Women’s Museum, Hanoi

​This museum is so cool! It has little modern twists and contemporary sayings of women’s liberation to help engage the modern audience. There are floors of displays and artifacts surrounding traditional dress, war heroes, birth and marriage rituals. It’s thorough, respectful and educative. There are also photography prizes  a gift shop and a cafe as well.

Keep in mind it closes at 5 (we didn’t know and we’re chased out!). Also bring your walking shoes because there’s a lot to see. 

It’s great to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in a patrilineal society, and during some of the most trying times, war. 

It’s a bit far out from the Old Quarter, which is tourist central, so consider taking a taxi, or bring your map. 

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Temple of Literature, Hanoi

The Temple of Literature is such an interesting place to visit. It can get very hot and the heat is still, so it’s hard to be there for too long. The museum is at the far end of the Temple complex, so don’t burn out on the way to the end because thats were all the artefacts and displays are . 

It’s a temple that was built in 1070, and became Vietnam’s first national university dedicated to education, thought and philosophy. Read the plaques as some things are not what they seem; we found a hall of what looked like tombs, but upon further inspection they were lists of all the university graduates! 

The complex is beautifully maintained and apparently still frequented by students seeking spiritual guidance in their exams. As a tourist, it’s worth stopping by as an insight into Vietnamese history and culture. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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