Relaxing on Cat Ba Island (Vietnam)

Relaxing on Cat Ba Island (Vietnam)

I decided to jump ship. My trip to Halong Bay was only for 2 nights and I missed being near the sea after 8 weeks of travelling inland. I decided to stay on Cat Ba Island for an extra couple of nights and go exploring. I had thought that I would go hiking and kayaking...
Tam Coc (Three Caves) (Vietnam)

Tam Coc (Three Caves) (Vietnam)

Visiting Tam Cốc (“three caves”) is a 3 hour excursion by small boat along the Ngo Dong River. The landscape is beautiful rice fields and karst towers. We floated through three natural caves (Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba). The largest cave is 125m long with a...
The Mystery of The Perfume Pagoda (Vietnam)

The Mystery of The Perfume Pagoda (Vietnam)

The Perfume Pagoda (or Huong Pagoda) is a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. It was not what I expected at all! I had imagined a beautiful building, what I saw what a beautiful gift of nature.    ...
The Beauty of Halong Bay (Vietnam)

The Beauty of Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Halong Bay is one of those places that I kept hearing about; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and gorgeous scenery. I was determined to explore! I’d heard some horror stories about people crammed onto boats, super-heated rooms and mosquitoes galore so I decided to upgrade...
The mountains of Sapa (Vietnam)

The mountains of Sapa (Vietnam)

Sapa was a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Hanoi. I caught the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai in a 4 berth cabin. As we left Hanoi the train was bouncing all over the tracks and I thought I could actually get sea sick on land! Luckily the ride calmed...
The Chaos of Hanoi

The Chaos of Hanoi

What a place! I admit that it wasn’t my favourite place. A combination of very hot weather, very noisy traffic and locals who saw me as a walking dollar sign meant that I lost my sense of humour while walking around. I stayed in Hanoi for a few days in between other...
The best of Vietnam awards go to…

The best of Vietnam awards go to…

I’m heading to Asia again in a couple of weeks and it got me thinking about a trip to Vietnam that I took in 2011. Because it was such a great place to visit I thought a couple of awards needed to be given: Best use of a cyclo goes to…     Best head for...
Learning to cook in Vietnam

Learning to cook in Vietnam

 Today I had the best food of my whole trip and I helped to make it!  We had been keen on doing a cooking course while we were and holiday and finally settled on a class run by the Gioan Restaurant. The owner was very friendly and we got to choose 4 dishes that we...
The best coffee in the world? (Vietnam…)

The best coffee in the world? (Vietnam…)

In between our morning at My Son and crunchy omelet there was an afternoon adventure…  The heavy rain began to fall as we left so it was time to try my first Vietnamese coffee (I’d been watching my friend’s increasing addiction so far). The coffee...
My Son ruins (Vietnam)

My Son ruins (Vietnam)

The morning began with me sitting on a baloney overlooking the quiet, still river, freshly showered, with the early morning heat already infusing my face. The light rain is gently cooking the air; unusual as the rain usually falls in the afternoon. The town is already...

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