Thanh Chuong’s Viet Palace

On the same trip to the bears at Tam Dao we stopped at Thanh Chuong’s Viet Palace. It is a curious 2.5 acre haven of peace and quiet created by the famous Vietnamese… Continue reading

Hound around Hanoi

Walks around Hanoi with the hound in Autumn – mostly involving lounging in the sun, scaring children and being scared by free range chickens….

The Bear Sanctuary at Tam Dao

Last weekend we took a trip up to Tam Dao National Park about two hours Northwest of Hanoi. Photos from our past trip up to the old French hill station can be seen… Continue reading

Monestier in October

Independence Day weekend in Hoi An, Vietnam

September 2nd is an important day in the Vietnamese Calendar as the anniversary of the declaration of independence in 1945. We took advantage of the three-day weekend and flew down to Danang and… Continue reading

The Booming Hanoi Dog Scene

Times are changing in Hanoi and the growing middle classes are going dog crazy. This is all the more remarkable because until 1984 it was illegal to own a dog as a pet.… Continue reading

Fishing for German Shepherds

Hanoi is a quirky place – you really do see something new every week, if not everyday. As I was cycling home around West Lake I chanced upon a very beautiful German Shepherd… Continue reading

Three Restaurants in 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh City

We only had a weekend in Ho Chi Minh city, so this is of course rather limited, but we’re looking forward to going back as there seem to be a lot of great… Continue reading

South to Ho Chi Minh City for the weekend

A very brief, but relaxing, trip down to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, for the weekend. It was very different from Hanoi in many ways – it was surprisingly green, less crowded… Continue reading

A Sunset Walk to West Lake

A Saturday walk up to West Lake passing Lenin Park and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.