Vietnam – A photographers paradise

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

You really do need to carry your camera around with you everywhere you go in Vietnam, not only to capture the beautiful scenery, the people and crazy big city lifestyles but to capture the everyday normal occurrences that are not so normal for a westerner like myself. On my arrival to Vietnam, I was in a taxi driving to Kate’s place when I saw a family of five on a … Read More

Vietnam – Hanoi to Halong Bay, and back to Hanoi

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

So after flying back to Hanoi I made my way back into the city to visit the water puppet theatre. I would recommend it as something to see once. The whole show is performed on water by puppeteers who are knee need deep in water behind the curtain, it’s actually quite clever how they do it. Most of the show is in Vietnamese, however this does not detract from the show … Read More

Vietnam – Phu Quoc

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

After having such a busy schedule in the first week I was really looking forward to Phu Quoc and just relaxing on the beach and enjoying a bit of pampering. I am stayIng at Mai House Resort, not the best value for money in Vietnam but I guess you are paying for location, location, location. Don’t get me wrong the rooms are nice little bungalows set in a tropical garden … Read More

Vietnam – Mekong Delta

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

Today I started my 2 day Mekong Delta tour on the back of a motorbike. There are quite a few tours that come to the Mekong Delta but normally with an air conditioned bus. I liked the sound of this tour because you get to drive through small villages past rice fields, fruit and coconut plantations and along roads that a bus would not be able to. My guide is … Read More

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

My early start was made less painful today since I was travelling business class to HCMC. Don’t get me wrong, I do not normally travel in style but it is just so cheap to fly domestically in Vietnam. I must admit when booking online I wasn’t sure what the plane was going to be like, a bad western assumption I know, so booked the best I could afford ( was … Read More

Vietnam – Hoi An

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

So today the hotel organised a car to take a lovely German couple and me to Hoi An (again, cannot recommend Frangipani hotel enough, so incredibly helpful and friendly). We soon discovered a day is not enough to experience all Hoi An has to offer, however we tried to make the most of it. After we had already pretended to be part of a German tourist group and had gone … Read More

Vietnam – Da Nang 

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

When organising this trip I read a few things about having to experience the train system in Vietnam so I decided to catch the train from Hanoi to Da Nang (because it doesn’t stop at Hoi An). There is also an airport in Da Nang so it made a good base from which to visit Hoi An (the main reason for coming to the area) and to fly onto Ho … Read More

Vietnam – Hanoi

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

After much catching up my friend Kate played tour guide and what a great job she did. Kate lives in one of the more upmarket areas of Hanoi, however, what I love about the area is that it is still filled with locals going about their everyday business: men sitting on miniature plastic stools outside cafe huts playing board games; little old ladies gossiping on the steps of a building; … Read More

Vietnam –  Getting there

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

When I originally decided to visit Vietnam it was to visit my friend Kate who now lives in Hanoi. Once I started researching and talking to people who had been here I became like a kid in a candy store and wanted to visit every single place recommended. Needless to say the trip became bigger than Ben Hur and  unfortunately I’m not going to see much of Kate after all. … Read More