Hội An’s economic climb and fall as an affluent sea port froze its architecture in time.
It’s easy to imagine Hội An as it would have been in the 16th century. As a bustling stop along the Silk Road — known then as Hai Pho, or, “seaside town” — the city’s winding streets bedecked with colourful lanterns would have been filled with travellers from across the seven seas.
Continue reading “Built on the Business of Boats”
Chasing the light at dawn may not always turn out how one expects.
The streets are strangely hushed as we make our way from the hotel towards Hội An’s Old Town. The sun has not yet risen, and the world is covered in darkness. Quietly, we walk past homes where the residents are slowly beginning to stir. Continue reading “Good Morning Hội An”
Make a wish and set a lantern alight while partaking in the city’s ancient tradition.
As the sun sets over Hội An, the everyday humdrum begins to fade and is replaced by magic of a human invention.
Continue reading “Fall Under Hội An’s Spell”
Stimulate your senses while sampling the flavours of Hội An.
Hội An’s night and day markets couldn’t be more different than, well, night and day.
Continue reading “Wander through Hội An’s Old Town Market”
Sample some of the city’s popular street-eats while taking in a lively atmosphere.
If there is one thing to do while travelling through Vietnam, it is eat. The country is a goldmine of flavours. Well known dishes such as bánh mì, phở and bún chả subtly change from region to region, creating a nuanced dining experience as one visits each new city.
Continue reading “Eat Your Heart Out at Hội An’s Night Market”
The serene Imperial City encompasses much more than what meets the eye.
Wandering through Hué’s Imperial City, one can’t help but feel a sense of calm and tranquillity having escaped the hordes of Hué’s bustling west bank.
Continue reading “Hué’s Haunted History”
History meets modern Vietnam in this riverside city.
A city separated by the Perfume River, Hué was once the capital of Vietnam and the imperial seat of the Ngyuen Dynasty. Connected by the Tran Tieng Bridge, this popular tourist destination is a living example of modernity meeting antiquity. Continue reading “Hué There”
“I have always had this sense of style — I am European. I like things nobody else has. But my biggest influence is Versace. I have owned my store (Eurotrash) for 22 years, and I have things nobody else has. I keep it like that.”
Continue reading “Street Stories: Margit”
Vietnam’s favourite beach-side city plays host to colourful local life off-the-beaten-tourist-track.
While Vietnam boasts many beautiful seaside towns and cities, none truly offer the charm and luxury of Da Nang. Stretching south from the city’s trademark Dragon Bridge, the coastal road alongside Non Nuoc Beach is crammed with sprawling resort upon sprawling resort. North of the Dragon Bridge, one will find a plethora of restaurants, cafés and businesses catering to tourists’ every need lining the River Hàn. Continue reading “Discovering Da Nang”
As the sunshine fades and rain takes its place, St. Kilda beach transforms from a mass of sunbathers to lone wanderers.
There is something lonely but beautiful about St. Kilda beach in the rain. During lazy summer days sunshine warms the expansive beach — the sand soon covered by partially naked bodies trying to soak up the sun’s piercing rays. The boardwalk fills with locals and tourists heading to one of the ocean-side patios, meandering out to visit the resident penguins making their home in the cove at the end of St. Kilda Pier, or settling in to catch the sunset.
Continue reading “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”