Halong Bay – Bay of the Descending Dragon

After nearly a year in Hanoi, we finally decided to visit Halong Bay, as we had friends in town. ¬†Halong Bay means ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’ in Vietnamese and is a stunning… Continue reading

GoldMalt and Goats

GoldMalt – 34G Tran Phu, Hanoi GoldMalt is our local Czech beer hall situated just fifty meters down the road. The Czech beer halls are a rather peculiar phenomenon in Hanoi, probably linked… Continue reading

The Isle of Man – A respite from Hanoi’s heat

A weekend in Luang Prabang, Laos

Possibly one of the most beautiful towns in the world…. I first went to Luang Prabang by accident, after an ill-fated (my translator spoke no English…) undergraduate trip to study community tourism up… Continue reading

Tam Dao Hill Station

Taking advantage of the sunshine and the Reunification Day long weekend while my father was visiting, we drove two hours out of Hanoi up to the nearest hills in Tam Dao National Park.… Continue reading

Portrait of a Nubian Hound

Tala the Nubian Hound – she’s come a long way from the streets of Khartoum…. Posing for the camera using the ‘tennis ball technique’ courtesy of Glennskii. He has three amazing whippets in… Continue reading

Hanoi in the Spring Sun

Various scenes around Hanoi – enjoying the finally sunny but rather sticky weather.

Burma Part III: Rangoon

  We finally flew back to Rangoon for the last two days of our trip. Despite the very intense heat and sun we managed to wander around the city and enjoy the temples,… Continue reading

Burma part II: Ngapali Beach

Our next stop was Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal.¬† I had been excited about going since reading old clippings from my grandfather’s columns in the Rangoon Times – he lived in… Continue reading

Burma (Myanmar) Part 1: Bagan

After arriving late in the evening to Rangoon (Yangon), we flew at the crack of dawn up to Bagan. Flying over the dry, dusty plains, the only hints of faded green were the… Continue reading