• 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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    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…

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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…

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    FROM HA GIANG TO SAPA, NORTHERN VIETNAM

    Our journey continues immersed in the mountains, going west to Sapa, very popular touristy town in northern Vietnam. We leave the beautiful province of Ha Giang late in the morning on a bus to Lao Cai, important junction on the Chinese border, where we arrive around 5.30 pm. HOW TO REACH SAPA? Most of backpackers reach Sapa from Hanoi, stopping over at the Chinese border city of Lao Cai. If you are not driving yourself by motorbike, you have 2 valid cheap alternatives: by train, preferably a sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, about 6-hour long, followed by a 1-hour bus ride to Sapa. You can easily book your…

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    HA LONG BAY CRUISE, VIETNAM

    After spending some time in Da Nang and central Vietnam, here we are finally at one of the highlights of our journey in Vietnam: Ha Long Bay! With almost 2000 islands, this archipelago part of the Unesco World Heritage is a must see in Vietnam. HOW TO REACH HA LONG BAY Ha Long Bay is commonly reached from Hanoi, the easiest way is to book a cruise with some agency or hotel in Hanoi and then be transferred by bus for a 4-hour trip. Alternatively, some visitors prefer to go by bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba, and then opt for either a cruise from there or spending some nights…