Cafe Saigon 1975 – a war memorabilia cafe in Ho Chi Minh City

In my quest to visit different cafes in Saigon I’m always looking out for new places in my wanders. One day I found a sign pointing down an alley that stopped my in my tracks. It was for Cafe Saigon 1975. There are some years in history that are indelibly linked to a city; 1066 […]

Sirima Guesthouse – the last of the old pier guesthouses in Hua Hin, Thailand

Hotel Name: Sirima Guesthouse Address: 31/3, Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin, Thailand I first visited Hua Hun on a one month trip around Thailand in 2008. Back then I was relying on the weighty goodness of the Lonely Planet Thailand. I don’t recall making any online bookings for accommodation in advance, as I was just turning […]

Kanchanaburi to Hua Hin by train (with a bonus stop at the tallest stupa in the world)

Kanchanaburi is west of Bangkok on the Nam Tok railway line, separate from the main north and south lines. This line formed what was part of the Death Railway, which connected Thailand to Burma by rail. There has been proposals to connect Thailand and Myanmar by rail via this route, but for now it remains […]

Where I’m At: August, 2017 – Saigon edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Saigon! I’m back in the home base after a month on the road, so here is a recap of the month that was. Where I’ve Been Seoul My month began in Seoul, where I […]

Dusit Thani Bangkok – The iconic modernist hotel that will soon be demolished

One of the most iconic hotels in Southeast Asia will soon be no more. The Dusit Thani is a landmark of the Silom area, but it now has a date with the wrecking ball to make way for a new mall and hotel development. The hotel was founded by Bangkok-born businesswoman Chanut Piyaoui, who brought […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Bangkok (DMK) to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: AirAsia FD 654 From: Bangkok (DMK) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with AirAsia from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. I booked it after comparing flights with Skyscanner. There are several airlines flying this route so prices are competitive. In the end I just picked a flight that was in the […]

Hotel Review – Business Inn, a budget hotel near Nana BTS in Bangkok

Hotel Name: Business Inn Address: 153/11-14 Soi Sukhumvit 11/1, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand I stayed at the Business Inn in Bangkok. I was looking for something on Sukhumvit Road and a deal popped up for this one. The hotel is on Sukhumvit 11/1, which is an alley between Sukhumvit 11 and 13. It’s near the […]

Where to stay in Hong Kong

Where to stay in Hong Kong: A guide to the best areas to stay in Hong Kong If you are visiting Hong Kong and wondering which areas are the best to stay I have listed the areas for first-time visitors to Hong Kong. Regular visitors may find places further out if it’s going to save […]

Notes on Seoul – the orderly megacity of South Korea

Seoul was a glaring omission in my visited cities of Asia list. I had long been saving Seoul as a stop-over city as Incheon Airport is a popular hub between Asia and North America. I wasn’t planning to go until I found a good flight deal from Hanoi, which coincided with a visa run from […]

Hotel Review: Thasanee Hotel, Hua Hin – Thailand

Hotel Name: Thasanee Hotel Address: 76/5 Soi.55/1, Petchakasem Road, Hua Hin, Thailand I stayed at the Thasanee Hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand. I booked online at the rate of 12.39 USD for one night. I booked it for its location in Hua Hin, which is ideally placed between the beach and the night market area. […]