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: VietJet Air – Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 834 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Phnom Penh (PNH) I flew with VietJet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. Being based in Saigon I have been following the new route announcements by Vietjet and I was pleased to see this route start. I still compared flights […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Macau – Bangkok (Fly-Thru) – Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 761 From: Macau (MFM) To: Bangkok (DMK) Flight: Thai AirAsia FD 654 From: Bangkok (DMK) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with AirAsia from Macau to Ho Chi Minh City (via Bangkok). I flew as a guest of AirAsia to cover the Macau Tower Crazy Jump. AirAsia is a […]

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 […]

An updated map of the future Saigon Metro

[HCMC Metro Map (download full resolution image here.] Out of all the megacities of Southeast Asia, Saigon is the only city without any form of metro transport. Even the traffic-dystopias of Jakarta and Manila have a few rail lines between them. This will change when the first metro line in Saigon opens sometime after 2020 […]

Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Bangkok (BKK) to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Jetstar BL 662 From: Bangkok (BKK) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Jetstar Pacific from Bangkok to Saigon. I compared flights with Skyscanner I took the same flight almost two years ago, and Bangkok-Saigon has become one of my most travelled routes. There are a number of low cost airlines plying […]

Where I’m At: November, 2017 – Chiang Mai 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 Chiang Mai! I’ve been here for nearly two weeks on a visa run from Vietnam. In that time I’ve completed a new map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia. [Click here for […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 876 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hong Kong (HKG) I flew with VietJet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong. I compared flights with Skyscanner, and Vietjet was the cheapest option. My total ticket price with a checked bag came to 1,259,000 VND, which is about $55 […]

Singapore Airlines flight review: Sydney to Saigon with a free stopover in Singapore

Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 252 From: Sydney (SYD) To: Singapore (SIN) Flight: Singapore Airlines SQ 186 From: Singapore (SIN) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) When booking flights that include a transfer of planes at an airport (a layover), it’s worth checking to see if you can turn it into a stopover (where you leave […]