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  • 24 hours in Vang Vieng (Laos)

    Rating: No votes Date: March 31st 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Many people know Vang Vieng as a party hub for backpackers, with its bars along the river and people passing by on a tube. However, since many of the bars were closed in 2012 this all changed, but [...]
  • When to travel to BeenInAsia countries?

    Rating: No votes Date: March 16th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Traveling through Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia or Laos is something you can do the whole year round. Yes, there are monsoon seasons in these countries, which can ruin your beach holiday, but [...]
  • Spotting dolphins on the Mekong River

    Rating: No votes Date: March 9th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In a 190km stretch of the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos, you’re able to find around 80 Irrawaddy River dolphins. They symbolize the magnificence of the Mekong River and its continued [...]
  • 36 hours in Yangon (Myanmar)

    Rating: No votes Date: March 1st 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Regularly I travel to destinations, to inspect hotels and to experience new tours, so I know what we offer to clients. This time Yangon had the honour. From Bangkok we take an early flight, so we [...]
  • 48 in Bangkok

    Rating: No votes Date: February 16th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Bangkok, a city that never sleeps. Never a dull moment in the city of the movie Hangover II. But where to begin in one of the biggest metropolises of Asia? We will start with teaching you about the [...]
  • Happy Year of the Rooster!

    Rating: No votes Date: January 26th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Happy Lunar New Year (in Vietnamese). 28 January 2017 is the first day of Lunar New Year, called Tet in Vietnamese. The evening before, family is gathering to celebrate the turn [...]
  • Hidden gems of Northern Thailand: Nan & Phrae

    Rating: No votes Date: January 19th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Thailand is well discovered by tourist. Well, that’s what you think. But there are still areas, which are rarely visited by tourists and still untouched. We have found one of these areas: Nan [...]
  • Remote Sapa (Vietnam)

    Rating: No votes Date: January 14th 2017 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Sapa has become a very popular destination. Since 1.5 yr there is an expressway, which connects Hanoi to Lao Cai near Sapa, which makes it even easier to reach the ‘roof of Vietnam’. [...]
  • Happy 2017

    Rating: No votes Date: December 29th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    When you ask a child “when is New Year”, you would think the answer is easy, right? Well, there is more than 1 answer. In the Western world we have the countdown on the 31st of [...]
  • Merry Christmas from Southeast Asia

    Rating: No votes Date: December 24th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Christmas is a Christian celebration. Originally it’s not Santa, but the celebration of a new born baby, Jesus. Southeast Asia has a mainly Buddhist population, with Christians far in the [...]
  • Exploring the rivers in Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: December 8th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos is a country filled with waterways; Mekong River (the biggest and probably the most known), Nam Ou River (longest river in the northern region of Laos), Nam Suang River (with a length of [...]
  • The Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo

    Rating: No votes Date: December 1st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Golden Rock is one of the most important religious sites in Myanmar. This well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site is located on top of Mount Kyaiktiyo, in the Mon State, and is also known as the [...]
  • Things to do in Vietnam – visit the Cao Dai Cathedral

    Rating: No votes Date: November 24th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Have you ever heard about the religious movement called Cao Dai (or Caodaism)? It’s actually a pretty new religion, only being established in 1926 in South Vietnam. It’s a fusion of [...]
  • Jungle adventures in Koh Kong, Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: November 10th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Situated on the border of Thailand and Cambodia, in between the Cardamom Mountains and the sea, is where you will find Koh Kong; a relatively untouched part of Cambodia. The city itself is small [...]
  • The Festival of lights in Thailand – Loy Krathong

    Rating: No votes Date: November 3rd 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most enchanting festivals. It’s colourful and joyful; people gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respect to the goddess of water by releasing [...]
  • Things to do in Myanmar – visit Hpa-An

    Rating: No votes Date: October 19th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Hpa-An is a charming town that sits on the eastern bank of the Than Lwin River. Even tough this is the capital of Kayin State, it feels more like a village than a city. Although, with the new highway [...]
  • The beloved King of Thailand has deceased

    Rating: No votes Date: October 13th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Today, Thursday 13 October, it has been officially announced that the beloved King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej has deceased. He was the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history and in the world, [...]
  • Human trafficking in Sapa

    Rating: No votes Date: October 12th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Human trafficking is a business like no other. Every year an estimated 2 to 4 million humans are traded across foreign borders as slaves, sex workers and brides. And this also happens in the Vietnam, [...]
  • Apsara – the traditional dance of Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: October 6th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    If you’ve visited Cambodia before, you have probably seen the carvings found around several temples (especially at Angkor Wat) of beautiful Apsara dancers. Looking at these carvings, historians [...]
  • Things to do in Mandalay – climb the Mandalay Hill

    Rating: No votes Date: September 29th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In the Northern part of Myanmar, you can find Mandalay, situated along the Ayeyarwady River. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, and it was the capital of the last independent Burmese [...]
  • An unforgettable experience – trekking in Northern Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: September 21st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos combines some of the best elements of Southeast Asia, as it’s a country that is yet untouched by modern demands and stress. The beauty of this country lies in the Lao people with their [...]
  • Community-based restaurants in Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: September 15th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In Cambodia, the community-based tourism is slowly growing. But what do we mean with a community-based tourism? We think of this as social enterprises that give back to the community. Mainly by [...]
  • What to do when it rains in Phuket?

    Rating: No votes Date: September 8th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    When thinking about a trip to Phuket you’re probably expecting beautiful white sand beaches, clear blue waters and the most stunning tropical sunsets you’ve seen in your life. As this is [...]
  • Highlights of Laos – the Nam Ou

    Rating: No votes Date: September 1st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In the mountainous Northern part of Laos, you’ll find the Nam Ou (Ou River) passing through some of the country’s most inspiring scenery. But before we get into things, just a little [...]
  • A powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: August 25th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Yesterday (Wednesday 24 August) a powerful earthquake hit central Myanmar. According to the American Geological Survey (USGS) the quake registered 6.8 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of [...]
  • Kanchanaburi and River Kwai

    Rating: No votes Date: August 18th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The 'Bridge over the River Kwai' is the famous movie from 1957. Now River Kwai is an idyllic river through the jungle in Thailand near the Burmese border. You can do thrilling downstream [...]
  • Spending 36 hours in Ho Chi Minh City

    Rating: No votes Date: August 11th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Ho Chi Minh City – HCMC, or Saigon as it’s still known by plenty of people – is the city of millions of motorbikes, chaotic streets without any traffic rules, the delicious local [...]
  • Hot Air ballooning over Bagan

    Rating: No votes Date: August 4th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Flying in a hot air balloon is a truly unforgettable experience – flying over a beautiful landscape far above the ground, with the only sound you here is coming from the burners filling up the [...]
  • More than just a game – the Battambang wheelchair basketball team

    Rating: No votes Date: July 28th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined areas in the world, and even though 50% of the minefields have been cleared, the Cambodian Mine Action Center estimates that there are still 4 to 6 million [...]
  • Cruising the Ayeyarwaddy River

    Rating: No votes Date: July 21st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Ayeyarwaddy River – the Burmese name for the Irrawaddy River – is the main river of Myanmar, flowing through the centre of the country with a length of 2,170km! It’s [...]
  • The Dams in the Mekong River

    Rating: No votes Date: July 13th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Mekong River is the 7th largest river in Asia (and the 12th in the world), beginning in the high plateau of Eastern Tibet and subsequently flowing through six more countries being China, Myanmar, [...]
  • The meaning of Buddhist Lent

    Rating: No votes Date: July 7th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Buddhist Lent is a special time of the year for Buddhists in Southeast Asia. It is something that does not exist throughout the religion, but was created for the Buddhists in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, [...]
  • Phnom Penh Highlight – Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

    Rating: No votes Date: June 29th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Royal Palace and The Silver Pagoda are definitely a symbol of the city of Phnom Penh. Giving you a glimpse of the country’s royal history. Often this side of the country is missed due to [...]
  • How to spend 36hrs in Siem Reap

    Rating: No votes Date: June 16th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Siem Reap – located in the northwest of Cambodia – is the major tourist hub in the country. That’s not strange if you know this city is home to the world famous temples of Angkor. [...]
  • The ever-changing Phu Quoc Island

    Rating: No votes Date: June 9th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Phu Quoc is a peaceful paradise located in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Especially for beach lovers it’s heaven, with stretched white-sand beaches. But it also has [...]
  • Elephant Camp in Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: June 2nd 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Elephants are an endangered species, due to loss of natural habitat, ivory poaching, and human-elephant conflicts. In Southeast Asia elephants are often used for the logging industry, which however [...]
  • What to do with only 36hrs in Luang Prabang?

    Rating: No votes Date: May 25th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Luang Prabang – located in Northern Laos – has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Mountains and the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers encircle the city. Due to this, and the vast [...]
  • Coming soon: Thailand

    Rating: No votes Date: May 19th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Before the summer we will offer a new destination: Thailand! With this we complete the mainland of Southeast Asia. Sice 2.5 years I call Bangkok /Thailand my 'home' and I have seen and [...]
  • The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

    Rating: No votes Date: May 12th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    It has been more than 40 years ago that the Vietnam War (or the American War as the Vietnamese call it) ended, but it might be one of those wars that a lot of people remember vividly. Maybe [...]
  • Join in the Rocket Festival celebrations in Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: May 5th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Near the start of the wet season, the Rocket Festival (or Boun Bang Fai) is celebrated in Laos. It is traditionally held in the sixth Lunar month of the year – which is usually around May or [...]
  • Volunteerism – make sure you do the right thing

    Rating: No votes Date: April 28th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Over the past years, volunteerism has been a popular way of spending a holiday. And why not? Spending time with underprivileged kids, helping out at a dog shelter, or even rescuing turtles. While [...]
  • 36 hours in Yangon

    Rating: No votes Date: April 21st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Yangon – formerly known as Rangoon – was the country’s capital till 2006. Today it still remains the largest city in the country and its buzzing commercial centre. When visiting [...]
  • Vietnam’s undiscovered coastline

    Rating: No votes Date: April 13th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Many people travelling to Vietnam will make sure to hit the highlights, such as Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City. Some wanting to make a stop at the beach will add Danang, Nha Trang or Phu [...]
  • New Year's celebrations with water!

    Rating: No votes Date: April 7th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Most countries celebrate the New Year with loud fireworks, but not in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. No, we do it a bit differently on this side of the world – here the New Year is [...]
  • Highlights of Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: April 1st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Talking about the highlights of Myanmar is a difficult choice. What should I name? Yangon with the Swedagon Pagoda, the sacred sight for Burmese people, where they have to come at least once in their [...]
  • Visiting Nha Trang – Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: March 24th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Until the 1970s, Nha Trang was only a small fishing village. Now it is one of the most popular beach destinations in Vietnam. With its 6 kilometre stretch of white, sandy beaches and clear waters, [...]
  • Laos is broadening its tourism appeal

    Rating: No votes Date: March 17th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos has been on plenty of people’s travel bucket list in the past years. And for plenty of good reasons. The country offers many attractions, beautiful rivers (Mekong) and wildlife-filled [...]
  • 36 hours in Hanoi

    Rating: No votes Date: March 9th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam is known for its beautiful French architecture, large lakes, Buddhist pagodas, coffee shops on every street corner and broad boulevards. The city has a history of [...]
  • Mandalay – the last royal ancient city

    Rating: No votes Date: March 3rd 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Mandalay is the second largest city of Myanmar and is home to just over 1 million people. This former royal capital is a dusty, large and flat city. But once you get to know it better, you see that [...]
  • Connecting travellers through food

    Rating: No votes Date: February 25th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Food is such a big trend right now. You can see it everywhere – food halls popping up everywhere, Restaurant weeks in almost every big city in the world, just to name a few. It’s not [...]
  • Celebrating Makha Bucha in Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: February 18th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    One of the exciting things about travelling is getting to know a country and it’s culture. Off course this includes celebrating holidays you’ve never heard about. One of these [...]
  • What to do in Phnom Penh - in only 36hrs?

    Rating: No votes Date: February 10th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and often used as a layover destination to get to more known places such as Angkor Wat or Sihanoukville. If you’re in the capital for only a short [...]
  • The people of Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: February 3rd 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar is an ethnically diverse nation with more than 100 ethnic groups. The government divided all these groups into seven major national ethnic races, mostly looking at their location, instead of [...]
  • A guide to enjoying TET in Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: January 24th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The most important Vietnamese festival and public holiday is around the corner – TET, the Vietnamese New Year and also known as the Lunar New Year. This year Tet is held from 8 till 13 [...]
  • Do you know Battambang?

    Rating: No votes Date: January 21st 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Cambodia is famous for the sacred temples in Siem Reap, and off course it’s capital Phnom Penh. But when travelling a bit more in the country, you’ll realize that there are so many more [...]
  • The 4,000 islands of Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: January 14th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos being a landlocked country – in between Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and China – you would not immediately think the country has islands. Think again, as in the south of Laos [...]
  • Si Pi Bi Lai? – Have you eaten yet?

    Rating: No votes Date: January 7th 2016 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar is a country that is able to offer a great variety of food all year round. Mainly because the country has very fertile soil, good water sources and favourable seasons. It’s no wonder [...]
  • Ringing in the New Year

    Rating: No votes Date: December 30th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    2015 is coming to an end and so we’re right in the middle of the holiday season. We’re in limbo land right now, just having celebrated Christmas and with New Year’s Eve upon us. [...]
  • Celebrating Christmas in Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: December 24th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Traditionally, the countries in Southeast Asia are not celebrating Christmas. And so Cambodia is not any different. Here almost 95% of the people are Buddhist, which means they don’t have the [...]
  • New railway to be built between Laos and China

    Rating: No votes Date: December 16th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    It happens more often that countries work together to work on deals to improve their country’s accessibility. Like Japan whom is helping Vietnam with their metro systems, and Italy is working [...]
  • Charming Siem Reap

    Rating: No votes Date: December 10th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Once a year the Angkor Wat Half Marathon take place in Siem Reap. For me always a good reason to go back, to feel the atmosphere, to visit hotels and this time also again a time to admire the [...]
  • Myanmar’s top destinations

    Rating: No votes Date: December 3rd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar – the official name of the Southeast Asian country, but more commonly known as Burma – is a nation with more than 100 ethnic groups. The country borders India, Bangladesh, China, [...]
  • When to travel in Vietnam?

    Rating: No votes Date: November 26th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Vietnam has a north-to-south distance of about 1,650 kilometers. This is approximately the same distance as traveling from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Porto, Portugal. You can imagine that there [...]
  • Laos’s Elephant March

    Rating: No votes Date: November 13th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Asian elephant is a species under threat, which can be seen when only looking at the numbers of elephants left in Laos. There are only 900 elephants left in Laos, a country once known as the [...]
  • Ho Chi Minh City’s amazing rooftop bars

    Rating: No votes Date: November 6th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is rapidly changing with plenty of new high-rise buildings popping up around town. Despite that, you still don’t have to go very high to enjoy a great rooftop bar with [...]
  • Bolaven Plateau and Champasak

    Rating: No votes Date: October 30th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    For the second half of our Laos trip we went down South and started in Pakse. Pakse is a small city on the Mekong (again), where most people start when they want to travel further down. There is an [...]
  • Discover Luang Prabang and Vientiane

    Rating: No votes Date: October 23rd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    How wonderful it is to travel around for work, to inspect hotels and to enjoy new tours! Experience is my motto and it's great to pass it on to other travelers. This has always been my motivation [...]
  • Exploring the South of Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: October 15th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Cambodia is a small country located in between Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Gulf of Thailand. Even though it’s small, it has a long and interesting history, with a magnificent early [...]
  • Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City will get first ever make-over

    Rating: No votes Date: October 7th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Notre Dame in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is one of the city’s architectural marvels. This incredible structure was built with materials exclusively imported from France, between 1863 and 1880. [...]
  • New tours in Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: September 11th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos is on many people's bucket list and more and more travelers find their way to this country, where there is so much to discover. Therefore, we have renewed and expanded our program! In a [...]
  • New tours in Saigon and Mekong Delta

    Rating: No votes Date: August 28th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Check out our new tours! In Saigon, we have two new tours on the back of a vintage Vespa! Discover Saigon in a very authentic way, the highlights of the city and you get to places you normally never [...]
  • Laos - a delightful surprise for any traveller

    Rating: No votes Date: August 21st 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Less touristy than Thailand, and more relaxing than Vietnam. Laos is often overlooked over its better known neighbours. But even Myanmar which was closed off for decades will probably surpass Laos in [...]
  • 5 must try dishes in Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: August 13th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Vietnamese food means rice in many forms (steamed, noodles, pancakes, porridges), fish sauce (that smelly sauce that immediately changes the entire flavour of a dish, for the better), herbs (fresh [...]
  • The ever changing direction of the Tonlé River

    Rating: No votes Date: August 5th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Tonlé river is a special river located in Cambodia, connecting the Tonlé Sap Lake to the Mekong River. We all are used to rivers that flow from point A to Point B, but not the [...]
  • The Reunification Palace - a 1960’s Time Capsule in Ho Chi Minh City

    Rating: No votes Date: July 31st 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    A Vietnamese flag proudly waves above this whitewashed concrete building known as the Reunification palace. This incredible structure is one that you can’t miss when walking around Ho Chi Minh [...]
  • Myanmar Top emerging destination

    Rating: No votes Date: July 23rd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    For the third year in a row Myanmar was voted top “emerging” destination foreseen to gain popularity in 2015 in a study done by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in December 2014 for the United [...]
  • Owning your own island - it's still possible in Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: July 15th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Ever dreamt of having your own tropical island? A place where you can live and enjoy the beautiful warm waters, sit under your own coconut tree and just enjoy it all? This is exactly what Melita [...]
  • Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: July 8th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Wildlife trafficking involves the illegal gathering, transportation and distribution of animals and their derivatives. This can be done either on international or domestic scale. At this moment, Laos [...]
  • Changing Ho Chi Minh City

    Rating: No votes Date: July 2nd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    I regularly visit places we offer on BeenInAsia. Not only because I love traveling, but also because of the incredibly fast changes some countries in Southeast Asia undergo. When we lived in Ho Chi [...]
  • The rickshaw is still the number one transportation in Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: June 25th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    When thinking of street life in Southeast Asia, plenty of people will think of men paddling guests or loads around in their rickshaw. In many of the bigger cities around this part of the world, the [...]
  • Rooftop bars in Hanoi

    Rating: No votes Date: June 18th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Which rooftop bar should you go to in Hanoi? A great way to discover a new city is by finding a good vantage point, somewhere high up with amazing views where you can get a visual grip on your new [...]
  • Inle Lake - Myanmar’s best kept secret?

    Rating: No votes Date: June 11th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Inle Lake is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places in Myanmar. Most people plan tomake the stopover at Inle Lake while traveling from Yangon to Bagan {or the other way around}, and are [...]
  • Drinking in Southeast Asia

    Rating: No votes Date: June 4th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In many countries around the world there are strict rules on alcohol consumption, with minimum age set from 16 years, minors not being allowed to enter places where alcohol is being served, to total [...]
  • New Code of Conduct for Angkor Wat

    Rating: No votes Date: May 28th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    2015 has been a difficult year for Angkor Wat. Not that they’ve seen a decline in tourist - it is still the number one tourist destination in Cambodia with more than 2 million visitors a year - [...]
  • Bringing Smiles to Vietnamese Children

    Rating: No votes Date: May 21st 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    It’s possible to discover a country in many different types of ways. You can travel around, enjoy the sites, have a homestay or you can volunteer to help out people in need. This is what [...]
  • Visiting the mysterious Plain of Jars in Northeastern Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: May 14th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Plain of Jars is a mystery of bizarre stone jars scattered across the landscape of North East Laos. Hundreds of these ancient Stone Age jars reach as high as 3m and weigh between 650kg and one [...]
  • Pyin Oo Lwin - Myanmar’s Highland City

    Rating: No votes Date: May 8th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In almost every country in Southeast Asia, you’ll find that one place where all the locals go to, to cool down during the scorching hot summer days. For Myanmar, this is Pyin Oo Lwin - or [...]
  • Buddha’s Birthday celebration in Southeast Asia

    Rating: No votes Date: April 30th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Buddha’s Birthday is one of the holiest religious days for Buddhist and is a holiday in many Southeast Asian countries. This day goes by different names in Southeast Asia, it’s called [...]
  • Reunification Day Celebrations in Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: April 23rd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Vietnam War (or the American War as it’s known in Vietnam) was fought between the North of Vietnam - supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies - and the South of [...]
  • Lighting up the sky in Danang!

    Rating: No votes Date: April 16th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    All over the world people love to see fireworks, and there are many places where you can enjoy great firework shows. Just think about the beautiful shows in Macau, Dubai and even Scheveningen in [...]
  • Happy New Year!

    Rating: No votes Date: April 8th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Say what?! Happy New Year? It’s April! How could this be?! Well after the Western New Year on the 31st of December, we celebrated the Chinese New Year in February and now it’s Myanmar, [...]
  • New: the Travel Planner !

    Rating: No votes Date: April 2nd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Would you like to travel to Southeast Asia, but you don't know where to start and how much it will cost? Then the Travel Planner is a great starting point! Click on the country where you want [...]
  • Fascinating Mandalay

    Rating: No votes Date: March 28th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar is a fascinating country, developing really fast. That's why we want to keep up and visit our destinations regularly. Now I went to Mandalay, city of temples, monastries and monks. Half [...]
  • Three days in the Thai jungle. An unforgettable experience!

    Rating: No votes Date: March 19th 2015 Traveller: Maria Soledad
    A customers review: 'Our experience in Northern Thailand, was something incredible! Learned a lot, surprises and adventure (which is what most men want). It is important to note that this tour is [...]
  • Dalat - the city of veggies and flowers, and much more!

    Rating: No votes Date: March 12th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Dalat - a town situated in the South Central part of Vietnam -  offers travelers good weather, great food and plenty of things to do. But when you tell a Vietnamese person you’re about to [...]
  • Discover ASEAN

    Rating: No votes Date: March 6th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (better known as ASEAN) was established in 1967. At that moment the ASEAN countries existed of five members, being Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, [...]
  • Exploring Angkor Wat

    Rating: No votes Date: February 27th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders-Matti
    Angkor Wat is in the top list of places to visit, for almost everyone who’s heading out to Southeast Asia. Not strange, knowing that this is one of the most important archaeological sites in [...]
  • Hanoi & Sapa Culture Tour

    Rating: No votes Date: February 20th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    One of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam is the North of Vietnam with stunning landscapes, green rice terrasses, which in some seasons reflect the clouds and the birds in the water. Colourful [...]
  • Telecom in Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: February 12th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar is one of the few countries in the world where cell phones remain rare. Not so strange, considering that five years ago, buying a cell phone SIM card could cost you more than US$2,000! It was [...]
  • Tet 2015 - Year of the Goat

    Rating: No votes Date: February 5th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In Asia the New Year is not only celebrated on the 1st of January. Several countries are basing their year on the Moon or Lunar Calendar, and so they celebrate the New Year in January or [...]
  • Myanmar’s rapid development

    Rating: No votes Date: January 30th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    As in every major country that is developing quickly, buildings are being erected in high speed. Think about the changes that can be seen over the years in places like Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and [...]
  • Traveling around Vietnam with Kids

    Rating: No votes Date: January 23rd 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    It might not pop into your mind as a great family vacation, but Vietnam definitely is a great place to travel for young and old! A big part of the appeal is the Vietnamese love for kids, toddlers and [...]
  • Social Etiquettes for Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: January 16th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Every country has it’s own social etiquettes, and so does Laos. The Laotians are genuinely friendly people and interacting with them is one of the greatest joys of travelling through the [...]
  • Vietnam’s first metro projects

    Rating: No votes Date: January 8th 2015 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    With a population of 87 million people, Vietnam is a fast growing country - and a busy one too. Many people have seen the video clips of how to cross a street in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or Hanoi. If [...]
  • Ringing in the New Year in Southeast Asia

    Rating: No votes Date: December 30th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    By the end of the year everyone is in a holiday mood. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there always is the big celebration of ending the old, and starting the new year of in great style. [...]
  • Christmas in Southeast Asia

    Rating: No votes Date: December 18th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Dreaming of a white Christmas, but not really lovin’ the cold? Southeast Asia might be the place for you, and with it’s beautiful white beaches in most of the countries you’re sure [...]
  • New tours Northern Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: December 12th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    As we want to keep track on the latest developments, BeenInAsia travels to its destinations, to see the newest hotels and the latest interesting tours. We now went to Northern Vietnam, as this area [...]
  • Fried spider anyone?!

    Rating: No votes Date: December 5th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Southeast Asia is known for its amazing food. Just think about it; pho in Vietnam, fish amok in Cambodia, larb in Laos and āthouq in Myanmar. Prepared on the side of the street or in a local [...]
  • Dandaree Show brings Myanmar’s rich history to life

    Rating: No votes Date: November 28th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar’s rich history will be brought to life in a new cultural show in Bagan, called Dandaree. This show, which was jointly designed by local and foreign companies, started on the 1st of [...]
  • Vietnamese motorbikes

    Rating: No votes Date: November 21st 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Vietnam is known for its huge amounts of motorbikes. It is estimated that in the entire country there are more than 37 million motorbikes driving around. Unlike in many Western Countries, Vietnam [...]
  • ChildSafe Network in Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: November 14th 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Bollen
    Cambodia is one of those wonderful countries to visit in South East Asia. A country with a lot of history, nature and amazing people. Like in many places around the world, you will find poverty and [...]
  • Discovering Hoi An

    Rating: No votes Date: November 7th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    One of the place you can’t miss when visiting Vietnam is Hoi An. This incredible charming city is an UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring a mix of architecture of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese [...]
  • Getting to know Myanmar

    Rating: No votes Date: October 31st 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar opened its doors for international travellers after the reforms in 2011 - offering a world of rich and exotic delights. For many tourists this country has been on top of their wish-list to [...]
  • Angkor Wat Half Marathon - 7 December 2014

    Rating: No votes Date: October 24th 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Schrijver-Bollen
    The half marathon in Angkor Wat is not like any other internationally recognised half marathons. Besides the fact that it’s set in a stunning location - running around the beautiful temples [...]
  • Taking a pitstop in Vang Vieng, Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: October 17th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Vang Vieng is situated about a four hour drive north of Vientiane, halfway down the long Vientiane to Luang Prabang highway. A perfect pitstop in between two of the most spectacular cities of Laos, [...]
  • Memorial Day for the former King of Cambodia

    Rating: No votes Date: October 8th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    When visiting another country it’s always important to know a little bit about its background, and whether there are any special festivities or holidays going on while you’re there. This [...]
  • Reasons to love Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: October 3rd 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Ever thought of visiting Vietnam, but never really had the time to go? Here are a couple of things to love about this amazing country, which might win you over to visit the country sooner than [...]
  • Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Gilding

    Rating: No votes Date: September 26th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Shwedagon Pagoda is the famous landmark of Yangon, Myanmar. It is the most sacred Buddhist site for the people in Myanmar and believed to be 2,500 years old. 'Shwe' means gold and honors [...]
  • New: Myanmar !

    Rating: No votes Date: September 19th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Myanmar, Golden Land. This is the nickname of the country. Throughout the country you will find beautiful pagodas and stupas glistening in the sun. Ancient Buddha statues which are worshiped by the [...]
  • Hotel con Corazón, hotel with a heart

    Rating: No votes Date: September 2nd 2014 Traveller: Gijs & Eva | Hotel con Corazón Cambodia
    Cambodia is a marvellous country with an impressive culture, beautiful nature and hospitable people. Every year more people visit Cambodia to experience the ‘kingdom of wonder’ [...]
  • Vietnam’s Mid-Autumn Festival

    Rating: No votes Date: August 29th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Tet Trung Thu {pronounced as Tet Troong Thoo} in Vietnamese, is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest. For 2014, this [...]
  • Southern Laos - exploring Champasak

    Rating: No votes Date: August 21st 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Laos is often overlooked in favour of its better-known neighbouring countries. For years the country was caught in the middle of two Indochina wars and isolated from the rest of the world. It offers [...]
  • Visiting Sapa in Autumn Time

    Rating: No votes Date: August 14th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Sapa is situated in the North of Vietnam, about 350km from Hanoi and close to the border of China. The Hoang Lien Son mountains dominate this area, and this is the reason why you will find the [...]
  • Visiting Phnom Penh

    Rating: No votes Date: August 7th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    When thinking about Cambodia, Phnom Penh is often overshadowed by the marvellous temples in Siem Reap. However this charming city has a lot to offer, such as the pretty riverfront promenade, buzzing [...]
  • Let’s Run Da Nang 2014 | International Marathon 31 August 2014

    Rating: No votes Date: July 31st 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam and famous for its coastline with its beautiful beaches, on which some of the best resorts in Southeast Asia are situated. Besides that, the city is also [...]
  • Trang An Scenic Landscape recognised as World Heritage Site

    Rating: No votes Date: July 24th 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Bollen
    On 23 June, Vietnam’s Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, it’s the country’s eight World Heritage site. The site was [...]
  • Top 25 Landmarks of the World

    Rating: No votes Date: July 16th 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Bollen
    Every year Tripadvisor makes lists on topics such as the best beaches, hotels and more, as determined from ratings by travellers using their website. Amongst this list you will find the Top 25 [...]
  • Happy Buddhist Lent Day!

    Rating: No votes Date: July 11th 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Bollen
    Several countries in Asia, including Laos and Cambodia, celebrate Buddhist Lent Day annually. If you’re not familiar with this tradition, but you will be in one of these countries on this day, [...]
  • Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City

    Rating: No votes Date: July 3rd 2014 Traveller: Frederiek Ilona Bollen
    As you probably know, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a place filled with motorbikes, currently there are about 4 million motorbikes on the road. Most of the people who live here will drive a motorbike, [...]
  • Angkor Wat run

    Rating: No votes Date: June 27th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Where else can you run better than through the largest temple complex in the world? Half a marathon in a jungle area, between the 1,000 year old majestic temples, place of the Khmer empire. When? On [...]
  • Exhibition 'Humans of Hanoi'

    Rating: No votes Date: June 20th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Ever wondered what the lady who sells you flowers is thinking? Ever thought of what a 101-old lady has gone through in her life ? 'Humans of Hanoi' is a project 'Through the Windows of [...]
  • Temple styles

    Rating: No votes Date: June 15th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Temple styles vary in different parts around Asia. Most Asians believe in Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto and Hinduism. In Vietnam it is a mixture of Buddhism and Taoism - influenced by China. In Laos, [...]
  • À Ố Show in Saigon

    Rating: No votes Date: June 6th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City is not normally open to the public. Except for performances. This is your chance to see both the cozy French Opera House and the swirling À Ố Show. It is [...]
  • Hoi An entrance fee

    Rating: No votes Date: May 30th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The charming little town Hoi An (Vietnam) has introduced  ticket fees. Although the fees existed for entering some historic building, they now set up ticket boots at every entrance of the city. [...]
  • Vintage Jeep Tour Cambodia January 2015

    Rating: No votes Date: May 22nd 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    A unique experience, touring Cambodia by driving your own vintage jeep! You will be escorted by a technical teams and guides, who will tell you all about culture, habits, history and nature. This [...]
  • New: round trips Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: May 13th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Just book, pack & go with our new luxury complete round trips in Vietnam. In 8 to 18 days you will explore Vietnam's lively cities, fascinating country side, green rice terrasses and meet [...]
  • Vietnam Mountain Marathon

    Rating: No votes Date: April 18th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Vietnam Mountain Marathon takes place from 18-22 Sept. in a unique environment of beautiful mountains, green rice terraces and coloured with its beautiful minority tribes. September is the perfect [...]
  • Ultimate jungle experience!

    Rating: No votes Date: April 12th 2014 Traveller: Erik
    Through BeeninAsia we booked the 3 day Jungle Zip Lining in Southern Laos and is was a great experience! We had very good and professional advise, which resulted in having an unforgettable [...]
  • Happy Songkran !

    Rating: No votes Date: April 4th 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Songkran, Pii Mai or Chou Chhnam Khmer  is New Year in several countries  in Southeast Asia, like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar.  It is from 14-16 April and lasts for 3 days. It [...]
  • Cardamon Mountains

    Rating: No votes Date: March 21st 2014 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Lonely Planet listed Cardamon Mountains (in Khmer Kravanh Mountains) in the top 10-list 'most-action packed jungle'. You can stay in the jungle on floating tents [...]
  • When is New Year ?

    Rating: No votes Date: December 28th 2013 Traveller: Claudia
    It's almost New Year.  In Europe, America and Australia ​​all kinds of wishes for the new year are made under the Christmas tree. In Asia, people start the New Year freshly. In [...]
  • Hairdressers in Hanoi

    Rating: No votes Date: November 20th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Why is this picture taken in Hanoi ? Yes, the phone number stamp is definitely in Vietnam and maybe you tried to call it. Most important: these are women as hairdressers ! In HCMC you only see male [...]
  • Activities around Dalat

    Rating: No votes Date: November 8th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    There is no better place than Dalat to go hiking, biking and canyoning ! The atmosphere in Dalat is significantly different to the rest of Vietnam. It is higher above sea level and therefore cool and [...]
  • Nice, funny facts about Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: October 5th 2013 Traveller: Claudia Gharbi
    Why do Chinese eat with chopsticks ? Why are there so many motorbikes in Vietnam ? Anyone who visits Asia, will sooner or later be engaged with questions about cultural aspects or habits. Below we [...]
  • Will you also visit the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia?

    Rating: No votes Date: September 22nd 2013 Traveller: Claudia Gharbi
    Yes, it is still possible! You still have time to arrange your trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia for the Angkor Photo Festival. And that is definitely worth it, because this event is highly appreciated [...]
  • Bangkok by Night

    Rating: No votes Date: September 19th 2013 Traveller: Kevin van Dijk
    Before arriving in Thailand, my girlfriend and I booked a tour with BeeninAsia. We had made an itinerary for ourselves from Bangkok to Chang Mai, and from the north gradually descending to the [...]
  • Rice harvest in Sapa

    Rating: No votes Date: September 13th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    In October rice is harvested from the beautiful rice terraces in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. Mostly women are working in the paddy fields, harvesting the rice manually. This tradional way of [...]
  • Half marathon at Angkor Wat

    Rating: No votes Date: September 3rd 2013 Traveller: Claudia Gharbi
    All sports enthusiasts, attention! You can now combine a spectacular sport and culture event in Cambodia. How? By participating in the Angkor Wat half marathon on December 1, 2013. Imagine running [...]
  • Round trips Laos

    Rating: No votes Date: August 23rd 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    If you don't have time to organize your own trip to Laos, just book one of our round trips. We have classic tours and also a choice for the more adventurous people. Want to change something ? No [...]
  • Did you discover these clubs and bars in Laos?

    Rating: No votes Date: August 10th 2013 Traveller: Claudia Gharbi
    Laos, one of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Asia, offers a variety of temples and world heritage sites. When you think of Laos, you have temples in mind, beautiful nature, Buddha statues [...]
  • Airport Hue reopens

    Rating: No votes Date: August 6th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    On September 20th Hue's Phu Bai Airport will be reopened after a few months closure. This is 2 months earlier than expected. This makes it much easier to travel from/to Hue from Hanoi or Ho Chi [...]
  • restaurants Saigon

    Rating: No votes Date: July 6th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    The best pizza in Ho Chi Minh City you can find at Pizza4P, authentic Vietnamese dishes at Cafe Gao. See more recommended restaurants in our food [...]
  • Saigon Art & History Tour

    Rating: No votes Date: June 28th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Saigon Art & History tour takes a closer look at the major shifts in Vietnam’s modern history through the eyes of artists. From the grand halls of the HCMC Fine Art Museum to the fresh [...]
  • Mia Resort Nha Trang

    Rating: No votes Date: June 20th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Mia Resort Nha Trang is a fantastic place if you want to have a short break at the beach in Vietnam. Only 45 min flight from Saigon, 15 min. from airport and you stay in a lovely setting on the beach [...]
  • Laos live on BeenInAsia.com !

    Rating: No votes Date: June 12th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    A new chapter for BeenInAsia.com, a great addition for traveler who want to discover Laos. Everywhere you will find yourself surrounded by impressive temples, which house the orange-clad monks. Laos [...]
  • 3 days cycling tour Cu Chi & Mekong

    Rating: No votes Date: May 31st 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Want to see the best of South Vietnam ? We have a new fantastic private 3-days cycling tour to Cu Chi - Ben Tre and Can Tho in Mekong Delta. It's a fantastic way to discover the best of the [...]
  • Cruising Mekong Delta

    Rating: No votes Date: May 20th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Cruising the Mekong with overnight on board of a traditional luxury boat or even a private boat for your family. In combination with Phu Quoc for the beach or with Phnom Penh to start your discovery [...]
  • Cambodia in the picture

    Rating: No votes Date: May 15th 2013 Traveller: Carla Rijnders
    Discover Phnom Penh, charming town where past meets present, stay in a beautiful villa resort in Kep, overlooking the sea and unwind yourself on the beach of Rabbit Island. Cambodia has a lot to [...]
  • Sapa and Topas Ecolodge

    Rating: No votes Date: April 16th 2013 Traveller: Katerina Bernova
    During easter holidays I spent a relaxing time in Sapa and sorrounding mountains. As I traveled with our children ( 7 and older) without my husband I wanted to be safe and without bad surprise. [...]
  • Lovely and exploring trip to the Mekong Delta | Vietnam

    Rating: No votes Date: January 22nd 2013 Traveller: Christina
    What a lovely 2-day-trip we had to the Mekong Delta. Even with knowing the area already we saw again a beautiful and stunning side from Vietnam. It was so interesting to see how the area changed over [...]
  • Lovely Hoi An and the Cham culture at My Son

    Rating: No votes Date: January 12th 2013 Traveller: Violette
    We had a great time in Hoi An! Thanks to BeeninAsia.com we found the Frangipani villa for the night. It is a cosy hotel with great amenities. We enjoyed riding the free bicycles into town and to the [...]
  • A visit to Ha Long Bay .... a must

    Rating: No votes Date: December 6th 2012 Traveller: Harry
    The trip started on check-in, and then we went aboard a beautiful boat with a private cabin with shower and toilet. The boat (Bhaya), where we spent the night, had a spacious restaurant deck, where [...]
  • Mysterious Luang Prabang

    Rating: No votes Date: September 12th 2012 Traveller: Renske
    If you are in Luang Prabang, you should get up before sunrise, to experience the alm giving tradition to the monks.That's what I think. The children think differently. "It is holiday" [...]
  • Vietnam, the easy riders

    Rating: No votes Date: June 29th 2012 Traveller: Nieke
    A few adventurous days, since we had decided to do a tour with "the easy riders", an organization for motor trips to see Vietnam in another way. We were two mothers and five kids between 6 [...]
  • Vietnam, Hoi An

    Rating: No votes Date: May 16th 2012 Traveller: Carla
    One of the most beautiful towns in Vietnam I have seen is Hoi An. Nowhere else will you have such a nice streets, full of yellow, old houses. Everywhere you find restaurants and many shops. We were [...]
  • Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City: a cyclo ride

    Rating: No votes Date: March 14th 2012 Traveller: Bert/Frank
    We had a wonderful experience, sitting in a cyclo, traversing the streets in the Chinese district of Ho Chi Minh City. It is the way to safely experience the traffic and at the same time to see much [...]