Hoi An ~ Vietnam

So much has changed since the last time we were here.  Parts of the city are unrecognizable and there are ten times more cars, vans and large tour buses on the narrow roads. The highway leading into Hoi An from Da Nang has been updated and the city of Da Nang is in the process of being built up with ocean front condominiums and high rise buildings. Updated bridges have been built with a modern yellow ark design. The secretRead more

Ninh Bình ~ Vietnam

Ninh Binh City is a small city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Most travelers skip this place and go directly to Hao Long Bay. We chose the opposite. Surrounded by rice fields, large karst and rivers running in between them, Nihn Binh is sprawling with greenery. The main center of town is a few miles from the true grit of the providence. The weather is much cooler than Hanoi which is only three hours drive from here. Read more

Hanoi ~ Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population with over seven million people.  Hanoi is 1,090 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  The flight from Saigon to Hanoi was ninety minutes.  The first thing I noticed was the French architecture and influences throughout the buildings. Everything seemed more orderly and polished than the madness of Saigon. The multilane highway was nicer than some highways in America. After a short ride from the airport weRead more

Mekong Delta ~ Vietnam

The trip to the Mekong delta was an organized three day tour with hotel and meals included. We were the only Americans on the trip. The first day started as early as the second and third – at 6:30am.  We started on a boat trip on the Mekong River to see the  Cai Be floating market.  A boat selling fruit pulled up next to ours and we tried a sample of jack fruit which is firm and sweet. The fruitRead more

Saigon ~ Vietnam

Upon arriving to Ho Chi Minh city I could see from the plane the change in the landscape since the last time we were here twelve years ago. I still refer to Ho Chi Minh city as Saigon despite it being renamed. There is so much action everywhere and people here spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether they are eating, working, transporting or relaxing, everyone is outside on the streets. Naps are a daily scene on the streets too.Read more

Hong Kong

After a long nine hour flight from Sydney arrived in Hong Kong at 5:30am. The sun was barely up and everything was closed. We were so excited to be in Hong Kong.  By the time we picked up our bags, had our coffee and got SIM cards a couple hours had passed.  By 7:30am it was crowded with people and most stores were open. Speaking of SIM cards, this was the cheapest place we’ve experienced in all of our travels. OnlyRead more

Sydney ~ Australia

Sydney has always been a favorite city of mine since my first visit years ago. The city has only gotten better from then.  More high-rises, businesses and people have crowded this city making it a metropolis in Australia. The population of Asians in Sydney has quadrupled over the years.  There were times I looked around and actually thought I was in Asia.  In 2006 the census of Asians in Sydney was 33%, today I believe it has grown.  With theRead more

Moorea ~ French Polynesia

The proper pronunciation is Mo-or-ray-ah. The only thing I knew about the island previously was it was a popular honeymoon destination. The island is full of greenery and reminded me of what Hawaii must have looked like fifty years ago. Even though Moorea is a tourist destination there are only a couple of big chain resorts and the rest are small hotels, guesthouses and mostly locals living island life.Flying to Moorea from Huahine was one of the shortest flights we’ve taken soRead more

Huahine ~ French Polynesia

Huahine means pregnant woman. The outline of the island is shaped like a pregnant woman. Huahine has the most ancient Polynesian ruins of all the islands. There are many sacred places throughout the island that hold high significance to the Polynesian culture. This is also the least visited island by tourists. There are only three hotels and a few guesthouses for visitors to stay in.  We chose to live like locals and stay in a guest house named Rande’s Shack,Read more

Bora Bora ~ French Polynesia

The flight into Bora Bora was more of an island hopping day tour. There are no direct flights. The flight stops at Moorea (five minute flight), Huahine and last  Bora Bora.  During the flight we could see Raiatea Island. All of the islands are beautiful and have a huge reef around them. This reef makes the water a stunning light blue within the reef and dark blue outside of the reef into the great wide ocean. After landing we wereRead more