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How Can Budget Backpackers Afford a Trip to Ha Long Bay?

If you've seen pictures of Vietnam and considered making a trip, the gorgeous Ha Long Bay must have turned up in your research. It was definitely on our list, but it became a little bit of a challenge. Relentlessly searching for an overnight option to visit Halong Bay, we couldn't seem to find a 'safe' option that was less...

Hanoi: The Cultural Hustle and Bustle of Northern Vietnam

We didn't get off on the right foot when we rolled into Hanoi a little after 5am on an overnight bus from Hue. First, it was absolutely pouring rain when the bus let us out on a random corner on the edge of town. (I am certain this is all part of the plan for these companies to pass...

Experiencing Hang Tien, the “Fairy Cave,” with a DMZ Tour on the Side

The largest cave in the world, Hang Son Doong, sits near the Laos-Vietnam border in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. First discovered in 1991 by a local man walking by hearing the sound of rushing river through the jungle, it was not explored until 2009 by a group of British researchers. Then, it wasn't until 2013 that the first...

Hungry in Hue: Vietnam’s Former Royal Capital

I was sitting in a small family owned Vietnamese restaurant in Georgia the other day recalling one of our favorite destinations in Vietnam while I waited for what became one of our favorite dishes. I could smell the aroma from the kitchen and watched customers coming in and out of the restaurant. I wasn't sure how it was going...