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)

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  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 …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 2 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 on a Junk Boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam I am here to share my experience. First of all let’s make clear that the Junk Boats are these beautiful old wooden …

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 …