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City of lanterns, Hoi An

Hoi An (also known as Faifo) is one of the most unique, atmospheric and magical towns that I’ve visited. Historically, a major sea port from the 15th-19th century, it is situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River and is brimming with history. Now, it's probably more famous for the thousands of colourful lanterns that decorate… Continue reading City of lanterns, Hoi An

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How to pick your perfect Halong Bay cruise

A world heritage site, Halong Bay (meaning 'descending dragon' in Vietnamese) is a highlight of northern Vietnam. With over 1,500 limestone islands and islets, lush scenery and emerald waters, it's a must-see. Most visitors take an overnight cruise of Ha Long Bay (referred to as the '2 days, 1 night' option) to fully enjoy the… Continue reading How to pick your perfect Halong Bay cruise

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Afternoon in Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre is my favourite part of Paris (other than maybe Saint Germain Des Pres). Once you exit Abbesses Metro station, all your Paris clichés come alive. Check out the Le mur des je t’aime (Wall of Love) art installation before you make your way up the steep and windy, cobble-stoned streets to the top of the hill… Continue reading Afternoon in Montmartre, Paris

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Day trip to Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable is a Kentish coastal town only about 1h 20m from London by train (from either St Pancras International or Victoria station). A day trip is more than enough for this small town and I can assure you, you will feel refreshed after walking along the pebbly beaches, enjoying the sea air, eating deliciously fresh seafood and exploring the many independent… Continue reading Day trip to Whitstable, Kent

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Exploring Paraty, Brazil

Paraty is a beautiful and very well preserved colonial town backed by a stunning mountain range on Brazil's Costa Verde. With quaint, cobblestone streets (more like boulders actually!) and white 17th-18th century buildings with colourful windows and doors, it is a photographer's paradise. Paraty got on the map mainly because of the Brazilian Gold Rush… Continue reading Exploring Paraty, Brazil

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Santa Marta, Colombia – is it worth it?

Santa Marta sits on the Caribbean coast line and serves as a gateway to Colombia’s nicer beaches, mountains (the Sierra Nevada) and national parks. It is a very hectic, urban city and has a rep for being quite run down in places but you'll still find tourists here as they head to explore the surrounding… Continue reading Santa Marta, Colombia – is it worth it?