Best Beaches Around the World: Long Beach, Vietnam

CNN Travel | Monday, January 8th, 2018

Long Beach Vietnam

Sunsets and somnambulation in a jungle-cloaked idyll

By Cindy Fan

Chances are that once you’ve flopped into the hammock on Phu Quoc Island, you’ll have forgotten you’re in Vietnam. The country of 96 million people is more famous for metropolises and motorbikes than tropical idylls. However, Vietnam’s largest island boasts incredible beaches including the aptly named Long Beach. Read on…

If you go down to the woods

The Australian | Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

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By Cindy Fan

Maybe I’m batty, but it takes me until the fourth kilometre, when I discover the leech latched on to my leg, to understand why my co-workers had asked, “But why are you going alone?” Read on…

Swiss villages Muhlebach and Ernen are a breath of fresh mountain air

The Australian | Saturday, October 1st, 2016


By Cindy Fan

The Swiss know a thing or two about moving up, down, through and around mountains, and I have to trust that their expertise includes modern bridge construction. But for 280m, a single layer of wooden planks on this painfully simple-looking, swinging, swaying contraption is all that keeps me from a 92m plunge down to the River Rhone. Every creak and groan underfoot adds weight to my regret for every solid kilogram gained from gorging on cheese fondue and fried potatoes for a week. Read on…