Asia

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...

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 also lamented its Disneyfied atmosphere so I went to find out for myself what are the things to do in Hoi An, and this is what I discovered. Love is in the air....

Central Highlands & Hoi An EasyRiders Tour

Let me tell you about the Central Highlands and how the Hoi An Easyriders Tour around this region finally made me love Vietnam. Vietnam is a country of motorbikes. A population of nearly 90 million people ride 38 million motorbikes and everywhere you can find tours on...

Hue to Danang, Vietnam

We had crossed the border from Laos and we had travelled by bus to Hue which is a large city near to the coast in the middle of Vietnam.  In order to avoid the cold weather we had crossed just where the climate changes and where the country is divided by a range of...

Don Det and the 4000 Islands

New Year on Don Det and the 4000 Islands Gosia and I met Delia as we were all squashed in a hot tin box of a bus together on our way to Don Det and the 4000 islands.  Squatting uncomfortably on child sized plastic seats in the aisle we were soon chatting away and we...

Champasak shadow puppets, Vat Phou & more

We had a dilemma!  Gosia and I were planning to spend New Year in the 4000 Islands in the far south of Laos, but the question was, should we break our journey and go and see the Champasak shadow puppets?  Champasak sounded like a tiny one street town (it was), with...

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