A First-Timer’s Guide to Vietnam

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 [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|Blog, Vietnam|0 Comments

Rated and Reviewed: Where we stayed in Vietnam 2017

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 [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|Blog, Vietnam|2 Comments

A taste of Hue: where the women are clearly the bosses

The dragon boats are floating up and down Hue's Perfume River as Mom and I sit under the canopy of the Truong Tien Bridge. Who'd want to eat in a dreary restaurant when you can get energy from this? The smell of barbecue hits you like a sixth sense, it takes over your body and you [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog, Tales from Abroad, Vietnam|0 Comments

Hidden Hanoi: How to get the most out of Vietnam’s capital

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” [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Vietnam|2 Comments

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|4 Comments

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