Bui Quynh Hoa

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Vietnam's prison-island paradise

Despite being a quick 45-minute turboprop flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Con Son is a world away from Vietnam’s well-beaten tourist trail, with inexplicably few Western travellers.<p>At 5 am and 6 pm, government loudspeakers crackle to life all over Vietnam. Relics of an era before homes had …

Vietnam

I Travel Therefore I Am

I was three or four years old the first time I visited Disney World and rode "It's a Small World." I remember sitting inside the small boat utterly mesmerized as it slowly rode past hundreds of painted animatronic dolls representing children from all over the world, each dressed in traditional …

Tourists, Please Stay Away From Kyrgyzstan... Or Not!

<i>As I share on my blog about all the colorful and peaceful locations I discovered in Kyrgyzstan, I keep having this dilemma in my head: 'stop showing them how beautiful it is, tourism is going to ruin it!' My experiences in this Central Asian country were so intense I just don't want it to change.</i> …

8 Tips to Take Stunning Photos of Iceland Without Expensive Gear

<b>Iceland is not only the land of fire and ice but also the land of photographers. Never in any locations had I seen so many people with big cameras and tripods. But let me reassure you, you do not need professional gear to come back with wonderful pictures of Iceland. And here are 8 tips to help you</b> …