Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam -- the nicest town in Southeast Asia?
22 Nov 2016

Things to Do in Hoi An, Vietnam: The Ultimate, Best, Most Awesome Guide

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, a line which I’m in danger of crossing. Is this really the ultimate, best most awesome list of things to do in Hoi An? Well, I did kind of live there for a few months earlier this year and I have visited

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05 Oct 2016

Trang An Grottos and Mua Cave: A Tour Through the Countryside Near Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Limestone mountains of all shapes and sizes dot the landscape around Ninh Binh. Even though winter isn’t the best time to visit, due to the rice fields being little more than brown puddles of water, I decided to hop on the back of a motorbike and take a tour around the

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02 Sep 2016

15 of the Best Ancient Temples and Ruins in Asia

For me, one of the highlights of travelling in Asia is seeing history embodied in elaborate ancient temples and ruins. Here are some of my favourite temples and ruins in Asia, including Angkor Wat, the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Do you

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My Son ruins, Vietnam -- a historical day trip from Hoi An
26 Aug 2016

My Son Ruins, Vietnam: Take a Tour or Do It Yourself?

“My Son Tour” signs are scattered all over Hoi An, but what are they actually advertising? Thankfully, it isn’t a sightseeing trip around Hoi An with the travel agent’s son. Instead it’s an incredibly cheap tour to My Son (pronounced Me Sun), a collection of  ancient Cham ruins 40 km from downtown Hoi An. Should

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A day in Hue, Vietnam
07 Jun 2016

A Day in Hue, Vietnam: Touring the Citadel and Tombs of the Former Imperial Capital

Between 1802 and 1945 a succession of emperors ruled over central Vietnam from Hue, a small city on the banks of the Perfume River. Some were dynamic leaders and others were puppets to the French, whose influence grew as the years rolled by. Despite their growing irrelevancy, the Nguyễn emperors continued

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21 Apr 2016

Cycling to Paradise Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

“Paradise Cave is a long way from here” warned the woman in the travel agency. We had enquired about renting bicycles to get there but she was adamant it was a bad idea. We did it anyway, as we don’t know how to ride motorbikes and we didn’t want to

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Hiking in Dong Van, Vietnam
04 Apr 2016

Hiking in Dong Van, Vietnam: A Peaceful Walk through the Countryside

I could hear the hum of a motorbike as it drew closer. I moved to the side of the road as it rounded the corner and came to pass me. It didn’t pass me though…it crashed in the soft bushes on the opposite side of the road. The driver and

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29 Feb 2016

Should You Visit Sapa in Winter?

The night bus from Hanoi to Sapa arrived at about 3.30 am. Too tired to venture into the cold black abyss, I continued to sleep until dawn. By the time I left the bus a small gang of local Hmong woman had gathered outside, waiting for weary travellers to pitch

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