Kayaking Cat Ba Island – The Best of Northern Vietnam

We woke up at Cat Ba’s Monkey Island Resort in Lan Ha Bay with not nearly enough sleep.  Yesterday was exhausting and today, day 2 of filming Vietnam Discovery, promised to be just as jam-packed.  Right after breakfast, we jumped in a boat with the film crew and a few others headed for sea kayaking.  On the ride Read More …

11 Things to do in Phong Nha, Vietnam

Phong Nha is my favorite place to visit in Vietnam and if you love the outdoors it will definitely be your number one place to see in Vietnam too!  I first heard about Phong Nha when Son Doong’s discovery was announced by National Geographic in 2009 and booked one of the first expeditions into the cave Read More …

The Best Season to Trek in Sapa, Vietnam

Many travelers coming to Vietnam want to see Sapa for its picturesque rice terraces but don’t know when is the best time to visit.  Well the truth is whenever you come to SaPa you are sure to enjoy stunning landscapes but locals will tell you the most picturesque time is September just before the rice Read More …

Ban Gioc Waterfall – The Best of Northern Vietnam

Ban Gioc waterfall sits in a river valley full of jungle covered karst mountains and is the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen.  Oh yeah, plus Ban Gioc is the largest waterfall in Asia and 4th largest waterfall at an international border in the world!  Simply put, Ban Gioc is a must see destination for any Read More …

Ho Khanh Homestay – Phong Nha, Vietnam

Phong Nha is home to the world’s largest caves and the Ho Khanh homestay is the perfect place to stay during your visit.  The village of Phong Nha was put on the map back in 2008 with the discovery of Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, inside of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park Read More …

24 Wonderful Ways to Experience Hoi An, Vietnam

Welcome to Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An is one of the most visited places in Vietnam and for good reason too.  This magical town is one of my favorite places in the world and most backpackers who travel through Vietnam stop in Hoi An for a few days but end up staying a week or Read More …

AnBang Memory Homestay

Hoi An is a wonderful city that everyone should visit while traveling through Vietnam and our favorite hotel to stay by the beach is the An Bang Memory Homestay!  Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the An Bang Memory Homestay perfectly situated by the beach and a short drive to the old town.  This family Read More …

Hoi An – Ivy Hotel

Hoi An is a wonderful city that everyone should visit while traveling through Vietnam and our favorite hotel to stay in the old town is the Ivy Hotel!  Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Ivy Hotel perfectly situated by the river and a short walk to the old town.  The staff here Read More …

Cat Tien National Park – Trekking with wild gibbons

We arrived in Cat Tien National Park 2 days after departing Ho Chi Minh City.  Its possible to get to Cat Tien in a day but we were still figuring out our new set of wheels and had plenty of time in Vietnam so decided to take it slow.  I’ll keep this post focused on Read More …

Getting a Vietnam Visa

When you travel to Vietnam you MUST pre-order a Visa.  Most airlines won’t let you on the plane without proof of a visa.  The good news is its really easy to order one and very affordable.  When I went to Vietnam I was overwhelmed by all the choices for Visa on arrival.  I sorted through Read More …