Giving back: six charities we supported in Vietnam this year

“Pray for the dead. And fight like hell for the living!" - Mother Jones We’ve been back from Vietnam since the end of October and while we’re both settling into our normal lives at home, I’ve held off updating the blog a bit. Why? Well, we did so much over the course of the visit [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Blog, Vietnam|1 Comment

Eyemasks, Leg rests, Moneybags: 9 things we’re bringing to Vietnam

The deadline LOOMS. As I’m writing this I’m sitting on my bed with my suitcase close by. It’s packed with light clothes and other essentials but some of the most important things are going into my backpack. Over the years, we’ve picked up quite a few bits and bobs and tend to tweak each backpack [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|Blog, Favourite Things, Travel Tips, Vietnam|2 Comments

Countdown to Vietnam: 15 days to go!

Holy banana boats, the deadline is looming. This year I bought airline tickets for myself and Mom to go to Vietnam. This will be her fifth and my fourth time back and we've been slowly planning our trip for the past few months. You can read about last year’s trip here. Admittedly we’ve both been [...]

By | September 16th, 2017|Blog, Vietnam|9 Comments

Tales From Abroad: Behind the clicks of our cameras were Vietnamese women full of life – now gone

At 5pm the government's megaphone blared out messages of the day. “Propaganda!” our Vietnamese guide mused, as we stared across the rice fields. A spike in the grass, the speaker was hoisted atop dark juts of metal - a stark contrast to the beauty that surrounded it. Mom has always been an adventurer and I [...]

By | November 15th, 2016|Tales from Abroad, Vietnam|3 Comments

What We’d Do Differently: Five Things That Went Wrong in Vietnam

We’d be lying if we said that our entire trip was peachy but then again that’s part of the adventure. While our blog diaries may have just lightly touched on some of the issues that occurred on our trip to Vietnam this year, there are certain things we learned there that will help our shape [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: The Tour Groups We Used in Vietnam 2016

Oftentimes people don’t realise how much work goes into planning long-haul holidays. From confirming flights and hotels to paying off tour groups and liaising with airport pickups, a lot went into our three week holiday. In this post, we’re looking at each tour group that we used on our trip and how they fared in [...]

By | July 9th, 2016|Blog, Travel Tips, Vietnam|1 Comment

Video Diaries 2016: From Ireland to Vietnam

From Ireland to Vietnam: Videos you say? Yes, videos! For those following us on snapchat during our Vietnam trip, you probably noticed me recording like mad! Normally I don't like vertical videos but because I took all the videos on Snapchat to save myself from being glued to my phone AND a camera, these compilations [...]

By | July 2nd, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part 10: My Heart is Torn

This part has been hard for me to write. I'm back in Ireland and my heart feels torn. I've never felt this way about Vietnam. In 1998, the first time I came back, I was just seven. I don't remember much, but I remember not finding any connection. It was just a holiday to me [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|14 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: Where We Stayed in Vietnam in 2016

We had a fantastic holiday in Northern Vietnam this year, varying our experiences from trekking to cycling, to kayaking to swimming. Throughout our adventure we roamed across the north, staying in various types of accommodation. Rated and reviewed, from start to finish, here’s where we stayed in Vietnam on our 2016 journey. Hanoi Golden Sun [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|7 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Nine: SaPa and the Cool Mountain Retreat

For a change of pace and temperature, we decided to head to the highlands of Vietnam and to the mountains. Renowned for its beauty, SaPa is in the Lào Cai Province in north-west Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. Several ethnic minority groups such as the Hmong, Dao, Giáy, Pho Lu, and Tay live there. [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|1 Comment