Formerly known as Saigon and Prey Nokor (at different times), Ho Chi Minh City was re-named after the country’s revolutionary leader (and the first leader in North Vietnam) Ho Chi Minh. It is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of 8.1 million(although it’s not the capital – the honour goes to Hanoi). With an … Continue Reading

The fact that Vietnam is a rather popular and much-loved travel destination comes as no surprise to pretty much anyone who’s visited – for those who haven’t visited yet, well… you’re in for treat! Vietnam has so many stunning sights to see and even more reasons why you need to visit, from picturesque countryside scenery, … Continue Reading

…you know, just in case you needed even more reasons to! Our first visit to Vietnam was one that had us longing to return and from speaking to everyone else who’s ever been, this is one country that’s worth taking that extra bit of time to slowly travel through and explore properly. Thing is, nice … Continue Reading

When I put up a “photo diary” I usually try to focus on saying less and “letting the photos do the talking” but before you know it, I end up blabbering away! This time however I’m going to try to be better and shut up from the get go. I do feel like I need … Continue Reading

2014 was the year that Hand Luggage Only was truly born! Lloyd and I started toying with the idea of Hand Luggage Only back in 2012 after travelling around at every opportunity possible and accumulating quite a lot of travel photos so after a bit of “to’ing” and “fro’ing” we finally decided to go for … Continue Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo diary post. Granted – almost all blog posts with photos in it are a photo diary post of some sort but I haven’t done one like that solely focused on the photos. I love to talk (sometimes too much) so even though I should, there’s no … Continue Reading

Bit of background: I’ve been quite lucky to have spent the last few months living outside of the UK. Funnily enough, for all my love of travelling, I’d never been to Asia before and so this was  a summer of firsts. The first opportunity I got, I packed as much travel as possible into every … Continue Reading

Bến Thành Market is one of the more exciting places to visit in Hồ Chí Minh City. It’s a chance to truly get stuck in with the locals and test your bargaining skills. It’s a very different experience if you’ve lived in the UK and are so used to fixed priced items that the idea of bargaining never … Continue Reading

I love a good meal with a view. Food tastes so much nicer and wine good down so much smoother when there’s a great view to accompany your meal. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City (I’m just gonna refer to it now as HCMC), one of the top things recommended to to do was to … Continue Reading