Tag Archives: Vietnam

A-Z April Challenge – H is for Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay UNESCO Heritage listed Ha Long Bay is on every Vietnam visitor’s must see list nowadays and the fact that it is so close to Ha Noi makes it an easy excursion. When Hamish & I went in 1998, we decided to spend a night at Cat Ba Island to ensure we made […]

My Iconic Travel Moments – Part One, Up Until 2010

My number one travel experience is a very personal one, which involves a site that had almost mythical status during my childhood. You see, on June 8th 1957 my parents were married at St George’s Church, Tanglin, Singapore. I was brought up on tales of how they met in the army, got engaged on Christmas […]

The Mekong – Asia’s Great River

The Mekong is the world’s twelfth longest river at around 4,350 km (2,703 miles) in length. It starts its course in the mountains of Tibet and runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before emptying into the South China Sea in southern Vietnam. Unfortunately the fate of the great river is in constant jeopardy […]

My Top 10 Big Cities Outside Europe #9 Hanoi

#9 – Hanoi, Vietnam (population 7.8 million) The capital of Vietnam is situated in the north of the country and despite its smaller size it is altogether far less frenzied than Ho Chi Minh City. I visited the previously war torn nation in 1998 when it was far less popular to do so than it […]

Vietnamese Fisherman, Mekong River

Sunday Photo – Gone Fishing, Hoi An, Vietnam

Shot in 1998.

Music On My Travels #3 – The ‘90s

Continuing the music that has embellished my travelling through the decades. 1990s Travel Highlights Following the third and last of my inter-rail trips in 1992, I was finally to travel outside of Europe, firstly to Israel in ’93. That independent trip cemented my wanderlust gene firmly into my being. We started in Jerusalem and took […]

Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail, Peru

My Favourite Travel Photos – 1 to 5

I am completing my favourite travel photos with my famous five, the quintet that I (currently) love the most. Hotel Baron, Aleppo, Syria This photo signifies so much. Hamish and I travelled to Syria overland from Istanbul by train, bus and taxi in May 2009. This was actually the third time of trying to get […]

Hornbill Publishing UK Logo

Hornbill Publishing – My New Website

To coincide with the imminent release of my third book, a fictional novel entitled ‘Drip by Drip’, I am absolutely delighted to launch my new publishing website – http://www.hornbillpublishing.co.uk. The label will initially feature my own works only, the number of which I am actively aiming to increase. In time I hope to be able […]

Monday Morning Blues – My Fiction Writing Debut

Hi, an unusual Monday Morning Blues from me. I have spent the lockdown writing my first fictional book. Titled ‘Drip By Drip’, it is a drama set primarily in Cambodia with action also taking place in Vietnam, Thailand and England. I am currently editing the book and have drafted a possible ebook cover that you […]

Sunday Photos – Hoi An, Vietnam

I have just watched the episode of Great Asian Railway Journeys when the living Opal Fruit Michael Portillo visits the beautiful Vietnamese town of Hoi An. Nowadays the town is a tourist hotspot, uncomfortably so at times. Indeed Portillo asserts in blazing sunshine that it is akin to Venice in popularity. When I visited in […]