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

Dong Van to Meo Vac along the Ma Pi Leng Pass
07 Feb 2016

Dong Van to Meo Vac along the Ma Pi Leng Pass: A Stunning Stretch of Road in Northern Vietnam

The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a part of the 22 km stretch of road connecting the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Most people hire a motorbike and ride the pass as part of the “Extreme Northern Loop”, but since I can’t ride a

04 Feb 2016

January 2016 Travel Report: Winter in Northern Vietnam

A very warm (and possibly fake) Columbia jacket An alpaca wool hat bought from an old woman in a market in La Paz, Bolivia An alpaca wool jersey bought from the same woman A thermal top (which I carried with me for over a year and never wore) After reading

04 Jan 2016

December 2015 Travel Report: Relaxing in Vietnam (and a Look Back at the Year)

December has been my laziest travel month since finishing my teaching contract in Singapore back in April 2014. After a hectic year I needed a break, and choosing a place to be lazy (and get some work done) for a month was tough. I almost went down that typical travel

Sunset on the cheap Ha Long Bay cruise, Vietnam
15 Jan 2014

A Cheap Ha Long Bay Cruise, Vietnam

I spent over an hour at a travel agent in Hanoi. Not by choice, but because to get a good deal in Vietnam you really have to work for it. You can rarely take the first price offered; instead it becomes a game of Deal or No Deal, trying to