Lan Ha Bay Vietnam rival for Halong Bay

Cat Bay Island in Vietnam is a stepping off point to beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Karst islands litter Lan Ha Bay, like stepping stones in a giant playground meant for outdoor pursuits like climbing and kayaking. The quieter, more pristine waters of Lan Ha, rival and many say surpass, those of the descending dragon or Halong […]

What to see and do in Vietnam plus Itinerary

Asia is an exciting destination and Vietnam is one of it’s most interesting countries. The people are friendly and inquisitive (especially in the south), the food is packed with flavour and there are some beautiful natural sights. Food is very affordable, even in restaurants and decent accommodation is cheap. Although it can be said that […]

Fantastic Friday Sapa Reflections

Sapa situated in the far north-west of Vietnam is quite often shrouded in mist making it hard to see the terracing of the hillsides for which Sapa is famous.  Budget Hubby did a great job taking this photo through the mist layer.  Capturing reflections in the terrace water makes it even more fantastic. Have a […]

Experience Heaven and Earth in Hoi An – Post 11

Updated July 2018. The Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tour Hoi An was our favourite thing to do in this charming town. Ride through both the town and country visiting local industries, including boat building, mud brick making, mother of pearl inlay work, fishing nets and fishing baskets. The Unesco heritage listed buildings of Hoi An […]

Fantastic Friday Sapa Reflections

We stood on the mountain looking down to our trek destination in the valley below SAPA.  The view we hoped for was one of a myriad of terraces – you know – the one that is featured in all the travel mags and blogs? Looking down into the valley, made me grope my glasses to […]

Tuesday in Townsville – Hello Lunar Year of the Snake

B.H. and I have been known to throw the odd Chinese New Year Party.  Last year the first date I suggested was rejected by 75% of the invitees with a differing 75% of invitees rejecting second and third dates as well, where-after my mathematically challenged brain, gave up on the percentages and put it in […]

Fantastic Friday – Fresh Seafood Hanoi Style

Our first early (well not too early) morning walk in Hanoi was a haphazard affair that led from where we stayed at Rising Dragon in the historical centre to Hoan Kiem Lake.  The distance was short but the nearby streets had turned into a local fish and meat market overnight, and we had to investigate. […]

We chose Lan Ha Bay over Halong Bay – Post 8

Updated October 2017. People think we’re crazy when we tell them we spent a month in Vietnam without doing a Halong Bay cruise. Sometimes I can’t believe it myself – I mean it is at the top of most Vietnam to do lists. But then I relax and remember – we chose Lan Ha Bay […]

Nha Trang Things to Do by Bicycle – Post 10

The traffic in Vietnam scared the hell out of me, just as it would most Australians.  So when Marty suggested renting a bicycle and ticking off some Nha Trang Things To Do, my first reaction was – “You Must Be Joking”.  When I realized he was perfectly serious, I decided to accept the challenge. After […]