Tat Kuang Si Park in Luang Prabang, Laos

Get away from the heat in Luang Prabang by visiting the waterfall in Tat Kuang Si Park

The morning before visiting this place we went to see the elephants and bathe them, super duper fun, but mean't being in warm temperatures. Visiting this park in the afternoon was the perfect compliment to the day as the park has something for everyone. 

There is ample parking spaces for when you get to the entrance area of the park, there are people of all ages coming to this as part of their day trip, from families to school groups to tour groups and all to enjoy the cool surroundings of the lagoon. 

At the entrance to the park you are welcomed with an information centre, where you can see the park map, use the bathrooms and buy some refreshments to take up with you. You need to pay a small entrance fee (40,000 Kip for us both, equivalent of approx £3) but is well worth it and you are then greeted with the Bear Rescue Centre. 


The Bear Rescue Centre 

You would never have expected a bear rescue centre in the middle of this park as soon as you walk in, but nonetheless, there it is and its an incredible feature making you feel even closer to nature. 

The bears are quite happy in the reserve and the location is nicely set up to tell you the story of each of the bears kept there and what happens to them after being rescued. 


Enjoy the 20 minute trek to the summit - Start on the Right!

Once you pass the bear rescue centre you continue the path onto the waterfall, the waterfall cascades onto several levels meaning the park is divided into 3 or 4 sections. Most of the group we were travelling with decided to head straight to the lagoons to have a swim, however, Dylan, an Australian couple and I decided we wanted to check out the entire park before doing that. 

Part of the nature reserve includes a trek all the way up to the beginning of the waterfall and we decided this was something we had to do, to see the views at the top. As soon as we were about to start our ascend, a man told us going up on the right and coming down on the left of the waterfall was the best route to take and we did just that as we realised once we started the walk, that the right hand-side is a bit too steep to walk down through.  





The Park is a great pass time for families and school groups too

There are picnic tables at each level of the park making it incredibly comfortable for families and school groups to bring their own lunches and spend the day at the site, especially in warm weather. 

Once we came down from the trek, we literally threw ourselves in the lagoon as the heat was too much, but it was incredibly fun to do, as on some parts of the lagoons you could jump off trees into the water!




Please double check the weather reports for this site as we attended on the 28th March 2014 and the waterfall was quite filled up with water, in other instances, there may be less water, making it hard to bathe in. 

Please let us know if you have been here? What were your thoughts on it? 

If you are in the area, make some time to check this peaceful place out. 
Happy Travelling 
Shereen


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Want a Mouthwatering Burger? Our favorite Western cuisine restaurant inSiem Reap

Siem Reaps buzzing atmosphere is accompanied by what we thought was the most charming and tasteful restaurant in this wonderful city known primarily for Angor Wat.









































Belmiro's Pizza & Subs Restaurant is located on Street #7, Building #7 and is famous for it's pizzas, but was recently put up to a test by food enthusiast Dylan from The Travelling Postcard. It had not been a wonderful start to the day, but everything changed upon my visit to Belmiro's, it's wonderful host and lovely waiters make you feel welcome and most of all have product knowledge of their ingredients, I was impressed! 

The charming and picturesque restaurant is run by Belmiro, a 'small town kid from Marion, Massachusetts, USA', I congratulate you for attending every table on your restaurant, it's nice to see an owner who is passionate about his line of work.



The Food is more than a treat to your taste buds!

Well we move on to the food! Shereen tried the Steak bomb baguette priced at 7 dollars not so cheap to any budget traveller but it will soon win you over! New York steak strips, provolone cheese, onion, tomatoes and a sauce covered by a soft centered baguette! Just wonderful.

I wanted to try the Man vs. Food side of it and started with some Buffalo wings with a sauce which was just superb! What a taste, only thing I would add to it is a side of sauce to dip the wings! It was just more than a treat to the taste buds! 

For my main, I tried their famous burger! It's beyond words, according to the knowledgeable waiter he acclaimed the burger the best in Siem Reap! I think I wouldn't challenge that! Every bite came directly from heaven, juicy soft Bubs, proper ground beef which was made into the perfect patty, two Cheeses, gherkins and perfectly splodged ketchup! The perfect patty as I will call it was accompanied with miniature versions of hash browns, perfection is all I can say!




















Food that can turn our day around!

You guys turned a miserable start to our Cambodia trip into one of the days highlight! Belmiro even said hello to us 2 days after the visit! Wishing you all the best from the postcard travellers!




If any of you guys visiting Siem Reap and need a slice away from home get down to Belmiro's you won't be disappointed!

Safe Travels
Dylan


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Country Review - The Postcard's Impression on Vietnam

Is it worth a Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi visit? 

Stepping out of the plane upon arrival to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City you will feel like you have just entered a new world unknown! Immigration Visas took nearly two hours with people becoming uneasy and hysteric at these delays. 

This was our first impression, it wouldn't end here... Grab a taxi and be prepared to fork out some extra cash if you hotel / hostel is in the outskirts of the city. Make sure you ask for the meter even before you get on or work out a fee initially. 




















Vietnam was cheaper than we thought!

Besides these first impressions, Vietnam is a country which has slowly escaped the dark doomed days of past Vietnam War and has developed links with neighbouring countries and since Bill Clinton forged business relations, Vietnam has enriched their business links with the USA. 




In my humble opinion, Vietnam is cheaper than other places I have been to in South East Asia. Our budget clearly shows that our costs in Vietnam is nearly half than those in Bangkok. One tip on Vietnam is that you will take a few days to accustom to the traffic, for example, the sooner you come to terms which you simply have to cross the road knowing that all of the motorbikes could send you flying, they expect you to cross not in the red light but anytime because it seems there are no rules to crossing (more to read here). Contrary to Germany where pedestrians crossing the street on a green light results on an automatic fine of 25 Euros. 




The southern part of Vietnam reflects less communism than northern cities and towns. Our experience of the south right up to the city of Hue was far more enjoyable as you can experience what we believe is the nicer and hotter part of the country, read our Motorcycle adventure in Hue here. To move north of the country, we would recommend overnight trains instead of buses, roads are not the greatest. However, bare in mind that overnight trains are a tad more expensive but you include your own accommodation for the night. If you do decide on overnight transport, just make sure you get a sleeper cabin for the train or a VIP bus for the road. 




The South vs. the North

As you reach the northern cities always make sure to pack some clothes for chilly places such as Hanoi and Halong Bay as we visited these places in March 2014 and it was indeed cold, by packing beforehand, this will save you on buying warmer clothing.




Spending 10 - 14 days in Vietnam is enough to visit all the places of interest and this will be enough to travel from Hoi Chi Minh City to Hanoi. The best aspect of this is that Vietnam is not as expensive as we initially thought (post on expenses in Vietnam to follow soon!). We don't claim in being the strictest backpackers, but we also try to save every penny possible. 




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Your views on Vietnam!

Have you travelled to Vietnam? What were your highlights? Dislikes? Places you would recommend to others?


Safe Travels!
Dylan 

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