Asia

Ayutthaya or Sukhothai? Which is the best?

Ayutthaya or Sukhothai: the ancient Siamese cities:  which one is the best? This article was originally published in January 2016 has been updated with new information.  It also contains affiliate links and/or references to our advertisers. We may receive compensation...

Things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An.  I had heard mixed reviews about this city in Vietnam.  It seemed that everybody loved it but many people didn't like its Disneyfied atmosphere: so I went to find out for myself what the truth was about Hoi An and what there was to do there. [grwebform...

Hmong New Year in Laos

 .....and is being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site Award a blessing or a curse? After two days on the slow boat from Thailand to Laos we arrived at the UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang which sits, as do most major towns in Laos, on the banks of the Mekong...

Did you know there was a secret war in Laos?

Did you know that there was once a secret war in Laos? Did you know that since the end of that war more than 20,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO - unexploded bombs? I want to tell you about the secret war in Laos because its after-effects still have such...

Travel in Laos: Vang Vieng, Vientiane & Pakse

Travel in Laos: Vang Vieng, Vientiane and Pakse You can truly appreciate the diversity and the beauty of Laos when you travel the length of it.  Travel in Laos is not easy but it is worth the effort. The climate, the people, the clothes, the food and the scenery all...

Photo tour of Hanoi, Vietnam

Let me take you on a photo tour of Hanoi, Vietnam. I spent nearly 3 weeks in the city.  It is chaotic and polluted, noisy and huge but at the same time there are pockets of quiet and green, temples and lakes. I used a compact Panasonic Lumix camera and my mobile phone...

Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi by train – in 33 hours

We could have taken a series of night busses to get from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, but my friend Debs and I decided to go by train.  It would take 33 hours!  Two months previously Gosia and I had entered Vietnam overland at the middle point from Laos and we had headed...

Things to do and see in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is a country of contradictions and contrast; possibly more so than many other countries that I have visited - and here in Ho Chi Minh City the differences really stand out. In the beginning I took some time to warm to Vietnam, but as soon as I acknowledged...

Lak Lake Vietnam in photos

Lak Lake in the Central Highlands of Vietnam is a magical place. In this article the photographs will tell their own story about this wonderful region.  Join me as I show you beautiful, tranquil images from this region   I spent almost a week recharging my batteries...

Dalat Lake or Lak Lake. What’s the difference?

Lakes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam Vietnam has lakes.  Lots of them!  Two of the most beautiful lakes - Dalat Lake and Lak Lake are in the Central Highlands - yet they couldn’t be more different from each other. Dalat Lake Dalat is a mountain town famous with...

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