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November, 2016

  • 22 November

    The Five Best Day Trips from Hanoi

    Bustling and colourful Hanoi is a lot of fun. However, during your stay you might want a change of pace. If you feel like venturing beyond the city and exploring somewhere different, there is a lot of choice in the surrounding area. Here are five of the best options for day trips from Hanoi that will give you a glimpse …

June, 2015

  • 29 June

    A Complete Guide to Visas in Southeast Asia

    One of the most stressful things for many people when planning a big trip is working out which countries require a visa, which don’t, how much they cost, where to apply, when to apply and a million other visa related questions. I will try, as best I can, to answer these questions in this blog post but as visa requirements …

November, 2014

  • 1 November

    Yummy Vietnamese Street Food You Should Eat on Your Travels

    There’s no better way to get a real taste of Asia, Vietnam in particular, than by hitting the streets for some of the country’s best foods. Whether you’re in the country for the weekend, an entire month or longer, one of best experiences to complete your getaway is a taste of Vietnam’s popular street foods. Some of these dishes have …

November, 2013

  • 15 November

    How to Survive Crossing the Street in Vietnam

    You can tell me about your bungee jumping or white water rafting experiences all day long, but nothing gets your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing like trying to cross a busy street in Vietnam without getting squashed by a motorbike. When you arrive in this Southeast Asian county, you’ll soon discover that crossing the street in Vietnam should be …

May, 2013

  • 27 May

    Plastic Tables and 25 Cent Beer – A Uniquely Vietnamese Drinking Experience

    Going out for a beer in Hanoi or Saigon is an experience unlike no other. First, you have to gather your nerves and walk confidently through the never ending heavy stream of motorbikes flowing through the crowded streets. (Don’t worry, if you move with purpose they will flow around you like a river rushing past a rock.) Then, you must …

  • 11 May

    Cruising in Halong Bay, Vietnam

    While attempting to write this post about our cruise in Halong Bay I have struggled somewhat, as the writer in me wants to be able to express the beauty of this strange and ethereal landscape in words. However, to truly understand how gorgeous this place is you have to see it, so I hope that the photos that we took …

March, 2013

  • 21 March

    How to Get Around Vietnam’s Facebook Ban

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    Facebook is banned by many ISP’s in Vietnam. I spoke to many recently arrived backpackers acting like addicts going cold turkey as they had not yet found a way around the “Unofficial Ban”. Lucky for them (and me) there is an easy solution. Well there are many easy solutions so here is a rundown. 1. Use a Mobile Device – The …

  • 3 March

    Buying a Suit in Hoi An – Vietnam

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    Note: Nobody can really seem to agree if buying a suit in Hoi An is a good idea or not. The subject divides opinion so I will just tell you my experience.  Faced with the best and worst dressed mannequins in Vietnam I found myself unable to answer a simple question. Do I need a suit? Right now, of course, …

February, 2013

  • 26 February

    A Very Quick Guide to Vietnam

    This very quick guide is a condensed introduction to Vietnam. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling the country. Visa The Visa for Vietnam is perhaps one of the most confusing at first. There is no tourist Visa on arrival and the costs of the Visa can vary depending …

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