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Ho Chi Mihn's revenge

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [3492]

"Don't drink the ice!" We've all heard it before. But having spent 20 odd years travelling around Asia I have pretty much learned the hard way how to stay healthy and eating on the street is a breeze: Pho for breakfast, Da Chanah (iced ... Read more >

Tags: accident, beware, cheap airlines, food poisoning, jetstar, revenge, toilet

Photos: Jade Emperor Pagoda, Saigon

Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Flickr Photo Gallery

Wonderful light in the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Saigon. All natural too - just caught it at noon.
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Gallery: The island of Phu Quoc

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Phu Quoc and the ferry town of Rach Gia - 2008
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Gallery: Life on the streets of Cantho

Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Photo's from Cantho and the surrounding riverways - 2008
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Life lived on the street

Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 | Views [1493] | Video

Cantho and the nearby town of Soc Trang are the source of some of our strongest memories of the country: being turned away from every hotel because they just didn't have a policy on what to do with tourists who fronted up at the front desk; when we ... Read more >

Tags: boats, cantho, markets, mekong, memories

Taxi » Ferry » Cyclo » Motorbike » Mini-van » Ferry » Taxi

Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | Views [2701]

Sometime you just can't know how it's going to work out. Today we had planned to get to Cantho, knew it must be possible, but also knew that there weren't any obvious or direct buses, so were going to have to make it up as we went along. This is usually ... Read more >

Tags: cantho, cyclo, experience, hustler, journey, mekong, mytho, vietnam

Gallery: Off the beaten track

Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

In andaround the town of Ben Tre - 2008
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Off the beaten track

Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Views [2626] | Comments [1]

Why do travellers (tourists?) go on those mini-bus tours everywhere? The only people you'll meet are other travellers or tourists. I know it makes it all so easy but surely far less of an experience? It never ceases to amaze me how far off the beaten ... Read more >

Tags: ben tre, mekong delta, off the beaten track, saigon, travel with children

Gallery: Return to Saigon

Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Imags from Saigon on our return in 2008
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Return to Saigon

Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Views [1454]

We dozed in the back of the shagged out 1940's bus for sleep definitely wasn't possible. Rumble, bump, rattle, and thump, all night long. As the first rays of dawn glimmered outside, I mentally forced myself out of the slumber, as stretching definitely ... Read more >

Tags: beggars, ho chi minh, memories, saigon, traffic, travel with children

Are you a tourist or a traveller?

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [1630] | Comments [1]

This argument seems to have been around certainly for as long as I have been travelling, with people who define themselves as 'travellers' usually feeling they are somehow superior to 'tourists'. I know Tony Wheeler from Lonely Planet for one doesn't ... Read more >

Tags: dmz, mekong, memory, saigon, tourist, traveller

Tips for travelling with children

Monday, 6 Feb 2006 | Views [16148] | Comments [17]

Sigh. Now we are back home. Apart from Bali and various round-the-world trips to see family, this was the first time we have travelled extensively as a family. We are a family of four with two children aged 1 and 3. We were quite disappointed ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cyclo, family, hoi an, memories, transport, travel with children

Gallery: A small footprint in Kam Ty

Tuesday, 17 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery

Work done by Hollows.org
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A small footprint in Tam Ky

Tuesday, 17 Jan 2006 | Views [3376]

A boy aged 9 sat on the bed quietly, having lost his right eye; a splinter of glass had got into it when he was 3, the family had not taken him to hospital at the time, and then last week he fell over and his eye-ball ruptured. The empty eye socket ... Read more >

Tags: doctors, footprints network, giving, health, hospitals & health, responsibility

Ripped off! (not)

Saturday, 14 Jan 2006 | Views [1598]

"We paid 50,000 dong for a motorbike for a day but we got ripped off." drifted up from the back of the bus. I confess, many years ago I probably had the same attitude, but $3 for a day? That's just a cup of coffee back at home mate. I find ... Read more >

Tags: attitudes, on the road, responsibility, sharing, travellers, wealth

Ah ... fresh air

Thursday, 12 Jan 2006 | Views [3381]

Ah, Hoi An is spectacular. We had to get out of Hanoi or go home. Doing anything there with children in tow is either too dangerous or simply impossible. As soon as we landed in Danang it was evident that much of the old Vietnam we remembered still ... Read more >

Tags: experiences, hoi an, spectacular, travel with children

Then and now

Tuesday, 10 Jan 2006 | Views [1634] | Comments [2]

Inevitably returning after 15 years we are making comparisons. It's impossible to say better or worse; just that things have changed. Some things we miss, others we don't (definitely!) Probably the biggest single difference is the noise and pollution.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, culture, cyclo, memories, pollution, travel tips, travel with children

travel photography with an iPod

Sunday, 8 Jan 2006 | Views [2663] | Comments [1]

Well, this is the first time I have tried to travel exclusively with a digital camera and no laptop. It certainly beats lugging a 20Kg case of camera bodies, lenses and film around with the iPod and camera weighing in at a mere 1200g. Still, there ... Read more >

Tags: ipod, travel photography, travel tips

A litany of small disasters ...

Saturday, 7 Jan 2006 | Views [3024] | Comments [2]

Woke on the morning we were due to leave with the thought: WHAT are we DOING? The task at hand seemed (seems) dauting. Surprisingly, although the flight was full, both Kai and Riu were on their best behaviour and actually pretty much sat still or ... Read more >

Tags: accidents, adventures, disaster, family, health, kai, misadventures, travel with children

Gallery: Vietnam & Laos 2006

Wednesday, 4 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery

Travels with my family
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How times change

Thursday, 29 Dec 2005 | Views [1547]

We last visited Vietnam as two young travellers in April 1991. It had only recently opened to tourists, there was little infrastructure, and it was hard travelling. Having said that, it was a very special time too with incredible memories. Travelling ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, bus, children, fun, jobs, memories, travel planning, work

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