Christmas is one of the highlights of the year in Western countries, and is as much a social holiday as a religious one. While we all have our favourite Christmas traditions, if you are a keen traveller it can be really nice to spend at least one Christmas having a completely different experience to the traditional one at home. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to miss Christmas altogether, as there are plenty of places where it is still celebrated as a major or minor holiday, but you can have a great time seeing how different Christmas can be if, for instance, it isn’t cold, or there isn’t the same amount of commercialism as at home!

Here are some things to consider if you would like to experience next Christmas somewhere warmer!

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One of the most satisfying experiences about a holiday to Vietnam has to be eating the amazing food. From high end restaurants to the ubiquitous street food stalls Vietnamese food is justifiably up there with best in the world. As well as being sumptuously tasty Vietnamese cuisine is also incredibly interesting, and this is mainly because every dish is built around the concept of aiming to balance the five fundamental tastes people are receptive to, and appeal to each of them.

The philosophy of the five basic tastes correlates to other philosophies in Vietnamese culture, and means that although the dishes you can experience vary a lot and are different in different parts of Vietnam, the principle of five is at the core of the design of all traditional Vietnamese meals and flavours.

What Are the Five Fundamental Tastes Used in Vietnamese Food?

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In welcome news for all travellers wanting to holiday in Southeast Asia five-star airline Emirates have announced that it will start operating a daily service from Dubai to Phnom Penh from July 1st 2017. Read more

There are some impressive facts about the Great Wall of China – it dates back more than 2300 years, has been visited by over 300 heads of state, it spans fifteen regions across China but it cannot be seen from space. However probably the second most amazing fact about the great wall of China is the length. Combine the sections and it stretches for over 5500 miles in length, to put that into a “wow” perspective that is the same distance between London and Las Vegas.

Pretty incredible hey? but “what is the most impressive fact?” we hear you ask.

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Great news for travellers that want to eat authentic Pho, explore Saigon by cyclo and watch the sunset on Halong Bay. Experiencing these and hundreds of other experiences unique to Vietnam has just got a whole lot easier.  Read more

Travelling to Vietnam is incredibly rewarding in so many ways. A warm welcome awaits from your Vietnamese hosts keen to share their scenery, culture, history, food and stories unique to this corner of South East Asia. For the traveller looking for a real insight into this fascinating country we suggest stepping off the tour bus and trying one or more of these genuine travel experiences.

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Contrary to popular belief, not all Asian cuisine is intensely spicy. Of course, there are many spicy dishes that originate from Asia but there are also many mild foods that won’t make your mouth burn with heat. Whether you are travelling with kids who are picky eaters or you are sensitive to spice, there will still be plenty of yummy foods you can try in Asia.

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With a population of 1.2 billion people across 35 states and territories that set dates for almost 200 public holidays regionally and rarely on the same day as the rest of the country, it is always worthwhile knowing if you are visiting India during a public holiday.

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India has a powerful undercurrent of spirituality that runs through almost every aspect of daily life, from the smell of incense burning in a temple to the bright coloured dress and markings of the sadhus who wander the streets. This country is rich in holy places, rituals, traditions and history and the teachings of various faiths have been passed down for many centuries.

It’s hard to visit India without being touched by its spiritual nature in some way and there are some incredible religious destinations that are sure to enchant you.

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Prying yourself out of a soft and comfortable bed at an ungodly hour of the morning before the sun has even risen is always a challenge. You will want so badly to close your eyes and drift back into sleep, until you remember what is waiting for you if you do get up. The strength it takes to stretch your limbs, rub your eyes and get moving will be rewarded immensely when you watch the sun come up over one of the most exquisite buildings in the world.

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