25 May 2017

Exploring the Marble Mountains: A Fun Day Trip from Hoi An, Vietnam

When I hear the word “mountains” I instantly conjure images of hikers dressed in North Face Gear, lung shredding high altitude climbs and grand, panoramic views of soaring peaks. You won’t find any of that at the Marble Mountains, a small group of limestone hills located between Hoi An and

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Cycling through the countryside to the beaches in Hoi An, Vietnam
15 May 2017

Cycling in Hoi An, Vietnam: Beaches, Rice Fields and Rural Life

2016 was a quieter year of travel for me. I spent close to half of it in Vietnam, working hard on becoming a professional travel blogger and living cheap in Hoi An. I came to love this historic city and its laid-back countryside surrounds. On a few occasions I rented a

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21 Mar 2017

A Guide to Travelling in Ha Giang Province, Northern Vietnam

Most people who travel to northwest Vietnam opt for the comforts and commercialisation of Sapa, while the much better looking Ha Giang Province gets almost entirely overlooked. I guess some people like mountain towns like they like their women: easy and not that attractive. Not me though. I preferred Ha Giang

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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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