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 […]

Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Jetstar Pacific BL 585 From: Da Nang (DAD) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Jetstar Pacific from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City. There are multiple flights a day between the two cities by Jetstar, Vietjet Air, and Vietnam Airlines. I don’t have a particular preference for an airline, so […]

Hotel Review: Evelyn Hotel, Da Nang – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Evelyn Hotel. Address: 115 Tran Phu, Da Nang, Vietnam. I stayed at the Evelyn Hotel in Da Nang, Vietnam. I booked it online and picked it for its price and location. I paid $10 USD per night, which is a great deal for this area. At that rate it’s better than staying in […]

Hotel Review: Chill Box Premier – Beach Hotel, Da Nang

Hotel Name: Chill Box Premier – Beach Hotel. Address: 35 Duong Dinh Nghe, Son Tra, Da Nang, Vietnam. When I travel around Vietnam I’m continually amazed at how good value the budget hotels are in this country. I find that the budget hotels of Vietnam ruin my experience in places like Thailand and Indonesia, because […]

Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 124 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Da Nang (DAD) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang. There are three airlines that fly this route (the others being Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific), I used Skyscanner to compare prices and flight times. I flew […]

The Shenzhentrification of Johor Bahru

If you had of asked me where the tallest residential building in Southeast Asia is as of 2018 I would have guessed Bangkok or KL. Having got those two wrong, I’m not sure that Johor Bahru would have figured into my top 10 guesses. Indeed, Johor Bahru doesn’t figure much in peoples thoughts in general, […]

Where I’m At: October, 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 Hanoi As I mentioned last month, I was in Hanoi with the intention of going to China from there. I didn’t get a China visa but I still had […]

The Green Corridor – Singapore’s former railway line that’s now a walking path

I’m a big fan of urban walking, and Singapore – being the urban planning masters that they are – are planning to create one of the world’s greatest walks along a former railway. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were once connected by a direct railway, which ran from Keppel Road near Downtown Singapore to the Kuala […]

A day in Dubai – 2018 edition

My last visit to Dubai was in 2007, just before the Global Financial Crisis. There was so much construction going on that I knew I would have to return to check on its progress. I finally returned 11 years later, at what feels like the peak of another financial bubble, and like last time there […]

Flight Review: Malindo Air – Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Malindo Air OD 561 From: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City. I compared flights online with Skyscanner and picked this for its time of day and airline. The ticket was 297 MYR ($71.62 USD) which includes a bag. […]