Solomon Islands – Reefs and war wrecks in a tropical island paradise

Solomon Islands was my first trip to a pacific island nation, which I was invited to visit as a guest of Solomon Islands Tourism. I must admit that I had to Google where Solomon Islands are, and if they are even an independent country (the Oceania region is my weakest link on travel trivia nights). […]

Where I’m At: November, 2018 – Mullumbimby edition

Greetings from Mullumbimby 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 Saigon View this post on Instagram LED light city, Nguyen Hue Walking Street. A post shared by James Clark ✈️ (@nomadicnotes) on Oct 15, 2018 at 6:53am PDT I […]

Island and reef hopping with Solomon Airlines – Honiara to Gizo and Munda

Flight: Solomon Airlines IE 800 From: Honiara (HIR) To: Gizo Nusatupe (GZO) Flight: Solomon Airlines IE 801 From: Gizo Nusatupe (GZO) To: Munda (MUA) To: Honiara (HIR) Solomon Islands is a nation of over 900 islands stretching about 1,500 kilometres across the South Pacific. Being an island nation, domestic air travel plays a big part […]

Hotel Review: Agnes Gateway Hotel, Munda – Solomon Islands

Hotel Name: Agnes Gateway Hotel Address: Munda, Solomon Islands. I stayed at Agnes Gateway Hotel, in Munda, Solomon Islands. I stayed here as a guest of Tourism Solomons as part of a media trip from Australia. Munda is the main town of the island of New Georgia, and there is an airport here with flights […]

Flight Review: Solomon Airlines – Brisbane to Honiara

Flight: Solomon Airlines IE 701 From: Brisbane (BNE) To: Honiara (HIR) I flew with Solomon Airlines from Brisbane to Honiara. I flew as a guest of the airline and Tourism Solomons, where I was visiting with a media group from Australia. Solomon Airlines operates a 5-times a week service to Brisbane, which is the sole […]

Hotel Review: Novotel Brisbane Airport

Hotel Name: Novotel Brisbane Airport Address: 6-8 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport, QLD, Australia. I stayed at the Novotel Brisbane Airport. I was hosted by a tourism agency and I was in Brisbane en route. Normally I would stay for a day or two if I’m visiting an interesting city, but I didn’t have time on […]

Flight Review: Qantas – Sydney to Brisbane

Flight: Qantas QF 524 From: Sydney (SYD) To: Brisbane (BNE) I flew with Qantas from Sydney to Brisbane. This was the second leg of my journey from Vietnam, where there are no direct flights to Brisbane. The flight was booked for me on behalf of a project I was working on. Being Australian I have […]

Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 773 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Sydney (SYD) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney. My eventual destination was Brisbane, which has no direct flights to Vietnam. I had a number of other flight options, including flights via Hong Kong and Singapore, but this […]

Notes on Da Nang, 2018 edition – Maybe I will retire here

My latest trip to Da Nang marked a flippening of sorts in my Da Nang / Hoi An travels. Usually I have come to Da Nang on the way to Hoi An (Da Nang being the airport city for Hoi An). I noted in my 2017 trip report how Da Nang is becoming a destination […]

Visiting the Golden Bridge in Vietnam – the bridge held by giant hands in the mountains

If you follow any travel-related news sites you’ve probably seen a photo of a bridge held by giant hands in the mountains. This is the Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills, near Da Nang in Vietnam. The Golden Bridge opened in June 2018, and it wasn’t long before it starting making the news. The first […]