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Join me on my exploration of Vietnam. My articles, travel guides and photography 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,

Safe Travels!

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Travel Guides

Marble Mountains - How to visit it

Marble Mountains in Danang, Vietnam – 2019

By Paula Martinelli | September 24, 2019

A day trip from Hoi An to the Marble Mountain, a full day of exploration   During my visit in Hoi An, I decided to take a full day trip …

My Son Hindu Sanctuary in Vietnam – Visit 2019

By Paula Martinelli | September 20, 2019

My Son – Hindu Sanctuary is a great opportunity for a day trip from Hoi An If you have more time in Hoi An or Danang, you have plenty of …

Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam – 2019 Guide

By Paula Martinelli | September 17, 2019

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 …

SAPA, Vietnam: 2019 Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | September 12, 2019

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 …

Ho An - Top things to do

Hoi An, Vietnam – 2019 Guide of Top things to do and explore

By Paula Martinelli | September 9, 2019

Historic, fun, beautiful, interesting and so much to offer…Find out why I could live in Hoi An Hoi An is a must-visit destination in Vietnam, and with so much to …

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 …

Halong Bay: 3 days cruise on a Junk Boat

By Paula Martinelli | October 25, 2018

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 …

Sapa – The best 3 days trek and homestay itinerary in 2019

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.

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