Trekking in Sapa: Days 19 – 21

From Siem Reap I flew to Hanoi. On the plane, I sat next to two Americans from… Florida, I think? (I remember the man’s name was Richard because it got said several times, but I can’t remember the girl’s name.) Yet again, I hadn’t organized transportation from the airport, and so as we got readyContinue reading “Trekking in Sapa: Days 19 – 21”

Getting Lost & Getting Sick in Da Lat: Days 13 – 14

I have some work to get done, but I know I’ll have the afternoon to explore, so I go down to breakfast and try to make friends. There I meet a New Zealand girl named Caitlin who doesn’t have solid plans, so I convince her to go with me to Crazy House and Maze Bar.Continue reading “Getting Lost & Getting Sick in Da Lat: Days 13 – 14”

Night Bus & Canyoning in Da Lat: Days 12 – 13

Well, I survived the night bus, which was both better and worse than I had imagined. Better: No locals hopped on our tourist bus at night & robbed us, our driver didn’t speed or drive recklessly, the air-conditioning was in working order (these are the horror stories travelers told me about as we waited toContinue reading “Night Bus & Canyoning in Da Lat: Days 12 – 13”

Cat Ba National Park to Haiphong: Days 5 & 6

Note: I am writing this about a week later and my memory is hazy about the details of the day, so we’ll see how this goes. Last night, I made plans with four people I met on the boat over dinner – Jack and Caitlynn, who are also from Seattle(!) and Zwen and Stella, twoContinue reading “Cat Ba National Park to Haiphong: Days 5 & 6”

Vietnam Day 3 & 4: Cruising Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay

If you go to north Vietnam, most would say you’d be missing out to not see Ha Long Bay. I’d agree. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Essentially every tour company sells a package, and you can do a day trip cruise or a multi-day cruise where you sleep overnightContinue reading “Vietnam Day 3 & 4: Cruising Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay”

Vietnam Day 1: Food, Fumes, and Friends in Hanoi

Well, today was so action-packed that I thought I might revive this blog while I’m in Vietnam. Background: I booked a ticket to Hanoi, Vietnam in August on a whim after finding a deal on tickets ($600 RT). I proceeded to plan very little (though I did do research, including enough to write a guideContinue reading “Vietnam Day 1: Food, Fumes, and Friends in Hanoi”