The Scarlett Boutique Hotel Hue, Vietnam – Review

Throughout my trip in Central Vietnam, I had been lucky to stay at budget accommodation which were value for money with amazing 5-star services. I stayed in a guesthouse located deep in an alleyway in Hoi An and a budget hotel situated along the riverbank in the countryside. As the saying goes, good things come in threes, and indeed, the third good thing came in the form of a hotel called The Scarlett Boutique Hotel in Hue. You wouldn’t be able to identify The Scarlett Boutique Hotel right away on the main street unless your vision was clear enough to

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travel from hoi an to hue at hue hue station

Three Ways to Travel From Hoi An to Hue

After spending two days in Hoi An admiring the picturesque Old Town and lazing by An Bang Beach, it was time for me to move on to another destination. A different destination for me to spend a night or two, preferably a place that was historical to suit a history buff like me. And that destination was Hue. Hue (pronounced as ‘hway’) is located 126km north of Hoi An in Central Vietnam and was formerly an imperial city for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Much of Hue’s tourist attractions is the tranquil atmosphere of the promenade and Perfume

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visit and stay outside hoi an bridge over song do river

Visit and Stay Outside Hoi An

The very mention of Hoi An and immediately images of yellow heritage buildings and colourful lanterns pop up in one’s mind. This is the scene that most tourists associate with Hoi An – a town in Central Vietnam where tourists come in droves to walk around the quiet streets of the Old Town, admire the Chinese-influenced heritage buildings, cruise on the Thu Bon River, and to take lots of IG-worthy photos of various styles and poses. The Old Town of Hoi An is indeed captivating and pretty but has anyone wondered, is that all there is to see in Hoi

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old town hoi an shop

Old Town Hoi An – Beautiful, Dreamy and Magical

It was the images of Old Town Hoi An that drew me back to Vietnam. Images of boats gliding on the river against the backdrop of bright yellow Chinese assembly houses, deep pink bougainvilleas and strings of colourful lanterns. Images such as these that I kept seeing in Instagram and on TV. My last trip to Vietnam was in 2011, after which I swore I would not return to the country again. Seriously. I don’t know why I felt this way about Vietnam. Hanoi did not impress me and Ho Chi Minh City had managed somewhat to persuade me that it

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cycling in hoi an bicycle and motorbike on bridge

Cycling in Hoi An

Introducing Mike McLeish of Pinch Flat who had spent some time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working on a community bicycle project which subsequently inspired him to be a ‘bicycle blogger’ 🙂 Mike wrote this guest post about cycling to an island called Cam Kim, near Hoi An in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy the post! ***** I’m currently traveling solo around the beautiful country of Vietnam, specifically the quaint little town of Hoi An. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam anytime soon I highly recommend this place, it’s straight from a fairy tale. I’ve been here for over two months

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