Visiting the world’s largest Starbucks in Tokyo

Here at Nomadic Notes I like to make lists of cool independent cafes to visit in cities of Asia. I’m not against visiting chain cafes either, so when I saw that the world’s largest Starbucks store opened in Tokyo I had to pay a visit. Before this visit I had been to what was at […]

Notes on Kyoto – temple hopping and urban wanders

Kyoto is one of the most popular destinations in Japan, to the point that it has become a global symbol of the overtourism phenomenon. I’ve been to Japan a few times now but had not visited Kyoto. The thought of fighting my way through crowds wan’t appealing, but I knew I had to see for […]

Notes on Kaohsiung – an underrated city for when you have the #overtourism blues

Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan, at the southern end of the island. Being in the travel business I know a number of people that have been and raved about it. Overall though it’s not a city that features on the international travel radar. There are direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City […]

Where I’m At: September, 2019 – 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 This is a brief summary of where I’ve been, and I usually blog about visited places a month or so later. At my current rate of blogging I’m about six weeks […]

Taroko National Park – highlights, and how to visit on a day trip from Taipei

Taroko National Park is one of the highlights of Taiwan, with the Taroko Gorge ranking among the great natural wonders of Asia. When I was planning my trip most of the information I found was from travel agents selling tours. If you are in Taipei on a short visit it is possible to visit Taroko […]

Hotel Review: Lum Dong Tien Hotel, Hue – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Lum Dong Tien Hotel Address: 18/48 Ngo Quyen, Hue, Vietnam. I stayed at the Lum Dong Tien Hotel in Hue, Vietnam. I booked online and picked it for its location and price. The rate was 170,000 VND per night ($7.35 USD), proving that Vietnam remains as an amazing value destination, especially outside the […]

Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Ho Chi Minh City to Hue

Flight: Jetstar Pacific BL 506 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hue (HUI) I flew with Jetstar Pacific from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue. I compared flights with Skyscanner as there are three airlines flying this route (Jetstar Pacific, Vietnam Airlines, and VietJet Air). In the end I picked Jetstar Pacific for a […]

Hanoi Train Street – An infrastructure anomaly that’s become an Instagram sensation

One of the more unusual tourist attractions to emerge in Hanoi is the Hanoi train street. This “street” is more of a passageway that has a single railway line passing through it. There are houses on either side with barely enough room for the train to pass through. The railway is not fenced off, so […]

Hanoi to Haiphong by train

The Hanoi-Haiphong railway is one of the few railway lines in Vietnam that is not part of the main north-south railway. Originally this line was part of the Yunnan-Haiphong Railway that was built by France between 1904–1910. Haiphong is the closest seaport to Hanoi so it’s always been an important access point for Hanoi. Haiphong […]

Notes on Haiphong – A historic port city in Northern Vietnam

Haiphong is the third largest city in Vietnam, and apart from being an industrial port city it has a historic city centre that should attract more tourists than it does. It rarely makes anyones list of places to visit in Vietnam, but if you have time it’s worth a detour. I had read it being […]