Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam – 2019 Guide

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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 …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

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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

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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 …

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.