Tantalus Lookout

Tantalus Lookout in Oahu Hawaii

It seems no matter where you go, everyone is on the lookout for the best views. People pay good money to ride an elevator to a high floor if they’re promised a jaw-dropping panorama at the top. In Oahu you simply have to take a short and scenic drive on the ten mile long road that snakes up Round Top to Tantalus Lookout to get that coveted view.

Did I mention it’s free, too? No entrance fee and no parking fee.  Continue reading

Categories: Hawaii, Oahu, United States
How To Spend 48 Hours In Ho Chi Minh City

How To Spend 48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City - A 2 Day Itinerary For Saigon / HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City is massive. I’m talking 8.4 million people massive. There is so much to see and do (and eat) here that you could easily spend weeks and not cross everything off your list. But here is a quick guide for seeing this southern Vietnam megacity if you only have 48 hours.

Two days should give you enough time to get a taste of Saigon and see which end of the love-hate spectrum your feelings lie. Personally, we at Perogy & Panda LOVED Ho Chi Minh City. If/when we return to Vietnam, we wouldn’t hesitate to carve out time in our itinerary for more exploration of this chaotic metropolis. 

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Categories: Asia, HCMC (Saigon), Travel Guides, Vietnam
Vancouver’s Hidden Hangouts: Secret Bunker In Lighthouse Park

Vancouver's Hidden Hangouts: Secret Bunker in Lighthouse Park

Searching for hidden hangouts is one of my favorite things to do in this city I’ve been fortunate enough to call home for the last decade. Our good friend Hep is to thank for showing us this super cool secret bunker hiding in plain sight at one of the most popular parks in West Vancouver.

Lighthouse Park sees many daily visitors. There are a number of trails to hike, oceanfront spots to picnic at, and view points in which to take in the stunning sunsets.

Most people coming to Lighthouse Park tend to stick to the well beaten paths, though. And unfortunately for them, that means missing out on this unique hangout spot.  Continue reading

Categories: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver
Santa Fe Beach In Tulum, Mexico

Santa Fe Beach by the Tulum ruins in Mayan Riviera, Mexico

In case you weren’t already aware, Tulum is HOT. The site of the Tulum ruins seems to be even hotter, somehow. After a morning of exploring this ancient Mayan city (which we totally recommend doing on your own, sans tour operator!) you’ll no doubt be hankering for somewhere to cool down and grab a refreshment.

If you’ve foregone the guided tour option and are exploring the area on your own time schedule, marvelous. Now you have time to check out the Santa Fe Beach. Just a short walk from the ruins.  Continue reading

Categories: Mexico, Quintana Roo, Tulum
Underwhelmed At My Son Sanctuary In Vietnam

My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Near Hoi An in Vietnam

If there’s one way to destroy your enjoyment of a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s to almost die en route to it. Especially if, once you show up, you observe that the size and awesomeness were greatly over-hyped. Yeah, I’d say we experienced underwhelming emotions towards My Son Sanctuary when we finally arrived in one piece. And just barely in one piece, might I add.  

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Categories: Asia, Hoi An, Vietnam