I know, I know ANOTHER blog post about train travel. We thought we would put together a post about our experience getting from Hue to Hoi An via train/bus because when we were researching it was something that was lacking, especially the change in transport once you get off the train in De Nang. Many people opt for the ease of the plane journey from Hue to De Nang or even a long bus journey, but for us the train was kinder to our budget.
We initially heard about Van Long from a TV show; ‘Life Without Limits: Vietnam‘, that was on the BBC before we set off on our travels. When we started planning our rough route through Vietnam we were too intrigued not to have it on our list as Van Long is a relatively undiscovered gem in the Ninh Binh Province that is also known as ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ to most.
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
When we first arrived in Hanoi it was a little daunting venturing out in to busy streets and knowing what is good food. With the help of foursquare and recommendations from other travellers we found some amazing meals. Being our first stop in Vietnam we learnt a lot about Vietnamese food and some of the meals that have become our staples while traveling. Here is what you should be eating while in Vietnam and where you should eat in Hanoi.
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
We have just come to the end of our time in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi! What a way to start our trip, plunged right in the deep-end and had a pretty big culture shock, but we have fallen in love with this city. Mental traffic and all. We spent about about a week in Hanoi (with a few day trips) and got to see nearly everything that we wanted to do.
Living in the UK means that we have amazing access to Europe. It is where we have had most of our trips and family holidays. We love it! There is so much more we are yet to see but we do have a selection of cities that we can’t wait to visit again! From Copenhagen to Chania here are our favourite 5 European cities and see where we want to visit next in Europe.
If you have been following us for a while you may know that we love a city break. As we both work, it can be hard to get time off work or find the time to travel long distance. So for us, city breaks are ideal! Not only do you get to see new little bits of the world but you also get to experience the hustle and bustle of a city other than your own.
There are so many cities that are on our wish-list (Prague, Vienna and Amsterdam to name a few) and luckily for us the UK is a short distance away from many European cities that don’t cost an arm and a leg to get to. City breaks further afield however mean that you need a few extra days to explore which isn’t always possible! So the likes of New York are special city breaks that we rarely get to enjoy. We are trying to tick-off the ever growing list by exploring, drinking and excessively eating in all these new places and are slowly making our way through. Here are some of our tips for planning the perfect city break.