Monika Sundem

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Zebra in wet season
The best time to visit Zimbabwe varies depending on where your main interest lies and what you hope to spot most while on a safari. The best game viewing tends to occur during dry season (May - Oct), …
Ngamo Plains in wet season
The majority of visitors to Zimbabwe will take a tour and safari in the northern part of the country only, typically visiting Hwange National Park and combining it with a tour of Victoria Falls …
The people and culture of Myanmar are the result of centuries of influences from various ethnic minorities and outside foreign influences. Ancient Burmese culture has been heavily influenced by …
Sunrise over Bagan temples
Measuring close to the size of Texas, Myanmar is the second largest country in all of Southeast Asia and is divided into four distinct regions by its topography. The Arakan Yoma Mountains in the West …
Temples in the jungle
Historically known as Burma, the origins of the people of Myanmar can be traced to the Indo-Aryans who first settled the area in the 7th century BC and Mongolians who invaded the region under Khan in …
Cultural experiences in Myanmar
Looking to enjoy a week long Myanmar tour? First take a look at some of those main highlights to get a feel for which destinations best fit for your travel tastes. Yangon – The largest city, …
A local woman with thanaka paste on face farms for rice
Determining the ideal time to take your tour to Myanmar depends greatly on the specific regions you plan to visit during your stay. Tropical monsoon weather patterns affect each region in …
Fresh seafood at a Cambodian market
Cambodian cuisine, like most countries in southeast Asia, is a conglomerate of influences from the surrounding neighbors and evidence of its history of foreign occupation. Influences from China, …
Pho noodles
Cuisine in Vietnam is quite varied with many foreign influences having affected its development over the years. In the north of Vietnam, heavy Chinese influence has led to the more heavy use of stir …
Noodles in Laos
Lao cuisine is a notably absent option among other Asian culinary influences in the U.S. Even a quick google search for Laotian restaurants in diverse cities such as New York or San Francisco will …
Vietnames boy collecting peppers
Sa Pa (or Sapa) town is located in the Lao Cai province, approximately an hour drive from the town of Lao Cai in northwestern Vietnam. Considered to be the tourism center for the northwest region, …
Evening view over Luang Prabang
Laos is a land locked country with a northern mountainous region, a central plateau, and a southern wetlands region. Given the monsoon weather of the country, the majority of the habitat here …
Giving alms to a monk
If you rise early in Luang Prabang, you will notice an interesting and sacred daily ritual takes place in its streets. For as long as Buddhism has been prevalent in Laos, the monks here have been …
In memory of the killing fields of Phnom Penh
The Khmer Rouge was the name given to the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. Led by Pol Pot, this ultra-marxist party sought to create an self-sufficient agrarian utopian society by force, …
Halong Bay Vietnam
Ha Long Bay (or Halong Bay) located in Northeast Vietnam covers an area of about 600 square miles which includes 1,969 islands. The Bay is divided into three main parts, called the ‘core’ …

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