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Backpacking through Malaysian Borneo: First Stop, Sipadan Island!

After taking a diving refresher course in Thailand when my sister Lilli was traveling with us, I was determined to find the best diving in Southeast Asia. It only took a minute to Google "the best scuba diving in the world" and find Sipadan Island at the top. And it certainly didn't hurt that some of the dive lodges...

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...