Flight Review: Thai Airways – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Flight: Thai Airways TG 551 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Bangkok (BKK) I flew with Thai Airways from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. There are numerous airlines flying this route, so I compared airlines with Skyscanner to find the best option. At the time of booking the airline options included Thai AirAsia […]

Notes on Osaka – A city break dedicated to eating and urban wandering

My first visit to Osaka in 1999 was as a stopover en route to the USA. I was there for less than a day, so it barely counts as a visit. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the first day of my expat life. I was on my way the the […]

The case for direct Hanoi to Havana flights

[Vietnam Airlines A350 at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport.] Wherever I travel I read the local news to get a feel of what’s going on in the land. While you’re not going to get hard-hitting political analysis from state-controlled media, it’s good for finding out about current affairs and development news. And then there are […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 843 From: Taipei (TPE) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with VietJet Air from Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City. I compared flights with Skyscanner, and Vietjet was the cheapest option. The last time I visited Taiwan it was with EVA Air from Ho Chi Minh City. Other airlines […]

Hotel Review: Lio Hotel Ximen, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: Lio Hotel Ximen Address: No.4、6, Aly. 36, Ln. 25, Kangding Rd, Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the Lio Hotel Ximen in Taipei. I booked it for its location in the Ximen area, which I was familiar with on my last visit to Taipei. I found a good deal on Agoda at the […]

Flight Review: Peach – Osaka Kansai to Taipei

Flight: Peach MM 23 From: Kansai International Airport (KIX) To: Taipei (TPE) I flew with Peach from Osaka to Taipei. I compared flights with Kayak, and Peach worked out to be the best for price and time of day. I’ve never flown with Peach before either, so I was curious to try a new airline. […]

Guesthouse Review: Yoshi’s House, Osaka – Japan

Hotel Name: Yoshi’s House Address: 1 Chome-10-14 Nanbanaka, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Japan. Summary: I stayed in Yoshi’s House in Osaka, Japan. I booked online and picked it out for its proximity to Namba Station, one of the main transport hubs of Osaka. It’s hard to find a cheap single room in Osaka, so I was […]

Where I’m At: July, 2018 – Osaka edition

Greetings from Osaka 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 Luang Prabang I ended up spending a week in Luang Prabang, and it turned out to be a productive stay. I was mainly interested in exploring the town, so […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Kansai, Osaka – Japan

Hotel Name: Hotel Kansai Address: 9-15 Togano-cho, Kita-ku, Umeda, Osaka, Japan. Summary: I stayed at the Hotel Kansai in Osaka. I booked it for its price and location near Osaka Station, with the price being $41.60 USD per night. That’s about as cheap as it gets for a private room with your own bathroom. I […]

Flight Review: HK Express – Hong Kong to Osaka Kansai

Flight: HK Express UO 898 From: Hong Kong (HKG) To: Kansai International Airport (KIX) I flew with HK Express from Hong Kong to Osaka Kansai. HK Express is a Hong Kong-based low-cost airline operating with Airbus A320 aircraft from their Hong Kong Airport base. They mostly fly to destinations in East Asia and selected Southeast […]