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Nick Pulley
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Founder & Managing Director of Selective Asia, a tailor-made tour operator based in the UK
Founder & Managing Director of Selective Asia, a tailor-made tour operator based in the UK

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If you happen to be in Luang Prabang on Thursday, head down to the banks of the Nam Khan River and soak up the atmosphere of the Boat Racing Festival. Huge crowds line the riverbanks to cheer on the village teams who paddle furiously along the river in traditional wooden boats. There’s a cash prize (as well as a trophy) so it’s a competitive day! We suggest you get there early to bag the best riverside spot.
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News has reached us from Vietnam this week of potential plans to lift the nightlife curfew in Hanoi. Currently all cafes, bars and nightclubs in the city must close at midnight, but there is talk of extending the curfew to appeal to western visitors and stimulate the capital’s tourism sector. There has been opposing reactions to this news: nightlife will encourage more spending which is of course good for the economy; but on the flip side there are many locals who would rather Hanoi doesn’t turn into the next Bangkok. Have you been to Hanoi - what do you think?
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2016-08-26
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If you’re planning a trip to ‪#‎Japan this winter get your holiday off to a gourmet start by flying in business class on ANA. The airline challenged ‘Seven Samurai Chefs’ to create a unique Japanese donburi (rice bowl dish) that would feature as a light meal on their business class menu. Piero Leone (Head Chef at the Royal Exchange’s Restaurant Sauterelle), created the winning dish which comprises of seven ingredients, including calamari, scallops and prawns seared with a touch of sesame oil and ponzu sauce. Certainly not your average in-flight dining experience, this beautiful looking dish will feature alongside other culinary creations by leading chefs (including three Michelin star chef Kunio Tokuoka) on ANA flights between London and Tokyo Haneda from 1st December.

If you’re in London on Sunday and fancy a taste of ‪#‎Asia, head to Trafalgar Square, where a cultural festival will be celebrating all things Indonesian. Sadly there won’t be any white sandy beaches but you’ll be able to sample Indonesian food, watch traditional dancing, get involved in traditional crafts, and more. No tickets required.
https://www.london.gov.uk/eve…/2016-08-14/indonesia-day-2016

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Yes, the weather in the UK is pretty dismal at the moment - grey skies, low cloud and rain here in Brighton this morning. But spare a thought for Myanmar where monsoon rains have brought flooding to the Mandalay region, which has been so bad that it has been necessary to evacuate monasteries, and increasing river levels have actually submerged the iconic U Bein Bridge.
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2016-08-02
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We know how you all love an Asian train journey. The Tea Country train, for example, that trundles through the hills of central Sri Lanka, passing endless tea plantations is one of our most popular experiences. It's a leisurely way to experience the countryside and offers the opportunity to interact with the locals. So we thought you'd be interested to read about this slightly unique rail journey...
http://www.traveller.com.au/singapores-ghost-railway-an-oasis-of-calm-gmdv48

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As the end of term approaches at the Lone Buffalo Foundation in Phonsavan we have received an update about the students in our sponsored class, 2B. Congratulations to Miss Daophasouk and Khoua Neng Vang who were awarded Student of the Month for May and June respectively.
Although senior students take a break for summer, classes continue for 2B students (if they are able to study) and as a result some of them may be in a position to move up to Advanced Level in September. This makes it possible for the Foundation to offer more spaces for beginners which is good news as they anticipate another 200 students registering in August!
The Foundation’s football coaching programme is also going from strength to strength. 7 more students are lined up for coaching certificates in October and the senior coach will take his FIFA license in August.
We’ll keep you updated on their progress, but in the meantime click here to read more about this inspirational non-profit organisation: https://www.facebook.com/lonebuffalo.
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2016-07-19
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At least one thing's still certain... http://s-asia.net/29aaNX1

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As you know, when we visited Bangkok recently for the weekend, we transported (via space in our suitcases) several kilos of baby & infant clothing on behalf of Fern’s Friends and distributed them amongst our local teams. These clothes have now reached the Gift of Happiness Foundation in Northern Thailand; the Residential Nursery Shwegone Daing & New Light Direction Foundation in Myanmar; the Cambodian Children’s Fund in Phnom Penh and an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City which cares for children who are HIV+. HUGE thanks to our local teams.
Based in Brighton, Fern’s Friends was established to collect clothes for orphans around the globe and distributes them by using unused luggage space on flights – which is where we stepped in. It’s an inspiring project that we were only too happy to support, and it’s heart-warming to see their efforts reaching children in need.
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2016-06-28
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At the end of October, Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market is due to close down and move to a modern facility on the outskirts of the city. Go now and experience the largest fish market in the world in its original historical location whilst you can.The atmospheric narrow streets that surround the market are as much of an attraction as the market itself, packed as they are with food stalls and restaurants that are especially popular with locals at the weekend. I took this last November as I walked around the side streets streets in the late morning.
I always like to combine a visit to this part of town with a few minutes at Hama-Rikyu Teien - the serene Edo-era gardens that were once the Tokyo residence of the Tokugawa shogun dynasty.
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