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 […]

Where I’m At: January, 2018 – Otres Beach 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 Otres Beach, and happy new year! Where I’ve Been Hanoi A post shared by James Clark ✈️ (@nomadicnotes) on Dec 2, 2017 at 5:47am PST Ahh Hanoi. Every time I go back I’m amazed […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Hanoi – Bangkok (Fly-Thru) – Macau

Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 643 From: Hanoi (HAN) To: Bangkok (DMK) Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 764 From: Bangkok (DMK) To: Macau (MFM) I flew with AirAsia from Hanoi to Macau, via Bangkok. I was a guest of AirAsia, who were holding a media event in Macau for the Macau Tower Crazy Jump. Being based in […]

Guesthouse Review: Hanoi Zesty Hotel

Hotel Name: Hanoi Zesty Hotel Address: 20B Hang Can Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam I stayed at the Hanoi Zesty Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. I was looking for a budget room in the old quarter and this one came up as a suitable option. I booked a double room with private bathroom. […]

Guesthouse Review: Hoan Kiem Hostel – Hanoi

Hotel Name: Hoan Kiem Hostel Address: 9 Hai Tuong Lane, Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam I stayed at the Hoan Kiem Hostel in Hanoi. I was looking for a cheapo place to stay in the old city area, and at $11 a night this was about as cheap as it gets. […]

Where I’m At: December, 2017 – Hanoi 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 Hanoi! It’s been a month bookended by conferences in two different fields. I average about one conference a year, so two in a month is unusual for me. I try to mix it up […]

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

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 238 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hanoi (HAN) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. I compared flights with Skyscanner and in the end I went with Vietnam Airlines. I have flown with Vietnam Airlines from London to Saigon and return, but I have […]

Where I’m At: July, 2017 – Seoul 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 Seoul! At the start of the month Seoul was not even a consideration. I was originally planning to travel to Sapa in Northern Vietnam, and then cross the border to China. I wanted to […]

Bun Cha Obama – visiting the restaurant that Obama and Bourdain ate at in Hanoi

During the 2016 Presidential visit to Vietnam, Barack Obama went to a bun cha restaurant in Hanoi with Anthony Bourdain. If you didn’t see what happened check out the video and this interview with Bourdain on meeting Obama in Hanoi. I wasn’t planning to visit Bun Cha Obama on my visit to Hanoi. There is […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Hanoi to Seoul (Incheon)

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 960 From: Hanoi (HAN) To: Seoul Incheon (ICN) I flew with VietJet Air from Hanoi to Seoul. I compared flights with Skyscanner, and Vietjet was the cheapest option. The economy fare was $46.70 USD, which went up to $105.95 USD with taxes. If you book during a promo sale you might […]