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Join me on my exploration of Vietnam. My blogs and videos will take you on a journey starting in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Travel north with me through Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay and vist the Black H'mong Tribe in Sapa.

Vietnam is an amazing experience in variety, culture and beauty. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, my blog will help to provide some ideas of what you cannot miss. If you are just curious, take a look and then start packing your bags. You will not want to miss this beautiful country!

In this section you can find everything you need for you adventure in Vietnam.

Enjoy it and enjoy the journey,

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Travel Guides

The Best 2 Week Itinerary – Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | March 24, 2019

Why THE BEST ITINERARY? I only had 2 weeks vacation in Vietnam and 1 week in Cambodia. There were so many places I wanted to visit, so I had to …

Marble Mountain, Danang – a day trip from Hoi An

By Paula Martinelli | December 10, 2018

A day trip to the Marble Mountain Danang is a perfect destination for a day trip from Hoi An. Located 45 km (28 miles) from Hoi An, it takes approx.. …

Visiting My Son – Hindu Sanctuary

By Paula Martinelli | December 9, 2018

If you have more time in Hoi An, you have plenty of options for day trips such as the ancient Hindu Sanctuary of My Son. It is located 40 km …

The best of Hoi An, Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | November 8, 2018

If you are like me, you probably already fell in love with some of the many places that you’ve visited. Hoi An is just a perfect combination of a small …

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

By Paula Martinelli | November 1, 2018

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 …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

By Paula Martinelli | October 25, 2018

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 …

Sapa – 3 days trek and homestay

By Paula Martinelli | September 6, 2018

Sapa is located in the mountains in the North of Vietnam, and tourism in this part of the country has increased in the past few years due to the beautiful trek and also the opportunities to live like a local at a homestay with one of the hill tribes.
The itineraries will vary, depending on the length of time you choose, the guide and the weather conditions, but each experience is remarkable and unique.

Homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | August 27, 2018

When I had the opportunity to visit Sapa, I had no doubt I wanted to experience the homestay with a Black H’Mong tribe. It was one of the best experiences …

Everything you need to know about trek & homestay in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | August 26, 2018

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.

Ethical Travel

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

By Paula Martinelli | November 1, 2018

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 …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | September 12, 2018

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 …

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