Japan erupts in to spring with the arrival of cherry blossom, or ‘Sakura’, in full bloom. It is one of the most celebrated seasons of the year, marked with the jubilant tradition of ‘hanami’, or ‘flower viewing’. The spectacular display of soft pink blooms that sweep the country every year are world-renowned, and steeped in… Continue reading Five places to experience Sakura in Japan
Ancient Vietnamese legend will tell you how a dragon, in its defence of enemy advances from the north, came to form the UNESCO world wonder of Halong Bay. Literally translated as “descending dragon”, Halong’s sixteen hundred rocky limestone islets that scatter the jade green waters are as “otherworldly” beautiful as their mythical formation reveals. Around four hours drive… Continue reading Travel Edit | Halong Bay
“Old Asia, with a French accent”. Exploring Vietnam’s capital, it’s not too difficult to imagine life in 19th century Hanoi. Street traders, pedestrians and the city’s scores of mopeds all mingle in Hanoi’s narrow streets, mimicking the same hustle and bustle you’d expect from a turn-of-the-century trade hub. Look up, and the city’s fading French-influence still surrounds you today.
It’s the city that truly never sleeps, which is just as well given Hong Kong is often a short business trip or layover destination. That said, 24 hours is enough time to get a taste of this sleepless city. This guided walk will take you through some of the city’s more popular attractions – the things you absolutely mustn’t… Continue reading Travel Edit | 24 Hours in Hong Kong
October and November is a great time of year to visit the vibrant city of Hong Kong. For most, Hong Kong is all about the food, the endlessly inspiring views, and getting lost in the city’s labyrinth of streets and skyscrapers. Later in the year, the temperate drops a little, as does the humidity, and is perfect for a… Continue reading Travel Edit | Hong Kong
This part of South East Asia has been on my travel wish list for the longest time. A little over two weeks saw three girlfriends take a total of seven flights, eat countless bowls of pho, catch a sunrise or two, get lost among ancient Khmer temples, and create many, many new memories! Here’s little snapshot… Continue reading Travel Edit | Vietnam and Cambodia