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At Home in Ta Phin

Good morning again, Sapa! After getting terrorised by bugs the previous night, I woke up in a very blissful holiday mood, and was gloating over the fact that we still had 2 full days amongst these beautiful mountains. The day before, we zipped past massive trucks and lumbering…

Biking around Sapa

It’s about 6am and we’ve arrived in Lao Cai! It’s the transit town where tourists hop off the train and into a bus heading towards Sapa. The overnight train that took us from Hanoi city centre to Lao Cai was excellent. A return ticket was USD58, and we…

Hello Ha Long Bay

The trouble with the internet is, I knew exactly how Ha Long Bay would look like. I was already mesmerised by all the images I saw of it on the web, and have been yearning to go — although it was really Top Gear’s Vietnam motorbike special that…

Deciphering Hanoi

There’s something you should come to accept as a tourist before you venture out of the airport in Hanoi: you’re going to get ripped off and there’s nothing you can do about it. All the street hawkers will engage in a short discussion amongst themselves before charging you…

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