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I’m James Clark, and I've been travelling the world since 2003 while running a location independent travel business. I’m currently based in Ho Chi Minh City where I write about transport and city development in Southeast Asia.

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Every Friday I publish a travel newsletter featuring the latest posts and a roundup of best travel reads from around the web. Even though we can't all travel at the moment, we can still dream and read about travel. Consider the newsletter your travel fix while waiting for travel to get back to normal.

Notes on Ha Long – the city by its namesake bay

Ha Long is the capital of Quang Ninh province in Northeast Vietnam, and as the name would suggest it’s also the main city of Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, yet most people visit straight from Hanoi. I visited Ha Long Bay on my first visit […]

Where I’m At: October, 2020 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon! Here is the October 2020 edition of Where I’m At – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and site news. I haven’t been blogging much here lately, but I still publish a weekly travel newsletter with updates not featured on the blog. The newsletter includes a round up of the best […]

Where I’m At: September, 2020 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon and another edition of Where I’m At – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and site news. Subscribe to my weekly travel newsletter for more updates not featured on the blog, which includes a round up of the best travel reads of the week. Where I’ve been (or not) View this […]

Notes on Sam Son Beach – The hyper-local resort city in Northern Vietnam

Sam Son is a beach city in northern Vietnam, 16 km east of Thanh Hoa City (which is 150 km south of Hanoi). It’s not the sort of place that’s listed in Lonely Planet (I checked my 2018 edition), and that’s fair enough. With hundreds of kilometres of beaches to choose from in Vietnam, you […]

Scenic Ninh Binh – The Trang An Landscape Complex

The Trang An Landscape Complex is the name for what most people just refer to as Ninh Binh. That’s the official UNESCO World Heritage name, while in Vietnam it’s the more superfluous Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex. Ninh Binh is also the name of the capital city of the province of the same name, though […]

Where I’m At: August, 2020 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon and another edition of Where I’m At – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and site news. Where I’ve Been I’m in Vietnam where domestic travel has still been possible. I’m not entertaining or encouraging any thought of international travel, and as mentioned later this post it looks like there’s going […]