En route to Sapa

I am finally dragged away from the fantastical Bac Ha market and we’re on our way to Sapa, our final destination for the day. Enroute we visit one of the many traditional hill tribe villages to get a sense of what life is like in the green hills around Sapa. This is Trung Do villageContinue reading “En route to Sapa”

Lying Dragon mountain

Following our amazing trip to Ha Long Bay we’re heading straight into another trip, this time a private tour to Tam Coc – known as Ha Long on land. Check out this incredibly laden moped – complete with very breakable vases! An everyday sight in hectic Vietnam. Our first stop is to Lying Dragon mountain.Continue reading “Lying Dragon mountain”

Viet Hai village

So we’ve done the stunning scenery, kayaked the bay – now it’s cycling time! We dock at Viet Hai, get on our rather rickety bikes and we’re off to explore the verdant countryside on our way to Viet Hai village. Can you spot the tiny rider in the middle of all that amazing greenery onContinue reading “Viet Hai village”

Ha Long Bay scenery

After our first day of canoeing and exploring we’ve got a relaxed evening on board our Vega Travel boat to chillax and enjoy the scenery. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay’s scatter of islands is a beautiful sight and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one-tourism hub. Hạ Long Bay has an area ofContinue reading “Ha Long Bay scenery”

Piscia di Gallu hiking

As well as stunning beaches Corsica also as an amazingly rugged interior full of spectacular scenery to explore. Here we check out a solitary hiking hut which offers wide ranging views over the surrounding countryside. We’re heading for the Piscia di Gallu hiking trail that will take us through some of the most incredible sceneryContinue reading “Piscia di Gallu hiking”

Calanques de Piana

As we head towards Calvi we choose to negotiate through one of Corsica’s natural wonders, the exceptionally beautiful Calanques de Piana. These are granite rock formations along the coast of western Corsica near Porto. Winding south from Porto to Piana in the north west of Corsica, is a coastal road with some of the mostContinue reading “Calanques de Piana”

Glimpses from the train

Bright and early we’ve hopped on the Shinkansen heading out of Tokyo and towards our next destination – Takayama in the Japanese alps! As we leave the dazzling, frantic cityscape the scenery becomes more and more rural. There’s tumbling rivers, rice fields and verdant forests whizzing past us at a rate of knots. The countrysideContinue reading “Glimpses from the train”