vietnam

5 things to do in Hoi An in rainy season

Have you ever asked anyone what their favourite place in Vietnam is? I guarantee that at least 90% of the people you ask will say Hoi An. There are endless streets adorned with intricate lanterns, the food is easily the best in the whole country and many of the streets are closed to traffic, creating a calm place in a usually… Continue reading 5 things to do in Hoi An in rainy season

thoughts

In defense of not haggling my way through Asia

I've been told time and time again whilst I've been travelling in Asia, both by friends and by Conor;  'Emma, you're the worst haggler I've ever known!' But the truth is this: I'm neither afraid of haggling nor bad at it, I just don't like it and honestly, I disagree with a lot of the… Continue reading In defense of not haggling my way through Asia

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A weekend in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is tiny little town in the south of Vietnam and is easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City. We took a sleeper bus from HCMC that left at 7pm and dropped us off at our accommodation in Mui Ne around 1am. Super convenient! From Mui Ne you can take buses onwards towards Da… Continue reading A weekend in Mui Ne, Vietnam

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2 months on the road; an update 

Sunday 1st October marked our 2 month travel-versary. It's a weird feeling having done and seen so much every day for 2 months. Being in the USA feels like a distant memory and we only left under 4 weeks ago. I often wonder if we'd flown home after that trip would it seem really recent?… Continue reading 2 months on the road; an update 

Taiwan

A day trip to Jiufen, Taiwan

A sharp contrast from the busy metropolis of Taipei, Jiufen offers a taste of Taiwan in years gone by despite it only being 20 miles outside of the centre of city. A short, cheap bus ride makes it the ultimate destination for a day trip from Taipei.  We caught the 1062 bus from a stop… Continue reading A day trip to Jiufen, Taiwan

Taiwan

Kaohsiung; art, food and temples galore 

Before arriving in Taiwan, we had a small list of places that we'd like to visit but we also wanted to have some flexibility. When we arrived in Heng Chun, we had no onward plans so asked a few fellow travellers and local people where they would recommend. Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, was pretty high up… Continue reading Kaohsiung; art, food and temples galore 

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Why a one day visit to Halong Bay is just enough..

When we think of Vietnam, many of us will think of this place: The beautiful, World Heritage Site, Halong Bay. A quick google of Vietnam will bring up a tonne of images of the beautiful, naturally formed limestone pillars and islands, nestled in the Gulf of Tonkin; a few hours east of Hanoi. Hailed as… Continue reading Why a one day visit to Halong Bay is just enough..

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Three nights in stormy Hanoi

After reluctantly leaving Hoi An, we boarded the plane in Da Nang to head north. Our next stop was the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. After leaving the airport we were greeted by a bustling city, filled with noise and traffic and we noted the similarities between here and Ho Chi Minh City, where we had been… Continue reading Three nights in stormy Hanoi

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Hoi An; the place I dream of on gloomy Monday mornings

Early last year, when I decided to visit Vietnam, I decided to ask some travelling friends where I should visit. The same place appeared at the top of everyone's list; Hoi An. After spending just two nights in the chaotic Ho Chi Minh City, we took a flight to Da Nang and then took a… Continue reading Hoi An; the place I dream of on gloomy Monday mornings

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Bangkok – an unexpected heart stealer

Last year, around May time, I made one of the best (if not THE best) decisions I have ever made. I'd always wanted to travel outside of Europe (previously the furthest I had been from the UK was the Canary Islands as a child) but I'd never managed to find a friend who could a)… Continue reading Bangkok – an unexpected heart stealer