Getting the Laos visa in Northern Vietnam

The bus from Hanoi to Vientiane for an excruciating 18 to 24 hours just did not appeal that much to us so we looked for another way over the border… and we did meet people who had done the journey (that lasted up to 24hours because of delays) and told us “never again!” So we…

Vietnam travel map

First length of our journey, from Ho Chi Min to Ninh Bin And then from Ninh Binh to Muang Khua, accross the border in Laos.

Sapa under the rain…

So I clearly rushed the planning of this trip… Seeing as we are in the middle of our trip and the rainy season is already upon us!! Sapa (as in the area, not the town) is definitely really pretty. We wanted to go on a trekking tour for a few days but when we saw…

Halong Bay tours

I definitely recommend booking a tour of Halong Bay. We booked a 3 day/2 nights tour for 125$ per person in 2017 with “Golden Bay Cruise“ (the boat company). The tour was fine, time on the boat definitely the best ever, evening squid fishing and some kayaking. The second day is a must for those…

A traveler’s guide to packing lightly

… Of course, what you pack will depend on where you go, for how long, and what your activities will be ! This guide divided in two sections: the planning of your backpack according to your destination and such; and then what an actual ideal backpack should contain. If you have any suggestions please let…

Ninh Binh

What to do in Ninh Binh The city in itself is not very interesting. We really stopped there to have a look at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park. What we didn’t know is that there is no bus to the park from Ninh Binh, that the drive is about 2h…

Cuc Phuong Rescue Centres

Cuc Phuong National Park Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is believed to be¬†the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts enchanting scenery and wildlife. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and…

Travelling from Hue to Ninh Binh

This was potentially our worst experience in Vietnam… So here is an account of what we believe you should and shouldn’t do when travelling to Ninh Binh ūüôā Getting to Ninh Binh If you are travelling North to South, from Hanoi for example, you should be fine. We were travelling from Hue and booked an…

Hoi An: lanterns and cycling

We loved Hoi An. This city has much to offer. A bit of History Hoi An is an ancient town noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings of this¬†South-East Asian port reflect a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce…

Two days in Hue, Vietnam

The city itself is more of a backpacker party city with western bars and restaurants. The citadel is not very informative but is worth the detour.¬†The ticket¬†cost us¬†150kD per person and took us half a day to visit (don’t forget water and a hat! It was extremelly hot when we visited)… Besides the citadel don’t…

Travelling in Vietnam and Futa Bus review

Open Bus Ticket Many people we have met on the road had an Open Bus ticket and were really happy about it. Looking back we think it would have saved us money to get that ticket. They basically give you a set of blank tickets and when you go to the station they¬†write down your…

Nha Trang and mud baths, Vietnam

Nha Trang is the beach capital of Vietnam, it has a beautiful long stretch of beach on which you can relax during the day and party at night. It also has mud bath spas and some famous islands to travel to for snorkeling, diving and such. After some research we found out that the only…