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Monday Memories: A Moment at Hoi An Market

Monday Memories: A Moment at Hoi An Market

We’ve been working on food stories here in Hoi An, Vietnam, which translates to eating oodles of noodles. We’ve averaged one bowl of the local favourite, cao lầu, per day. Having worked our way through the street stalls, backstreet eateries and restaurants sampling the dish, we...
How To Photograph People When Travelling

How To Photograph People When Travelling

How to photograph people when travelling so that they engage with the camera and, more importantly, you don’t offend them, isn’t all that hard. Yet every day in Hoi An, Vietnam, I witness some very disappointing behaviour. On my early morning photo-taking walks through the...
At Home in Hoi An

At Home in Hoi An

“Boat ride, one hour!” “Motorbike!” “Taxi!” “You buy lantern!” “You buy something from me!” “You take picture of me!” “Happy hour!” While these were the phrases shouted at me daily as I wandered the streets for the first few weeks of our stay in charming,...
Accidental Hiatus in Hoi An

Accidental Hiatus in Hoi An

We’ve been asked by readers whether we’ve taken time out from blogging and we know it looks that way. It’s been something of an accidental hiatus in Hoi An, where we unexpectedly found ourselves settling in for a while to get through some writing, and...
Pure Photography – Terence on Tumblr

Pure Photography – Terence on Tumblr

As you can tell by the dearth of new stories on our site so far this year, we’ve been busy with our ‘day jobs’. As Lara explained in her last post, we had so much writing and photography work that we decided to slow down...
12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

We spent a lot of time in 2011 in South East Asia. Based out of Bangkok for four months while researching a book and working on stories, we bounced across the region on assignments, around Thailand, along the Mekong, and to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia....
Footpath Feasting: From Pho to Thit Bo Kho in Saigon

Footpath Feasting: From Pho to Thit Bo Kho in Saigon

When Lara first suggested the idea of a side trip to Saigon from Bangkok, my thoughts immediately turned to food, to Vietnamese food, and specifically to pho bo (or more correctly, phở bò). Soon after arriving, I’d be salivating at the words thit bo kho (thịt...
Eating Out in Saigon

Eating Out in Saigon

Eating out in Saigon is an absolute delight. While street food rules in Vietnam’s northern capital Hanoi, in the southern Vietnamese city of Saigon, officially called Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find some of the country’s best restaurants. We’ve long loved Vietnamese cuisine, having been spoilt with authentic...
Saigon, the City of Millions of Motorbikes

Saigon, the City of Millions of Motorbikes

Some call Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City if you like, the city of ten million motorbikes. We’re not entirely sure there are ten million motorcycles – estimates vary from 2.5 to five to ten and more – so let’s just settle on millions. Either...