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November 23, 2017

We surely kept the best for the end - on our third and last day in Central Vietnam we did a day-trip to Hoi An. We took a taxi from our hotel in Da Nang and the ride lasted for around 20-30 minutes. As a measure of preservation, Hoi An's Old Quarter is traffic free but...

November 17, 2017

The second day in Central Vietnam we dedicated to a day-trip to the old imperial city of Hue. The distance from Da Nang is almost 100 km and the option of hiring a taxi or a private car for the trip is always possible, however we opted for the train due to the astonish...

November 13, 2017

We were traveling Vietnam from North to South, so after trying my best to actually enjoy those days we spent at Halong Bay, we flew from Hanoi to Da Nang. Internal flights were quite affordable and they saved us so much time. Our idea when planning this trip was to use...

October 16, 2017

When I first started planning our Vietnam trip I was very keen on going to Halong Bay. All the images I've seen of those lavishly green limestones were simply stunning. Although, I've seen a similar landscape last year atPhi Phi islands, I was really looking forward fo...

September 25, 2017

My first contact with Vietnamese culture was when I was probably around 4 or 5 years old. In the end of the 80's there were a lot of vietnamese people working in the town I grew up at. There was even what we called it "the Vietnamese village", which in my memories was...

May 28, 2017

After visiting Angkor Wat, and before heading to Angkor Thom we stopped at the Phnom Bakheng. It was once the state temple of the first Khmer capital in Angkor and was built in late 9th century. Climbing the hill to reach the temple supposedly rewards with views toward...

May 27, 2017

Angkor Wat was an amazing experience, but it was just the start of our tour around the Khmer ancient heritage.

Another major site is Angkor Thom. We entered by its South Gate - the best-preserved of its five getaways. An impressive causeway received us before arriving...

May 3, 2017

Enjoying the bustling life of Siem Reap was so nice but getting to bed early was essencial. We've booked a Sunrise tour to Angkor Wat. This meant waking up at around 4 a.m. as the tuk-tuk would pick us up at 4:45 a.m. I was super excited but no one deserves to wake up...

April 27, 2017

Siem Reap is for sure the base camp for everyone, who wants to visit the heritage of Angkor Wat. The name of this kind of small but very vibrant town literally means "Siem defeated", celebrating the 17th century Khmer victory over the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya. 

On...

April 23, 2017

It was definitely nice spending a day in Sihanoukville and blending with the locals as they enjoy life at its fullest, but our real beach vacation was waiting for us one boat trip away. We were going to Koh Rong island - a magical, quite place with white sand and cryst...

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