A First Timer’s Guide to Travelling Vietnam

Growing in popularity on the Southeast Asia backpacking scene, Vietnam has so much to offer. Aside from the horrific ‘American War’ (as it’s called in Vietnam because well, what else would you call it?), there is so much history to explore as well as seriously fun cities and more coastline than most Asian countries (and no one to be seen …

A Night Withlocals in Hanoi

When I first landed in Hanoi, I was fresh from 3 and a half months travelling around India. I was exhausted. Tired from the frenetic pace of India and seeking something a little easier. Hanoi was my antidote. The first thing I did when I arrived was put on a pair of shorts (not something I was able to do …

2015 in Review: A Year of Highs and Lows

2015: You’ve been both incredibly beautiful yet hideously brutal. If you’ve been following my travelling journey from the beginning you’ll know I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I’ve been literally high as a kite by flying a plane over Sydney Harbour for my birthday, completing 5 weeks at a fitness camp and getting invited on an Indian …

Trekking with the H’mong in Sapa, Vietnam

  “Chukka!”. We clinked our glasses of rice wine and swallowed the potent liquid, for the fourth time in the last 10 minutes. Or was it the fifth? I was losing count already. It was nearing 10pm and our guide Mao’s children were sleeping silently in their part of the almost open-plan house. They could surely hear every word of …