Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Mai Chau

Mai Chau After my horrendous, tourist-packed Halong bay experience, I decide against visiting the equally touristy Sapa and instead go to Mai Chau – claimed to be similar to Sapa with far less tourist. I travel down to Mai Chau with Di, a Vietnamese girl I met in my hostel. The Road to Mai Chau […]

Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi Gregg, an American pilot working in Vietnam, and I take a motor biking day trip to visit Ba Vi National Park. It is about an hour-long drive southwest of Hanoi. We climb to the top and although it is hazy, the view is stunning! There is a very tall pagoda at the top, […]

Highlights of Northern Vietnam: Halong Bay

2) Halong Bay – Beautiful but not so much a highlight One of the top places I wanted to see in Southeast Asia is Halong Bay. I really wanted to visit it on my own – no tour – and just rent a kayak and explore the island alone. I realize, from hearing others stories, that […]

Hanoi Highlights – Exploring Northern Vietnam

Hanoi Highlights – Exploring Northern Vietnam Hanoi – a charming city with multiple lakes and peaceful neighborhoods. I had experienced a bit of Vietnam’s famed “coldness” when I started traveling in the south of the country and had heard from everyone that the north was ten times worse. Hanoi, the center of the more “sophisticated” […]

Laos Highlights

There are many Laos Highlights-Laos is landlocked by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It is officially called Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Tourism is growing but not as extensive as it is in other SE Asia countries, and it is easier to find simple and pleasant traveling adventures off the beaten tourist path. Click on […]

Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing -Adventures of Border Crossing

Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing -Adventures of Border Crossing The next morning I set out to find transport to the Vietnam border for my Laos to Vietnam Border Crossing. Yet, again, communication is not happening and I end up sitting down in complete frustration more than once. After getting sent around the entire town I […]

Tham Kong Lo Cave – Ban Nahin: Highlights of Laos

Tham Kong Lo Cave – Ban Nahin: Highlights of Laos Did you read Part 3 of Laos Travels:  Vang Vieng Travel Highlights of Laos?  I take another cheap but painful songthaew  (a Laos taxi-truck). to Vientiane. Where I then head to Ban Na Hin to visit Kong Lo cave. I arrive to Ba Na Hin at […]

Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos

Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos Part 3 Did you read Part 2 of Laos Travels: Nong Khiaw – Highlights of Laos?  I arrive in Luang Prabang (LP) far too late to catch the night bus and I miss Heather. I check into the Spicy Laos Backpackers: party central but it has cheap dorm beds […]

Nong Khiaw: Highlights of Laos

Nong Khiaw: Highlights of Laos Did you read Part 2 of Laos Travels: Nong Khiaw – Highlights of Laos?  The drive to Nong Khaiw is stunning! Giant craggy crass cliffs soar like monsters looming over the tiny villages nestled at their base. A cone shaped mountain soars out of the ground it climbs higher and […]

Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos

Luang Prabang Travel Highlights of Laos I left from Thailand and headed to the boarder and crossed by boat into Laos at Chiang Khong. Practically every tourist going this route takes the slow boat to Luang Prabang. I choose to go against the flow of the slow boat – hearing that it was 2 days […]