Hello from Vietnam!

Here I am finally in Vietnam, the place that has taken over my travel daydreams since almost a year. And this country does not disappoint. Having spent a few days

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How To Take the Overnight Express Train from Hanoi to Sapa

If you’re planning a trip to Sapa during your Vietnam travels and wondering about your options, here’s a quick look at what I believe is the best way to get

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Photo essay: Colours of Bac Ha, Vietnam

Bac Ha Market can be visited as a day trip from Sapa or Lao Cai and is a pure visual treat. The surrounding villages are inhabited by the Flower Hmong

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Hmong Sellers in Sapa: Do they Really Harass?

I had spent a considerable part of the second half of 2013 staring at pictures of the lush terraced fields in Sapa, Vietnam. I knew that this was the part

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Trekking to Lao Chai from Sapa

On a February morning, the clouds that had descended upon the mountain town of Sapa to linger like unwanted guests seemed to have finally given up and made their way

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Sapa, You’re Spectacular!

The town of Sapa, a hill station of the French colonial times, although touristy, forms the perfect base in Vietnam to trek in and enjoy the spectacular views of the

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What To Do in Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is a delightful city to walk around in, if you like people watching and shopping as I do. Personally, I don’t like museums and usually

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Coffee and Croissants in Sapa

Considering how touristy Sapa is and the post colonial French influence in the town, it is no surprise that there are many places to sit down and enjoy a freshly

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Eating out in Sapa, Vietnam: My Top 5

The town of Sapa in Vietnam is a popular stop for most tourists who arrive from Hanoi on the overnight trains. With the surrounding mountains and tribal villages, not to

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Volunteering in Vietnam: Teaching with Sapa O’Chau

In February this year, I spent some time volunteering with a wonderful organization called Sapa O’Chau in cold and misty Sapa town, teaching a basic financial literacy course to young

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