Trekking In New Zealand – Kiriwhakapapa Loop Trail

If you are heading down from Wanganui to Wellington and fancy some hiking on the way, stop by Tararua Forest Park. The park is a circa 2 hour car drive away from Wanganui and lies more or less on the way to Wellington. The Tararua Forest Park offers several options for hiking from day trips to short walks. Hence, even if you are driving…
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Hue – A must-see near Da Nang and Hoi An

Hue is a beautiful little town around a 3 hours drive away from Da Nang. Hue is known for its 19th-century Citadel which was constructed during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). Apart from the emperor heritage, Hue also has a romantic atmosphere due to these historic sights and the city’s location on the river which you will pass by several times when cruising around…
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Tu Duc Tomb – Things to Do in Hue, Vietnam

A beautiful and impressive tomb designed by emperor Tu Duc to use before and after his death.  The emperor ruled from 1848-83 – the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. The emperor is not buried here though and it is not known where his remains are. To keep his grave secret from robbers,…
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Thien Mu Pagoda – Things to Do in Hue, Vietnam

The Thien Mu Pagoda is a stunning temple, perfect for spending a couple of hours. Its pagoda is seven stories high and the largest religious building in Vietnam. The Thine Mu Pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. You need around 30min to walk through the temple and its beautiful garden. But plan in some extra time. There are…
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Hue Citadel – Things to Do in Hue, Vietnam

Hue’s Emperor Citadel is located right in the centre of Hue. Visiting the village easily takes up half a day if you take a guide and are serious about learning as much as possible. The signs and descriptions are not the best in the Citadel and often not translated to English. There is a video though, that gives you the…
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Caving in Waitomo, New Zealand

Welcome to Waitomo Caves, a lovely little village on New Zealand’s North Island. Waitomo Caves is around 3 hours away by car from Auckland if you take the straight road. There are of course scenic routes to get here (e.g. via Raglan) that will easily make the journey from Auckland to Waitomo Caves a 6-hour drive. The word Waitomo comes from…
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Da Nang und der Weg nach Hue

Nach zwei Tagen in Da Nang sind wir nun auf dem Weg nach Hue. Da Nang ist eine Stadt am Strand relativ in der Mitte von Vietnam.  Wir sind hier vorgestern Abend aus Hanoi gelandet. Nur eine Nacht zu buchen ist erfahrungsgemaess immer mit Stress verbunden, wenn man gleich am naechsten Morgen um 12Uhr weiter muss. Daher wurden es dann zwei Naechte in…
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Day Trip From Hanoi To Halong Bay Part 1: The Islands

Our Saturday started very early while our Friday the night before ended very late.. Now the 3 hours ride from Hanoi to Halong Bay actually came in quite handy.. And ta-dah, next time I opened my eyes (ok, with a little break for food on the way) we had arrived. There are lots of tour operators starting from the harbour that is located an around…
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Tranquil Café in Hanoi, Old Quarter

I really like Hanoi, though it is quite chilly, 15C – 20C degrees, and I have to wear a jumper after 5 weeks of bikinis, dresses and flip flops. The day I went to Tranquil Café it was actually raining non-stop. But then, sitting in a café with a yummy cappuccino and your Kindle is even more fun if the weather is cold…
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