Notes on Bac Lieu – Most people don’t go here

Bac Lieu is the capital of Bac Lieu Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Judging by the lack of travel information online and the small choice of hotels on the booking sites, it’s fair to say that it doesn’t receive many visitors. I was in Bac Lieu partly because it was on the […]

Notes on Ca Mau – the most southerly provincial capital in Vietnam

Ca Mau is the capital of Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam. Ca Mau is the southernmost city of mainland Vietnam, and this geographical fact was enough to make me curious about the place. I’ve often looked at it on the map and I wanted to see this place that’s not […]

Where I’m At: April 2021 – Phu Quoc edition

Greetings from Phu Quoc and welcome to another edition of Where I’m At – rounding up my travels from the last month, and other news. Where I’ve been I’m still in Vietnam where the pandemic is under control. We have been living a relatively normal life here while waiting for the world to reopen. Until […]

Notes on Ha Tien – An unexpectedly agreeable port and border town

Ha Tien is a coastal city in the far Southwestern corner of Vietnam, next to the Cambodian border. Located in Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta Region, Ha Tien is one of the two ferry ports that serve the island of Phu Quoc (the other port being Rach Gia). Port cities are not usually […]

Notes on Long Xuyen – a provincial capital in the Mekong Delta

Long Xuyen is the capital city of An Giang Province, in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. I had been through Long Xuyen before but I had never stopped there, so continuing my quest to visit the provincial capitals of Vietnam I scheduled a visit. As a tourist it’s not somewhere you would specifically travel […]

Notes on Sa Dec – An overlooked city in the Mekong Delta

Sa Dec doesn’t rate highly on Mekong Delta itineraries, which is understandable if you’re pressed for time. But I think that Sa Dec is one of the underrated destinations of the Delta region. The city has old colonial buildings, lots of temples, and pleasant tree-lined streets. Part of Sa Dec’s problem is that it’s not […]

Where I’m At: March 2021 – Con Dao edition

Greetings from Con Dao and welcome to another edition of Where I’m At – rounding up my travels from the last month, and other news. I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I am still running the weekly travel newsletter that rounds up the most imspiring travel reads from around the web. Sign up here. […]

Notes on Phan Rang–Thap Cham

Phan Rang–Thap Cham is the capital of Ninh Thuan Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. It’s between Mui Ne and Nha Trang, though it doesn’t get anywhere near the number of visitors compared to those places. In fact, travelling during these covid times I was wondering if there were any tourists (domestic […]

Where I’m At: February 2021 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon and welcome to another edition of Where I’m At – rounding up my travels from the last month, site news, and other bits that don’t really fit into a blog post. To get updates of the latest posts, and for news not included here, subscribe to the weekly travel newsletter. The newsletter […]

Da Lat – Trai Mat Railway – A restored heritage railway in Vietnam

The Da Lat – Trai Mat Railway is a restored section of the former Da Lat–Thap Cham railway. The original railway connected Da Lat to the main North-South railway of Vietnam. Da Lat became a popular place to escape the tropical heat and enjoy the cool mountain air. Like the hill-stations of India, a railway […]