Our brief journey through Sa Pa was but a taste of what I one day hope will be a full experience. While my husband, Alejandro, and I only wandered through the area for slightly less than 48-hours, the peaceful valley that feels so remote from Vietnam’s other popular destinations will remain etched in our imaginations.
A trek through the mountains leads to learning about local life.
By the time my husband, Alejandro, and I woke up from our early morning nap — after taking the overnight train from Hanoi to Sa Pa — it was late afternoon and we didn’t have enough time to experience any of the local tours that would take us through the valley.
Not all who wander are lost; but losing your way in this city may just be one of the best experiences.
Music pounded through the streets, shaking the restaurants stockpiled in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It was dark when my fiancé and I arrived to the city, and the night was already alive. Revellers drank in nearby bars, spilling out onto the streets and restaurant employees smiled with beguiling faces while enthusiastically waving menus in our direction.
Getting to know the city one footstep at a time.
Hội An captured my heart and my lens. From the city’s historic golden buildings and winding waterways, to its lively markets and quaint cafes, Hội An is a photographer’s dream. Continue reading “Streetscapes: 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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
Bangkok: a melting pot of human activity, where shanty town shacks rest in the shadows of towering high rises, and luxury malls coexist alongside traditional Thai houses — which rest on stilts erected out of snaking canals. The city pulses with a tangible energy, with over eight million people living and working within the metropolis’ expansive buildings and winding streets.