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Earlier this year, I took a trip with my mom to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia. One of the highlights of the trip was a 4-hour horseback ride through the surrounding villages with The Happy Ranch.
As a certified horseback riding instructor, I’m always a bit wary of trail-riding ventures. Unfortunately, there are more times that I have decided not to ride once seeing the condition of the horses or the lack of safety measures. I’m pleased to say that at The Happy Ranch, things were run in a professional manner and adequate safety precautions for horses and riders were in place. The ranch is set on 10 hectares of land and has 51 horses. It was founded by a Cambodian man named Sarry Pann who spent 30 years living in California.
This week I had the opportunity to stay at luxury hotel The Reverie Saigon in District 1 Ho Chi Minh City. It was perfect timing, as I’d been busy with work even during winter break, and I needed a little Saigon Staycation.
The Reverie has been open for about a year, with the official opening just in September 2015. I’ve walked by the Times Square building where The Reverie is housed several times during this period, and I had no idea this hotel was inside. The lobby is on the 7th floor, and the rooms start at the 27th floor. I’ve been to many of the skybars in Saigon, and the view from my Panorama Deluxe Room on the 28th floor beat all of them.
I’ve visited Hoi An in Central Vietnam three times since I moved here in 2012. It’s always a wonderful place to visit, and I’m already planning my next trip back!
Here are some photos taken during our Grade 11 Field Trip and scavenger hunt around Hoi An.
Lang Co Beach is one of my favorite beaches in Vietnam. I love quiet beaches where there are very few facilities or activities beachside. The cool thing about Lang Co is that the small number of resorts are set back from the beach and feel quite separate, but you can still see the water and hear the waves from the villas.
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly into Hue or Danang before traveling to Lang Co. The flight to Hue is longer, so it only makes sense to go through Hue if you’ll be stopping there. Lots of flights are available at various times on Vietnam Airlines, JetStar, and VietJet Air. The easy flight availability makes Lang Co a good weekend getaway.
The road both south and north of Lang Co is scenic and enjoyable on a motorcycle during the dry season of mid November through July. Here’s a photo of my friend Julie heading out from Hue to travel to Hoi An with Easy Riders!