• These 5 tips for visiting Angkor Wat will help you have the best experience. Includes ticket discounts, dress code and how to rent a cheap private tuk-tuk.

  • Home to the iconic bamboo train, the unique bat cave, and the friendliest of locals, here is how to spend one day in Battambang, Cambodia.

  • Koh Rong might be the paradise island you're dreaming of; powdery-white sand, turquoise water and lush jungle. Check out these things to do on Koh Rong!

  • When in the land of motorbikes, you have to ride one! Here are the best roads to motorbike in Vietnam, including rentals, routes and Easy Rider tours.

  • Add a day trip to Kep to your Kampot itinerary; swing in hammocks at the secret lake, dip in the ocean and eat fresh crab!

  • With riverfront bungalows, free kayaks and amazing food, Eden Ecovillage in Kampot might be the return to nature you need during your travels in Cambodia!

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about Me

Hey! Hi! Xin Chao! I am Frances: a Scottish lassie turned Vietnam expat circa 2016. And the creator of So The Adventure Begins.

I’m another one of the millions hit by a cliche case of the travel bug, but I am one of the few who took that travel fever and went all in;

✅ I completed my TEFL before I even graduated from university.
✅ I secured my first teaching job before I had even set foot in Vietnam.

And well, I’ve since learned that those risks pay off. Big time. 5 years later and I’m still educating the future of Vietnam, using Saigon as a launchpad to explore Asia. Sorry mum and dad, I don’t think I’ll be returning home anytime soon.

So The Adventure Begins is my creative baby; my digital memory book if you will. A place to share life’s adventures. I believe that sharing-is-caring and with that spirit pledge to use this space to pen my experiences and knowledge from moving to and living in Vietnam, motorbiking solo and teaching abroad in the hopes that you find it valuable. And of course, to share stories and tips from my travels across Asia.


These destination guides share everything you need to know to travel to places across Vietnam; from how to get there, what to eat and where to sleep, these guides have you covered. Plus they’re full of things to do in each destination. For more on travelling in Vietnam, check out my complete guide.