Phnom Penh, Cambodia

It was a very sad goodbye to Vietnam but thankfully the border crossing to cambodia was smooth. My passport is beginning to look very impressive! Phnom Penh is the capital but very different from all other capitals in Asia that I’ve been to so far. There is a noticeable culture shock when you first arrive…

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My final stop in my month and a half tour of Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. The city itself is much like any other however, the impact of the Vietnam war is clearly shown here. Since I studied the Vietnam War for my GCSEs I always told myself that I would come…

Dalat, Vietnam

I have been told my many travellers that Dalat is one of their favourite places that they’ve visited and now I know why. Set back into the countryside is the city of Dalat, surrounded by mountains and forests it feels like you’re in Tuscany rather than Vietnam. Our hostel is one of the most famous…

Nha Trang, Vietnam

It’s almost been 3 months since I left home and the hectic lifestyle I’ve been living has started to catch up on me. My stay in Nha Trang wasn’t the relaxation I had hoped for however, it was the most luxurious hostel I’ve ever stayed in and the constant sun and heat was divine! I’m…

Hoi An, Vietnam

The city of lanterns has been a highlight of Vietnam. Besides the lanterns, Hoi An is known for its incredible cloth market and tailors. When clothes are involved I can never say no! As I visited Hoi An twice it meant that I had to get two outfits made! They only took 5 hours to…

Danang, Vietnam

Directly in the centre of Vietnam lies Danang. Formerly the main landing spot for the Americans during the war, this city has suffered a lot at the hands of the Agent Orange that was stored in the airport. Due to incorrect storage it seeped into the ground and ultimately into the water supply, causing irreplaceable…

Hue, Vietnam

Against all odds we made it to Hue! In Hanoi our taxi driver decided to take the longest route and drive at 30 miles an hour which resulted in us jumping out and running with our big backpacks through the streets of Hanoi like mad women as we had 1 minute to make the bus!…

Hanoi, Vietnam

Tomorrow I leave Hanoi after a wonderful 4 weeks in this incredible city. Although we only had one day of sun, I’ve had the most eventful 4 weeks of my life. The Khanh Tam Centre has taught me so much and I’m so sad to leave behind the 18 little faces that I’ve come to…

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is one of the most iconic and well known parts of a Vietnam. Just a 2 hour drive from Hanoi lies the clear emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests which encompass the incredible bay. I went on the Castaway Party Cruise, however there are hundreds of different tours…

My Khanh Tam Kids

As previously mentioned, I am working in the Khanh Tam Centre for the most autistic children in Hanoi. They are all very disabled and only a few can communicate effectively, but these little faces light up my day so I thought I’d share them. This little poser we have named – Cry Baby. He spends…

Sapa, Vietnam

5.5 hours North of Hanoi is the countryside town of Sapa. Just 30 minutes south of China there was a definite change in temperature and I was so glad that I had bought an extra fleece so that I could wear both at the same time. When we arrived it was midday and the fog…

First week of volunteering overview

The first week at the Khan Tam Centre has been crazy! I actually only went in for 4 days this week as several of us have got flu from the children. As I previously mentioned, there is no funding for centres like this as the government don’t see autism as a disability, but I was…