Travel & Life
Discover travel stories on and off the beaten track. Come with us into the astounding world of... well, of our world.
Why do we travel?
Travelling is an old thing and very human indeed. To go somewhere completely different and experience new things is very important to some of us, otherwise we get used to the daily grey and stuff is getting dull. In a dim and frosty winter holiday we decide to travel South and experience the bliss of a tropical beach paradise. During the peak of summer, we may venture towards Nordkapp in Norway to witness the midnight sun. Travelling is a great way to keep our minds flexible, our wallets empty and we have always some amazing stories to tell that turn our friends green with envy.
At the moment, 95% of our articles are dealing with Vietnam. There is quite some material about China and Austria waiting to be fixed and published, as well as a few stories about Cambodia and Thailand, but most is about Vietnam for now, the land of the dragon children.
New Article: Phu Quoc Water Sports
Holidays on a tropical island would be odd without the opportunity to do sports. Water sports. Here is a selection of stuff that you can try on Phu Quoc.
Curious? Check out this article here: Phu Quoc Water Sports
Phu Quoc is the pearl island of Vietnam and developing as fast as any other prime tourist location in Southeast Asia.
|Getting Around On Phu Quoc Island|
There are several methods to be mobile on Phu Quoc Island. Just check out our description and pick what you prefer.
|Phu Quoc National Park & Jungle Trails|
One great way to experience the pristine wilderness of Phu Quoc Island is a walk along the jungle trails near Ganh Dau up at the northwestern tip.
Thom Beach is right at the northeastern tip of the island. Remote and beautiful. Since I could not make it there with my camera, I have a pretty mermaid here instead.
|Coconut Tree Prison|
Phu Quoc Prison is a gloomy place that depicts the horrendous cruelty inflicted on prisoners of past times.
|Sung Hung Pagoda|
One of the oldest pagodas on Phu Quoc Island.
New Article: Shopping on Phu Quoc
You can get some really interesting products from Phu Quoc, mainly pepper, pearls and fish sauce. There are other things too, just check out the variety of shopping opportunities on the island.
Curious? Check out this article here: Shopping on Phu Quoc
It started with a simple travel blog during the time I went to China to study Chinese. These posts are still available in our German section, but after living in Asia for years, the naive way I approached everything during my first steps in the Far East makes me laugh. Imagine, there is an article about waiting at Gate H of the airport. Oh dear :D
Meanwhile everything is different and from trying to create a complete travel guide for Vietnam, I switched to the practice of just writing exciting stories. You may still find relics of older times that lack spice and were just published to make a series complete, but I let them slowly fade into oblivion.
Our favourite travel stories
In An Bang, an area near Hue, the people took ancestor worship a step further by erecting the most stunning necropolis I have ever seen in my life.
- The three stages of culture shock
Not only writers who relocate to other countries sometimes, but everybody else may be interested in the phenomenon of culture shock.
- The Phu Quoc Ridgeback
The cutest dog in Vietnam? The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is the only breed of dogs that is actually native to Vietnam. Let us find out more about them!
- The zebras of Langbiang
In Asia, many mountains are sealed off and you can only enter the area if you pay the entrance fee. As we park our motorbike, some young mothers and old women, probably from the K'Ho people appear, selling colourful purses, bags and pouches. You can also pose on horses, which for some reason are painted as zebras.
- Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park is a stunningly beautiful and natural landscape in the center of Vietnam, right next to the heritage city of Hue.
- The fabulous foods of Hue
We know there are three types of cuisine in Vietnam. The North has salty, savoury dishes, while in the South people prefer the food to be sweet-ish. And then there is the food of Hue. Hue food is special in many ways, but the most interesting part is, the people like it strong and spicy. Just take a look at this little basket here, serving chilies and raw garlic aside. You just peel a clove of garlic and eat it like so.
- More travel stories
Travelling in our world is great and keeps our mind active to research and write more. If you are curious, just check out some of our other travel stories!
New Article: Phu Quoc Fishing Tours
Join a fishing tour for a relaxed afternoon and a hearty meal.
Curious? Check out this article here: Phu Quoc Fishing Tours
Travel & Life
Yes, it is as much about interesting travel destinations as about the different cultures and life in the countries we visit and/or live in. Some articles may be funny, some may be entertaining, exciting, weird or sad. Some you can re-live yourself when travelling in our footsteps, others are out of reach for most, because sometimes we can only go there due to special circumstances. But whatever it is, we try to keep it interesting, exciting or informative at least.
So much for travel, but what about life? After several years of living in Saigon as an expat, I also write about stuff that is not necessarily interesting for the common tourist. I mean if you visit Saigon for 4 days, you may want to take a look at a traditional market for instance, but buying cotton fabric at An Dong market is not really something you need to know. A local however who has long arms like me and wants a cool, plain fabric from which the tailor can make a bunch of simple shirts... Now that is useful. Just not for the 4 day visitor.
And that is the reason why it is called 'Travel & Life'.