, especially if you are traveling to a colder climate. Include a small bag for the flight with the essentials you will need for the trip. If your luggage gets lost, you’ll be glad you had an extra bag.

4. Check to make sure everything on your car is working properly.

If you’re traveling by car, then you want to make sure you check everything before you leave. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on the side of the road because you weren’t prepared. Take your car to a certified mechanic and have him look it over. Have your oil changed for the colder weather. If you will be driving in a much colder climate, you’ll want a thinner oil, as well as more coolant.

5. Have a map and know where you are going.

This may seem obvious, but have you planned the route you will travel? Have you planned an alternate route? What happens if you run into excessive traffic or a road you planned to take is closed? Take care of this before you travel. Don’t wait until you are trying to get to your destination and get stuck somewhere you don’t want to be, especially if you are traveling with children.

6. Include plenty of activities for your children.

If you are traveling with children in the car, especially small children, then you want to be …