Koh Chang – elephants and beaches. 

After a fairly hectic few weeks in Vietnam and Chiang Mai we decided to head for the island of Koh Chang for a bit of relaxation.  Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and is about 6 hours on the bus and ferry from Bangkok. Unlike most well known Thai islands it is…

Chiang Mai – Temples, massages and Flying Gibbons

After flying back to Bangkok from Vietnam we headed straight to the train station for the sleeper to Chiang Mai. The sleeper was certainly an authentic Thai travel experience, we were actually really cold for the first time in ages because the air con was so effective and the 2 guys in the (seperate) bunks…

Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City and farewell to Vietnam. 

Firstly the name, we weren’t sure if Saigon may be politically sensitive but for most Vietnamese they are interchangeable and they aren’t precious about it at all.  From all the places we have been so far this was probably the friendliest in terms of the number of people who came up to talk to us….

Nha Trang – taxis and sunsets. 

The start of our time in Nha Trang was also the first time we had any real problems on our trip. Arriving anywhere at 4 in the morning after an overnight bus trip means you are a bit tired and disoriented. Perfect for the unscrupulous taxi drivers as you try and grab your luggage from…

Hoi An – Lantern town

Despite the storms in Hue resulting in our street being turned into a canal the previous night, by morning the tide had gone out and we could catch our bus to Hoi An. The bus took about 4 hours and it was nice to spend it awake on the bus for a change and be…

Hue – Honeymooners, DMZ and some Kung Fu fighting!

Our time in Hue was  the subject of a lie, not a deliberate one or a nasty one but an untruth none the less.  Let me explain; when I was booking our accommodation we got a great deal in a lovely new hotel. Only room they had left was the honeymoon suite so I booked…

Cruising Halong Bay

I must admit that I wasn’t really aware of Halong Bay until recently. It is listed as a world heritage site and as one of the modern wonders of the world but it probably got more publicity from an episode of Top Gear! We booked up as an excursion from Hanoi, 2 days and one…

Hanoi – Scooters, puppets and revolution.

We flew in to Hanoi not quite sure what to expect from Vietnam. Obviously we knew about the war ( known here as the American war, to distinguish it from various others, generally with the French) and a little of their political situation but not much more. What we found was not much different to…

River Kwai and Elephant rides

​​ ​​Another early start – no time for breakfast – we’re off to the river Kwai. The museum here was poorly managed and laid out, so many artefacts just bundled together with little information about them. It was historic, sad and made little mention of the POW’s who died building the bridge. There’s not much…