Tag Archives: Vietnam

Vietnam to Laos the hard way: How to travel from Sapa to Luang Prabang

A typical scene on the Nam Ou river as you travel from Vietnam to Laos

Southeast Asia is the ideal destination for first-time backpackers. The food is awesome, you can enjoy nature, cities and beaches, and — above all else — it’s easy. You can take direct buses from capital to capital. It can even leave you feeling like you’re missing out on some of the genuine adventure of backpacking. […]

Best museums in Hanoi Vietnam: Top attractions when you visit Hanoi

Ah, Hanoi. It’s busy, chaotic, loud, traffic-clogged, and polluted. But it’s also one of Vietnam’s most fascinating destinations, with an Old Quarter that still feels like a slice out of ancient Asia. The best way to experience the city is simply by wandering around. But between hawkers trying to lure you into their shops and […]

Things to do in Hue Vietnam: Hue Imperial City, Royal Tombs and More

Looking for what to do in Hue Vietnam? Start by visiting the Citadel.

Central Vietnam is the cultural heart of the country. The region’s biggest draw for travelers is Hoi An, the riverside town with Chinese temples and great food. But just a few hours north is often-overlooked Hue — the 19th-century capital of the Nguyen emperors’ rule. Today, imperial relics from that time are among the best things […]

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam: The ULTIMATE guide to Vietnam’s best treks

Sapa Vietnam trekking tours are the best way to see the mountains in the country's north and meet hill tribe members.

Trekking in Sapa is at the top of many South East Asia travelers’ bucket lists. This part of Northern Vietnam is famous for its emerald-green rice terraces spilling down mountainsides. You can meet members of many different hill tribes, each with unique dress, language and traditions. And it’s all accessible and affordable for backpackers.   […]

The Best Hoi An Restaurants: Where to eat in Hoi An Vietnam

It’s no secret: Hoi An is one of the best foodie destinations in Southeast Asia. (And the world, for that matter.) You can find Hoi An restaurants that rival fine dining in New York or Paris, and grubby street stalls that serve some of the most delicious food you’ll ever taste. Deciding where to eat […]

Things to do in Saigon Vietnam: The PERFECT Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary

With so many places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City, it's easily worth two days on your Vietnam itinerary.

Few places on the planet have the buzz and energy of Saigon (otherwise known as Ho Chi Minh City). Vietnam’s largest city is one of the most exciting destinations in Southeast Asia — from its 5 am markets to its 24-hour discos. It’s the perfect place to start or end your trip backpacking Vietnam. In […]

Things to do in Dalat Vietnam: Motorbike tour with the Easy Riders

A Dalat tour with the Easy Riders is one of the best experiences you can have in Vietnam.

The Central Highlands of Vietnam are one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The weather is gloriously cool. And relative to the coastal areas, there are hardly any tourists. Dalat is the largest city in the region, where French colonial forces wanted to establish a holiday town. Today it retains its hill station character. […]

Ninh Binh tour by bicycle: Self-guided trip to Tam Coc, Hua Lu and beyond

Northern Vietnam conjures up images of spectacular rice terraces, limestone karsts, and water buffalo swimming in fields. It’s one of the most beautiful regions of Southeast Asia. The world-famous Halong Bay is the one must-see place in this region for most travelers to Vietnam. But equally spectacular — and far less touristic — is Ninh […]

Mekong Delta without a tour: Rural Vietnam

Sunrise over the Mekong River, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is one of the most charming regions of Vietnam. It’s naturally beautiful, culturally intriguing, and the locals are super-friendly. Most people speed through the region on a guided tour. In fact, it’s one of the most popular day trips from Ho Chi Minh City. But this is one part of Vietnam where […]

Southeast Asia Packing List for women

So you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia. Awesome — you’re going to have the adventure of a lifetime! This fascinating region is among the easiest in the world to travel, while still offering a diversity of culture and outdoor activities. So how do you pack for all that? In this post, I’ll walk you […]