The "big" boat One of the things that everyone will say you MUST do while you're in Vietnam, is visit the Mekong Delta. It's not like saying you should visit the Thames. Or even the Norfolk Broads. The Mekong Delta region covers 15,000 square miles - the final stages of the Mekong river's journey … Continue reading The Mekong Delta
I promise I will be writing about the Mekong Delta and my time in Saigon soon, but for now I'm going to shove Phu Quoc in your faces. Because I'm here right now and it makes sense. Phu Quoc is sort of up and coming as far as small, Southeast Asian islands go. While the … Continue reading Phu Quoc Island
It being February, I've visited Mui Ne in winter. It is a mere 32 degrees Celsius. It is possible that choosing to stay in canvas tents in the hot "winter" sun is not as fun and joyous an idea as it initially seemed. Camping on the beach! Frolicking in the sand! Great warm-weather activities, until … Continue reading Sunshine and dunes at Mui Ne
Sleeper buses are an exhausting experience. Contrary to what their name would suggest, sleeper buses are not a place that much sleeping will happen. Even if you're on one for almost 20 hours like I recently was. This relaxing display of soothing night lights is an example of what a 15 hour sleeper bus journey … Continue reading Sleeper buses!
Hoi An is known for being one of the most romantic destinations in Southeast Asia. Full of honeymooning couples, Hoi An (also known as Lantern Town) is a beautiful town full of winding streets and old French architecture, and is actually a UNESCO world heritage side- which has its pros and cons. By night, the … Continue reading Hoi An, Lantern Town
This post is part of a travel diary from 2016 - but has been updated in 2018 to include more useful information about Mai Chau 13/02/16: For our next expedition, me and the dong millionaires take a little spin over to Mai Chau. About 4 hours drive from Hanoi, Mai Chau, we're told, is a … Continue reading Off the beaten track in Mai Chau
One quick spin round Hanoi later and it's off to Ha Long Bay with the other bunk-bed dwellers from the hostel. Ha Long is about a 3 hour drive from Hanoi and can be reached by public bus as well as with private tour buses- as it's lunar new year right now and public transport … Continue reading Cruising around Ha Long Bay
Today I've been walking around Hanoi admiring all the views and trying really hard not to get run over by a moped. So far I'm doing well, despite the fact that some of the roads and side streets look like this- Had my first Pho (noodle soup), which was delicious, eating at a … Continue reading Hanging out in Hanoi
I made it! After 18 hours and 3 flights travelling, featuring serious turbulence and a nearly-missed connection, I'm in Hanoi!This is the busiest, maddest place I've ever been. Crossing the road is almost impossible and everything is a sea of people and mopeds.Had a few drinks down Ta Hien tonight (aka Beer Street, aka Hanoi's … Continue reading Welcome to Vietnam!