Caving in Vietnam

Since The New York Times listed Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave – the world’s largest – as a top destination for 2014, visiting Phong Nha National Park and the surrounding jungle have quickly become a must for many travelers.  Currently, Oxalis Adventure Tours (www.oxalis.com.vn) is the only company authorized to tour Son Doong and can take…

In Search of the Best Bahn Mi in Saigon

Just as in Hanoi, I had little interest in experiencing the bustling city life of Saigon – except for the street food.  Pho was my vice of choice in the North- and bahn mi was what I was intent on eating here.  And I wasn’t disappointed. Before the trip, I researched where to go: checking…

Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…

Dog For Dinner?

It isn’t a myth that dog is eaten in Vietnam. When we first arrived in Hanoi, we were surprised to find that dogs were noticeably absent from the streets.  Not at all what you would expect to find in a developing country with a reputation for an overabundance of mangy mutts.  We saw only 2…

Hanoi: Pho, Pho and More Pho

My trip to Vietnam was everything I could have hoped for in a vacation and so much more.  We ate, drank, ate a little more and had some serious adventures over the last two weeks.  I have lots to share with you, so I will be doing several posts in the coming weeks.  For this…

Blowing Off Steam In Burgundy

Looking for a relaxing trip in France?  Consider Burgundy.  Known for its wine and its food, it’s a more laid back option than Paris. Stretching over 60kms, the Cote d’Or is divided into two regions: the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, making it easy to tailor your visit to a weekend or…