The Lotus Boutique Hotel, Pho 2000, and Chill Sky Bar

Upon arriving in the southerly city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) we checked into our Hotel and were immediately thrown into the bedlam of the city streets by taking a stroll (well more like a fast paced walk while trying to avoid cars speeding at you from every direction) to the Phở 2000 restaurant.… Continue reading The Lotus Boutique Hotel, Pho 2000, and Chill Sky Bar

Happy Hoi An – a stitch in time, get suited

Hoi An is a lovely city of lanterns.  Yes, and it is not so busy as other cities we have visited, but, there are over 600 (yes, you read that right)...600+ tailor shops in Hoi An. It is simply put the 'capital of the stitches' of Viet Nam. You can literally have anything made in… Continue reading Happy Hoi An – a stitch in time, get suited

Hey we’re in Hue (pronounced Hway) – Central Viet Nam – Asia Hotel

What a lovely little city. Our hotel was beautiful and our room was fresh, and lovely overlooking the city views. The hotel breakfast was exceptional with fresh cooked omelettes and an abundance of fresh fruit, breads and well...just about anything else you could eat in the early morning. Walking the streets we found coffee houses,… Continue reading Hey we’re in Hue (pronounced Hway) – Central Viet Nam – Asia Hotel

Ethereal Beauty On the Boat at Halong Bay

As a Canadian East Coaster I have always said that even setting foot on a boat makes me hungry, and this has been proven out many times over the years and was also true for the Halong Bay overnight cruise! We traveled by bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay and we very pleasantly surprised by… Continue reading Ethereal Beauty On the Boat at Halong Bay

Hanoi … Oi…and it’s only day 2!

As all true foodie troopers our second day in Hanoi was replete with food and food and more food. The Hotel breakfast was marvelous, the lunch was exceptional, and dinner was ...well the same as the previous two... only better! Ah Vietnamese food, how do I love thee, let me count the ways... This would be… Continue reading Hanoi … Oi…and it’s only day 2!

Vientiane – The New Capital of Laos – Beauty meets Modern

A modern and upbeat city Vientiane is bustling and busy but has a bit of a laid back quality as well. Some fantastic architecture, bakeries, and yes, silk factories such as Carol Cassidy's Laos Textiles... where I bought another silk wall hanging of exquisite design and work womanship! Our hotel, the treasure Hotel, was brand… Continue reading Vientiane – The New Capital of Laos – Beauty meets Modern

Vang Vieng Town and Vilayvong Guest House

The next stop on our whirlwind tour of this area of Laos was a small town where we stayed in a Guest House called the Vilayvong. Check it out here: https://www.galahotels.com/en/Hotel/lao_people_s_democratic_republic_124/vang_vieng_652661/vilayvong_hotel_1888942 Located close to the river there were numerous water sports to participate in around the corner. Waterfalls, swimming, kayaking, and tubing can be purchased… Continue reading Vang Vieng Town and Vilayvong Guest House

Vang Vieng Home Stay…Yay!

This lovely village of Vang Vieng is located just outside the main town. It took a few minutes to navigate the dirt roads and get to our center village.         Our home stay hosts were awaiting us. After some quick introductions we were whisked off to get settled in our rooms and… Continue reading Vang Vieng Home Stay…Yay!

The last day on the Mighty Mekong…to Luang Prabang

The slow boat to Luang Prabang was delightful! We passed beautifully carved mountains and even stopped at a Buddhist Temple carved out of the rock where natural caves are located. Interesting and beautiful the many Buddha icons are everywhere!               But, we were in for a wonderful surprise at… Continue reading The last day on the Mighty Mekong…to Luang Prabang

Nostalgia …the ‘old’ blog site…

This blog is dedicated to all those who travel, either by themselves, with others, or from the comfort of their armchairs. It is intended to inspire, excite, educate, and promote knowledge. It can be a lifeline to the world around us and an outlet for the adventurer. I hope it will chronicle many a cultural… Continue reading Nostalgia …the ‘old’ blog site…