Bài Thơ Mountain: A Bird’s Eye View of Ha Long Bay

Back in the 1400s, Vietnam’s Emperor, Le Thanh Tong was leisurely sailing through Ha Long Bay and decided to have a rest stop. He came across a mountain and was so blown away by the magnificent views and jaw-dropping scenery it offered, he decided to carve a poem on the southern side of the mountain.…

Living and Teaching in Cam Pha: A Reflection

Since my post New Year, New Job, New Country which introduced my new life in deep, dark Vietnam, I completed a four month-long teaching placement in Cam Pha. What was initially a daunting prospect and a huge culture shock, gradually transitioned into a familiar, everyday life that I called home and was sad to leave…

A Coffee and Temple Fix in Chiang Mai

Simply put, I loved Chiang Mai. It's laid back but full of life. It has a cool blend of traditional Thai culture and modern day hipster culture. There is everything from the ancient old town scattered with temples to slick coffee shops, trendy restaurants and even jazz bars. Outside the city there is even more…

Huế: Tombs, Temples and the Imperial City

Following Hội An (here and here for previous posts), the next stop of our Tết holiday was Huế. The bus journey from Hội An to Huế was one to remember. For one, the seats were all deeply reclined - essentially everyone had their own bed. Ideal for an early morning bus! Being shorter than the…

Relaxing and Eating in Hội An and An Bang Beach

After a long night of Vietnamese new year celebrations, my second day in Hội An was a very chilled out affair. After a long lie, I headed out for some lunch at Hội An Roastery. Hội An Roastery prides itself on both the quality of their coffee and the ethical sourcing of their Vietnamese coffee…