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

Perú – Puno to Lima

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

Puno The town of Puno is not that much to write home about, it is quite touristy and relies on the tourism related to Lake Titicaca. We did a day trip on Lake Titicaca and were actually pleasantly surprised. We had a funny and flambuoyant tour guide who did a great job of informing us about the area and the communities that live on the lake. We first of all … Read More

Perú – Parque Nacional del Manu

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

Visiting the Amazon rainforest has been a dream of ours for a long time, seeing it and Macchu Picchu were our two main priorities when planning this trip. We could not have asked for a better guide than Abraham from Amazon Trails Peru. We were lucky enough to be the only two people on our tour so we had a very personal experience with Abraham. He grew up in the … Read More

Perú – The Inca Trail

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

The Inca Trail deserves a post all to itself since it was one of the main reasons for visiting Peru. To put it bluntly, it was one of the hardest, most challenging things I have ever done in my life. Before starting the hike I was more worried about getting altitude sickness than the hike itself. In hindsight, I should not have underestimated the difficulty of the hike and how … Read More

Perú – Lima to Cusco

Written by Michelle/Photos by Michelle & David

Lima On our first day in Lima we were lucky enough to be there for celebrations related to Peru’s national day. We came across a huge celebration that included a parade with some of the most colourful costumes we have ever seen. Lima is an easy city to walk around with plenty of great restaurants and fabulous colonial architecture to see. We visited the catacombs at Santa Domingo church that … Read More