Van Long: The Hidden-But-Not-For-Long Gem of Ninh Bình

Van Long is one of those places where you feel like time has stopped. Imagine misty wetlands surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs with lush vegetation. There is just you and a local lady who doesn’t speak a single word of English. The only noises you hear are the splashing water as the bamboo boat goes into the wilderness and the sound of the langurs somewhere far … Continue reading Van Long: The Hidden-But-Not-For-Long Gem of Ninh Bình

Going on a 12 hour trek in Sapa when you hate trekking

Sapa is a small rural town located in northern Vietnam, famous for its many, many rice fields, breath-taking mountainous range and relaxed atmosphere. After a long bus journey from Hanoi, I was greeted by a vivid sunrise as I stepped off the bus into Sapa. Unsure what to do or where to go though I was happy to finally stretch my legs. There were several … Continue reading Going on a 12 hour trek in Sapa when you hate trekking