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…

What to Pack for Portland, Oregon in the Fall/Winter

Portland, Oregon is a quirky city that has gained notoriety over the past few years for being a little “weird”. The pedestrian-friendly downtown area has bigger lanes for bicycles than cars and you’re more likely to eat out of a truck than a restaurant. Portland has the most breweries and independent microbreweries of any city in…

9 Things you Must do in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hội An is a darling little tourist attraction town located in Central Vietnam. The old town was a trading port from the 15th-19th century and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Today it boasts colonial French architecture, a quaint riverfront promenade, pedestrian-friendly streets, and the most unique feature – hundreds of colorful…

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…

Guide to Halong Bay, Vietnam: How to Choose the Best Cruise

Halong Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay in Northern Vietnam where over 1,600 islands and islets rise up from the turquoise waters of the South China Sea. As you cruise through the bay in one of the famous ‘junk boats’, you’ll pass by countless towering limestone rock formations surrounding the luxury cruise ship. The bay…