January 30, 2019

Today's guest post is by Emily Pham who writes about travel in Vietnam over at Vina.com a blog dedicated to Vietnamese food, travel tips and destination guides. 

There are many reasons why Vietnam should be your next destination. Firstly, it is the country of many...

June 26, 2017

When I think back to my very first solo backpacking trip around Southeast Asia in 2013, I remember having moments of feeling lost and homesick, and moments of laughing like crazy during beers with new friends. I remember wandering temples and unsuccessfully haggling fo...

June 14, 2016

My most solid memories of Hue in Central Vietnam are of walking. Walking over bridges while dodging cyclists and wandering alone around the ancient city walls and striding away from touts selling fake entry tickets to the imperial city. The only constant in all these n...

May 13, 2016

Backpacking really brings out the daredevil in me. It must be because out in the world nobody knows what a big scaredy cat I am, so out there I can be the person I want to be. Or it might be that travel is all about saying yes to life and giving all those crazy adventu...

September 9, 2015

I long for the days of sitting on the back of a scooter and watching a million Vietnamese rice paddies roll past. For the loud afternoons sitting on flimsy plastic chairs in a congested Hanoi street and dining on scrumptious Gỏi cuốn or spring rolls. For strolling the ...

August 20, 2015

Southeast Asia is phenomenal.

Here is where you will spend lazy days on marvellous beaches and eat the most sumptuous dishes of your life. You will have adventures in weather that warms the soul, and every corner of the region holds the secret of something new.

The lang...

August 7, 2015

While planning my first backpacking trip to Asia I googled the cost of travel over and over and never really believed the claims that I could backpack the region on $30 a day and now I’m here telling you its entirely doable with the right know-how.

However, I felt that...

July 23, 2015

Hoi An in Vietnam is a photographers dream. On every street are local vendors in conical hats selling freshly made noodles. Bright purple flowers overhang balconies and boats creak along the muddied river. Elegant temples break up the rows of ancient houses belonging t...

March 9, 2015

Vietnam has the most understated assortment of flavours in all of Southeast Asia.

While Thailand rocks heavy, sweet noodles, Cambodia is all about thick curries and Laos loves a broth soup, Vietnam does wonders with raw fruit. Stick with me here, but in many dishes raw...

December 6, 2014

It was in Vietnam that I spent a moment with the corpse of Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh was a communist and revolutionary leader who sought to see his nation free from colonial influence and led the North Vietnamese in an effort to expel U.S. forces, crush the South Vietnam...

November 28, 2014

Southeast Asia is truly the home to the dishes of my dreams. It's the fresh ingredients, the simple balance of sweet and sour flavours and the punch of chillies that we just can't achieve in our Thai restaurants at home. Even the simplest street stalls across Asia do i...

November 22, 2014

I'm a chef and I´m not always excited to try new foods.

There. I said it.

I just couldn´t manage the fried tarantulas in Cambodia, or grasshoppers in Thailand. I tried to talk myself into crunching through their crispy little bodies, but there´s something about creatures...

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