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May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

South AfricaTanzaniaMorocco, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
FamilyAdventureCoast
Dec 4, 2018

The best things to do in Vietnam

Kati Taylor

From exploring the forests and sampling the cuisine of the Mekong Delta to cycling round Ha Noi and taking boat trips round Lan Ha Bay, we have worked with our local experts to pick out the very best experiences to be had in Vietnam. Read on for more inspiration...

Vietnam
FebruaryMarchApril, +3
Food & DrinkBoat JourneysHighlights, +6
Oct 10, 2018

Off the Beaten Track in Vietnam

Martha Hales

A trip to Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without including the popular honeypots of Hoi An, Hanoi and Phu Quoc, but should you want to find some quieter corners, this blog post offers some of TravelLocal’s favourite places to get off the beaten track in Vietnam.

Vietnam
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Undiscovered BeachesOff the Beaten PathCoast
Jul 19, 2018

Our top 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Martha Hales

There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites found all over the globe. It is therefore rather difficult to decide which ones to prioritise visiting - whether that's the ever popular Taj Mahal or the lesser-known segments of the Great Wall of China. We've picked out some of our favourite UNESCO recognised sites to help narrow your search.

KyrgyzstanArgentinaBrazil, +15
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HighlightsHistoryClassic, +1
Nov 23, 2017

November News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Huw and Tom, TravelLocal's founders and MDs, give an update on what we have been up to in November, including awards for Ecuador at The Savoy and the launch of Japan.

CambodiaEcuadorJapan, +8
CoastWildlifeUnique to TravelLocal, +1
Oct 6, 2017

Getting to know Ho Chi Minh City

Samantha Fergusson

Once known as Saigon, and still going by that name to the locals, Ho Chi Minh city is a buzzing metropolis full of busy markets, historic sites and great views.

Vietnam
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Colonial EraHistoryFood & Drink
Aug 23, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Zheng He

Martha Hales

Heralded figure of China, Zheng He lived an adventurous life, leading huge fleets across the globe to open China's trade routes. Follow in his footsteps with these destinations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

MalaysiaIndiaChina, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalGreat JourneysAdventure, +2
Aug 10, 2017

Take the kids to... Asia

Corinne Homer

Prepare in advance and Asia makes for a magical destination to bring your curious, adventurous kids. Read on to learn about countries to choose and tips to consider when planning a memorable family trip to Asia.

Myanmar (Burma)IndonesiaSri Lanka, +1
CoastFamilyAdventure, +1
Jul 12, 2017

Highlights of the Mekong River

Martha Hales

Stretching over 4000km, the Mekong is a diverse and sprawling river which has become an iconic feature of Southeast Asia. It also makes an ideal starting point for building your dream travel itinerary, read on for our top tips...

LaosVietnamCambodia
Great JourneysCoast
Jul 4, 2017

Top 5 Rural Destinations

Kati Taylor

Fresher air, fewer people and swaths of flora and fauna - there are no end of reasons why global travellers move off the beaten path. Here are some of the world’s best rural retreats, by TravelLocal.

MoroccoKyrgyzstanColombia, +1
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Mar 27, 2017

Why choose a local travel company over a big brand tour operator?

Jodie Hoff

Buying local is good for everyone - better value for the customer and a fairer deal for the people on the ground. Read on to find out more about the benefits of choosing a local operator…

VietnamCambodia
Feb 17, 2017

Street Food around the World

Yettio Travel Magazine

Yettio Travel Magazine give us their top tips on where to sample the best of the world street food scene...

MoroccoThailandVietnam, +2
Food & Drink
Jan 20, 2017

Top Travel Blogs: TravelDudes

Timothy Vivian-Shaw

TravelLocal loves the travel blogging community and the advice it offers. Read on to see our interview with Melvin, founder of TravelDudes…

LaosCambodiaVietnam
Safari
Jan 11, 2017

More for your Money

Kati Taylor

It can be easy to overspend when travelling but there are plenty of ways to save money and still have an incredible experience! Read on for our top tips…

UzbekistanGeorgiaVietnam, +4
Food & DrinkUnique to TravelLocal
Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving around the world

Martha Hales

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at other prominent food-centric festivals around the world. Read on to find out more…

ArgentinaGeorgiaChina, +2
November
CulturalFestivalsFood & Drink
Nov 4, 2016

Vietnamese Street Food: from Pho to Bun Cha

Martha Hales

Vietnam is a real foodie destination and the sheer variety of dishes on offer is enough to give anyone ordering anxiety! We examine the best of street food, where to get it and why it’s worth sampling...

Vietnam
FebruaryMarchApril, +3
Food & Drink
Sep 29, 2016

Coffee Culture: from Bean to Brew

Corinne Homer

Love of coffee extends beyond continental lines and the question of how to take it is a loaded one. Read on to find out about some of the most intriguing coffee customs around the world...

EthiopiaBrazilChina, +3
SeptemberOctober
Food & Drink
Jul 18, 2016

Top 5 Vietnam Destinations For Scenery

Martha Hales

Want to capture some incredible photos while you travel? Look no further than the stunning surrounds of Vietnam. Here are our top 5 Vietnamese locations with scenery to die for.

Vietnam
Adventure
Jul 4, 2016

Get Away This Christmas And New Year

Huw Owen

Looking for somewhere to escape to this Christmas and New Year? Visit China and see the Great Wall blanketed in snow, or relax on Kerala's beaches in India...

ChinaVietnamIndia
Classic
Jul 4, 2016

Three Trips To Go On Next Week

Huw Owen

Find yourself with a few weeks spare? Spotted some flight bargains? Consider one of these destinations, all of which can be visited at the drop of a hat.

Sri LankaThailandVietnam
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Classic
Jul 4, 2016

Saigon...by Vespa?

Huw Owen

If you're looking for something to do in Ho Chi Minh (aka Saigon) then having a tour by motorbike is highly recommended, as Huw Owen, TravelLocal founder, discovered...

Vietnam
Classic
Jul 4, 2016

Why The Low Season Is The New High Season

Huw Owen

Avoid the thronging crowds, overcrowded hotels and over-priced air fares by travelling in the blissful peace and quiet of the low season.

IndiaVietnamChina
Classic
Jul 4, 2016

Ideas For Autumn Trips

Huw Owen

Do you need some inspiration for where to go this Autumn? Here are some ideas for where is great to visit, including Sapa in Vietnam, Yunnan Province in China and Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

UzbekistanChinaVietnam
SeptemberAugustOctober, +1
ClassicWalking & Hiking
Jul 4, 2016

Sapa - A Journey Into The Highlands Of Vietnam

Huw Owen

Jill and Martin, holiday-makers with TravelLocal, spill the beans on the wonders of Sapa in Vietnam. Bustling markets followed by stunning scenery - it's hard to beat.

Vietnam
CulturalWalking & Hiking
Jul 4, 2016

The Tunnels Of Cu Chi - Resistance And Ingenuity In Vietnam

Huw Owen

The Cu Chi Tunnels were integral in the Viet Cong's ability to survive the American bombings during the Vietnam War. Visiting them is a truly eye-opening experience.

Vietnam
History
Jul 4, 2016

The Ghosts Of The Vietnam War - A Walk Around Saigon's Reunification Palace

Huw Owen

A visit to the Palace of Reunification is a must for any visit to Saigon, now named Ho Chi Minh City. There, you can immerse yourself in the tumultuous history of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam
History
Jun 14, 2016

An Alternative New Year

Huw Owen

For those of you that have the January blues, here is TravelLocal's selection of the best New Year celebrations to come in 2018.

VietnamCambodiaChina, +1
FebruaryAprilNovember
Cultural
Jun 13, 2016

Stopping over in Dubai

Huw Owen

Dubai is the perfect stopover destination, serviced by some of the best airlines in the world, and is almost certain to be sunny. We've put together a few ideas for 24 hours in this unique city so you can make the most out of any stay.

EthiopiaIndiaSouth Africa, +8
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Jun 7, 2016

The Global Reach Of Craft Beer - One Night In Hanoi

Huw Owen

It would appear that Hanoi is the unlikely home of a growing number of microbreweries...! Wonderfully cheap, deliciously fresh, and the perfect accompaniment to fantastic Vietnamese cuisine.

Vietnam
Food & Drink
Jun 3, 2016

The Legacy Of General Giap

Huw Owen

Travel through Vietnam & Laos and see how the actions of General Giap have influenced the countries. From Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu, you will discover both beauty and history.

Vietnam
HistoryCross Border