Hanoi: Hello Like Before

It has been a year since my first visit and while the city looks the same, there have been casualties. The small corner shop where I had my first ‘banh mi’ (baguette) has gone. The cool cafe where I had lunch is now a hair salon. Even the magnificent Maison D’Orient has undergone some minor […]

Hanoi: Pictures from Le Cotta Cafe

As an appendix to my Hanoi blog, here’s some pictures of a spectacular three story cafe on the west bank of the west lake (Tay Ho). Every now and then you just get the feeling that it’s one you have to explore further and it ticked all the right boxes for a rainy or in […]

Saigon/HCMC: Journey to Hanoi

Saigon to Hanoi is the longest train journey I have ever undertaken, it’s 35 hours eclipsing Hong Kong to Beijing at 23 (back in 2011). Both took place in December and both were in search of new fortune, not just travel. A metro under construction and ancient buses meant a rare taxi ride, never my […]

Saigon/HCMC: Last in the Trilogy of Heat

REVERSING.. Last year saw me do travel I hadn’t planned until this year. It was my intention as I may have mentioned already to travel from Athens and work my way north. Instead I did this in reverse and Athens was approached from the north. Likewise in 2016 Hanoi was intended as the first stop […]

Phnom Penh: Chaos and Creation

Only now looking back do I wonder why I never came here after Turkey and Thailand went pear shaped and I suppose the answer to that is.. it would’ve have been too similar and maybe not so much work as China offered in 2011 and still. So Cambodia and Laos remain the last two countries in […]