hoi an by night 2018

Visiting Hoi An, Vietnam in 2018

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.

The Lantern Lady, Hoi An

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 bamboo straws and cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Zero Waste Saigon

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.

KOTO: providing hospitality training to at-risk youths in Vietnam

Know One, Teach One. This is the mantra by which Vietnam’s first social enterprise lives and thrives on. KOTO is a non-profit that endeavours to end the cycle of poverty by supporting and empowering underprivileged youths. It does this by utilising what Vietnam knows best… Food.

Don Khong bike ride

Losing Track of Time in the 4000 Islands

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.

Laos’ breathtaking best natural wonders

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.

COPE – supporting the victims of unexploded bombs in Laos

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.

Paradise Found in the Trang Archipelago, Thailand

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.

The Siam Express – An overnight train journey from Bangkok to Trang

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.’