Picture Perfect Hoi An

After the manic atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An was a welcome change of scenery. This Unesco World Heritage listed city on the central coast of Vietnam is beautiful albeit overly touristy. The Old Town is full of interesting colourful buildings covered in bougainvillea and streets lined with silk lanterns. While surrounding the town…

Hot & Hectic Ho Chi Minh City

I haven’t had someone hold my hand to help me cross the street since I was seven years old. Well, until now. Apparently concerned by our lack of experience crossing several lanes of traffic in Ho Chi Minh, a lovely middle aged lady took my hand, put it on her wrist and with a smile guided…

Charming Cambodia Pt 2: Kampot

Move over Ella. Watch out Luang Prabang. There’s a new contender for our trip’s most relaxing destination- Kampot. Known for its delicious pepper, Kampot is a peaceful riverside town with a completely different feel to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. We did an awful lot of nothing during our stay, particularly the days we spent…

Charming Cambodia Pt 1: Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

A lot can change in four years. This was apparent as we made our way down the same street we stayed on during our first visit to Siem Reap. Previously it was lined with local shopfronts, kids playing, roosters and a few other guesthouses scattered along the way. This time round we found far more…

Lazing around Luang Prabang

After nearly a month of moving every few days we decided to lay low in Luang Prabang. We spent much of our time relaxing at Khoun and Khone’s bungalows which are run by the most delightful couple and their family. The family also included four friendly dogs and five adorable cats who would happily make…

Meandering down the Mekong

After hearing stories about how uncomfortable the two day slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang was, we started having reservations about the tickets we had purchased. So it was a pleasant surprise when we jumped aboard to find that we had old minivan seats instead of the wooden bench that we had been…

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

Every so often you have an experience that you are certain will remain fresh in your mind for years to come. For us, The Gibbon Experience in northern Laos is most definitely one of them. For three days we lived in treehouses in the middle of the Bokeo Nature Reserve. Each morning, we were woken…