April 25, 2018

18-Day Vietnam Travel Itinerary

Vietnam has an extremely well-trodden travel path, which means accessing pretty much anywhere within the country is super easy to arrange. Travel by train, plane, bus, or boat, and follow this 18-day itinerary for your own Vietnamese adventure! Our itinerary In A Nutshell One for the Brits – if you can, book your trip around the Easter bank holidays to squeeze in a few extra days without taking more time off work. Otherwise just skim off a few days from my plan, to make this itinerary work for a two-week holiday. Vietnam has so much to offer, that it’s impossible […]
February 26, 2018

Phong Nha Ke Bang: National Park Tour

With only two days to spend in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, we decided to join an organized tour group to spend a full day out and about seeing the caves. We originally wanted to join the 7km in depth trek through Paradise Cave, however we missed out on that specific trip as we frustratingly didn’t realise the tour only departed on certain days of the week which didn’t coincide with our visit, so we were sadly unable to join that trip. Instead, we joined a National Park Tour that would take us to see the highlights of the […]
February 8, 2018

Video: Halong Bay In 4 Minutes

I’ve talked a fair bit about Halong Bay in some of my other posts from Vietnam. However, rather than reading about Halong Bay, why not see for yourselves? Covering the highlights of our three day cruise around Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island, I’ve created a fun little video to share with friends and family. Starting with our transfer from Hanoi, you’ll get to see some snippets of our time spent cruising through the bays. Highlights include kayaking through the beautiful waters surrounded by beautiful scenery. Hiking up Titop mountain for stunning 360 degree views. Visiting the Surprise cave, and […]
January 24, 2018

Gioan Cookery Video

Hopefully you would have read about the cookery school that Adam and I visited whilst in Hoi An, Vietnam. This was one of the highlights of our trip, and something I would recommend to anyone visiting Hoi An! Gioan Cookery are a small family run business located in the heart of Hoi An. The main reason I chose Gioan (other than the great reviews of course!), was because the offered a private one-on-one cooking experience. We were lucky enough to be hosted by the delightful and bubbly Vina, who constantly kept us laughing! We started the morning by visiting a local […]
January 18, 2018

Cooking Up a Storm in Hoi An

Vietnamese food in my opinion is one of the tastiest types of Asian food, so it was a no brainer to partake in a cookery class during our time in Vietnam earlier this year. We travelled throughout the country and found that most places we visited offered cookery classes, however I opted to book this one to coincide with our stay in Hoi An, the food capital of Vietnam. Adam is a massive foodie (and my personal chef at home), so for his birthday I arranged for us to join a private cookery class. There are many popular companies offering […]
November 17, 2017

Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Without a doubt, the highlight of our two-and-a-half-week trip to Vietnam was our time spent in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The only regret we had was not staying for longer! Located in central Vietnam, I would recommend a visit to anyone travelling the well-trodden route from north to south (or visa-versa!). Why Visit Phong Nha National Park? Travelling for me is ultimately about seeing new places and experiencing new things. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is all about caving, and as I’ve never visited such a large caving system before, this was something new that I could […]
November 10, 2017

Best Budget Farmstay in Phong Nha National Park

If you are planning a visit to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, one of Vietnam’s natural wonders, then you might want to consider staying at a farmstay. Don’t be fooled by thinking this is some country style farm complete with hack stacks and cows – you couldn’t be more wrong! If you have already considered accommodation options, then you’ll note that Phong Nha village itself is very small, but does offer a number of affordable hostels and guesthouses. This is great if you are travelling on a budget, but step outside the main village and you’ll be greeted with endless […]
September 13, 2017

24 Hours In Hanoi

Our trip to Vietnam was more about getting out of the big cities and seeing the rest of the country, however no trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to Hanoi. Whether you are passing through to connect onto another destination, or using Hanoi as a base to head out to Halong Bay, make sure you include an overnight stop at least. For as crazy as the city is, you’ll still be able to do a lot within a brief 24 hours as we did. Here’s my top ten things to do in a jam packed 24 hours in […]
July 27, 2017

Our Halong Bay Cruise Itinerary

Hopefully you saw my post earlier this week discussing Halong Bay, what to expect, and ways of arranging your own cruise.  In this post, I will go into more detail of our itinerary and what exactly we got up to over our three days sailing through Halong Bay. Enjoy! If you missed that post, then click here to read more about Cruising Through Halong Bay! Our Vega Cruise Boat Most of the junks will look similar, some perhaps with  a better interior than others, but on a whole I was really pleased with out boat. Our small but comfy cabin […]
July 25, 2017

Cruising Through Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s top tourist attractions. With over 1500 limestone islets, some soaring as high as 100m, this makes for a wonderful break from the bustling city of Hanoi. The most popular way to explore Halong Bay is by joining one of the many cruises that depart daily. Prices usually include transfers to and from Hanoi, (however saying this, it’s always best to check!), and usually include your food too. Cruise boats, or junk boats as they are referred too, are former Chinese sailing ships that are used throughout Asia. Don’t […]
May 26, 2017

Vinpearl Safari In Phu Quoc

Our visit to Phu Quoc wasn’t quite as we planned as we were over shadowed by a thunderstorm that seemed to linger for a few days. We managed to avoid most of the storm with the exception of one day we hired a scooter to explore the island. Typical!! It seemed the further north we travelled, the darker the clouds became and the heavier the scattered drizzle fell. Before we knew it, we were driving through a full on tropical downpour, raindrops flying at us like pellets whilst we wore nothing more than a bikini and sundress (me!) and shorts & […]