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Border crossing Sa Pa (Vietnam) to Muang Khua (Laos)

If you are in Sa Pa in Vietnam and want to go to Laos by land, most likely you will have to cross the border near Điện Biên Phủ. We decided to spend our first night in Laos in Muang Khua, as that was where we wanted to start our Laos trip. The bus you get in Sapa to Laos ...

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Three faces of Sa Pa, Vietnam

Sa Pa has three different faces to me. Three images, that mixed together made Sa Pa my favorite place in Vietnam and maybe even in the whole south-east Asia. The first one is not very positive. It’s a town that is under construction, not pretty and not uniform. A town that got an unexpected influx of money, but doesn’t know ...

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Lively Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is a vibrant city full of energy. There’s a constant bustle and thousands of motorbikes everywhere. They run against the traffic with no problem at all and always without helmets. The streets are full with stores of all kind. Stores selling coffee, travel agencies, cheap clothes stores, restaurants, bars and so on. Street food sellers occupy the sidewalks that ...

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Two day cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam

No visit to Hanoi would be completed without a small tour through the thousands of limestone islands in Halong Bay. Especially since this was our first time in the Vietnamese capital. After struggling again whether  to buy an organized tour or not, we ended up giving up. It didn’t look that bad. Two days trip with all the meals included ...

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Short visit in Hue, Vietnam

After six days spent in the wonderful Hoi An, probably every city would disappoint us. Or maybe I was expecting too much. Going there I was imagining all this places I read about: the old capital, the emperor citadel, forbidden city, perfume river. All this names seemed mysterious, mythic and exciting. I thought I will see magnificent palaces, huge colorful ...

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Practical information and one day trips: Hoi An, Vietnam

I already wrote about how much I love Hoi an here, however, I thought it’s worth to write also a practical guide from this town. I won’t write about the history, because I’m not an expert, but I think it’s good to read about it at least a bit in a guide or in the internet to understand its importance ...

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Russian playground: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is one of the main cities in southeast Vietnam. It has been growing as a tourism reference for people all over the world and it’s a modern city with half million inhabitants. Known for its big sandy bay, it’s a well known destiny for scuba diving. After finding a place to sleep, we rented a motorbike to start ...

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Gorgeous Hoi An, Vietnam

It was love at first sight. The shabby blue and yellow walls, old wooden houses of Chinese merchants, colorful lanterns, small shops, proximity to a beautiful beach and a quiet countryside. I knew it would be pretty, as everybody praise this town. But still, I didn’t know it will be that gorgeous. We had crossed already half of Vietnam. Until ...

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War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

There are two places in Ho Chi Minh City that you have to visit if you’re there for the first time. Two places that represent too well the disgrace that fell over Vietnam during the 20th century. The first is the War Remnants Museum that is located in district 3. It has exhibitions about the II Indochina War against the ...

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2 day Mekong delta tour, Vietnam

First day We get to a small bus full of tourists. There are only two places left, one next to the driver, and the other one on the back. The bus jumps on the holes, rocking me to sleep. Suddenly our new guide calls me and tells me to get out. Only me and Renato. We stop by a highway, ...

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