Asia · Budget

Three weeks backpacking through Vietnam; travelling doesn’t have to be expensive!

As usual I'm concluding my long revue of posts about my most recent travels with a round-up of my budget and expenses of the trip. As South-East asia is known to be a cheaper region, the budget for my three week backpacking trip through Vietnam was also a lot lower than for my trip last… Continue reading Three weeks backpacking through Vietnam; travelling doesn’t have to be expensive!

Asia · Planning

My three week backpacking itinerary through Vietnam

Over the past couple of months, you've been able to read all about my backpacking adventure through the beautiful country of Vietnam. During those three weeks, we were able to check off most of the hightlights, but of course one could easily spent half a year travelling this country as there is just so much… Continue reading My three week backpacking itinerary through Vietnam

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Two day cruise through Halong Bay with Dragon Gold Cruise

After the two day trek through Sapa, it was time for some relaxing. And what better way to relax than enjoying a cruise through one of the most famous UNESCO heritage sites? Halong Bay is one of the most visited places in all of Vietnam and it's not hard to figure out why. The beautiful islands… Continue reading Two day cruise through Halong Bay with Dragon Gold Cruise

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Hiking through the rice terraces of Sapa with Sapa Sisters

Many organized tours through Vietnam take Hanoi as their most northern point of visit. However, the highlight of our three weeks backpacking this beautiful country was definitely our two day stop in Sapa. Sapa is the main departure point for hikes through the rice terrace fields for which the area is known. Since we wanted… Continue reading Hiking through the rice terraces of Sapa with Sapa Sisters

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Hanoi; the city that comes alive in the evening

It was already pretty late in the evening when our train from Ninh Binh arrived in the capital of Vietnam; Hanoi. On our way from the train station to our hostel ‘Little Hanoi Hostel’, it already became clear that Hanoi was a bit different than Ho Chi Minh City. The first thing that struck us… Continue reading Hanoi; the city that comes alive in the evening

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Peace and tranquility at Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

After experiencing the very busy Trang An on Sunday afternoon, we made sure we were completely prepared to beat the crowds at the supposedly more touristy Tam Coc.  Just as Trang An, Tam Coc is an area with beautiful limestone mountains but here you're also sailing through the the typical Vietnamese rice paddies. In the… Continue reading Peace and tranquility at Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

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Worth the 450 stairs: View from the Lying Dragon Mountain

One of the best things about travelling is always discovering unexpected things. As an avid planner I don’t often come across this feeling, but in Ninh Binh, on top of the Lying  Dragon Mountain it hit me full force. We had planned to only visit Trang An and Tam Coc while in Ninh Binh, but… Continue reading Worth the 450 stairs: View from the Lying Dragon Mountain

Accomodation · Asia

Four reasons why ‘Hoa Bien Hotel’ is thé place to stay in Ninh Binh

Over the course of three weeks backpacking through Vietnam, we have stayed in many hostels and hotels, one more comfortable than the other. But when it comes to price-quality, there is one that's head and shoulders above all the rest; Hoa Bien Hotel in Ninh Binh. This hotel offered everything I'm always looking for in a good… Continue reading Four reasons why ‘Hoa Bien Hotel’ is thé place to stay in Ninh Binh