Travelfish correspondent Caroline Mills
After years of camping in her back garden in the New Forest, Caroline Mills’ parents went wild and jetted her off to Morocco where her dream of becoming a traveling belly dancer was born. Somewhat wizened to the limitations involved in such a job at age 6, she sat on the idea until her 30’s when she took her dog-eared passport around Euorpe, S.E Asia and India. Finally settling in Hoi An where she traded in her belly dancing ambition (it never worked out) for the role of writer and associate editor of Live Hoi An magazine, where she passes on her passion for food, fashion and culture to the discerning traveler.
A high/low end traveler, Caroline has developed an insatiable taste for exploring and become adept at hunting out new and memorable places to go. She is a treasure trove of tips and information, delivering honest, personal reviews and tales of misadventure along the way.
Posts by Caroline Mills:
Of the 80 or so ancient wells located in Vietnam’s Hoi An, Ba Le Well is possibly the most talked about — along with being the most difficult to find. Water from the well, thought to have been built in the 10th century by the Cham people, is famed for its use in the town’s … read the full post
If you are on the hunt for a few Hoi An food specialties and love a bit of noodle, then you can’t go wrong with cao lau, a delectable dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles, slabs of tender pork, bean sprouts, fresh greens and crispy croutons — the noodles must be made with the … read the full post
This cheery yellow – and perhaps a bit scruffy — open-fronted bar and restaurant is located by the river edge on Cam Nam Island and has quite possibly the best views in Hoi An. Now the Sleepy Gecko is also offering among the cheapest, best-value lodgings in town. Tucked away behind a wall bursting with foliage, … read the full post
Usually low season in a popular tourist destination means rubbish weather and a seasonal shutdown of things to do. In Hoi An, it’s the complete opposite. From May to July, when the crowds thin, it’s perfect beach weather around Hoi An, with temperatures averaging around the mid-30s Celsius. This means it’s not only great for … read the full post
The Phuoc An (be careful how you pronounce this one — it’s “fou an”) is a little gem of a hotel. A modern take on the Chinese-style architecture that Hoi An is famous for, by day it hides its light under a bushel but by night it sparkles beneath a blanket of vibrant yellow and … read the full post