The UNESCO World Heritage site My Son Sanctuary, around 40km outside of Hoi An in central Vietnam, was for centuries the capital of the kingdom of Champa – a Hindu culture contemporary with the Angkor Empire of the ancient Khmers. Ongoing excavation at the site has uncovered numerous broken stone tablets or masonry remnants with inscriptions in ancient Sanskrit. Under a recently opened project, India is offering support and sending specialists in ancient Sanskrit in order to translate the inscriptions into Vietnamese and English. Contact us to visit this evocative site for yourself.

In Yangon, Myanmar, recently debuted open-top bus tours now offer visitors a unique, upper-deck view of the city’s sights. The open-top bus runs both day and evening city tours highlighting the attractions of Yangon, with experienced bilingual guides. Passengers on the open-top bus will enjoy convenient and comfortable transport between sights, as well as direct views of the city’s street-front scenes.  Similar open-top bus tours are also expected to be launched in a matter of months at BaganMandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

Recently, a Royal Bengal Tiger spotted at an area a mere half hour drive from the centre of the Bhutanese capital city Thimphu startled local woodcutters. Forestry officials monitoring the movement of the tiger confirmed its identity as an adult female previously captured on camera during the National Tiger Survey in 2015. The tiger is an apex predator and an umbrella species; ensuring their survival allows many species to live and flourish in a large shared habitat. Current records indicate there are over 100 tigers in Bhutan today. Contact us to find out more about visiting this amazing country with its dual heritage of vast wilderness and deeply rooted culture.

Along Sothearos Boulevard in Phnom Penh you will find the typical Khmer street food offerings, along with one surprise, ‘Rashid’s Roti on Wheels’, a fire-engine red stand where Mohammed Rashid serves up this sweet or savoury flatbread. A Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, Rashid left his homeland in 2008, and after years of trying to find a place to establish his home, he is now serving up his native comfort food in the Khmer capital. Eager to please, he aims to make his location across from Meta House a go-to destination for roti fans in Cambodia.

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