Nanjing, the "southern capital", and one of the biggest "what-ifs” of Chinese history...
Where the maritime silk road ended, adventure begins...
When someone sneezes in Vietnam, you respond with "cơm muối", or "rice and salt", because ultimately, that's all you need for a good life.
What did I expect, when I visited the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, the hidden jewel of old Indochina? An alternate Vietnam, where elephant did indeed roam the streets? A “lesser” version of Thailand, without the trademark smiles and tourist services to match?
Cát Bà island, a natural wonder and man-made dichotomy. Is it possible to still find secret places in such a rapidly developing space?
Every periphery is also its own centre.
Hanoi might genuinely be one of the few cities I've lived in where the sum of the parts is truly greater than the whole. Generally, Hanoi gets quite a bad press from a lot of western tourists; it's too polluted, the weather is temperamental and goes from one extreme to another, and most of all, the nightlife is incomparable to that of Saigon.