Category: Beyond the Green Isle

Sungai Balang

Having heard so much about Sungai Balang and seen many pictures of the wonderful birds that live here, we decided to stop by during our drive back to Singapore from Genting Highlands. As the Sungai Balang rice fields is a sanctuary for migratory birds, the best time for bird...

Bukit Tinggi

Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, is a stone’s throw away from Genting Highlands and a convenient spot to visit if staying up on Genting like we did. Situated at an elevation of 800 m, the weather on Bukit Tinggi is cool enough for a pleasant stroll at...

Fraser’s Hill

Fraser’s Hill is known to be one of the best birding locations in Peninsula Malaysia. Home to more than 250 species of birds and famed for its cool climate and rustic environment, it is no wonder that birders flock there to see some of the pretty montane birds that...

Tràng An

Having witnessed the throngs of tourists enjoying their boat rides in Tam Coc, we were itching to get onto a boat ourselves. So, in the mid-afternoon when the sun wasn’t too fierce, we headed out for a boat ride at the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex. Getting to Tràng...

Hang Múa

Hang Múa (also known as Mua Cave) is an unremarkable cave that winds under the bell-shaped Mua mountain. However, the climb to the top of the mountain promises one of the most impressive views in Ninh Binh and possibly even the whole of Vietnam. Situated only 3-km away from...

Tam Coc

After a tiring bus ride from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, we arrived in Tam Coc in the afternoon and settled down in our hotel – Ninh Binh Hidden Charm. With what little daylight we had left, we decided to explore the Tam Coc area on foot. Tam Coc, which...

Ha Long Bay

A trip to North Vietnam would hardly be complete without taking a cruise through the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ha Long Bay. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and islands in various shapes and sizes, and is truly a sight to behold. We started our Ha...

Fansipan

Following the advice given by our friendly hotel reception, we decided to conquer Fansipan (Phan Xi Păng) in the afternoon and hopefully catch the sunset on the mountain peak. Standing at 3,147.3 metres, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and also in the Indochinese Peninsula (comprising Vietnam, Laos,...

Cat Cat Village

We woke up just in time to see that the sun has painted the whole sky an intense orange hue. That was our cue to jump out of bed and expend some energy, before the sun got too fierce. With our trusty google map in hand, we headed towards...

Trekking Sapa

After a harrowing taxi ride from our hotel in Sapa town – through narrow crowded roads and down bumpy steep slopes – we were dropped off in Ta Van Village 10km away from town. We proceeded to hike our way back to town, passing through the lovely villages of...