A Few Days in Hanoi

We spent 5 full days in Hanoi spread out over about 2 weeks between our trips to Sapa and Ha Long Bay. It was a great way to do it, as most tours of North Vietnam are based out of Hanoi anyway, and we found the spread out, relaxed pace to be a nice change….

New Years on a Junk Boat in Halong Bay

We wanted to do something a little bit different for New Years this year, and we figured just being in Vietnam was a good start to that. Rather then dinner and drinks in the city somewhere, we decided to spent a couple nights on a junk boat floating around Ha Long Bay. I know, I…

Sapa Trekking with Ethos

I have to admit, when we were first researching Vietnam, Sapa wasn’t even on our radar; we just kind of completely missed it whilst looking at other things. It wasn’t until we were in Thailand and met a number of people who had done it and recommended it that we started to actually look into…

Christmas in Hanoi

We flew into Hanoi from Vientiane on Christmas Eve, and arrived at about 5 pm that evening. Vietnam is a country which you need a visa for, and you can get one either on arrival or as an e-visa prior to entering the country.  If you’re British, you are able to enter Vietnam for 15 days without…

Vientiane

After our horrific night bus journey to get to Vientiane (and a nap), we spent 2 days exploring the city. As the capital of Laos, I was expecting a lot more from Vientiane, and I have to say I found it pretty lackluster and boring. It wasn’t bad per say, it was just kind of…

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang (say that 3 times fast) was our first stop in Laos, and it did not disappoint. Coming from Chiang Mai, there are 3 ways to get to get there, as we spent days debating each one before deciding what one we wanted to go for. Option 1 – the slow boat. This is…

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

After looking at various different options, we took an overnight train from Bangkok to Chaing Mai, which was surprisingly comfortable. It left Bangkok at 10 pm on Saturday and arrived in Changing Mai just after 11am on Sunday, which enabled us to have a fairly decent nights sleep and we were able to function the…

Elephant Nature Park

Some of you will know from the copious amount pictures and stories that I posted on my FB and Instagram a few weeks ago that Rich and I spent a week volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand. It was an incredible experience, and by the end of it we were both pretty ready…

Ayutthaya

As we found ourselves with a few extra days in Bangkok, we decided to get out of the city for a day and head to Ayutthaya. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya was going to be one of the places we stopped for a night en route to Chaing Mai before those plans were derailed…

Exploring Bangkok

We’d heard that it wasn’t worth spending more than 2 days in Bangkok, and after spending 5 days there, I sort of agree (but only partially). We flew into Bangkok on Monday from Krabi, and our original plan was to take the train on Thursday towards Chiang Mai, but stopping for 2 nights at various…