The Hai Van Pass: A Motorbike Adventure in Vietnam

The Hai Van Pass, otherwise known as Ocean Cloud Pass, is a ~12 mile stretch of roadway between the cities of Da Nang and Hue. The National Route 1A road snakes up the side of the mountain with stunning views of the Da Nang Bay 1,600 feet below. The road has countless bends with poor visibility…

What to Pack for a Vacation in Vietnam

Planning a trip to Vietnam? The country is very diverse in terms of landscape and climate so figuring out what you should pack can be incredibly challenging. We spent 3 months exploring Vietnam from July to October and encountered extreme heat, a lot of rain, and a few chilly days. We spent time trekking through…

Guide to Da Nang, Vietnam: The Top 14 Things To Do

Da Nang is a large, bustling city that offers spectacular mountain views, white sandy beaches, and plenty of activities to keep adults and kids entertained for hours! You’ll need at least 3 days in the town of Da Nang to explore all of the highlights – and even more to spend time relaxing at your…

Guide to Sun World Ba Na Hills in Da Nang, Vietnam

During our 3 month trip to Vietnam, one question plagued us for our entire trip. “Are you going to that new giant hand bridge?” The Golden Bridge in Sun World Ba Na Hills had just opened in June of 2018 and photos of those giant, ancient-looking hands were flooding people’s social media feeds. We weren’t…

Visit the Phenomenal Phong Nha Caves in Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 as it is home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia as well as literally hundreds of cave systems. This complex underground cave system also includes the largest cave in the world by volume – Hang Son Doong. You’ll have to…

A Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is located in the Lào Cai Province and is a region that draws visitors from across the world. The town is situated on the side of one of the many mountains in the massive Hoàng Liên Son mountain range and overlooks the valley below. The valley floor is filled with rice terraces that change from…

15 Things to Know Before Visiting Vietnam

If you are planning on visiting Vietnam and have never been to SE Asia before, be prepared for a bit of culture shock. The traffic is horrendous, many people don’t speak English, the food is not what you’re used to, cleanliness standards are quite different, and you may have to use the occasional squatty potty….

Hanoi, Vietnam: 17 Things You Must Do

The capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the nation, Hanoi is the jumping off point for many adventures in Northern Vietnam. And while we would most certainly argue that you should get out of the city and into the countryside, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore the many amazing things…

Ninh Binh and Tam Coc: What to do in Vietnam’s Hidden Gem

Ninh Binh is an area of Vietnam that is often overlooked by visitors looking to experience this spectacular country. And it’s unfortunate, as it’s only about 2 hours south of the bustling city of Hanoi. Filled with towering landscape cliffs, lush green rice paddies, and the friendliest people, Ninh Binh is the perfect place to…

The Top 6 Things to do in Hue, Vietnam

Huế (pronounced “h’way”) is located in central Vietnam and a city that history buffs will find particularly intriguing. Not only was it the seat of Nguyễn Dynasty emperors from 1802 to 1945, but it was also the site of the longest and bloodiest battle of the ‘American War’ (or, as we like to say in America, the…