We just used two tour groups for our trip this year but one thing that we got a real experience for, was how to just wing it. The first tour group we used was tricky to decipher because it was through Viator (a tour aggregator company whose parent company is Trip Advisor). The reason we [...]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE02UXaVCHk Here's a whirlwind video of our recent trip to Vietnam. I filmed this all on my iPhone 6S and edited it when I was home! It's in the Irish language but there are English subtitles available. Hope you enjoy this and feel free to leave a comment or ask any question about our trip. [...]
We’re back from an incredible trip to Vietnam. As Irish people whose burning point sits around the 24-degree mark, March was an ideal time to travel there (though we’re considering April next year for a bit more sunshine). We stayed completely in northern Vietnam this year because along with holidaying, we were also in the [...]
This piece was first published in the April 2018 edition of Fórsa magazine and my piece was reproduced here with permission. I've added a few lines for links. It's aimed at people in Irish so there are references throughout, however, I hope that the information will be useful to many. Vietnam is on a lot [...]
I know, I know, it’s already 2018 and I’m only getting around to writing this now. But hey, better late than never eh? Last October we spent an amazing month in Vietnam and travelled from north to south, staying in some fabulous places. Like our 2016 trip, this piece is the lowdown on where we [...]
While there’s plenty to see in Hanoi, for people like us who have visited all the major tourist attractions, we’re always on the lookout for something different. Too many times have we read guides who claim that seeing the Temple of Literature, the Water Puppet Show and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are “hidden gems” [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]