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Sunday, February 23, 2020



Greg HackettHi, I’m Greg Hackett, the Editor/publisher of Haxtrax.com – both a career journalist, and editor.

I know exactly how mainstream media travel coverage works, having being a Travel Editor for News Corp (Herald Sun Escape), as well as many other roles in print and digital media. I treat the function of the media in the global sense, the delivery of information, and the necessity for impartiality, very seriously.

Also, I love the opportunities of the evolving digital age. Now we all have a voice. Bring it on! So please join us on Haxtrax.com as we share the truth about travel destinations. And have a laugh along the way!

Travel reviews in the advertising-dependent, revenue reliant, mainstream media excel at telling us everything about a destination…

except often what it is truly like. The authors will tell us how good their free flight was, how good their free meal was, how good their free accommodation was… maybe even how good their free VIP treatment was.

They have to, or they won’t get another free invite. And you, dear paying traveller, pay for their ‘free’ air travel, meals, & accommodation. Don’t ever forget that.

For these reasons, most travel journalism is much like a ‘doctored’, or photo shopped, picture. Sure, it’s appealing – but it is just… not… real.

Here at HaxTrax.com, we give you our honest opinions on what YOU, the paying customer, can expect to experience. The good and the bad. How it really is.

So, join us on our travels and adventures, and let’s use social media and the evolving digital age to share our true and real experiences.

sold on the performance

Sold on the performance

Olivier, Gielgud, Jacobi, This Old Duck: the great performances of our time. The weathered, forlorn face and the old, crooked body … irresistible to the successful young couples in Vung Tau on their weekend...
monkey versus flea. flea is winning.

Monkey versus Flea. Flea is winning.

“Who’s idea was it for me to wear ‘hair product’?” A pet monkey would be fun … but I believe they are best left in their natural habitat, where we can still watch and...
where locals live, laugh and eat together

Where locals live, laugh and eat together

Wood smoke, big pot boiling meat, cool sea breeze: stroll down a narrow hem (laneway) off the busy main road, and discover an open enclave where the locals live, laugh and gather to eat...
the taste test: pass with distinction

The taste test: pass with distinction

Does this look good to you? It sure tastes good to me. See the bowl of sweet chilli dipping sauce? It packs a tickle more than a punch, but the red/orange chilli bits can be...
the old ways are still good ways

The old ways are still good ways

Sometimes the “old ways” are best: a cyclo rider and his passenger stop to buy fresh produce from a street fruit vendor’s hand cart. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019 The post The old ways are still...
an apple a day … goes well with iced coffee

An apple a day … goes well with iced coffee

She’ll be apples: crunchy, not too sweet, and delicious. Vietnam’s little green apples, táo, add “healthy” to the breakfast of iced coffee with sweetened milk, and trà da (weak iced tea). I’ll skip on...
sea mantis shrimp if it’s still kicking, it’s fresh

Sea Mantis Shrimp if it’s still kicking, it’s fresh

Mantis shrimp/sea mantis are popular Vietnamese seafood. Locals call them tôm tít. There’s not a lot of meat in them but they are a cheap-ish treat, and usually barbecued, steamed, or pan-fried in coconut oil. I don’t...
an oyster’s beauty is more than shell deep

An oyster’s beauty is more than shell deep

Sometimes the words can be more appetising than the pics. I don’t fake my food pics, what you see is what I eat . Here are 12 scallops and four huge oysters, all barbecued on...
choice: in with the new while keeping the old

Choice: In with the new while keeping the old

A view to the future: Ibis will be a perfect fit for the foreshore at Vung Tau, Vietnam. The popular weekend escape for Ho Chi Minh City’s populace, Vung Tau is balancing the accomm options...
sharks: don’t put profit before people

Sharks: Don’t put profit before people

Baiting tells sharks to come and eat. More sharks. Hungry sharks. Isn’t that obvious? As for recent “alarmist publicity” about shark attacks: mate, I would now be alarmed if my loved ones snorkelled on the...