The Royal Palace - Cambodia
Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia. As in many places we’ve travelled to, stepping off the bus we were greeted by many tuk-tuk riders asking “where you go” in hopes to get a fare.  Being savvy Kim and I decided to take the short 1.5km walk from the bus terminal to our pre-booked hotel. After dropping our bags exploration and food comes to mind, around the corner from the hotel is The Royal Palace, at the time of visiting the immediate roads around the palace were cordoned off disallowing any motorised vehicles from coming close to the palace, this made for a peaceful walk around the perimeter. We found a couple of coffee shops, banks, restaurants and tuk-tuk riders, along the riverfront. Before anything I needed to get some money from an ATM and get some food.  Sadly my Credit Card did not want to withdraw any money but Kim’s…Continue Reading
I am immensely proud to have visited the country of Vietnam, I never would have seen myself going Vietnam if I was not challenging South East Asia overland. The plan set out is to travel from the north of Vietnam Hanoi, to Singapore using only land transport (mostly to keep costs down from Air Fair). After spending 2 complete months in Vietnam we crossed the border into Cambodia on Wednesday 8th October 2014 – More about Cambodia later. We landed in Hanoi on Friday 8th August flying from New Delhi, India via Bangkok with Thai Airlines – Thai Airlines are very punctual compared to Jet Airways which we flew with to get out to Nepal, read more about that hiccup here. Not knowing what the climate, geography or conditions of what Vietnam would be like, it was a pleasant surprise to be presented with good quality roads, vast fields of…Continue Reading
Busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City was our last stop in Vietnam, we stayed in a Cheerful Home in Siagon that’s listed on AirBnB for 1 week and our hosts made us feel very much at home. Most days we spent walking around the city, eating good food, and gathering last bit’s of souvenirs of Vietnam before we leave. Ho Chi Minh City formally named Siagon is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of over 8 million residents. The roads and streets are filled with motorcycles, cars, and busses. Most of the roads are one way, but it does not stop some determined cheeky motorcyclists using the pavements as an exclusive reverse direction road, beeping at pedestrians to get out-of-the-way – no where is safe from the motorcycle! Things to do We did one night invite our hosts out for a meal at Bahdja and some Jazz at Sax n Art Jazz Club.…Continue Reading
As there are many high rise buildings around a visit to view the city scape in the night could not go a miss.  I decided to go Chill Skybar (Ranked #7 out of 48 Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City on TripAdvisor). Thinking I would not be allowed to enter with a my traveling t-shirt and shorts, I was not questioned once.  The staff treated us with quality service, like we’re celebrities.  Above this, the drinks are not cheap outside of happy hour, but they are made with good care too.  The atmosphere of the place with its lounge house music and soft lighting makes a comfortable viewing and relaxing experience.  Unfortunately during our visit, it had rained earlier and staff would not allow us out onto the deck to take a view without glass between us. Chill Skybar, AB Tower, 76 Lê Lai, Bến Thành, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Tel:…Continue Reading
Recommended by our hosts, Pizza 4P’s (ranked #28 out of 1537 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City on TripAdvisor) is undoubtedly the best independent place I have been for pizza that is cooked in a traditional clay oven. We ordered two pizza’s one pepperoni & salami, and half/half tuna & sweetcorn and Teriyaki Chicken. We sat at the circle bar next to the clay oven and where the pizza’s are prepared. It was great watching the chef’s prepare the pizza’s and placing them into the oven. Our first pizza came Pepperoni & Salami, the dough is light and fluffy, and there is not too much oil that saturates the bread. We devoured it! As soon as the last slice was finished our second pizza arrived, the half/half Tuna & Sweetcorn / Teriyaki Chicken, again a delicious pizza. The balance of flavours is the best I have experienced, only a few…Continue Reading
Bahdja Restaurant
I visited Bahdja Restaurant (Ranked #14 out of 1,537 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City on TripAdvisor) with some friends, treating all of us to a cuisine non of us have ever experienced, Algerian (North African) Food. It was a little difficult to find as there was no major signage that made it obvious to spot. It’s tucked away under a hotel. The place only has 6 tables to cover, and we where lucky to be seated. The decoration makes for pleasant relaxation while browsing the minimal but concise menu.  Drinks are served with pride, the mint tea is very fragrant, sweet and delicious, a must have. Along with the food, you can order, chicken, lamb or sausage, or if you’re really hungry, all three.  – I was not that hungry sticking to just Lamb. Before the main’s came out, we ordered a basic starter for the table, olives and dips…Continue Reading
Sax n Art Jazz Club
While in Ho Chi Minh City, we invited our hosts out for an evening of cocktails and music at Sax n Art Jazz Club (Ranked #9 out of 48 Nightlife in Ho Chi Min City on TripAdvisor). We arrived just in time to get a table, order some drinks and listen to the live Jazz performances. The layout is interesting with the side-on stage, and cool lighting. I had high expectations to have a breathtaking experience of beautiful, unique, exciting, energising music. I think my expectations where a little to high. I have not had a great deal of live Jazz performances, but I would personally say the music was ‘just played’. The performers did not look or sound like they really grooved together, instead just playing the same songs I assume they play every night. It is a shame when I think highly of live music and really enjoy…Continue Reading
The tunnels of Củ Chi are a network of connecting underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war.  The locals would live under group and defend their land. I booked the tour via TheSinhTourist at the same time as booking onward tickets to Cambodia. The Củ Chi Tunnels cost 109,000VND for half a day with a tour guide and entry. It is really useful having a guide explain to you all the details about the tunnels, traps and history of what happened. I crawled the tunnels, and when I popped out the other side my entire tour group including Kim had disappeared.
Ichiban Sushi (ranked #1 out of 1,537 restaurants in Ho Chi Min City on TripAdvisor) rightfully ranked #1 for its attention to detail. We stat at the bar and ordered form the wide array of delicious looking dishes, Shrimp, and Salmon Nigiri. As we waited for our dishes to arrive, we watched the skilled Sushi chef’s carefully prepare the the many dishes that are printed up on a large LCD screen above. All the food looked really stunning. Our nigiri arrived about 40 minutes from ordering, seemed much less as it was very interesting watching the chefs. I enjoyed every byte, savouring the flavours and enjoyed conversation with my partner. This being my first fresh sushi bar experience, I am very impressed. Even tho we only ordered two dishes, it was very filling and had to ask the waiters to package our left-overs for home. I would love to visit…Continue Reading
Mui Ne is a quiet sandy town with plenty of sun, sand and a beach not really something to rave about. We stayed at WindFlower Boutique Hotel for 2 nights spending most the the time relaxing in the pool and watching the sun set over the South China Sea. We could not be bothered searching for a new restaurant each night to eat, so every night we ate at The Bar. The Bar has good selection of western dishes, all reasonably priced which is nice on our pocket and stomach. Nearby attractions would include Sand Dunes and a dirty stream you can walk up (Fairy Stream) – We skipped the dirty stream and hired a motorbike from our hotel to explore and cost 200,000VND for 24 hours. Jeep tours cost upward of 800,000VND for the day, and looked in poor condition. Having a motorbike for a day would allow us…Continue Reading