Round the world in pictures: China, Vietnam & Cambodia

While we were on our whizz round the world, Nigel published a daily picture on Instagram. For those of you who are not Instagrammers, we’ve reproduced the photos in 4 blog posts. This one covers China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Day 39 was our first full day in #Beijing and it was off to the #ForbiddenCity. … More Round the world in pictures: China, Vietnam & Cambodia

Review: Dragon Legend II, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Introduction: Time of year: Late October 2016 Purpose of trip: As part of our round the world trip, we were determined to see Halong Bay. In reality, that is best done by an overnight junk cruise. Why we chose this place: Halong Bay is unlike anything else, with thousands of limestone mountains rising from the … More Review: Dragon Legend II, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Life and death on the Vietnamese Express

Vietnam’s chaotic. The roads are a battleground: cars, cabs, trucks, buses and thousands upon thousands of scooters fighting for space; all, seemingly, blaring their horns at each other simultaneously . Our cab ride to the station at Hue immersed us into this now familiar tangle of traffic. On one side: ten-ton trucks bearing down on … More Life and death on the Vietnamese Express

Hanoi unscripted: how to fill 12 hours in a crazy city

Someone was rapping on the locked door, barking orders at us like a prison guard. It was 5 a.m and our night train was pulling into Hanoi. Sleepy people were dragging themselves out of bunks, queuing for the toilet and a chance to brush teeth at the shared carriage sink. Last time we’d hit this … More Hanoi unscripted: how to fill 12 hours in a crazy city

Photo essay: the fantastic faces of Sapa, Vietnam

We had a wonderful time in Sapa, which is in the north-western corn of Vietnam, not far from the Chinese border. It’s a mountainous region with the natural/artificial landscape of terraced paddy fields. Vietnam has many minority ethnic groups and each village in this area has one or two tribes living in it. What is … More Photo essay: the fantastic faces of Sapa, Vietnam