RTW bus from Da Lat to Hoi An

Or, as it is often called in traveler reports, “the bus ride from hell”. I was warned, but decided to brave the 16 hour bus ride as the bus took me basically door to door. The other option would have meant a 4 hour bus ride to Nha Trang, a change to a train (with…

RTW review – month 11

After the most amazing travel month so far, month 10 (Angkor! Chiang Mai! Ayutthaya!), anything was bound to be a disappointment. Yet, I have had mainly a very lovely time. This month will be the last in South East Asia, and I must admit, I am ready to move on. As ever, you find the…

RTW delighted with Da Lat

I have already written a few posts about Dalat, the Crazy House and the day tour to nearby sites, but not yet about the lovely town itself. The journey to Da Lat from Saigon was long, but the bus was super comfortable. I took the Futa sleeper bus, even though the bus ride was during…

RTW Dalat city day tour

I was really enjoying Dalat city, of which more later, and I went on a day tour of nearby main sights. Each could have been a walking distance from the city center, but this tour included 7-8 of the sights. It was a nice day out. The day didn’t start very promisingly, though. I thought…

RTW the Crazy House in Dalat

The Crazy House was easily my favorite building in Dalat, and indeed anywhere. Utterly unique, totally crackpot, all fun. It was also only about 20 minute walk from my hotel, so I set off there one day, not really knowing what to expect. The Crazy House, or officially the Hang Nga Guesthouse is the main…

RTW photographing people

I almost gave this piece the title “Shooting people”, but caught myself in time.. No, what I mean is that if you are wondering why there are so few photos of people on my blog or on Flickr, it is for specific reasons. A big part of it is that if I want a photo of…

RTW Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon

Saigon was my first destination in Vietnam by virtue of a fairly easy border crossing from Cambodia. As I have relatively little time to cover a long country from south to north, I only spent three days in Saigon, with one fully on the Mekong tour. So despite liking Saigon quite well, I didn’t have much…

RTW Mekong delta tour

On my second full day in Saigon (I’ll get back to the first later), I headed out of town, on a full day tour of the Mekong delta. I was picked up from my hotel by a guide on foot, and we collected tourists on the way to a minibus pickup spot a few minutes’…

RTW Cambodia to Vietnam

After a month in Cambodia, it was time to head to the last country in my SE Asia tour, Vietnam. I took a bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (which I, like most locals, will call Saigon from now on), which took about seven hours. When I was in Siem Reap some weeks…

RTW getting sick on Koh Rong

I have traveled in SE Asia for four months now without problems. Malaysia, Sumatra, Thailand, elsewhere in Cambodia – no issues. I have stayed on many paradise islands, eaten fresh fruits and vegetables, brushed my teeth with tap water, swam on the beaches, had ice in my drinks, with nothing but a rare flutter in…