Last weekend I went to the ISTEC conference in Bangkok, and since the conference was on a Friday, I decided Bangkok would be my December weekend getaway from Saigon. You may remember my last solo getaway was in Boun Ma Thuot in Vietnam’s Dak Lak province. It was a quiet, semi-rural area with easy, Read More

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A few weeks ago, I was looking for a weekend travel destination in Vietnam and started reading about Buon Ma Thuot in Daklak Province. My stipulations for a good weekend “getaway” are: 1. It should not take more than 5 hours to get there, all travel included. 2. It should not cost more than, Read More

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Sanur is, so far, my favorite beach in Southeast Asia for kids. Every other beach I’ve gone to, the water has been too deep or too rough for the kids to enjoy. That means the entire time was spent attempting to keep my son OUT of the water – not an easy task with, Read More


Traveling to India or Pakistan? Don’t let loss of sleep, dirty sheets or sunburns ruin your trip. Know what to pack for you trip to the subcontinent. Things to Help You Sleep If you’ll be staying in cities or spending time traveling on public transport you’ll probably want to bring things to help you, Read More

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In June 2014, my sister and I did a 2 day/1 night Ha Long Bay Cruise with a baby and a 3-year-old. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to truly enjoy this experience with the kids, but it was amazing and my 3-year-old loved it too. Family-Friendly Cruise Lines in Ha Long, Read More


Before my mom came to visit us in Vietnam in February 2014, I made up an ambitious list of things for us to do. We didn’t manage to check them all off, but here are my ideas of things you can do with family to show them around Saigon and the Mekong Delta. 1., Read More