Almost a local in Hoi An

When we decided to spend 6+ months in Asia as part of a sabbatical, we had the choice of many destinations and a little time in each.  Or trying to become a local whilst slackpacking, i.e. slower paced backpacking. Most travellers have a quest to tick off as many countries and places as possible, but... Continue Reading →

Hanoi to Hoi An by train

Hanoi to Hoi An by train was quite an experience for me. But before I continue, I need to come clean and explain that I do not have much experience of train travel in Asia or other parts of the world. About 10 years ago we took a trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which... Continue Reading →

Getting to know the Vietnamese

If my first impression of Vietnam was an assault to the senses, the next was a slow burn of charm, enchantment and delight. As time goes by, and I am getting to know the real Vietnam, I am loving it!  Don't get me wrong, there are still a few experiences which irritate and annoy me,... Continue Reading →

Bangkok – Food Heaven

Just how good is the food in Bangkok?  OK, I have to come clean, we love Thai food, so this blog is not entirely impartial.  On this trip to Thailand we decided to look for something beyond a pad thai and a red curry... and hopefully discover Bangkok - food heaven. Thais love hot food;... Continue Reading →

Hanoi La Vision Hotel poisoned us

I bet your first thought at the "Hanoi La Vision Hotel poisoned us", was one of food poisoning, but you'd be wrong! I am talking harmful stuff which could have had a terrible outcome. Let me start at the beginning.  We booked the Hanoi La Vision Hotel because of the brilliant reviews on it... Continue Reading →

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