Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 5 Comments

  Vietnam has seen a major tourism increase over the last decade, and visitors all over the world have one thing in common: taking a cruise to the UNESCO Heritage site of Halong Bay, because of it’s simply stunning views. But is it still ethical to visit Halong Bay still?    Halong Bay is a perfect example of overtourism – …

Vietnam 2-weeks itinerary

My Son, Vietnam – Tips on how to visit the Hindu Sanctuary

Paula Martinelli Blog, Image, My Son, Travel, Vietnam 5 Comments

  The UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son, in Vietnam, is often skipped. However, it is a worthwhile place to visit as a side trip from Hoi An or Danang. This site once had over 70 structures of the ancient Champa civilization, mostly dedicated to the deities of Shiva, Krishna, and Vishnu had most of the temples destroyed by …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

Paula Martinelli Ethical Traveling, Sapa, Travel, Vietnam 11 Comments

ETHICAL TRAVEL IN SAPA AND WHY I RECOMMEND BOOKING AN INDEPENDENT HOMESTAY Trekking and homestay in Sapa with a local H’mong hill tribe was the top of my bucket list when I decided to visit Vietnam. But my very first question was how ethical or responsible it was, and how I could not only have an authentic experience, but also …

Homestay with Black H'mong in Sapa

Everything you need to know about trekking & homestay in Sapa

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 7 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.

Vietnam – The Best 2 Weeks Itinerary (complete day-by-day guide)

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 24 Comments

  Vietnam is amazing, from top to bottom, with such a diverse landscape, friendly people, rich culture and yummy food. Vietnam has over 1,000 miles long to be explored. The good news is that you can visit the best of Vietnam with a condensed well-planned 2 weeks trip itinerary. This Vietnam travel itinerary begins with the country’s busiest city of …

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3-Day Itinerary – The city that never stops

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 16 Comments

  Discover the fascinating history, the fantastic food, the party city, and the rich history of museums and historical buildings. With a well planned 3-day itinerary you can visit the main highlights of one of the most exciting cities in south-east Asia. Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Discover the best of Ho Chi Minh City in 3-day …

Ho An - Top things to do

Hoi An, Vietnam 2020 – Top 13 things to explore, do and see

Paula Martinelli Blog, Danang, Travel, Travel Tips, Vietnam 3 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 do and see I have listed here the top 13 things to do and explore that you cannot miss. If you are like me, you’ve probably already fallen in love …