reviews

St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi, Vietnam 

St Joseph’s Cathedral is stunning gothic monolith, just a stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. It’s a marvel of history and architecture and beautiful even just to witness. The church still runs masses in various languages. However, it’s worth visiting for the sheer beauty of the structure. The area around it is a meeting place for tours and has plenty of cafes and restaurants. Lots of boutique handicraft shopping in the area as well.

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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El Mercardo, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Hail, Bangkok’s best kept secret. El Mercado is tucked away down a side street, down a side alley, down a long driveway. It’s a courtyard and a delicatessen and bar and a terrace house all rolled into one restuarant. It’s off the main drag, and the place is vibing, with fairy lights and fig trees and raucous laughter. 

Find it. You wont regret it. 
This Spanish delicatessen treats you in all manners sweet and savoury. Their cheese selection is to die for, and their charcuterie is carefully selected, and decadent. We tried an array of tapas; salmon, tuna, salads, cheeses, meats, wines. Everything was exquisite. The owner came to greet us, recommending wine pairings and off the menu delights. It was a perfect feast for my final night in Thailand.

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.

Aroi Dessert Cafe, Hanoi

This dessert cafe was a great find. Wifi, right in the thick of a restaurant alley, just off from one of the main streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. It has an extensive bev list and everything is reasonably priced so it’s easy to just kick your feet up and chill out. We shared a lava cake and a Teddy bear chocolate mousse and both desserts were a perfect sweet treat. My friend was satisfied with her iced matcha latte and I really enjoyed my iced honey and kumquat drink. It’s not the height of luxury, but honestly, in Hanoi it’s just a real treat to find aircon, comfy sofa, delicious treats and wifi. Would recommend.

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.

Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, Asoke, Bangkok

Tucked away in the Exchange Centre in Asoke, Bangkok, is a little chocolate café. They serve decadent treats and rich delights- a haven for any sweet tooth. Their desserts don’t hold back, they ooze, pop and melt in your mouth. Their Nutella waffles are thick and their affogatos are strong. Be sure to go on an empty stomach, their desserts Andre not for the faint hearted. There’s ample space to sit by yourself or bring friends, and the air con is welcome respite for sweaty travelers. The drinks are reasonably priced and all things considered, this is a satisfying café. 

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TeaWood Taiwanese Restaurant, Hong Kong

This restaurant isn’t exactly on the main drag. Go up a few escalators, then an elevator and you’ll find yourself at this schmick Taiwanese restaurant. They offer good value combos and their soups have depth of flavour. It’s a quiet little establishment with (what seemed to be) a substantial following of patrons. The noodle soup is delicious, the sweet tea is a bit too saccharine, but the dumplings really hit the spot. 

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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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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.