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Saigon to Siem Reap Map
FEBRUARY 2020: OVERVIEW: I flew my 2 daughters out from New Zealand to join me in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our plan was to tour the Mekong Delta before making our way up through Cambodia to Siem Reap (picking up the best highlights along the way). This is our route: … this is our story … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (or the ‘VND’). I will refer to them as V$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate V$23,215 V$25,775 V$30,156 Effective Exchange Rate V$22,538 […]

Mekong Delta (Vietnam) to Siem Reap (Cambodia) – Living Ideas


FEBRUARY 2020: OVERVIEW: Last year, around 8.4 million Medical Tourists travelled abroad to seek healthcare services in S. E. Asia. This number represents nearly one third of global medical consumers. Medical Tourism is well established in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. But, now, Medical Tourism is emerging strongly in Indonesia, The Philippines, and Vietnam. The Vietnamese medical sector grows by 18-20 per cent every year. The number of foreigners travelling to Vietnam for medical examinations and treatments is over 80,000 per year. The income is reaching over $1 billion. Vietnam has the advantage of political stability. This makes Vietnam a safe and […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Dental Tourism


DECEMBER 2019 / JANUARY 2020: OVERVIEW: My ‘6 Year Around The World’ tour is complete. We are, now, going back to some of the best Retirement Locations in S. E. Asia. We start in my, personal, favourite S. E. Asia country: Vietnam. … and, in one of my favourite locations: Hoi An … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (or the ‘VND’). I will refer to them as V$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate V$23,215 V$25,775 V$30,156 Effective Exchange Rate V$22,538 V$25,023 V$29,276 You will […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Retirement Locations



NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2019: OVERVIEW: Our ‘Around The World’ tour is complete. I ‘skipped’ India … but, I might go there at a later date. We are, now, going back to some of the best locations in S.E.Asia. We start in my, personal, favourite: Vietnam … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (or the ‘VND’). I will refer to them as V$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate V$23,234 V$25,623 V$29,840 Effective Exchange Rate V$22,556 V$24,875 V$28,9269 You will not get these wholesale rates (read the […]

Hanoi – Vietnam – Retirement Locations


  2016:   INTRODUCTION: I applied for my 6 month Tourist Visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand. This Visa cost NZ$150 (US$100) and involved two 1.5 hour return trips to Wellington by car. In hindsight, it may have been better to secure my Visa using someone like Vietnam Visa. This is what Vietnam Visa have to say … 3 TIPS FOR AN AWESOME TRIP TO VIETNAM: 6153 miles and 12 hours 47 minutes are numbers that wanderlusts might be thinking before travelling from Wellington, New Zealand to Hanoi, Vietnam. For many years now, Vietnam has been known for being […]

Vietnam Visa


DECEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In Hoi An, I was able to Get Around By Bicycle for 2 days investigating. I concluded that the only real area for GRANDPAckers to stay in was in the heart of or within walking distance of the heart of the Old Town. Some hotels out from center provide complimentary bicycles – they have to because, otherwise, it is too problematic for their guests to get around. You can easily get from the Old Town to the Beaches on a bicycle… and, it is a pleasant 25 minute ride. WHERE TO STAY: It is worth noting […]

Hoi An – Vietnam – Where To Stay



NOVEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In Phu Quoc, I rented a scooter and went Around The Island for 2 days investigating. I concluded that the only real area for GRANDPAckers to stay in was in the 5km strip along Long Beach south of Duong Dong. It reminded me of Cenang Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia where (similarly) this was the only beach on the island suitable for GRANDPAckers to stay long term. The rest of the island is either being built, up-market, unkempt, or not to GRANDPAcking standard. On my 3rd day, I sat down to have breakfast, and used BOOKING.COM to create a […]

Phu Quoc – Vietnam – Where To Stay


  JANUARY 2016:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent 8 nights in the Old Quarter, Hanoi and it was, now, time to leave Vietnam and move on to the Philippines. I needed to get to Terminal 2, Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai) for my regional Cebu Pacific flight to The Philippines. The ‘typical’ taxi fare from the Old Quarter to the Airport is about VND350k. It is a 35km journey (and the typical taxi rate is VND10k per km). But, try and negotiate a fixed price in advance so that there are no ‘surprises’ when you get to the airport. Some […]

Hanoi – Vietnam – To Puerto Princesa – Philippines


JANUARY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start where I was dropped off in the Hanoi Old Quarter and include: 8 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment Partying Transport to Hanoi Airport CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Hanoi – Vietnam – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Cost Of Existence (COE): Accommodation: My accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double with aircon […]

Hanoi – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs



  JANUARY 2016:   Read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Hanoi – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: I had no intention of extending my stay in Halong. I decided to spend my final 8 nights in Hanoi before flying on to The Philippines. I stayed in the Old Quarter (where most Tourists go). The Hanoi Old Quarter was what I was expecting… just another big city tourist area like District 1 in Saigon (I’m not a fan of big cities) with Tourist Shops, Tourist Restaurants and Tourist Bars inter-mingled with Chinese Style Shops, street stalls, and local cafes. Many […]

Hanoi – Vietnam – Information


JANUARY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start at the Halong ferry terminal and include: A walk from there to my hotel (free) 4 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment Tourist Bus to Hanoi CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Halong – Vietnam – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Accommodation: My accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double with aircon and cable TV (with […]

Halong – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs


  JANUARY 2016:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Click here for detailed Halong – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: I spent Christmas and New Year 2015 in Cat Ba Island and I went from there to Quan Lan Island so that I could see a bit more of Halong Bay. I decided to spend a few days in Halong City before heading for Hanoi… I wanted to see whether or not Halong City was more than just a transit point for people going to / from their Halong Bay cruises. GETTING THERE: I organised my own way from Quan Lan to […]

Halong – Vietnam – Information



  JANUARY 2016:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I enjoyed my short stay on Quan Lan Island even though it was the wrong time of year to be there. It was time to move on… I still had 11 days before I had to leave to The Philippines, so I looked at my options. There weren’t many between Quan Lan and Hanoi. I decided to head for Halong City for a few days to see whether or not it had anything more to offer than just a transitpoint for people coming and going from their Halong Bay cruises. HOTEL […]

Quan Lan – Vietnam – To Halong


JANUARY 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Cai Rong ferry terminal and include: Ferry and transfer from Cai Rong to Quan Lan Town 3 nights in a GRANDPAcking hotel Food & Drink 1x Scooter Hire (with Petrol) Mobile Data / Communications Visa cost apportionment Ferry to Halong CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Quan Lan – Vietnam – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Accommodation: My accommodation was a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double with […]

Quan Lan – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs


JANUARY 2016: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Click here for detailed Quan Lan – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: My stay over Christmas and New Year 2015 in Cat Ba Island left me feeling that I had not seen enough of Halong Bay. So, I looked north to the lesser known islands… GETTING THERE: I organised my own way from Cat Ba To Quan Lan. Please note that before you get onto the ferry out to Quan Lan you have to register your passport and Vietnamese Visa details with the police. You have to do the same when […]

Quan Lan – Vietnam – Information