A Slice of Paradise

There are some places in life that you fit into seamlessly, like a hand in a well-fitted glove. We’d been told by many travellers that Pai had been a favourite in their South East Asian travels, but we’d dismissed this- if that many people had held so high a regard for this place, then surely…

An Episode of Bad Luck

One of my favourite childhood books started with the memorable line ‘in Berkshire country, where distant hills are blue and grass is green…’ This quote immediately sprung to mind as I gazed out of the window on a hideously bumpy bus ride to vang vieng a few days ago. I hadn’t expected Laos to be…

Hangovers in Hanoi

Halong Bay is one of the first things people think of when they picture Vietnam. Beautiful limestone karsts rise out of a clear, azure blue ocean, and countless junk boats are dotted around the bay. Unfortunately we arose at the uncivilised hour of 6am to an overcast sky, and the first few hours on the…

Da Lat, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay

Our hostel just had a power cut, so I’m writing this in a pitch black restaurant overlooking Halong Bay. Well, overlooking some building works and a construction site, but Halong Bay is somewhere out there in the fog. Let’s hope the weather improves tomorrow. We had our first ‘chill day’ today since the trip started.…

War Remnants and Waterfalls

It feels like autumn here in Da Lat, which is strange since its a solid 30 degrees. There are fires crackling on the sides of roads, burning all sorts of toxic plastics and waste, and the smoke engulfs you as you bike through. The smell reminds me of rustic autumn, where the bright hues of…