I am a keen adventurer and traveler, and I have learnt through the years that there is an art to the perfect vacation. It’s something that needs to be planned and thought about. But, if you can follow the tips I’m going to give you you’ll have a memorable holiday. And it will be memorable for all the right reasons, not the wrong ones!
Do fairies exist? Well, it seems like there’s a place in Vietnam to find them.
Upon hearing the name of the place, I was skeptical. Even though it is situated just close to Mui Ne’s coast, this place is a hidden gem. I embarked on the trail to find out why it’s called just that. I, however, didn’t expect to find fairies. I was told they are not usually out during the day.
The morning thereafter promised a different track but never insufficient of marvelous sights. The day is clearer, the path still challenging and the smiles unwavering. We were welcomed with a surreal scene of the peak of the mountain as the day cleared and the clouds moved as if they are curtains unfolding a monumental moment.
Indeed for me, it was. Then as if the picturesque panorama wasn’t enough, the thick clouds’ movement created a scattered illumination of the sun’s rays from the sky beaming to the ground, creating a picture perfect moment. Yet you don’t click on the camera, or you can’t because you stand in awe. I think this is one of the reasons why we travel, to become spectators of wonder, participants of transient moments and become storytellers of rapture.
Winter of January 2015, one of the coldest months of Sa Pa District, Vietnam. We left our backpacks at the hostel in Hanoi and equipped ourselves with a few clothes, mostly consisted of jackets, secured our passports, readied our cameras and a boost in basal metabolic rate for we are about to venture in a cold exciting sojourn for two days, a winter in South East Asia like I’ve never experienced before.
A night bus trip from Hanoi provided just enough sleep and warmth from the cold outside breeze. At about five in the morning, the bus stopped and slowly the quiet bus awakened excitedly to the exit. Gusts of wind welcomed the tourists. And I immediately had to find shield from the five centigrade cold. What prompted a cold intolerant like me to go? My sister. Let’s just conveniently blame her. Continue reading »
As a blogger, it’s best to follow the old adage to “write what you know,” and in this case, I’ll be following that rule very closely as I discuss the best way to tackle Washington DC – where I lived for 7 years — as a traveler.
I’m biased, but in my opinion, DC is the best major U.S. city to visit for travelers, both foreign and domestic. It’s packed with museums, parks, and monuments (the vast majority of them free); great restaurants; professional sports teams; and is clean and easily navigable, thanks to its subway system (called Metro) and strict grid system for streets. Continue reading »
Stepping on the island after a hairy boat ride was the best thing that happened to me that day. We proceeded on looking for our friends who were already on the island. They arrived a day earlier than us. However, because of our schedule, we only have about 24 hours on the island. After an initial confusion about where they were staying, we eventually found them and booked another room. That was well into the evening and we were starving for normal food after having similar food on the mountain trail.
The room was nice, but there’s only saltwater for shower. Continue reading »