Month: September 2017

Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam 

​Hoi An Ancient Town is a relaxing break from the fast intensity of the major cities in Vietnam.  We spent two full days there and wanted more. I spent nearly three hours just wandering the streets by myself, following my nose. It has something for everyone, so you’ll find something to do that interests you. 

They close off roads in the old town so that pedestrians may have access to mooch without the threat of mopeds and the like roaring down the street, although watch for bicycles. 

There’s an abundance of cafés with aircon, clean toilets and wifi  (must haves for every traveller) and there are some real gems that have stunning rooftop terraces for sunset drinks and dinner. 

The clothes tailors do same day service, the local artists are inspiring and the book stores have quaint gifts to send home. 

The city is a labyrinth of side streets, bougainvillea blossoms and lanterns. 

At night, the town shakes off its lunchtime lethargy and the markets come to life. You can offer candles to the river and take a boat ride, or just revel in the colourful lights. 

It really is a stunning town.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Cloud Forest, Singapore

The Cloud Forest is impressive. It’s a tall dome that regulates alpine temperatures to support mountain-top flora. It’s a welcome respite to the equatorial heat, and it boasts an excellent range of plants. Pitchers, orchids, ferns; not any that I expected to see in Singapore! 

It seems to be wheelchair accessible, with ramps and elevators. However it’s a huge area, as you spiral up through different altitudes to see the plants that grow there. Take your walking shoes and a bottle of water for sure.

All man-made, it’s wonderfully curated with sculptures dotted throughout. A brilliant day out in Gardens by the Bay.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Faifo Coffee, Hoi An

​Stumbled across Faifo exactly when we needed refreshments and airconditioning. Three levels of comfy sofas, rustic aesthetic an excellent coffee. The rooftop has spectacular views of Hoi An (but it’s a bit too hot in the searing sun, try the rooftop terrace at dusk and into the night). The iced coffee is drip filtered and theatrical, and the iced chocolate is thirst quenching. The wifi is fast, bathrooms clean and staff helpful. Definitely recommend for a good cafe spot. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Hanoi Police Museum, Vietnam

Well curated, well maintained. This museum is very interesting, although not necessarily a ‘must-do’. The main drawcards were that the museum sits close to the Ho Loa prison and is free entry. 

The staff were nice and accommodating. The displays were multilingual- French, English and Vietnamese. 

Provides a thorough recount through testimony and artefact of the police through contemporary history and major events. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Trung Nguyen coffeehouse, Hanoi

Trendy, clean, aircon and wifi – what more could you ask for? Right oposite the exit from Ho Chi Minh’s Residential Palace, this cafe welcomes you with reasonably priced, refreshing beverages. My friend’s iced cacao was particularly impressive, boasting a rich depth. My  ice blended coffee and chocolate was aromatic and creamy. The perfect respite from Hanoi heat.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Cong Caphe, Hanoi

Very well priced,  attentive service, crowded with locals and tourists. The Saigon coffee was sublime- refreshing, sweet and flavoursome.  My friend had the coconut milk and chocolate smoothie and raved about it. She said it was smooth and tasted real. My other friend had the iced milk tea and loved it, sweet and cooling. 

The atmosphere is awesome;  it’s hip, trendy and cozy. Just across the road from St Josephs Cathedral, it offers wifi and aircon. The store right at the famous Hoan Kiem intersection in the Old Quarter has levels of seating.
Disclaimer: This review wss posted on TripAdvisor. This blog, however, has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I share my experiences both here and on TripAdvisor to help spread the love to fellow travelers.