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 […]

Flooding In Bangkok

Thailand: I returned to find flooding in Bangkok. The city already partially flooded is a bustle as its inhabitants prepare for the worse – everywhere shop owners are building cement barricades around their storefronts. I stayed at New Road Guest House: A delightful find in this crazy tourist trap of a city. Dorm beds = […]