Top 10 Tips for Travel Photography

It was the fall of 2012, and I was happily planning my first trip with mom, just us two, to Istanbul. Cheap flight with free exit row upgrade?  Check (thank you, MileagePlus status!).  Cool little flat in the old part … Read More

Announcing Wanderrlust 2.0

Lots of changes afoot in these parts – namely, we are moving on from the motorcycle portion of our journey. From Saigon to Hanoi … from the mountains of Hà Giang, Vietnam, to the 4,000 islands of southern Laos … the … Read More

The “Ancient” Imperial City of Huế

This is how I referred to Huế, until I found out that it was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the not-so-ancient Nguyễn dynasty (1802-1945 CE).  Oops.  Never hire me as a tour guide.* You might forgive my ignorance if you’ve seen … Read More

Adventures in Caving, Part 2: Hang En

Hang En may be the greatest tease of all caves known to man. Why?  Because Hang Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world, is a mere 3 km. walk away, but you cannot go there without signing up for … Read More

Adventures in Caving, Part 1: Tu Lan Caves

Part 1 of 2 on caving in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year or two, you’ve probably heard of Hang Sơn Đoòng, the largest cave in the world.  If you’ve got … Read More

City of Thousands of Pines

Our first big destination north of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was Đà Lạt, a mountain town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and “city of thousands of pines.” After managing to skirt HCMC on our way north from the Mekong, … Read More

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Ferry

After spending almost a month in the Mekong Delta, much longer than we intended, it was time to head north for the remaining two months of our visa.  But how to get there? The straightforward route goes through Ho Chi … Read More

From Rags to (Relative) Riches

That about sums up the second leg of our Mekong journey from Rạch Giá to Phú Quốc Island after leaving Cần Thơ. Rạch Giá will not make my list of favorite places in Vietnam.  It’s a classic port town – squalid with … Read More

The Mekong Delta

Is the Mekong Delta on your travel bucket list?  If not, it should be. The Mekong River, known as Sông Cửu Long in Vietnamese (“Nine Dragons River” for its nine major branches), is the longest river in SE Asia.  It originates … Read More

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