Posts in Vietnam
a comprehensive guide to visas for U.S. citizens traveling Southeast Asia: how to get your visa for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, + Myanmar in 2019

Southeast Asia is popular for tourists thanks to its affordability, wild landscapes, and the appeal of its “exotic”-ness. It’s because of this, knowing that many people want to travel this part of the world, that I decided to but together a detailed guide on visas for U.S. Citizens traveling through the region. I’ve also included Myanmar, since I was intimidated by the rumours I had heard about strict visa policies. I thought including it might help others rest assured it isn’t impossible.

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15 unique things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam: a photo-filled guide of what to see + do in Hoi An

Every new destination comes with new questions. Where’s the best place to eat? Where should I stay? What’s the best way of getting around? What is there to do? I’ve created guides with some of my favourite pictures from my most recent trip to the yellow city specifically to help you create your own Hoi An bucket list.

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the big guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: how to get there, where to stay, what to eat, + what to do

Hanoi, Vietnam, is a city filled with culture, good coffee, art, history, and really affordable food! What’s not to love?! After visiting the city quite a few times, and loving it more with each return, I’ve finally put together a big guide to Vietnam’s capital. Whether you’re looking for the best things to see, cultural things to do, or places to eat, this guide has it all for you.

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an Instagram guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: 5 classic places for photos + a map to help you find them

Vietnam in general is a very photogenic country. Upon every return trip, I find my eye glued to the viewfinder of my camera, getting trigger happy with the shutter button. My most recent trip to Hanoi proved that my love affair with Vietnam’s aesthetics is never-ending. For those new to the capital, overwhelmed by the affordable local food, derelict cafés, and French colonial architecture, here are 5 quintessentially “Hanoi” Instagram spots you’re likely to fall in love with photographing!

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a café guide to Hanoi, Vietnam: where to find quirky cafés, prime work spaces, + the very best coffee

Vietnam runs on coffee. And not in a way that many modern cities do, where Instagram-worthy interiors drive business. In Vietnam, coffee is not a trend but rather a ceremonious part of the local lifestyle. I knew it the first time I stepped foot in the country that we were akin that way— a deep love not only for the taste of espresso, but an appreciation for the ritual of coffee.

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the ultimate Instagram guide to Hoi An, Vietnam: the best photo spots in Vietnam’s lantern lit town

Modern travel trends are heavily influenced by the images people see online; something I feel two ways about {but I'll save that for another post}. Hoi An is an incredibly photogenic town that often gets skipped over in favour of Hanoi or Saigon {Ho Chi Minh City}. Here are my favourite places for photos in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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Tam Thanh Mural Village: the painted fishing village near Hoi An you cannot miss

While doing my Hoi An research, I came across an article about a small fishing village about 40-minutes by hired car from the city filled with hand-painted murals down its many tiny alleyways and side streets. Sounds pretty perfect, right? So, I mentioned it in passing to my travel companion at the time who had no clue it existed. I then called to hire a driver, and we were off! I put together this post to give you all the insider details.

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a guide to Hanoi's Train Street: where to find it, when to go, + what to know

In the midst of the chaotic streets of Old Quarter is a truly one-of-a-kind railroad. High speed locomotives come barreling through the residential area known as “Train Street’ to Hanoi tourists and Trân Phù to the city’s locals. You’ve probably seen train street slathered across your Instagram feed. What makes it so photo-worthy is that it operates like most other streets in the Vietnamese capital, with the difference being a massive, fast-moving train’s tracks in sitting in place of a paved road.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Hanoi, Vietnam: veggie restaurants + what to order

Vegetarians and vegans won’t go hungry in Hanoi thanks to the city being filled with damn good, affordable food. Like the many other destinations I’ve had the privilege of visiting in Vietnam, the food in Hanoi is overwhelming good. While the food is delicious, the veggie restaurant scene isn’t as booming in Hanoi as it is in Hoi An. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favourite veggie food spots for those visiting Hanoi looking for the right place to grab a meal— to make it easy for ya!

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the best views of Ha Long Bay: how to get epic views by hiking Bai Tho Mountain

Like many Instagram hotspots, the final product photo from Bai Tho tells a story far from the reality of getting your ass up the mountain. It’s quite a straight forward hike, but it’s also closed to the public, making it a sneaky thing to do as well as a bit dangerous.

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a responsible luxury Ha Long Bay visit with La Regina Cruise and YESD Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is not only one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve been, and I’m obviously not the only one who feels that way, since approximately 7 million tourists visit per year. Adding to the destinations appeal, it’s been named one of the New 7 World Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I’ve wanted to visit Ha Long Bay with its limestone karsts and teal waters for since my first visit to Asia. Luckily for me, YESD Vietnam invited me on a Ha Long Bay cruise to make my dream come true and mark another item off my ever-growing bucket list.

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how to spend an evening in Da Nang, Vietnam

If you're visiting Hoi An and arriving via airplane, you'll be coming from Da Nang. The city itself has a lot to offer in terms of sights to be seen and food to be tasted. However, you could say…well…it's lacking the energy and spirit of its little neighbour Hoi An. That aside, Da Nang has lots to see and do including rooftop pools and delicious eateries. Here are some of the highlights from my mini-day out!

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a Cham Island excursion with Sea Trek Vietnam

My new friend, Rose, of Where Goes Rose, and I were invited by Sea Trek Vietnam {after she kindly mentioned that I had a blog, because friendship} to spend a day exploring the beautiful Cham Islands by walking on the ocean floor, indulging in a lunch buffet, and soaking up the sun. In this post, I'll explain what a day trip with Sea Trek Vietnam includes, how it works, and if it's worth your time and money. 

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a café guide to Hoi An, Vietnam

Is there anything more me than seeking out the absolute best coffee anywhere I wander? No. No, there is not. So, whilst in Hoi An working, I found myself fully in my element. I'm not alone in my love of a good flat white and a detail-driven atmosphere-- some of my most read posts have been my cafe and brunch guides. Here’s a guide to the cutest, coolest, best cafes in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Hoi An, Vietnam

Finding the best plant-based foods while travel can be a fun little challenge filled with dining at all the delicious eateries in an area...or it can be a total nightmare if you just can't find what you're looking for. I'm here to get you from point A to point B faster by giving you the inside scoop on where to go for meat-free yums. 

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