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    VIETNAMESE FOOD GUIDE – OUR FAVORITE DISHES AND WHERE TO EAT THEM

    Vietnamese food is very peculiar and unique. Generally speaking it’s quite local and can be very different from north to south, but there are some exceptions like Phở soup and Bành Mi (the bread baguette “imported” by the French) that are widespread throughout the whole country. Also, some cities have their own specialties that can be found there only! Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest in the world, due to minimal use of dairy and oil, and reliance on vegetables and herbs including lemongrass, coriander (we truly hate coriander!) ginger and mint . That’s why it is unusual to see fat Vietnamese people! Therefore we decided to put down…

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    9 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

    Considered the most charming and romantic town in Vietnam, Hoi An is one of the most visited places and a must for travelers. Don’t be scared by the amount of tourists in the town centre, there’s much to do also around Hoi An, don’t just stick to the main road! Hoi An is easy to reach and well serviced, especially via Da Nang city just 25 km north. You can fly to Da Nang or get there by train from Hanoi/Hue, and then continue to Hoi An by bus or taxi. Coming from south, there are also direct buses, if you are up for a long long journey. We always…

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    VIETNAM – OUR 1-MONTH ITINERARY GUIDE

    Having lived for two years in amazing Vietnam, we had the chance to visit several different destinations throughout the country. Since not everyone has the possibility to travel for several months, we’ve created two Vietnam itineraries: one listing the alternative locations for the most adventurers who have more time and are willing to explore secluded areas (this very post you’re reading), and the other featuring traditional spots for shorter trips (you can check out here our 2-week Vietnam itinerary guide). THE MOST AUTHENTIC VIETNAM – ITINERARY If you’re looking for the most authentic experience in Vietnam, this is the itinerary you need! We’ve travelled to all these places (except for Phu…

  • VIETNAM – OUR TWO-WEEK ITINERARY GUIDE

    As those of you who follow us on social media know, we lived for two years in amazing Vietnam. Assuming that not everyone has the possibility to travel for several months, we’ve created two Vietnam guides: one listing the traditional spots for shorter trips (this very post you’re reading), and the other featuring alternative locations for the most adventurers willing to explore secluded areas (you can check out here our 1-month itinerary guide to Vietnam). THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM       This is the perfect itinerary for a 2-week trip to Vietnam. Travelling to these places will allow you to have an insight of the Vietnamese culture, history and…

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    THREE BEAUTIFUL DAYS IN HANOI CITY, VIETNAM’S CAPITAL

    Our second visit to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, after being here back in May 2016. We will stay here for three days. Whilst last time we arrived directly from Ha Long Bay, after enjoying a wonderful 2-day/1-night cruise in the Unesco world heritage site, this time we reach Hanoi by train from Ninh Binh. Read about our first stay in Hanoi back in 2016 Getting to a city, to a capital city, via its main train station always gives a great feeling of accomplishment, even your backpack will seem lighter and you will look cooler when stepping out of the station! Well not to locals, who will immediately tackle you with…

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    TAM COC, NINH BINH PROVINCE, NORTH-CENTRAL VIETNAM

    After almost 2 years of living and travelling in Vietnam, we had never paid a visit to the famous province of Ninh Binh yet. Here’s our experience. Our Da Nang-Hue-Ninh Binh sleeper train drops us off at Ninh Binh train station in the early afternoon. We have to reach Ninh Binh Nature Homestay, that will be our base for the next 2 days. Ninh Binh city itself hasn’t much to offer, some modest old hotels welcome tourists who want to visit Tam Coc, the main attraction in the area. As always, we prefer lower budget options, staying with locals in guesthouses and homestays. Plus, since we would need to travel…

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    DA NANG TO HUE TRAIN: THE MOST FAMOUS ROUTE IN VIETNAM

    Whether you are traveling in Vietnam from north to south or viceversa, you will have to choose how to get from Da Nang to Hue when you are halfway there, and the answer to this question is by train! Jump to our train booking tutorial here The beautiful Hai Van Pass lies in the middle between Da Nang and Hue, showing off stunning views of the mountains and the jungle on one side, and amazing tropical beaches and the sea on the other side. Your 3-hour long trip will be full of great views! Here’s how to get your train ticket. There are 3 ways to book a seat on a…

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    SLEEPER TRAIN FROM HANOI TO SAPA

    We’ve been asked many times which is the best way to reach Sapa and how to plan the trip, so here’s how to get sleeper train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa, northern Vietnam. SAPA Sapa is one of the most visited towns in Vietnam, it has become very popular over the years for its traditional villages scattered all around. Many ethnic tribes still live in these villages following an antique life-style, as time stopped in this region. Lately, Sapa has been exposed to mass tourism, hopefully this will not spoil its charm. Although being more than 300 km north-west from Hanoi, both private and public transports serve this route very well.…

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    SLEEPER TRAIN FROM HANOI TO HUE, VIETNAM

    Vietnam is a very extended country and the best way to cover its long distances is traveling by train, both because it’s cheap and to have an interesting cultural insight. In this article we will explain how to get sleeper train tickets from Hanoi to Hue, Central Vietnam. HANOI Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is a charming multicultural centre. In the past it has been under several foreign controls including Chinese, French and American, which led to the current melting pot. Living in Da Nang, Vietnam, we had the chance to visit it already a couple of times. It is easily reachable by plane, bus and train, with the…

  • VIETNAM VISA: HOW TO GET IT AND COSTS

    Do you need a Vietnam visa? Here how we managed to get one. [In this article we explain how we got our Vietnam Visa in a neighbouring country i.e. Cambodia, CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE FLYING STRAIGHT TO VIETNAM or CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO VIETNAM VISA ONLINE APPLICATION] For some countries in Europe like Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and since July 2015 Germany, France, Spain, Italy and UK too, it’s possible to enter Vietnam without any visa if the stay is up to 15 days. By crossing the land border or if you want to fly to any international airport in Vietnam, at customs you’ll get a stamp showing the date by which…