Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam – 2019 Guide

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 3 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 Halong Bay!? The opportunity to sail on a junk ship through hundreds of dramatic limestone mountains sticking up from a deep turquoise sea —  There are so many karst islands …

SAPA, Vietnam: 2019 Ethical Travel Guide

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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 on my Ethical Travel Guide for Sapa help highlight why it is important to hire a local guide and to book an independent homestay if you are going to trek …

Cambodia – 10 Lessons on Ethical Traveling

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Lessons learned from my trip to Cambodia and how we can all be responsible travelers The smiling faces that welcome tourists display the optimism and contentment of a people grateful for what they have. But Cambodia is much more complex than what we can imagine and I am here to share the 10 lessons that I learned on ethical traveling …

ETHICAL & RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER – A complete guideline every world traveler should follow

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While the big question for some people is, “How can I change my life while traveling the world?”, for me this questions has become, “How can I make a difference in the world while traveling?”. The biggest motivation for me to start blogging was not to encourage more people to travel, but primarily to encourage travelers to be ethical and …

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

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 12 Comments

Find out if homestay in Sapa experience is for you Trek and homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa was one of the best experiences of my life! If you are considering to hike and homestay in Sapa, and have the most authentic experience of the real life in this beautiful region of Vietnam, this is a great start for …

Everything you need to know about trek & homestay in Sapa

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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.