Vietnam Diaries Part Eight: Better than Ha Long Bay? Welcome to Bai Tu Long!

Floating in seawater with the gentle slosh of the waves hitting the shore, there was really no better place to spend a balmy afternoon. Earlier on in the day we waved goodbye to our tour guide My and driver Duong, and made our way onto the Dragon Legend 2, a spectacular cruise ship on Ha [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Seven: Pu Luong, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu!

To overnight in a homestay is a truly unique experience. Parting ways with our driver in a sleepy town, we pulled what we could on our shoulders and set off across the weaving dirt tracks of Pu Luong. The nature reserve Pu Luong is located along two parallel mountain ridges divided by a central valley, [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Six: From the lush greens of Mai Chau

Forgive the silence on the blog, the amount of wonderful exploration we've been doing has brought us farther and farther away from wi-fi (which is definitely not a bad thing!) For the next diary entries, I'm whizzing back in time to some of our adventures in the Vietnamese countryside. From the silence of Mai Chau to [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Five: How much is that in Dong?

You could tell that the woman was smiling. Though the mask covered her face, the knowing lines surrounded her eyes. She beckoned us forward as we walked in parallel with her footsteps across Le Duan, one of Hanoi's busiest motorways. This simple act of kindness stays with you. We never spoke, but we too smiled [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Four: Good morning Vietnam!

Through the dense humidity, the scent of spice, coffee and herbs shine through the streets of Hanoi. We perch ourselves delicately down on little stools, and soon steaming bowls of beef noodle soup sit with us. Around us are women barking orders at customers, weaving around scooters that are packed with families. BEEP! BEEP! BEEEEEP! is [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Three: T minus 11 hours

“I’m getting excited, are you?” That pretty much sums up exactly how I’m feeling! This morning I was up bright and early to check into our Air France flight, as they don’t allow you to choose your plane seats until 30 hours beforehand (we wanted decent seats!) For the past few days I’ve been struggling [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Vietnam Diaries Part Two: Just 11 Days to go…

It’s hard to believe that we’ll be in Vietnam in less than 2 weeks. So much has happened since then… For one, I left my job to travel (fingers crossed, full-time). I was also nominated for the Travel Media Awards that were held in the Westbury  Hotel (I didn't win but still had an amazing [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|3 Comments

Guide: How to Apply for a Vietnamese Tourist Visa from Ireland

If you’re in Ireland and looking to sort out your Vietnamese Tourist Visa, then this is the guide for you because unfortunately, it’s not the most straightforward of processes! In this guide, we’ll go through all the steps it took us to successfully get our tourist visas. I was so annoyed with the process that [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Travel Tips, Vietnam|5 Comments

Bits and Bobs: 8 Travel Essentials for Vietnam

It’s hard to believe that our June trip to Vietnam is less than 40 days away (I even had a dream last night about missing the flight – that was a nightmare!) Apart from light clothes, mosquito repellents, overseas plugs and sun cream, there are also some extra bits that we’re throwing in this time [...]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Travel Tips, Vietnam|2 Comments

The Plan is Simple: Our Vietnam Diaries Part One

The plan is simple: my partner, my Mammy and I are heading to Vietnam this summer. For Mam, it will be her fourth time, the third for myself and for my partner, it’s his very first time! With a fluttery feeling in my heart the more I think of it, here’s how our journey is [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|Blog, Vietnam|5 Comments