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

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 3 Comments

Halong Bay is a perfect definition of when the tourism goes wrong with the overtourism – But it is not all bad! 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 help to protect the enviromnent. During my research, I …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 3 Comments

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 to recharge my batteries before I headed to Cambodia. I looked forward to having a hot shower and waking up with a view of limestone pillars rising from the calm …

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

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 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 with your family, friends, as a couple or solo. Vietnam is very diverse and offers a mix of big cities, lush countryside, a rich history, and a coastline with beautiful …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

Paula Martinelli Ethical Traveling, Sapa, Travel, Vietnam 2 Comments

Ethical Tourism in Sapa and why I recommend booking an independent homestay Ethical travel is about creating better places to live in and better places to visit – These 7 steps on my Ethical Travel Guide for Sapa helps to highlight  why is important to hire a local guide and to book an independent homestay if you are going to …

Everything you need to know about trek & homestay in Sapa

Paula Martinelli Blog, Travel, Vietnam 6 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.