Notes on Da Nang, 2018 edition – Maybe I will retire here

My latest trip to Da Nang marked a flippening of sorts in my Da Nang / Hoi An travels. Usually I have come to Da Nang on the way to Hoi An (Da Nang being the airport city for Hoi An). I noted in my 2017 trip report how Da Nang is becoming a destination […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hotel Review: Ibiz City Hostel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Ibiz City Hostel Address: 49 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Ibiz City Hostel in Hanoi. I booked it for its price and location, and the rate was $12.38 USD per night. When I booked it the hotel was known as The Tourist Hotel. I’m […]

Hotel Review: Hanoi Discovery Hotel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Hanoi Discovery Hotel Address: 22 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Hanoi Discovery Hotel in Hanoi. When I booked it I was just looking for a cheap room for the night as I was just passing through. I picked this hotel for its location in […]

Vietnam Airlines flight review – The A350 from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 252 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Hanoi (HAN) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. There are three airlines that fly this route (the others being Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific), and with this route being one of the busiest air routes in the […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Emirates EK 392 From: Dubai (DXB) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Emirates from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. This was a booking with points from Qantas, who are their partner outside of the Oneworld Alliance. I’ve flown with Emirates a few times before I like their service, so this […]

Flight Review: Thai Airways – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Flight: Thai Airways TG 551 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Bangkok (BKK) I flew with Thai Airways from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. There are numerous airlines flying this route, so I compared airlines with Skyscanner to find the best option. At the time of booking the airline options included Thai AirAsia […]

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 […]