Travel Updates – May 2024

For Indochina countries, May is the beginning of summer with more acceptable weather, it might scatter here and there, but it starts to get cooler after the rains. This is also one of the best months of the year for families to plan their vacations.
Visit the Khao Sok National Park Thailand and let your children immerse in nature with many outdoor activities, or stop at a local jewelry workshop in Laos to make your couple rings.
Khao Sok National Park
in Southern Thailand

Khao Sok is perfectly situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, the most popular destinations in Southern Thailand. It is a fantastic place to go on vacation. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot and canoeing are all possible activities, which will give you the experience of a lifetime.

Khao Sok’s landscape is a blend of tropical evergreen forest and rainforest, hosting about 200 different floral species per hectare, marking it as a biodiverse haven. This rich habitat welcomes an array of diligent and astonishing wildlife, including 48 mammal species, 311 bird species, over 30 bat species, and a plethora of reptiles and insects, showcasing a vibrant tapestry of life in every corner.

EXPERIENCES OF THE MONTH
Jewelry worshop in Laos style

Longing to craft a special jewelry for your beloved or for your own? Join this workshop where you can hands -on making unique jewelry from a local Laos artisans, the design is exclusively just by you! Transfer to The Garden of Eden, a small locally owned and operated jewelry shop offering handcrafted products from local artisans for you to choose from Beginner to Advanced. Here you will take part in a class to make your own jewelry while learning from local artists. You will learn to use different techniques and are able to choose from a variety of materials. Such as paper and Silk as a unique feature, we make custom orders that will fit your taste perfectly and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the balcony overlooking the Nam Khan River.

 

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Life of Khmer Krom in Vietnam

The Khmer Krom (literally, the ‘Khmer from Below’ (the Mekong)) mainly inhabit the Mekong delta region in the south-west of Vietnam. They are one of the largest minorities in Vietnam, numbering over 1.26 million. Many studies have confirmed that the Khmer people in Vietnam are descendants of immigrants from the Chenla Kingdom, a Khmer civilization considered to be the predecessor of the Khmer empire at Angkor. Despite the very long history of settlement, the Khmer people in Vietnam still well preserve their traditions and culture, while also accept cultural integration with Vietnamese.

Your special day tour to Tra Vinh will give you an interesting insight of Khmer community in Vietnam. Ride on tuk tuk or bicycle to have sight-seeing around Khmer village, seeing the painted- walls along the village streets – the paintings describe the assertive characters about the Khmer culture and daily – life in the region. Stop at a Khmer family where host will invite you with homemade Khmer pop rice and honey tea. Enjoy the Khmer dance by young Khmer dancer. Continue to other Khmer artisans’ houses to learn about the making of gypsum Buddhist statues and bamboo crafts. Wind your way to a 900-year-old Khmer pagoda to listen to the legendary of Ba Om, following by a cozy lunch with Khmer specialties.

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Hanoi countryside tales by traditional crafts

Today, drive an hour along the Red River to Ha Noi’s neighboring countryside through immense rice fields and fruit farms. Visit the village that birthed Vietnamese incense upon arrival. This village’s incense, made from over 30 herbs with skills passed down from generation to generation, is known for its pure, light scent. A guided stroll through the hamlet with older residents will take you to various family-run workshops to see the entire incense-making process and hear about the glory days of this traditional craft. Help the host make incense.

Take another short drive to a rural community behind endless rice fields and duck farms. The locals’ 200-year-old fish-pot crafting heritage includes bamboo weaving. Walk around the village to see the typical Northern countryside architecture: dark brown tiled roofs, three-room houses with elders sitting in front weaving fish-pots and chatting. Visit a local artisan who rode his bike across Vietnam to proudly promote his village’s unique traditional craft. Create your own fish pot with his help and give it as a present.

Notes:

  • Availability: Morning
  • Suggested time: 08:00
  • Duration: 6 hours

*Optional to add Nha Xa silk village
*Incense making at Thon Cao, Hung Yen. Fish-pot making village at Thu Sy, Hung Yen.
*Possible to have lunch at Hung Yen