Up and Close with the Pitons at Ladera

Ladera had been on my bucket list for a while. I had seen enough images on Pinterest, and read enough descriptions on cntraveler to realize that this would be one of those hotel splurges when we would finally plan our trip to St. Lucia.

Well THAT day was finally here… our trip was scheduled for late March, right before the tourist rush of the Caribbean (April – June). This also seemed the perfect time to escape the brutal NYC winter that (seemingly) drags on forever…getting pummeled with a series of snow storms  is no fun. But once we stepped afoot the tropical paradise of St. Lucia, winter seemed like a distant reality 😉

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Top Things to Do in Hoi An – a travel guide

“Detour from Cambodia” was the topic of our search; a warm and culturally rich location for a short 4 days. Having been to Thailand, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, we searched Vietnam…and stumbled into a treasure of “ideal” destinations!

Vietnam is probably the most under rated of Asian destinations (IMHO), with a most diverse range of options to choose from! Relax on the beautiful beaches along its coastline (Hoi An, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao), cruise  through the most stunning karst (limestone peaks) scenery at Halong Bay, stroll through the lush green stretches of rice paddies at Sapa, and colorful historic old quarters of old imperial cities (Hoi An, Hanoi) and the motorbike capital of the world, Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon).

Ok – so are you thinking what I’m thinking?! Uhhh this will require more than a month to explore!! 🙂 Fear not, remember our initial criteria my friends!

We picked Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site and a city that best captures the true essence of Vietnam (when faced with a compressed time frame!)

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