29 Feb 2016

Should You Visit Sapa in Winter?

The night bus from Hanoi to Sapa arrived at about 3.30 am. Too tired to venture into the cold black abyss, I continued to sleep until dawn. By the time I left the bus a small gang of local Hmong woman had gathered outside, waiting for weary travellers to pitch

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Dong Van to Meo Vac along the Ma Pi Leng Pass
07 Feb 2016

Dong Van to Meo Vac along the Ma Pi Leng Pass: A Stunning Stretch of Road in Northern Vietnam

The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a part of the 22 km stretch of road connecting the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Most people hire a motorbike and ride the pass as part of the “Extreme Northern Loop”, but since I can’t ride a

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04 Feb 2016

January 2016 Travel Report: Winter in Northern Vietnam

A very warm (and possibly fake) Columbia jacket An alpaca wool hat bought from an old woman in a market in La Paz, Bolivia An alpaca wool jersey bought from the same woman A thermal top (which I carried with me for over a year and never wore) After reading

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04 Jan 2016

December 2015 Travel Report: Relaxing in Vietnam (and a Look Back at the Year)

December has been my laziest travel month since finishing my teaching contract in Singapore back in April 2014. After a hectic year I needed a break, and choosing a place to be lazy (and get some work done) for a month was tough. I almost went down that typical travel

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Sunset on the cheap Ha Long Bay cruise, Vietnam
15 Jan 2014

A Cheap Ha Long Bay Cruise, Vietnam

I spent over an hour at a travel agent in Hanoi. Not by choice, but because to get a good deal in Vietnam you really have to work for it. You can rarely take the first price offered; instead it becomes a game of Deal or No Deal, trying to

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