Hoi An  – a magic city

Hoi An – a magic city

Hoi An A superb end to an amazing adventure Hoi An…. What can I say… What a magic little city!! We spent a week exploring the Ancient City and surrounds, and it was the perfect way to end an outstanding holiday. We decided that a pool was a priority for...
Night train from Sapa

Night train from Sapa

SAPA TO HANOI: Trains, buses, confusion, and mud A s I mentioned in my last post, the journey from Sapa to Hanoi was interesting, to say the least, and deserves a post all of its own….. After a nice few days in and around Sapa, we headed back to Lao Cai to catch...
Sapa – mountains, magic, music, and mud

Sapa – mountains, magic, music, and mud

SAPA: mountains, magic, music, and mud. W e have looked forward to our visit to Sapa since we started planning our trip to Vietnam. So many people we’ve spoken to, and blogs we’ve read, have had such good things to say about it. Although we had a slight...
Catba Island, Lanha Bay, and the monkey incident

Catba Island, Lanha Bay, and the monkey incident

CATBA ISLAND, AND THE MONKEY INCIDENT. I t started off well. A three hour bus/boat/bus ride from Hanoi, and we were settling in to Catba Central Hotel, on Catba Island, in Lanha Bay. Lanha Bay borders onto Ha Long Bay, and the topography is similarly stunning, with...