48 Hours in Jiufen, Taiwan

The small mountainside town of Jiufen sits on the East coast of Taiwan, just an hours train ride from Taipei city center. The town itself offers an ideal get away from city life and is the perfect place to visit for two days when staying in Taiwan. The towns winding lantern lit streets attract tourists…

2 Days on Cat Ba Island: Hikes, Climbs and Beach Time

Cat Ba Island sits just off the coast of Northern Vietnam, slightly South of the more famous destination Ha Long Bay. The island itself is surprisingly large and is home to some of the most jaw dropping mountainous scenery in Vietnam. We made the decision to visit the island over visiting Ha Long Bay based…

Renting a Motorbike in Hanoi

It’s no lie that the main mode of transport in Hanoi/anywhere in Vietnam is a motorbike. I would say on average the bike to car ratio is around 6 bikes to every car (idiots guesstimate). It’s probably even more extreme than this, with 2 motorbikes for every man, woman and child. If you’re staying in…

A Two Day Trip to Ba Vi National Park

One of the greatest things about living in Hanoi is it’s location. It is possible to drive to the countryside in less than two hours. When we were growing tired of the cities hustle and bustle, we asked a local where they’d go to get a break and some fresh air. When she suggested Ba…

Living in Vietnam: Pros and Cons to Life in Hanoi

Making the decision to move to a country on the other side of the world is a big one for most people. And if you are like us, it’s a move to a country you have never actually visited. Before we left we read every post about life in Vietnam and built a not so…

Riding a Motorbike in Vietnam: A Complete Blog

One of the first things you’ll notice when you exit the airport terminal into Vietnam is the number of motorbikes and mopeds flooding the roads. This sight multiplied, if you’ve never set foot in another densely populated Asian country before. It’s mental. But riding a motorbike in Vietnam is all but essential for most people….

Modessa Island, Palawan, Review

Before our training began with APAX English in Hanoi, we were asked to complete a Visa Run. After very little research and for no particular reason whatsoever, we decided we’d take the opportunity to visit the Philippines where we beached on the incredible island of Modessa. With 10 days spare and a extra little cash…

2 Days in Huế: Sights, Food and Family

Located in central Vietnam, Hue was the countries capital from 1802 to 1945. During this period, Nguyen Dynasty emperors ruled throughout Vietnam and were the countries last ruling family. Today the modern city surrounds ancient palaces, shrines and pagodas, some of which are a must see when visiting Vietnam. Here’s how we spent our 2…

Hue to Hoi An: Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour

After our short stay in the ancient city of Hue, we made the decision to head further south to the city of Hoi An. The route between Hue and Hoi An boasts one of the worlds most breath taking stretches of coastal road, Hai Van Pass. This is how we decided to make the journey…

Ninh Binh and Tam Coc: An Idiots Guide

After a little research, we decided to make Ninh Binh and Tam Coc our first stop in Vietnam. As we were studying our TESOL qualification in Hanoi two weeks later, we thought it best to explore as much of the country as possible before settling in a busy city 4 weeks. Ninh Binh is a…