The Hidden Gem of the Grand Canyon: Horseshoe Bend

Jess Valentine

After it being near the top of our USA bucket list for years, we finally got to experience how grand the Grand Canyon really is. After our visit many people asked us, “Which rim of the Grand Canyon is best?”

Unlike Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia does not boast a particularly strong gastronomic reputation. Unfortunately, during Cambodia’s tumultuous Khmer Rouge Era, many of the once staple dishes were wiped out. However, there are still plenty of dishes that will leave any foodie impressed with their stomachs full. Perhaps unexpectedly, there are major Thai and Vietnamese influences found within the dishes while the Cambodians preference for strong, sour taste is notable.

Cambodia holds a wealth of traditional and international festivals throughout the calendar year. Most of the time, visitors can participate in the celebrations with locals. It is during these festivals with the country comes together with a shared understanding of the values and traditions, and even during times of hardship, people will focus on these events and try their hardest to make it the best ever. Almost all of the traditional festivals are influenced by Buddhism, Hinduism and royal cultures. Cover-More will take you through the most important Cambodian festivals that take place throughout the year.

You have been saving for your dream vacation for months on end and finally you have booked your tickets, packed your bags and are waiting to head out the door and into the unknown. But first there are a few things you should do, and a few tips that you should keep in mind to make sure that all that hard-earned money of yours doesn't go down the drain and instead goes to the things you really want to do. Plus with these tips you may be able to stretch your budget and do even more than you planned!


Khmer, also called Cambodian, is the language spoken by most of the people of Cambodia, as well as in parts of northeastern Thailand and southern Vietnam. Khmer belongs to the Austroasiatic group of languages, which are widely spread throughout mainland Southeast Asia.

Even with the tumultuous history that Cambodia has, the infectious smiles of its residents will leave you with a sense of the optimism and unbreakable spirit that pervades the entire country.

As a UNESCO site, Hue is full of tombs and palaces, rich history to be explored. The days can be long and hot and though you may have come to learn about the history of the formal capital city, you may find that your tired limbs are aching for a relaxing day at the beach.

It isn’t often an entire city makes it on to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, but Hue is one such exception. UNESCO’s mission is to encourage international cooperation for the conservation of the world’s cultural and natural heritage. Hue made the list in 1993 and has since brought an endless flow of tourists to the small city where history buffs and curious tourists can see pieces of what imperial Vietnam used to look like.

Planning a holiday is all about living your daydreams. After all, you’ve been thinking about what you’ll do in Vietnam for a while; you’ve done the research on the attractions and accommodations and flights. There is likely one part of the trip that you haven’t yet considered, though: how to get around Vietnam once you land from Australia.

Hue (pronounced “hway”) is located on the banks of the Song Huong-Perfume River where it serves as the capital of the Thien Hue province in central Vietnam. Here, you will find palaces, pagodas, tombs, temples, history and much more to explore and enjoy. While this city doesn’t have the same “big city”-esque vibe as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Hue has its own charm and draw for tourists and locals alike. Perhaps the most impressive accolade of the city is its UNESCO World Heritage site status. While many of the finest buildings from imperial Vietnam were destroyed during the Vietnam War, there are still plenty of artefacts and history to sate the most voracious of history lovers.

Right in the heart of Hanoi is a public park where you can get your fix of nature. It’s called Ho Hoan Kiem Lake, and the strip of park meets multiple needs for the cities inhabitants—from a space to practice your sport of choice, to a prime picnicking spot, and much more. While the lake itself is on the smaller side, Ho Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi’s cultural and historic heart, which explains why the park is always busy from the first break of sunlight all the way through twilight.