Vietnam

A day on a motorbike in Phu Quoc

One of my favorite travel days that I’ve never written about: the day I spent on the back of a motorbike in Phu Quoc. It was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation: the thrills of off-road motorbiking tempered with sea breezes and hammock swings. I spent a few days lazing by the beach in […]

September 28, 2012 Continue reading…

Obsessed with cocktails al fresco: my favorite rooftop bars

I first fell in love with rooftop bars in Melbourne: the city center is scattered with open-air spaces to sip a cocktail, eat dinner or watch a movie. The aptly-named Rooftop Bar was one of my favorite levels of Curtin House on a warm summer evening, while Madame Brussels plays up the springtime vibe year-round with […]

August 31, 2012 Continue reading…

Having dresses made in Hoi An

One of my favorite parts about visiting Europe was the shopping: even if it was at chains like Zara and H&M, there was a day when these stores only existed in Europe. I’d return to California, sporting new dresses and cute bags; when someone asked me where I bought it, I’d proudly proclaim Europe and […]

July 25, 2012 Continue reading…

The best of Vietnam, via Instagram

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Vietnam: the food, the friendly people, the ever-changing landscape (and ever-reducing sunshine) as I crept from south to north on the back of a motorcycle, on a bus, on an overnight train. It’s a country full of lasting images, many that can’t be captured on camera: […]

June 18, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Dalat Gardens

Dalat is known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam, with couples enjoying the year-round temperate climate. The mild temperatures and clear blue skies also mean that flowers bloom year-round, making the sprawling grounds of Dalat Gardens a popular destination for honeymooners. But this is no tastefully understated Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: this is Vietnam, proud […]

June 7, 2012 Continue reading…

Houses of Hoi An

I grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, a city that was named the most diverse city in the United States by Time Magazine in 2002. The cookie-cutter houses are painted mostly neutral colors, with closely cropped lawns, blooming roses, minivans in the driveway. Every so often, however, a house is painted bright turquoise, neon […]

May 30, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Hanoi

Drinking “fresh beer” while sitting on child-sized furniture, dodging a constant stream of motorcycle traffic, group aerobics by the lake before the sun rises: this is Hanoi. The city in Vietnam’s north is remarkably cold: in temperature, in ambiance, in attitude. I layered on all the clothes I had, wrapping my scarf around my face, […]

May 24, 2012 Continue reading…