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The best of Hoi An, Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | Nov 8, 2018

If you are like me, you probably already fell in love with some of the many places that you’ve visited. Hoi An is just a perfect combination of a small …

How ethical is the tourism in Halong Bay and if I would do it again

By Paula Martinelli | Nov 1, 2018

Before I book a tour, I always try to learn as much as I can about how ethical the tours really are, and how the local tour companies care and …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

By Paula Martinelli | Oct 25, 2018

This was the grand finale of my trip in Vietnam, and it was just perfect for 2 reasons:  to get some rest from the last days in Sapa, and also …

Vietnam Travel Tips: Everything you need to know before your trip

By Paula Martinelli | Oct 22, 2018

Vietnam at A Glance Vietnam is certainly a country that has a lot to offer with many type of adventures to suit any taste. It’s a great place to visit …

Cambodia Travel Tips: Everything you need to know before your trip

By Paula Martinelli | Oct 12, 2018

Cambodia at A Glance The Kingdom of Cambodia is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, but still not as popular as some other countries like Thailand and Vietnam. The …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 12, 2018

Giving back 7 reasons why I recommend booking an independent homestay in Sapa When planning your trip to Sapa, you have options to book through a travel agency or to …

5 reasons why Sapa is the best part of Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 12, 2018

Sapa was the best part of my trip to Vietnam, and here are the TOP 5 reasons why living with a hill tribe really was the best and most memorable …

How to do a 3 day trek in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 6, 2018

How to make the most of your trek in the mountains. While planning my itinerary to Vietnam, I invested a lot of time researching, studying and creating an itinerary that …

Homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | Aug 27, 2018

When I had the opportunity to visit Sapa, I had no doubt I wanted to experience the homestay with a Black H’Mong tribe. It was one of the best experiences …

Everything you need to know about trek & homestay in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | Aug 26, 2018

In the remote area of Vietnam, near the Chinese board you will find Sapa, one of the most scenic regions in Vietnam.  Here you can find everything you need to …

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