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HAPPENINGS vietnam / lAOs / cambodia danang / Luang Prabang / Phnom Penh SPOTLIGHT Good Food, Good Wine and Good Coffee When in Danang, take the Ba Na cable car – one of the most impressive and scenic cable car lines in the world – to the French Village on Ba Na Hills. There, you’ll discover a unique architectural work that transports you to ancient France. But a visit to Ba Na Hills won’t be complete without a check of the of 100-metre long Debay Ancient Wine Cellar which was dug deep in Ba Na Mountain in 1923. Don’t miss a chance to grab a bottle of wine and enjoy it with Vietnamese cuisine at a Hoi An restaurant, which evokes the atmosphere of an ancient town similar to Hue. From Cherries to Cup Another café worth checking out for coffee aficionados in Luang Prabang lies next to L’Elephant Café on Khem Khong Road. Saffron Coffee Espresso, Brew Bar and Roastery offers various ways to experience your Arabica coffee – hot or cold, French press or drip. All of their specially-selected coffee beans come from the mountains near Luang Prabang. Your coffee experience shouldn’t stop at the tasting. Saffron also takes you to a “Cherry to Cup Tour” where you can witness the beginning to the end of the coffee journey – picking coffee beans when they are still fresh red ‘cherries,’ to the drying, roasting, and finally the coffee-making process itself; to be savoured by the cup. saffroncoffee.com But if you’d rather read postcards than get absorbed in social media, go to Café Postal, a modern French bar with modern and contemporary art that adorns their brick walls with postcard correspondence. Visit the bar at Mercure Danang, open from 6:30am till 10pm, where the café serves a wide range of international wines, specialty coffee and upscale tasty snacks. mercure-danang-banahills-frenchvillage.com/food-beverage/cafe-postal, Tel: +84 5113 799 888 Never-ending Café Culture Of all the itineraries and activities in this World Heritage City, Café Culture is one of the most fascinating cafés to enjoy a cup of coffee – and sits on the patio. Downtown Luang Prabang on and around Sisavangvong road is the easiest place on earth to indulge in café hopping. They’re all within walking distance, if not next to each other. You could be drawn to one of two Joma Bakery Cafés while doing the morning run along Khan and Khong rivers that run through the city. The one on Khan River gives you quiet ambience, while the other one by Chao Fa Ngum statue is livelier. But both serve the best organic coffee, grown in southern Laos by a farmers’ cooperative. Signature treats include fresh squeezed juice from locally grown passion fruit and gourmet ice cream – something for non-coffee drinkers. joma.biz Heritage Night If you are more of a night person, make sure to go for free flow beer and nonstop music for only $10 at the Mansion Heritage Bar in the old town of Phnom Penh. It’s just a few steps from the Royal Palace, opposite the National Museum on Sothearos Boulevard. An old, abandoned and almost torn down French colonial villa built in 1910 by a wealthy Cambodian trader comes alive at night, hosting concerts and art performances. Other forms of evening entertainment include film screenings (Mondays) and live music (Wednesdays). The Mansion operates daily from 5pm till late night. fcccambodia.com 110