Scootering the Hoi Van Pass Top Gear Style

The first time I drove a motorbike (or more accurately a 125 CC scooter) was in Bali, Indonesia, and it was definetly an experience. If you’ve been to SE Asia at all (or even if you’ve just seen the Facebook videos), you will know that they’ll let anyone drive a motorbike, and everyone and their…

The Imperial City of Hue

Hue (pronounced Hway) was the seat of the previous emperors and also the nations capital until 1945. Hue has the benefit of being a fairly big city but very much has a non-city feel to it, with most of the it’s sites outside the city. We arrived in Hue after our overnight train from Ninh Binh and…

Ninh Binh

Vietnam isn’t a terribly large country, but it’s super long and going from the north to the south takes ages to do. We started in Hanoi and eventually wanted to fly out of Ho Chi Minh city (previously known as Saigon), but it’s over 30 hours on a train to go from one to the…

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…