Dong Hoi – Like Da Nang, 10 years ago

Dong Hoi is the gateway city for travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Most visitors to Phong Nha go straight through Dong Hoi, and I nearly did as well. After spending a day looking around though, I think Dong Hoi might be a place you’ll hear more about […]

Could Hue be the next Chiang Mai?

The more I travel around Vietnam the more I see how much of a tourism giant this country could become. There are so many places that have yet to realise their potential, and Hue is one of those underachievers. While Danang and Nha Trang are now booming as beach destinations, Hue could easily position itself […]

Experience the Phong Nha Caves and rural life in Vietnam

Phong Nha is in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam in Quang Binh Province. The area is home to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is often referred to as the Phong Nha Caves. For reference here it is on the map. [Map of Phong Nha – Vietnam] This national park was listed […]

Hotel Review: Victory Road Villas, Phong Nha – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Victory Road Villas. Address: DT 20 Victory Road, Phong Nha, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. I stayed at the Victory Road Villas in Phong Nha, Vietnam. I was staying here as a guest of the owner, who is also a personal friend. With that disclosure out the way, this is what to expect when […]

Phong Nha Farmstay – A rural retreat in Central Vietnam

Hotel Name: Phong Nha Farmstay. Address: Hoa Son Hamlet, Cu Nam Village, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. The Phong Nha Farmstay is located near the town of Phong Nha in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. The area is most famous for its caves, including the world’s largest known cave (Son Doong […]

Hotel Review: Lum Dong Tien Hotel, Hue – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Lum Dong Tien Hotel Address: 18/48 Ngo Quyen, Hue, Vietnam. I stayed at the Lum Dong Tien Hotel in Hue, Vietnam. I booked online and picked it for its location and price. The rate was 170,000 VND per night ($7.35 USD), proving that Vietnam remains as an amazing value destination, especially outside the […]

Hanoi Train Street – An infrastructure anomaly that’s become an Instagram sensation

One of the more unusual tourist attractions to emerge in Hanoi is the Hanoi train street. This “street” is more of a passageway that has a single railway line passing through it. There are houses on either side with barely enough room for the train to pass through. The railway is not fenced off, so […]

Hanoi to Haiphong by train

The Hanoi-Haiphong railway is one of the few railway lines in Vietnam that is not part of the main north-south railway. Originally this line was part of the Yunnan-Haiphong Railway that was built by France between 1904–1910. Haiphong is the closest seaport to Hanoi so it’s always been an important access point for Hanoi. Haiphong […]

Notes on Haiphong – A historic port city in Northern Vietnam

Haiphong is the third largest city in Vietnam, and apart from being an industrial port city it has a historic city centre that should attract more tourists than it does. It rarely makes anyones list of places to visit in Vietnam, but if you have time it’s worth a detour. I had read it being […]

Guesthouse Review: Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House Address: 7 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Hanoi Golden Moon Guest House in Hanoi. I booked online and selected it for its price and location in the old city. I don’t have a favourite area in the old city, just as […]