Vietnam

Why you should choose to stay in a homestay in Vietnam

In order to best discover a country, you need to live like a local. There are a number of social networks which can allow you to do this. Air BnB and couchsurfing are to name but two. Another way which may not be the first option considered, is to stay at a homestay. What are homestays? Homestays are private rooms within a property, run by a local family. This may...

Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Halong bay inland

During my time in Mui Ne, I met another backpacker called Jerry, from the Czech Republic. We inevitably got in to talking about where he had been and where he was going, over dinner in Hoi An. He mentioned that on his way to Hanoi, he was stopping off Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh?! Where the heck is Ninh Binh, I asked. A few hours south of Hanoi, he replied. Jerry told me...

Visiting the Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam

It  wasn’t in my plan to visit the Ba Na Hills, which are located in the Truong Son Mountains, near Da Nang, Vietnam. However, after having to wait around, whilst I was getting a dress tailor made for me, I had a free day. I saw an advertisement for a tour to the Ba Na Hills. I had no idea where, or what it was, but after I looked at some photos; a view from...

Tailor made in Hoi An, Vietnam

For the past 4 months, I have barely put on make up, or done anything with my hair. My wardrobe has consisted on a few pairs of shorts, leggings or long pants and a few tops. Travelling has made me care less about my appearance, and become less attached to stuff. I still do not own a hair dryer, and now that I am back in the UK, I have about 4 different outfits for...

Surviving a motorbike accident and a Vietnamese hospital experience

Surviving a motorbike accident – part two  The Vietnamese hospital experience  After being thrown from a motorbike in rural Vietnam, and being kindly helped out by friendly local people and some nuns at the local medical clinic, I finally went back to my hostel to rest. Prior to going out for dinner with a traveller friend Gerry, I cancelled my easy rider tour...

Surviving a motorbike accident in Vietnam

                                         Surviving a motorbike accident  in Vietnam, part 1 Accidents can happen anywhere. As a child, I was very accident prone. On my third birthday I landed myself in the emergency department, getting stitches in my chin, after jumping from my bed and whacking my face off the windowsill. I had frequent hospital admissions for...

Thief and groping: the dark side of night buses in Vietnam

After a few lovely, and sunny days in the coastal town of Mui Ne, I realised that I was still so far south, and had to make it up to Hanoi in 2 weeks, to fly to Bangkok to meet my sister. With still so much to see, I decided that I needed to move north to Hoi An.   There are various ways to get to Hoi An from Mui Ne – fly or get a train from Nha Trang to...

The Sahara of Vietnam in Mui Ne: Sand dune exploration

Despite living within an acceptable travelling distance from the Sahara Dessert for most of my life, I have never actually visited the desert, not even in Australia, when I lived in New Zealand . When I got to Vietnam from Cambodia, I had read up a little on Mui Ne, and also had some recommendations to visit the sand dunes there. Sand dunes don’t sound too...

Floating on the Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Vietnam

  Can Tho, on the Mekong Delta was my introduction to what would be a crazy and diverse three weeks in Vietnam. After crossing the border from Kampot in Cambodia, I decided to spend two days lazing in and around the Mekong Delta. Although there are some amazing home stays that can be done on the Mekong Delta, and many of these are taken up by people who make two...

Crossing Borders: Kampot, Cambodia to Can Tho, Vietnam

As with most of my decisions when I am travelling, my journey from Cambodia to Vietnam was booked just one day in advance. You can reach Vietnam from Cambodia through various border crossings. Many choose to leave from Phnom Penh, and get into Hoh Chi Minh City (HCMC). I did eventually want to get to HCMC, but after some extensive research (The Lonely Planet), and...

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