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Hanoi to Hoi An, Stories from a Vietnam Road Trip

After months and months of dreaming and planning and decisions and changes, we finally set off on our road trip on a cloudy Monday in August. Bad weather had us facing the wheels South, not North and we spent 12 days travelling by bike from Hanoi to Hoi An. It was...
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Renting a House in Hoi An: Two Homes in Cam Chau for Under $350

We just signed a two month lease in Hoi An! Yep, after just a month on the road we are settling back into another stint as Vietnam expats but this time renting a house in Hoi An. Life on the bike (plus one week in Taiwan) was amazing and we could have certainly...
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How to Use Google Maps to Make Travel Super Duper Easy

I remember the days when all I used my phone for when travelling was to play music on long distance bus journeys. Back then my phone had no internet and I didn’t even buy local sim cards in order to use it for what it was made for. It was a glorified MP3 player and it...
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8 of the Best Weekend Trips from Hanoi

We recently wrote a guide to easy overnight trips from the city and now we’re here to follow up with the best weekend trips from Hanoi. Hanoi is well placed for some incredible road trips in all directions, so there is no excuse to get stuck in the city. In fact,...
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Kem Waterfall and Pu Mat National Park

Our first foray into the many National Parks along the Ho Chi Minh Highway had not been successful. My fruitless google searches of Ben En National Park and Ben En homestay options should have been an indicator that something was amiss. We rode all the way into the...
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5 Easy Overnight Trips from Hanoi

Getting out of the city is the most important piece of advice I give to new expats living in Hanoi. Hanoi is endlessly fascinating, full of incredible food and bursting with fun ways to spend your time creatively. Hanoi is also heavily polluted, constantly noisy and...
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Stories from Varanasi

Arriving in Varanasi was way less crazy than we imagined it would be. From the train station, a long but cheap rickshaw ride could only take us so far. Once we reached the tight maze of alleys we strapped our bags on our backs and make our way to the river.... No one...
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Don’t Miss Dong Hoi, Phong Nha’s Beachside Neighbour

Dong Hoi holds a very special place in our hearts because it is where our little pup, Jimi, is from. But there are plenty of reasons to visit that don’t include adopting dogs. So, if you are planning a trip to the majestic caves of Phong Nha National Park - and you...
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