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

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 3 Comments

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 read good and bad things about Halong Bay tours, and there was only one way to draw my own conclusions, by doing …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

Paula Martinelli Travel, Vietnam 1 Comment

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

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Giving back 7 reasons why I recommend booking an independent homestay in Sapa When planning your trip to Sapa, you have options to book through a travel agency or to book an independent homestay. Here I list 7 reasons why I recommend booking your trek with a local lady in Sapa, and the benefits behind ethical tourism, and how it …