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Explore Vietnam


Join me on my exploration of Vietnam. My articles, travel guides and photography will take you on a journey starting in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Travel north with me through Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay and vist the Black H'mong Tribe in Sapa.

Vietnam is an amazing experience in variety, culture and beauty. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, my blog will help to provide some ideas of what you cannot miss.

If you are just curious, take a look and then start packing your bags. You will not want to miss this beautiful country!

In this section you can find everything you need for you adventure in Vietnam.

Enjoy the journey and Safe Travels!

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Marble Mountains in Danang, Vietnam – 2019

By Paula Martinelli | September 24, 2019 | 4 Comments

A day trip from Hoi An to the Marble Mountains, a full day of exploration During my visit in Hoi An, I decided to take a full day trip to …

My Son Hindu Sanctuary in Vietnam – Visit 2019

By Paula Martinelli | September 20, 2019 | 5 Comments

My Son – Hindu Sanctuary is a great opportunity for a day trip from Hoi An If you have more time in Hoi An or Danang, you have plenty of …

Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam – 2019 Guide

By Paula Martinelli | September 17, 2019 | 5 Comments

Halong Bay is a perfect example of overtourism – But it is not all bad news! How to describe a perfect vacation in Vietnam without thinking about a cruise in …

SAPA, Vietnam: 2019 Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | September 12, 2019 | 9 Comments

Ethical Tourism in Sapa and why I recommend booking an independent homestay Ethical travel is about creating better places to live and better places to visit – These 7 steps …

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Hoi An, Vietnam – 2019 Guide of Top things to do and explore

By Paula Martinelli | September 9, 2019 | 4 Comments

Historic, fun, beautiful, interesting and so much to offer…Find out why I could live in Hoi An Hoi An is a must-visit destination in Vietnam, and with so much to …

The Best 2 Week Itinerary – Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | March 24, 2019 | 4 Comments

If you are considering to visit Vietnam and is not sure how much time you need to explore this amazing and very diverse country, check out this 2 weeks itinerary …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

By Paula Martinelli | October 25, 2018 | 5 Comments

What to expect from a 3 days cruise in Halong Bay and how to choose the best options for you Find out what to expect of a 3 days cruise …

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

By Paula Martinelli | October 22, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 …

Vietnam: 25 pictures to inspire you to visit

By Paula Martinelli | September 12, 2018 | 7 Comments

Discover the amazing VIETNAM in 25 pictures A very diverse country, that offers a mix of big and busy cities with lots of history, a coastline with beautiful beaches, you can …

Sapa – The best 3 days trek and homestay itinerary in 2019

By Paula Martinelli | September 6, 2018 | 6 Comments

Sapa is located in the mountains in the North of Vietnam, and tourism in this part of the country has increased in the past few years due to the beautiful trek and also the opportunities to live like a local at a homestay with one of the hill tribes.
The itineraries will vary, depending on the length of time you choose, the guide and the weather conditions, but each experience is remarkable and unique.

How to do an authentic Homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | August 27, 2018 | 12 Comments

Find out if homestay in Sapa experience is for you While trek and homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa was one of the best experiences of my life, I …

Everything you need to know about trek & homestay in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | August 26, 2018 | 9 Comments

Sapa is located beyond the clouds in a mountain town in Lao Cai Province which also includes Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan.

It is in a remote place in Vietnam located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. We were so close to China that while my phone didn’t have service in much of Vietnam, in Sapa I could get on service from China.

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