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The many faces of Sa Pa – Vietnam’s Northern Frontier

For our last destination in Vietnam we continued to head North, stopping close to the border of China in a village called Sa Pa. After leaving the hustle of Hanoi and travelling 14 hours on an overnight bus – air conditioned to a temperature suitable for keeping ice cream – we arrived a little dishevelled […]


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Why you should visit Halong Bay, even if it is a tourist trap

  Tourist traps are the curse of travellers who seek some solitary inspiration. Often, destinations like Ha Long Bay, that have been massively talked up, create a great deal of anticipation and can’t survive the hype. Leaving you disappointed and with the feeling that you wasted valuable time and an unreasonable amount of money. But […]


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A slice of temple tranquilty in hectic Hanoi

At first glance the heaving city of Hanoi is overwhelming, in a sensory overload kind of way. Staying in the heart of the action in the Old Quarter, we took a wander through the buzz and found the ultimate city escape nearby. There’s a huge lake with a beautiful wooden bridge that crosses over to […]


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Walking among the eternal Emperors of Vietnam

After gawking at the impressive Imperial City, we got to wondering what kind of place the Vietnamese Emperors saw fit to lay their princely heads to rest. After all, they didn’t seem to build anything by halves. With a morbid sense of curiosity we chose one of the many burial grounds there is to see […]


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Admiring the architectural beauty of Vietnam’s Imperial City

Before recent wars Vietnam used to be a land of Emperors, with a ruling royalty that appreciated a love of traditional architecture, poetry, a passion for food, art and beautiful gardens. The Citadel at Hue stands as a crumpled monument to that time; an incredible collection of temples, public spaces, royal palaces and monumental halls. […]


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Photo dump: Falling hard for Hoi An

For the first time in Vietnam I’ve felt comfortable enough to wave my camera around in the streets day and night, walking with a renewed passion for the beautiful architectural spaces of Hoi An, the village scenes unfolding, and the general vibe of being in a completely unique and lovely place. The Vietnam fantasy has […]


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Full moon dreaming on the old streets of Hoi An

After a day wandering the old worldly streets of Hoi An, getting caught up admiring the classic Japanese and Chinese architecture, and generally falling in love with the place, the sky darkened, the moon rose up, and the village atmosphere turned from charming to magical. Every month it’s the tradition in this slice of Vietnam […]


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Photo dump: Soaking up the coastal goodness of Nha Trang

Leaving the smoggy city of Saigon behind, we decided to break up the lengthy journey North by stopping on the coast at Nha Trang. We heard it was a resort town that could be pretty much any beach side escape in the world; but what we discovered was the cleanest Asian beach we’ve seen this […]


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A vegetarian oasis in central Saigon

Vietnam is often touted as a food mecca for die hard Asian cuisine lovers, but finding somewhere to eat as a vegetarian isn’t so easy. Even if you eat seafood, it is often stuffed full of pork or poked in a chunk of beef. But in central Saigon there is now a place where you […]


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Understanding the dark recent history of Vietnam

Visiting the War Remants Museum of Ho Chi Minh City isn’t a happy day out; the whole thing is quite an emotional roller coaster that never peaks. At the entrance, fat armchair war nerds take pictures, smiling as they stand next to old Chinook helicopters while drinking from a can of coke. Everything goes downhill […]


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