Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is our new favourite place in Vietnam.ย We’ve backpacked through Vietnam several times in the past, the first time in 2003.ย  Back then, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park had only just been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But we hadn’t heard of it and tourists were, Read More

‘The bloody mothers’ visit didn’t get off to a great start, as flight delays seemed to be conspiring against them making their connection in Heathrow and Songkran forced a rapid and pricy change in Bangkok hotels whilst they were flying somewhere over Eastern Europe. But with nearly a century and a half’s worth of, Read More

A Smug Monday post by Evan (aged 9) We woke up to a wonderful sunny day, then scrambled into our clothes and joined four other people on a songtaew (red pickup truck taxi) for a lovely day of snorkelling. When we arrived at the pier, we stopped and had to waddle, because of the, Read More

If you are wondering whether a trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam is worth the effort, then wonder no more.ย  This is one of the up and coming tourist destinations in Vietnam and well worth a visit.ย  The area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 due to it’s, Read More

The Dark Cave in Phong Nha, Vietnam is ‘Suitable for all ages’.ย  At least thatโ€™s how the blurb about the Phong Nha National Park Tour described it.ย  Perfect for Sam (11), Evan (9), Megan (8) and Fraser (5). ย And indeed, the first half of the day proved to be entirely fine being educational and, Read More

  When I walked down stairs this morning and found the McAndersons eating breakfast it took me a couple of seconds to remember that they had arrived in Vietnam yesterday. But soon we were chatting away merrily and once brekky was finished we hopped on a bus to Halong Bay playing Top Trumps, Fish, Read More