Nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River, 30km south of Danang, is the ancient town of Hoi An. A small town with a rich history, and one that people flock to in droves. Despite having a population of just 120,000, the town caters to upwards of three million tourists per year, and there are no signs of its popularity slowing down. From ancient buildings to enticing beaches to the surrounding highlands, Hoi An has a lot to offer. We spent a couple of weeks wandering the red hot streets and thought we should share our two cents on the town in 2018.
Hoi An is a small, ancient town on the Vietnamese central coast. A popular tourist hot-spot, the UNESCO world heritage site is known for winding canals, mouth-watering signature food and local handicrafts. Perhaps most famous of all is their love of lanterns.
Zero Waste Saigon is a fast expanding social network and planet-friendly movement dedicated to raising awareness and reducing waste in Vietnam. The group provides education, community support and sustainable alternatives to single use plastic and are making waves in the war on waste.
Don Det is the perfect place to disconnect and rejuvenate – there are no ATM’s, the Wi-Fi is limited and there are more hammocks than tourists. It’s relatively remote and difficult to access, but the journey makes this blissful slice of heaven all the more rewarding for the effort.
We didn’t know too much about Laos before visiting, but soon after crossing the Thai border we were enamored with the friendly people, laid-back way of life and stunning natural landscapes. This sparsely populated country is a great place to explore the outdoors – we’ve written about a few of our favourite locations.
Before visiting Laos, we were unaware that the country was subjected to one of the most relentless aerial bombing campaigns in the history of mankind – the U.S. dropped some two million tonnes of ordnance on the nation during 580,000 bombing missions between 1964 and 1973. A lot of these bombs didn’t explode, and over 40 years later they are still killing and maiming innocent people. We visited COPE – an organisation trying to make things right.
For many people, visiting Thailand is a rite of passage. Slightly exotic, mostly comfortable, great weather, food and friendly people – the perfect spot to dip your toe in the water with your first independent backpacking trip. For one reason or another we’d never made the trip… until now. Tucked away down south we found some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
There’s something unique about long train journeys; a hint of romance, a pinch of nostalgia, visions of The Darjeeling Limited. We decided to ride the rails for the 839km trip from Bangkok to Trang, in Thailand’s far south. It was a beautiful experience that attested to the sentiment ‘it’s as much about the journey as the destination.’
Tucked away in one of Bangkok’s more obscure suburbs is the incredible and very peculiar Papaya Studio. A vintage shop with no price tags, a museum with no floor plan, an arcane wonderland so large and diverse you could spend a full day inside and not see even half of it… this place is one of a kind.