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Club Yebo Hotel In The Heart Of Playa del Carmen

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Mexico, North Ameria, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you want to be in the heart of Playa del Carmen there are a few things that you usually have to sacrifice. Peace and quiet when you want it and cost. Enter Hotel Club Yebo. This small quaint hotel that is nestled one block down from 5th avenue and one block away from the beach and very budget friendly. What more could you ask for? Room & Amenities Club Yebo [...]

Cambodia: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Cambodia, Southeast Asia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you follow me on facebook you probably know by now that Cambodia was one of my LEAST favorite places to be.  10 days there was about 9 too many and I struggled to stay positive while we were there.  It wasn't all bad of course and we saw what we came to see, but we certainly wouldn't make a return trip back here.  But let's try to keep things positive for a moment [...]

Cai Rang Floating Market and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

By | November 29th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , |

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Vietnam wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than Can Tho's Cai Rang Market.   When we visited the Mekong Delta area 3 years ago, we went to stay at Mike's family home in Vinh Long, which lies along the Mekong River. We made it to the Cai Be floating market, but we went much later in the [...]

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam v2.0

By | November 28th, 2015|Categories: Food, Southeast Asia, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Being back in Ho Chi Minh City brings backs a lot of memories. Our first time was with my sister, brother-in-law, mom and dad. Now it's just Allison and I and I can't help but have tearful memories. This is where my mom had her last trip in a plane; this is where my mom “made it rain” as she hired a private driver for almost two weeks to take us anywhere and everywhere [...]

Hoi An, Vietnam: Back in our favorite city

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We're back to one of our favorite cities, Hoi An, after a 3 year hiatus.  There was something almost comforting about being in familiar surroundings.  This time though, instead of staying in Hoi An ancient town, we found a home stay along that Thu Bon River.  Only a 10 minute bike ride from ancient tour stay at Viet's Family River Homestay was wonderful. I think a lot of that had to do with a little 2 [...]

Hue, Vietnam – The Imperial City

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Located in central Vietnam, Hue, was a majestic city, the Imperial city and also the former capital of Vietnam when under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 - 1945, yeah “same same, but different” last name. The fact that entrance fees for sights in Hue have been considerably more than anywhere else in Vietnam and for Vietnam standards, it makes it tough on a budget. With tombs and temples scattered [...]

From Hue to Hoi An on motorbike

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We had already purchased bus tickets to take us the 5 hours from Hue to Hoi An, but thanks to Alex and Hannah (who we seem to be following !) planting the seed in our head, we decided to rent a motorbike for the day and do the drive ourselves.  One of the more scenic drives along what's known as the Mandarin Road, it's one of the best roads for those who might be new to [...]

Halong Bay – The Descending Dragon

By | November 15th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , |

Basing ourselves in Hanoi allows many day trips, one of which is Halong Bay. The story goes that prehistoric gods sent a dragon down to protect Vietnam from invaders. The limestone “karsts” are from the dragon crashing down, hence the name of “descending dragon”. Halong Bay is a massive network of karsts, porous limestone plateau formations that are responsible for the many caves in Halong Bay. The term junk boat [...]

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

By | November 13th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Uncategorized, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , |

Getting to Sapa, 315km from Hanoi does not prove to be an easy or a comfortable journey.  Sure, the trip should only take about 4 hours, but Vietnam is NOT America.  Roads here weren't built for speed or safety.  What should be a 4 hour ride typically takes 6-8 hours.  So what were our options for getting to Sapa?  We could have taken a day bus, taking "6" hours, a night sleeper bus, taking [...]

The beginning of our Southeast Asia Adventures: first stop Hanoi, Vietnam

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Southeast Asia, Travel, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  After a  8 hour overnight bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid airport, combined 18 hours of flight and travel time nearly getting fined in Switzerland by overstaying our 90 day limit in the EU( by One day!) we were zombies when we finally touched down in Hanoi, Vietnam. Luckily we had arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel already and we were on our way as soon as we got our visas [...]