On the water: Our top 10 boating experiences across Indochina

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View over the Nam Ou River in northern Laos View over the Nam Ou River in northern Laos

In our opinion, one of the best ways to explore Indochina is by boat – whether it’s a luxurious overnight cruise in the dramatic scenery of Halong Bay, or a traditional longtail boat along narrow waterways in the thick jungles of northern Laos.

In this blog post we’ve collected ten of Indochina’s best watery destinations and some of our favourite boating journeys, but this really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to waterborne adventures in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

1) Halong Bay

The king of Asia’s waterscapes, the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay has inspired many a traveller to visit Vietnam. Encompassing an area of over 1,500 square kilometres (580 sq mi) in the Gulf of Tonkin, it is famed for its striking scenery of sheer-sided limestone islets (775 of them, to be precise) and is a…

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Ban Pratubjai House Located at 59 Moo 13 in Pha Matt district Muang Phae Thailand. Along the highway 1023, Phae- Long district, Road. Open daily from 08.00 – 17.00 hrs. Admission is 40 Baht. And got Ban Pratubjai House keychain as a souvenir. Ban Pratubjai House is private home and owners home are Mr. Kitcha and Mrs. Lumyong, which him passed away on 7 June 1984. Begin construction since 1972 were completed in 1976 and took 5 years. The total area of 34 hectares, only the house is over 1.3 hectares.


Ban Pratubjai House is a teak house, with 130 Poles house, side down of the poles have carved with another patterns. The house build by Thai style apply mixed between Lanna style. “Ban Pratubjai House is Ancient House, Great the dominant over 100 poles teak. Overflow values, buy souvenirs recalling Mueang Phrae, Invitation at Ban Pratubjai house.” is slogan. Lots Furniture and  Lots Ancient Treasures, tourists walk to see no bored. They are exciting with Thai whisky year 1972.

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Wat Chom Sawan is located on Yantrakit-Kosol Road in Nai-Wiang, Muang Phrae Thailand. 1 km away from the town hall is open daily from 8:00 – 16.30.

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Wat Chom Sawan is an ancient temple built by art Myanmar. Hall, chapel and parsonage is in the same building. The building is built of teak. A small and big roof from top to down, a total of 9 floors. 35 wooden pillars and gilded Myanmar alphabet inscribed around the poles, 14 another pillar gilded stained glass. And ceiling with magnificent stained glass, have Buddha Statue is in the chapel. The stairs infront two sides.

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Wat Chom Sawan was built in  a reign of King RAMA 5 on 1894 by Ngiaw peoples, Which has settled in Burma and travel for trade in Muang Phrae. When was happened Ngiaw rebels to robbed Muang Phrae. This temple was left to decay. Later it was restored by Thai-Yai peoples. On 27 August  1990, the Fine Arts Department has registered as a historic site and valuable artifacts of Thailand. Antiques in the temple are Luang Por San Buddha Statue is built using by bamboo was include weaving and the gilded. Buddha Statue made from the Ivory, The art Myanmar. The scripture made from ivory or Patimok scripture.

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Map and can click here for larger map Wat Chom Sawan

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Peter's Big Adventure

In my last article we talked about some of my favorite places to go around Hanoi for various things. But when you make the jump from traveler to expat you have a different set of needs. When people contact me with questions about moving to Hanoi, they usually ask the same things. I’m going to do my best to address all of those questions here.  So here are my official cliff notes on how to get your feet on the ground in Hanoi…

DISCLAIMER: This is not the end-all be-all of Hanoi. There are always other places you can look, and it’s possible that many of them would be good options. But if you choose to rely exclusively on my suggestions, everything will be fine. That’s a Peter Promise.

Housing & Accommodations

Where should I live?
Obviously you can live anywhere you want to (Hanoi really doesn’t have any dangerous…

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Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace or Ban Pean Palace, Located at the Ban Pean is Phetchaburi River waterfront in Muang Phetchaburi Thailand. Open daily from 08.00 – 16.00. The adult admission fee of 20 baht, children 10 baht and 50 baht for foreigners, here do not take photos inside the Palace is strictly prohibited. Architecture Baroque and Art Nouveau, also known as German called “Jugendstil”. The layout of the building is a rectangle surrounding gardens. There is a fountain in the middle. The building is a large two-story building. high domed roof. Inside the hall is highly curved staircase up to the second floor. Pillars decorated with glazed tiles and decorated with polished metal, railing a curved shaped, on the head is decorate with the children glazed tiles dolls in various postures. Rooms ate the yellow tones Wrought iron gate decorated with Art Nouveau and adorned the walls with bright yellow glazed tiles. The bed room with a golden tone. The pillars decorated in with polished gold metal plate, embossing pattern, on the head pillars are paintings vases turnovers.


Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace or Ban Pean Palace is a palace of King Rama 5 ordered to be built by Mr.Karl Siegfried Dohring is a German architect. His younger brother Kromma-Mhian Damrong Rachanupab, he is supervised the construction. And His Royal Prince Boripat Sukumphan Krom Khun Nakhon Sawan Worapinit is control of the electric system. King RAMA 5 bought land from villagers by his money a total area of over 300 hectares by about over 20,000 Baht. Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace or Ban Pean Palace is the location of “Sorn Phet Prasat Palace” King RAMA 5 was foundation stone was laid on 19 August 1910. The construction finished all in this Palace in the reign of King Rama 6 in year 1918. And King called “Sorn Phet Prasat Palace” and Graciously changed its name to “Ban Pean Palace” And give the new name this palace “Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace”. Total construction budget of 3,000,000 Baht.

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Map of Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace 

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