Flight 1 – The most prestigious airline flight number

Flight 1 is the most prestigious flight number assigned by airlines. It’s used to denote a historic route, or one that an airline regards as their flagship service. For example Qantas designate QF1 on the historic Kangaroo Route from Sydney to London. This service began in 1947, where it would hop (like a proverbial kangaroo) […]

Notes on Quy Nhon – the pleasant provincial city by the sea

Quy Nhon is a coastal city in central Vietnam, roughly halfway between Nha Trang and Da Nang. It’s not big on the international travel radar, but it’s starting to get more attention. There is a burgeoning backpacker scene south of the city, as development in the aforementioned cities have pushed out budget travellers. For my […]

Buu Long Pagoda – A beautiful Buddhist temple hidden away in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City has a wide variety of monuments representing different religions spread out across the city. Most visitors will be content to see those around District 1 and District 5. If you have a bit more time on your hand then a visit to the Buu Long Pagoda (Chùa Bửu Long) will take […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VJ 387 From: Quy Nhon (UIH) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with VietJet Air from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh City. I compared flights with Skyscanner. The three main airlines of Vietnam fly here from Hanoi and HCMC, and I picked VietJet for the price and time of […]

Ngoc Anh Hotel review – a budget hotel near the beach in Quy Nhon – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Ngoc Anh Hotel Address: 11 Tran Van On, Quy Nhon, Vietnam I stayed at the Ngoc Anh Hotel in Quy Nhon (a coastal city in central Vietnam). I booked online and picked the hotel for its location and budget price. I wasn’t familiar with Quy Nhon but I figured that if it’s near […]

Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 1396 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Quy Nhon (UIH) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon. I compared flights with Skyscanner and there are three airlines offering flights throughout the day. All the airlines were offering cheap flights, and my flight was 814,000 […]

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a fascinating city that should be included in any trip to Cambodia. That sounds logical to include the capital and biggest city in Cambodia to your itinerary, but I’m surprised by how many people I meet who just go to Siem Reap and skip Phnom Penh. This guide is especially for first-time […]

Where I’m At: May, 2018 – Saigon edition

Greetings from Saigon and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. Where I’ve Been Melbourne After transiting through Kuala Lumpur I started the month in Melbourne, my old home city. In case you didn’t already know, Melbourne is one cool city. If I […]

Castlemaine – the gold-rush era city in the goldfields region of Victoria

Visitors to Melbourne marvel at the remains of “Marvellous Melbourne” – the Victorian-era architecture that is a legacy of the great Victorian gold rush. The gold was is in the regions surrounding Melbourne, and Ballarat and Bendigo became the two biggest regional cities as a result of the gold rush. Before Ballarat and Bendigo became […]

Notes on Melbourne: Things I noticed on my annual visit – 2018 Edition

Every year I return to my home city of Melbourne to see my family and attend to general business and personal duties. I still by default call Melbourne home, even if I haven’t lived here since 2010. I returned last year after an unintended two year absence, and like last year the city continues to […]