Feature Friday Photo: Street Vendors in Hanoi

Street Vendors in Hanoi, Vietnam I love everything about Hanoi. Having lived like a local while volunteering in Hanoi, I fell in love with the culture, the food, the people, and the way of life. Mobile street vendors are a charming part of Vietnamese culture, and are abundant in Hanoi – you can get any […]

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Friday Feature Photo: Friday, August 22, 2014

Cruising in Ha Long Bay On a seemingly lavish yet budget-friendly yacht, we cruised by Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay. Following an active day of hiking, kayaking, and swimming, we enjoyed an authentic Vietnamese meal under the stars.

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How Saigon Brought Me to Tears

How Saigon Brought Me to Tears

As I’ve said many times before, Ho Chi Minh City just didn’t do it for me. It was too Westernized and tourist-centric, leaving me totally disconnected, which was a vast difference from my time spent in Northern Vietnam. I will however, credit Saigon for gifting me with one powerful and touching memory.

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The best ways to get around in Southeast Asia

The best ways to get around in Southeast Asia

  Forget about airplanes! Flying is often more expensive, time consuming and essentially the dull alternative to getting around Southeast Asia. Stick to land transport – it’s a money and time saver, as well as an adventure at the very least! Here are the Best Ways to get Around Southeast Asia without Flying:  

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Easily Avoidable Scams in Hanoi, Vietnam

Easily Avoidable Scams in Hanoi, Vietnam

It irks me when people let one bad experience form their opinion about a country. I find it rather puzzling when I hear people say things like, “I hate Vietnam because I had my wallet stolen there.” Although I’m sure having your wallet stolen would put a damper on your travels, I don’t think it […]

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How to Travel like a Local

How to Travel like a Local

Bona fide travellers long to experience a destination like the locals. Taking a few tours and visiting main attractions just isn’t enough, and often leaves a huge void due to the absence of a true cultural experience. So how can one attain this “true cultural experience”? By volunteering! Working together with the locals grants a […]

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Inching My Way Down to Central Vietnam…

Inching My Way Down to Central Vietnam…

I was so looking forward to taking a pleasant scenic train ride along the Vietnam countryside heading for Hoi An. I certainly didn’t expect a bullet train, but neither did I expect snail rail. When I purchased my train ticket from the agent, she provided detailed instructions on how to locate the correct platform and train. […]

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From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

From the Hanoi to Saigon…Are you sure I don’t need a passport to enter?

I was expecting subtle differences going from Hanoi to Saigon, but instead I felt like I had entered a different country. I was already anticipating a different experience than my time in Hanoi simply because I would no longer be a volunteer living with the locals, but rather a backpacker staying in the tourist district. […]

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Who can resist tailor made clothing?

Who can resist tailor made clothing?

My first stop after leaving Hanoi was Hoi An, a small city (more like a town) known for  tailoring. I had been dreaming about getting fabulous tailor-made clothing for about two weeks before I left Hanoi.

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Cultural Differences in Vietnam

Cultural Differences in Vietnam

During my pre-departure preparation for Vietnam, I ensured that I was well-versed in the country’s culture and customs.

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