Traffic jam in Tasmania

Traffic jam in Tasmania

Tasmania (or “Tassie” as it is affectionately known) is the smallest state of Australia and is an island state, separated from mainland Australia by Bass Straight.

Given Tasmania’s physical separation, it has been known for Tassie to be omitted from maps of Australia. Continue reading

Tasmania series: Hobart and Port Arthur

Fabulous Salamanca Markets setting

Fabulous Salamanca Markets setting

Alex and I have booked a ten day holiday to Tasmania, the most southern state of Australia with its city of Hobart just a short flight from our home state of Melbourne.

During our 10 days we will travel by car in an anti-clockwise direction from Hobart in the south, across to the west coast to Strahan, finally making our way in a north-east direction, finishing our journey in Launceston. Continue reading

Vietnam series: Bangkok Thailand hotels and shopping at the MBK Centre

MBK Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

I am at the Dang Derm Hotel in Bangkok Thailand and I can’t leave this place quick enough (Dang Derm, not Bangkok Thailand) so first thing in the morning I have my bag packed and make my way down to reception. 

Last night I stood at this same reception desk asking (like a real nanna) to be moved to a different room courtesy of a constant DUF DUF noise emanating from the nightclub located 5 floors below my bed (or was that under my bed?). Continue reading

Vietnam series: Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Tuk Tuk outside the Dang Derm Hotel

Tuk Tuk outside the Dang Derm Hotel

Today is 9 October and my Air Asia flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bangkok is at a reasonable 9:45am. 

My pre booked taxi arrives to collect me at 6:00am and, somehow, I have managed to be ready on time.  My taxi heads off to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

I will miss you Ho Chi Minh City

I will miss you Ho Chi Minh City

I have spent 4 excellent days exploring the beachside peninsula of Vung Tau, staying at the back beach of Bai Sau. Sadly it is now time to check out of the My Le Hotel.

I pay the additional hotel charges which includes a minibar charge of VND$48,000 (AUD$3.00) and laundry charge of VND$148,000 (AUD$9.00). Continue reading

Vietnam Series: Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau and a beautiful beachside town

Bai Sau back beach looking towards Giant Jesus

Bai Sau back beach looking towards Giant Jesus

Vung Tau is a low key beachside location, situated on a peninsula, 125km from Ho Chi Minh City and is a popular weekend destination for HCMC residents. 

This also makes it perfect for me as a beach option for a couple of days before I look to commence my journey home to Australia.

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