Asia

The Beach – Unspoiled Paradise
Philippines_unspoiled paradise

Following Beijing and Harbin, we needed somewhere to thaw out, and preferably a place where we could escape the migration madness (Chinese New Year).

We drew up a map on the lappy screen, and decided on Guangdong, Hainan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines….  Read more

 

 


Hanoi/Halong Bay

Hanoi_Halong Bay

The first day in Hanoi was all about getting lost in the city, but sometimes that is when you have the best times. We made friends with a friendly Spanish guy who ended up sharing Bia Hoi (locally brewed beer) with us and yarning the night away. Good times…. Read more

 

 

 


Hoi An

Hoi An
Hoi An was definitely top of the list for visits in Vietnam.  Once a major port; Hoi An is atmospheric, graceful, historic and just a delight! There are endless narrow streets and alleyways to explore. Purple flowering trees hang over the road on every street corner, and lanterns line every building. The main town bridge which goes over the beguiling river brightens up the city….. Read more

 

 


Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

The day started with a 2 hour drive to ‘My Tho’ a city in the Mekong Delta and boarded a river boat to another island where we saw how coconut candy is made, before sampling it.  Surprisingly, it looks super easy with very few ingredients…. Read more

 

 

 

 


Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

After 36 hours of travel from New Zealand (with a 12 hour stop over in Singapore) we finally arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – a buzzing hub in Vietnam.  Our first hand travel experience was welcomed with a surge of humidity and heat as we walked out of the airport into the swarm of heckling taxi drivers ready to pounce outside.  We were obvious targets with our massive backpacks and looking like we’ve been run over by a car…. Read more

 

 


Markha Valley

Markha ValleyMarkha Valley in Ladakh, North India, was challenging at times, but the most rewarding trek i’ve done.  It took us 6 days total to complete, but it can be several days longer depending on which point of the trail you choose to begin. There’s so much to take in during the trek, and a lot of the times you’re just gobsmacked with the insane beauty surrounding you!  You see a mixed bag of towering cliffs, snow capped mountains, purple, green and red rock formations…. Read more

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