Travel Better: Responsible Travel in the Philippines

The travel industry has helped bring countless individuals out of poverty, but it’s also been an important force in preserving the country’s diverse and rich cultures. Tourism has provided valuable employment opportunities to people with disabilities and encouraged others to launch programs with lasting community impact. With sustainable tourism and environmental preservation being key focuses over the last decade, you’ll find that it’s possible to have even more fun in the Philippines than ever. Here’s a taste of the outstanding destinations and colorful characters you’ll encounter during your visit.

A Paradise Escape: Electric Bangkok

Bangkok boggles the mind like no place else. When you fly through the sky on the city’s thundering sky train, it feels like you’ve stepped into the future – until you look down and spot traditional houses that have stood for decades. Take in the views from a riverside skyscraper and you’ll be on top of the world – but then the neighboring ancient stupa will bring you back to earth. For breakfast you can tuck into mouthwatering street eats, for lunch you’ll snack in boutique bistros and in the e

A Paradise Escape: Southern Thailand's Beaches

Beyond the beaches, Phuket offers urban delights that might take you by surprise. Phuket Old Town overflows with stories told through picturesque heritage buildings. Rows of colorful shophouses lie in small alleyways and reflect a spirited trading history. Handsome Sino-Portuguese mansions are proud reminders of Phuket’s tin-mining industry, which shaped the island in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, these buildings are captivating places of interest, with many converted into trendy cafes, bou

Digitalize – Revolutionize

Covid-19 is accelerating global trends that were in motion long before the pandemic. Working remotely, for example, was a burgeoning prospect available to office workers in a modest but increasing number of industries during the 2010s. In the age of Covid-19, it has become the norm. Analysts are also expecting trend acceleration through the recovery. In manufacturing, for instance, businesses have long been trying to diversify their supply chain. Lockdown disruptions have reenergized these ambitions, highlighting that diversification is not just desirable for profitability but essential for continuity.

Hoi An: A Fairytale

How many travel articles does Hoi An feature on? Countless. How many stories can this fabled old town tell? Countless. How many photos will you take of the gorgeous architectural blend? You guessed it – countless. And how many tourists are there in Hoi An at any given time? Well, you can see the pattern. Hoi An is Vietnam’s most successful tourism destination, and that’s largely due to the pristine (but minute) old town. Hoi An is one of the few port cities that survived the wars unscathed, maki

Top 10 Phong Nha Caves That Will Blow Your Mind

The Phong Nha caves are Vietnam’s top natural highlight and anyone telling you otherwise is lying. Sure, Ninh Binh is pretty, but it doesn’t even compare. Yes, the mountains of Sapa are good, but let’s face it – the photos are better. May as well forget Halong Bay – it’s too crowded anyway. For something authentic, that isn’t just another stop on the cookie-cutter tourists’ route through Vietnam, you need to check out the Phong Nha caves.

Vietnam's Ethnic Groups: A Rainbow of Diversity

The Hmong live in daring houses that cling to the sides of mountains and farm on precarious slopes that may collapse at any moment. Peering across valleys in Vietnam’s most mountainous provinces, like Lao Cai, you’ll see unlikely Hmong hamlets nestled in some of the harshest topography in the country. Lingering typhoons can lash Hmong villages for days, not to mention the risk of landslides, extreme cold, and occasional snow storms. Living and working in severe conditions has made the Hmong har

Ho Chi Minh City: Intoxicating Contrasts

Surprising Saigon. Storied Saigon. Sexy Saigon. Vietnam’s biggest city (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City) has more alliterative epithets than you can shake a stick at. That’s because there are so many sides to this layered city that stretches over 100km, houses over 13 million people, and contains 24 jaw-droppingly different districts. Vietnam is booming, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the country’s biggest city. The central districts still boast grand colonial mansions, Art Deco

Beyond the Highlights: Bangkok

Formidable Bangkok is undeniably a place of contrasts; a city bursting with modernity and yet still steeped in tradition. Speed through the city on the sleek sky train while glancing up at the almost dystopian skyline or peering down at the occasional ramshackle wooden house. Move gently along the river in the shadow of fabulous five star hotels that, despite their enormity, still fail to outshine the gorgeous Thai temples that glisten in the sunlight.

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Comprehensive Fitness. Community Spirit.

We’re all about comprehensive fitness. We believe that you need to challenge yourself in different ways to build a strong, healthy and long-lasting body. We also believe in building a diverse and supportive community. At The Fitness Village you’ll connect with entrepreneurs, artists, educators, diplomats, writers and comedians from across the world. You’ll find people at all stages of their fitness journey — from marathon winners to complete beginners. We specialize in classes and group traini

Tailoring Your Experience, One Adventure at a Time

We’ve been crafting adventures in Vietnam since 1993, which is why we know that they come in all shapes and sizes. A personal experiment with street food is an adventure – as is crawling through caves with the kids. We believe that when it comes to travel, there is no such thing as “one size fits all.” Instead, the key to a remarkable Vietnam experience is working out the right adventures for you – and that’s where we come in.

Artist. Creator. Innovator

Born in 1949 to a family of prominent artists and intellectuals, Thanh Chuong was raised during a pivotal time that nurtured his creative ingenuity. The French colonial era was about to end and a new volatile chapter of Vietnam’s history would begin. Thanh Chuong’s artistic sensibilities were crafted as much by his country’s history as they were nurtured by this family of artists and writers. His prodigious abilities surfaced when he was only seven-years-old as he started winning awards and prizes for his drawing both in and outside of Vietnam.

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