What to Expect from Hanoi’s Old Quarter

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is undoubtedly the most bustling part of the city. If I had to compare it somewhere else it would be to China Town in Bangkok. It’s noisy, busy, motorbike clogged and there is always something happening, usually on the higher side of the decibel meter.  If you want to experience the quintessence of Hanoi this is the right place to … Continue reading What to Expect from Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Van Long: The Hidden-But-Not-For-Long Gem of Ninh Bình

Van Long is one of those places where you feel like time has stopped. Imagine misty wetlands surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs with lush vegetation. There is just you and a local lady who doesn’t speak a single word of English. The only noises you hear are the splashing water as the bamboo boat goes into the wilderness and the sound of the langurs somewhere far … Continue reading Van Long: The Hidden-But-Not-For-Long Gem of Ninh Bình

The Bartizan Galle: A Step Back in Time

The Bartizan Hotel encapsulates what Galle is famous for – it’s colonial past. The building was  an old Dutch structure that has now been carefully renovated to a boutique hotel while keeping the original architectural elements intact. Perched peacefully at the edge of the Indian ocean, it felt like stepping back in time, somewhere where life was going on a slower pace. We stayed in … Continue reading The Bartizan Galle: A Step Back in Time