The Harvey Family

Stu and Abby

The Harvey Family

We are a family of 5 from Australia who love to travel whenever we can. Our latest trip will be to Singapore and Vietnam.

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An January 15th 2015

We were up early again this morning as we were catching the train from Dong Hoi to Danang in order for us to get to Hoi An. We enjoyed another delish breakfast before saying goodbye to everyone who was awake at the Phong Nha Lake House Resort. The staff and owner are more that obliging and nothing is too much trouble. A couple of things that stood out to us were little things like bringing out blankets for everyone of a night time as it was quite cool. The owner also happily gave us panadol for Dani when she wasn’t well and even offered to look after Dani if she wasn’t well enough to go on the tour. It’s little things like this that make a place special. Our driver took us to the train station ... read more
Waiting for our train to Danang which will take around 6 hours...
On our way...
Just walking around Hoi An looking at the shops..

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Quang Binh January 14th 2015

This morning we slept in a little late and rushed to get dressed in time to have breakfast before our trip to the caves. Thank goodness Dani was a lot better and able to do the tour with us. Delicious (I know I’m using this word a LOT, but seriously all the food here is fantastic.) breakfast of banana pancakes (as good as Cactus, Langkawi), perfectly poached eggs with baguettes, omelette and fresh fruit salad with yoghurt. Breakfast was included with our room rate but rather than being a buffet, you order off a menu. We literally had to throw back our cuppas before joining the tour bus for the day. The bus left just before 9 and we were off driving alongside farms, rice paddies and waterways. It wasn’t long before we were turning into ... read more
Rice fields on the way to the caves
Dani and Zav overlooking the river on the way to the caves
Our ride to the caves...

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 14th 2015

This morning we were up and at breakfast by 7.15am. A great spread of eggs, toast, fruit, crepes, Oreo biscuits, sausage, ham, juices, tea and coffee. Dani made herself a delicious crepe with condensed milk and crushed up Oreos all over it. Yum! By 8.15am we were out waiting for our tiny little boat to take us back to Cat Ba Island. It was rainy and cold. The boat ride back to the island was not very comfortable at all. We were all getting wet form the rain blowing in. We kind of huddled as much as we could. On our way back to the island we stopped at a local fishing village and picked up a still live fish. It was hit over the head, put in a plastic bag and thrown onto the ... read more
need a selfie stick me and abby being silly buggers..
Dinner time..found a great place called Highway 4, great food and amazing crickets..
frankie getting his cricket on!!!!

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 14th 2015

This morning we were up and had brekkie at 8am. Breakfast was toast, eggs, fruit and sausage as well as tea and coffee. Not long after breakfast the boat took us ashore Cat Ba Island where we boarded a shuttle bus for a 40min drive to the other side of the island where we hopped on another small boat and were taken to Monkey Island. The boat ride was breezy and cold but we putted through floating fishing villages and past other small and large islands of Halong Bay. After about 30mins we arrived at our little island of paradise. Monkey Island Resort is a humble resort that isn’t flash but has everything you could need. We were shown our bungalows which have a perfect ocean view. After settling in we were treated to a ... read more
Grabing our gear and heading towards our van
Another junk..
Our Boat to take us to Monkey Island...

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 14th 2015

The tap, tap on our cabin door happened at 4am this morning and we were off the train at 4.30am. A taxi took us to the travel agent that we booked our Monkey Island Tour through. We sat on the cold steps of the restaurant in cold Hanoi from about 4.45am till 5.40 when a small hotel across the alley invited us to come and sit in their foyer area on their lounge. It was really nice to be able to sit inside out of the cold till 7.30 am when we decided to have a look around the block. The nice thing about sitting outside though from 4.45am was that we got to see all the locals setting up their Pho stalls, as well as vege stalls and fresh fish being bought in on the ... read more
Girls all sorted
lunch time....was a great first meal in halong bay
sundeck on the boat

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Quang Binh » Phong Nha Ke Bang January 13th 2015

This morning we were up and having breakfast by 7.00am as our pickup was 7.30am to take us to the airport for our flight to Dong Hoi. We had a bit of a panic at the airport as the taxi driver took us to the International airport instead of the domestic. Lucky there were shuttle buses to transport people from on airport to the other as they are just down the road from each other. Hopping on the plane I was a bit nervous as it was only a fairly small plane. You know it’s a small plane when there are only 5 steps to walk up and into it. Flight was fairly smooth and we arrived at Dong Hoi airport at 11.00am. We were met by our driver who drove us the 45mins to the ... read more
Morning flower market
Bridge on the way to the airport
Frankie waiting for the bags.

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi January 12th 2015

This morning we were down for breakfast by 9am – whoops, had a bit of a sleep in. Breakfast was pretty good here with eggs, ham, fried rice, salad, toast, fruit, noodles, pho, juice, tea and coffee. After we finished we headed to “Hanoi Street Food Walking Tours” as recommended by a friend to book in a street food tour. We were greeted by our guide, Hien at 11am and set off on foot. Our first stop was to have Bun Cha – it was a absolutely delicious dish of soupy sauce with a pork pattie, pork belly, rice noodles, green papaya, carrot, lettuce and herbs. Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Next stop was “Papaya Salad Street”. This street is the shortest street in Hanoi and serves up the best Green Papaya Salad I have ever had. It ... read more
our hotel...Icon 36 was a great spot
Zav carrying some fruit like the local ladies
Barber shop on the street, Hanoi style..

Asia » Singapore January 10th 2015

Singapore day 3... We started off the day with brekkie at a small place just down from the hotel called Toast Box where you could get coffee and toast and poached eggs for around $5 dollars. The girls and Frankie had eggs on toast for brekkie and Abby and I had peanut butter on toast...We missed the shuttle bus to the MRT so we caught the bus to Raffles and to have a look around was a long bus trip but Frankie enjoyed signing the wheels on the bus go round and round for 45mins… We got off the bus at raffles and took few pictures and made our way on the MRT to Orchard Rd mall and other shops around the same area it was Sunday so there a lot of maids and nanny’s out ... read more
Gardens by the Bay - Cloud Dome
Gardens by the Bay - Cloud Dome

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa January 8th 2015

I don’t like the cold. I really don’t like the cold. Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I really don’t! But I do really, really, really like Sapa. This place is beautiful and mystical. This morning the alarm woke us as 7.15am to start our last day in Sapa. We had chosen today to do our trek and it really was not the best day to choose. We should have gone yesterday but today is our last day and we have our trek booked in already. We chose to do our trek with Sapa Sisters after much researching before we left home. They are a business that is run by women for women. We had our breakfast and said goodbye to the lovely staff of Sapa Elite Hotel. Frankie’s friend didn’t want him to ... read more
Sapa Lil a's track and feild...
farmer working in the feild
local H'mong ladies made the kids horses out of reeds...

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa January 6th 2015

We got up this morning and had brekkie that was included with our accommodation. Great brekkie of banana pancakes, – not as good as Cactus pancakes on Langkawi though! Toast, croque monsieur, fruit – local mandarins and bananas and fruit juices. After brekkie we headed out and were immediately joined by 3 local women, once again wanting to sell us their wares. They followed us for about 20mins. We walked upon some local fresh produce markets where we saw locals purchasing their fresh fruit, vegetables and meat – including dog. The produce all looks so fresh. We continued on through more streets of Sapa just wandering and taking looks at all the shops, eateries and hotels. There are loads of hotels/hostels to choose from in Sapa. A lot of choice, that is for sure. We headed ... read more
walking around sapa..
Street Food Markets, fruit,veg, and meat

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