Guest Post: Discovering The Cultural Side Of Amsterdam

  Amsterdam is an old city which has embraced the new cosmopolitan flair of Europe. It is the home of The Netherlands’ royal family although the seat of the government is in Hague. Amsterdam has less than one million residents although it is visited by thousands of people every month throughout the year. Tourists get a chance to visit city’s galleries, historical places, museums and cultural places for those interested in the Dutch... Read More

Photostory: Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is like no where else in Vietnam. The people speak a different dialectic, dress in traditional tribal clothes, the region is very cold compared to the rest of Vietnam, and tribal villages scattered around offer travelers a different taste of locals and their way of life. It is easily one of the best places anyone can go to in Vietnam, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking! After our 3 week motorbike ride to the North, we sold our bikes... Read More

Hoi An: A New Meaning for the word ‘Shop’

Hoi An is a girl’s dream come true. We arrived to Hoi An with heavy backpacks and little room for souvenirs and no room for tailor made clothing… or so we thought. I had heard so many people rave about Hoi An’s tailors, but after living in HCMC for a year and having things made there I didn’t think it would be a big deal and “wow” me. Oh, how wrong I was! Be prepared. As you wander around Hoi An’s artsy... Read More

Guest Post: Signature Dishes of India

  Indian dishes are popular the world over. The inventive use of spices and other flavourings has made the cuisine one of our favourites. Here are some of the signature Indian dishes. Tandoori chicken is a much loved dish of Indian and also Pakistani descent, which gets its name from the tandoor, the cylindrical oven made from clay used to prepare the dish. It is said that a Hindu refugee restaurant owner, who moved from Pakistan to Delhi after... Read More

Trekking in Sapa

Situated high up in northern Vietnam, Sapa is a charming little mountain town full of colour & culture. Many travelers miss this hidden gem… you shouldn’t!! It’s a breath of fresh air…literally… from Vietnam’s bustling metropolitan areas, & the natural beauty & the people are both incredible to witness. Rice paddies cut into Sapa’s rich greenery cling to the steep valley sides in almost impossible... Read More

Exploring Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels definitely tops the list of things for tourists to do when visiting Saigon. Brief History: A lot of the war was fought at the Cu Chi tunnels. It was one of South Vietnam’s last standing defenses against the North. Cu Chi is roughly 1.5 hours from Saigon city center, where the south army had their government. Viet Cong (people who lived in the South, but fought for the North) built the impressive network of tunnels over 20 years!... Read More

Homestay in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

A trip to the Mekong Delta is one of the best things you can do when visiting Vietnam. Except, most travelers go to one of the dozens of travel agencies in the backpacker’s district and pay too much for a trip that makes you feel like you’re apart of herd of cattle being roped from one place to the next. We’ve been to the Delta a few times and have finally figured out the secret to the BEST TRIP you can take there! The answer is,... Read More

Bali’s Top 5

Bali Ha’i may call you, Any night, any day, In your heart, you’ll hear it call you: “Come away…Come away.” Bali Ha’i will whisper In the wind of the sea: “Here am I, your special island! Come to me, come to me!” Bali called to us, like it does to so many…. & we came! We were granted one week to escape Saigon’s motorbike fumes and relax amongst Bali’s peacefully green rice terraces,... Read More

Saigon’s Best Kept Secret

Ho Ba Kien is a sleepy little street in Saigon tucked away in District 10, far from all the tourists & fancy high-rise buildings of District 1. It also happens to be home, where our little 2nd floor apartment overlooks one of the best restaurants in Saigon! The line of motorbikes waiting to get in & park every night proves it. The place is always packed and keeps growing, the owner owns half of our little alleyway with all of the building... Read More

Saigon Cooking Class

The 2 A+ students with our Cooking Master What better way to acclimate yourself with a new culture than diving into its cuisine?! Vietnamese food is fresh, sweet, and full of flavor. Every meal is a treat and what’s even better, most meals here cost less than $2.oo! My neighbor from Korea (whom I love so much!) came to stay for a week, so we decided to try our luck in one of Saigon’s many cooking classes. We thought we might as well get... Read More

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