Category Archives: Vietnam

5 things travelling has taught me about me

1. I’m grumpy when I’m hot. Living in a frying pan for six months can turn you into a raging Hulk at the smallest things: “No thanks, I don’t smoke. No I don’t want to buy your cigarettes as I’m … Continue reading

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The little boy with brown teeth

He clambered up into the open back taxi, and the rest of us glanced around behind him. Was he meant to be coming along with us off this dusty street in Vientiane? Where was his mother? A lean man with … Continue reading

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Floods and floating markets

The white rose dumplings are proudly plonked in front of me, the herb-filled parcels steaming above a bed of serrated carrot leaves. On a day like this, there isn’t much to do but sample the local food. Looking out to … Continue reading

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Dancing lion

Troops of dancers in foil trousers leapt down from the open truck, determined to celebrate the mid-Autumn festival despite the rising river. Metal poles were hastily erected whilst the two halves of the lion psyched themselves up, springing like elastic … Continue reading

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8 things I regret packing on my travels

After ten weeks of backpacking and hauling my big pink rucksack around SE Asia, I realise that some items were essential and some were just dead weights. Here’s 8 things I wish I hadn’t packed retrospectively: 1. Warm clothes Denim … Continue reading

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Easyrider tour in pictures

Passenger view Coffee plantation Lake Lak Herding ducks Children riding water buffalo in Jun village Central Highlands Local children on rice wine farm A baby girl is strapped to her mother Rebuilt dam next to original that was destroyed by … Continue reading

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Halong Bay

Giant limestone karsts erupt from the water, Green clings to rock and escapes into the sea, A sea dog barks on a floating market, Wooden boats glide without making waves. Mountains of stacked volumes that tumble, Orange dragons hide in … Continue reading

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