3 days in Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam is located in the highlands of northern Vietnam, nestled in the shadow of Mount Fansipan. The hills are lush and green, with mist curling through the valleys. The town itself is a bustling little centre filled with local Hmong, guides and hikers, all embarking on their trekking and homestay adventures. 3 days in…

Top tips for travelling to Vietnam from Australia

Planning on travelling to Vietnam? Only about 9 hours away by direct flight from Australia, Vietnam is a fascinating country to visit. If you’ve never visited before and are currently planning a trip to Vietnam, these travel tips will help you sort out the logistics. Travelling to Vietnam: Book your flights Currently both Qantas and…

Best of Hanoi’s street food

Visiting Hanoi, Vietnam for 3 days last year, my favourite attraction wasn’t the charm or madness of the Old Quarter, or the brutalist architecture of Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum – the best part of visiting was Hanoi’s street food – available from all corners, at all hours. Skewered on a stick, heaped into a bowl or…

3 days in Hanoi

3 days in Hanoi is just enough to take in the highlights of this buzzing, fascinating city. Over a thousand years old, Hanoi’s history had it’s beginnings as a fishing village. It has served as the capital city of modern day Vietnam since 1902 and is Vietnam’s second largest city, filled with colour, culture and…

Review: Paloma Cruise Halong Bay

REVIEW: PALOMA CRUISE A cruise on Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Hanoi. The area is an UNESCO listed heritage site and is deservedly popular with visitors. Dramatic limestone karsts rise and fall in calm turqouise waters. In the early morning, mist obscures the distant islands and the imagination sees fantastical shapes…

Vietnam Travel Tips: Know Before You Go

I’m heading to Vietnam in a couple of days to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa, and I’m pretty excited! It’s my first time to Vietnam, and like any new country, there are a few idiosyncrasies that I’ve found about it in my pre-trip research. It will be interesting to see if my expectations…