Mai Chau Village in Vietnam

My sister is coming to visit us in Vietnam in June, and we decided to spend 1 week traveling with the kids: a 4-month-old baby and my 3-year-old “Ninja Turtle” / very active son. I agonized over the itinerary for a few months, as there is so much we could do in Vietnam and, Read More


Over the summer my husband Duarte and I filmed for House Hunters International. There were 5 total days of filming: 1 day in Lake George, New York with my family and 4 days in Ho Chi Minh City. We moved to a different house for our second year in HCMC, and I’ve been waiting, Read More


During our school October break, we spent 3 days/2 nights at the Mekong Lodge at Cai Be. I booked this place because it had strong reviews on Agoda and Trip Advisor, seemed family friendly, and is only 2.5 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. I was looking for a place where we could, Read More

Sampan boat Mekong Delta conical hat Vietnam

We just returned from 3 days/2 nights in the Mekong Delta at Cai Be. Full review of Mekong Lodge to come, however in the meantime here are some memorable moments. Tweet

Hoi An

I just got back from leading a grade 12 field trip to Hoi An, Danang and Lang Co Beach. Our whole school goes on 4-day field trips, and this year I served as Field Trip Coordinator. It was hectic getting students signed up and working with other trip leaders to plan the itineraries, but, Read More


Vietnam’s tourism industry is booming. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently revealed that 658,325 international travelers flew into Vietnam in July alone, representing an increase of 28.5% from the same period during the year before. Travelers from other China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan made up the bulk of the country’s visitors. It, Read More

I’m often contacted by people wondering what to pack for a move to Vietnam. Here is a list to get you started. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a printable, editable Excel sheet packing list you can use. If you’re moving abroad with a toddler, check out my more extensive list of, Read More

This list is directed toward expats moving to Vietnam with toddlers, however you may find it a useful starting point for other destinations. In July 2012, my husband and I moved from the US to Vietnam with our 18-month-old son. Here are some of the things we’re glad we packed OR we wish that, Read More

When booking family vacations, I obsess over finding good value accommodation that’s both interesting for adults and practical with young children. I found Van Lan Riviera Villas on Agoda, where it had high ratings but only 3 reviews, one of which was in German. The property had no website and no contact email listed,, Read More