Vietnam: Overnight trains in Vietnam, and visiting Hue

I’ll first tell you about overnight trains in Vietnam. We took one from Ninh Binh to Hue (pronounced something like “hweh”), which took nearly 12 hours if memory serves. When booking a train in Vietnam, it’s smart to book ahead of time – so, if you’re in a town for two days, book your train … More Vietnam: Overnight trains in Vietnam, and visiting Hue

Vietnam: The Beautiful Sights of Ninh Binh (“Halong Bay on land”)

A word on Vietnam’s trains… The Man in Seat Sixty-One has produced a more detailed guide than I could ever hope to do, so always check his site out to see how to get from A to B in Vietnam. There are prices, times, explanations of the different classes of train and even some photos. … More Vietnam: The Beautiful Sights of Ninh Binh (“Halong Bay on land”)

Thailand: Lampang and the Elephant Conservation Centre

Want to visit elephants without paying through the nose or supporting cruelty? From what I hear, most elephant tours in Thailand are a little dodgy. Riding on elephants can actually hurt their backs (they’re “broken in”, like horses, I guess) and a lot of people saw their “masters” hitting them in the head with pick-axes. … More Thailand: Lampang and the Elephant Conservation Centre

Thailand: Chiang Rai and the “White Temple” (Wat Rong Khun)

We reached Chiang Rai by taking a bus from Chiang Mai. You can catch buses by Greenbus throughout the day, and they take just over 3 hours. From what I’ve looked up now, the tickets on Greenbus are 185 baht, although there are also first-class, second-class and VIP buses running there. These all have air-con … More Thailand: Chiang Rai and the “White Temple” (Wat Rong Khun)

Thailand: Exploring, Eating and Crashing our Motorbikes in Chiang Mai

After our two days in Mae Sot, we caught a bus to Chiang Mai. It took just 5 hours, which was less time than expected. As soon as we got out of the bus station, we found ourselves being summoned towards a red songthaew – a ride to the centre was 30 baht. From my very limited … More Thailand: Exploring, Eating and Crashing our Motorbikes in Chiang Mai