Vietnam in an Uneducated Nutshell

After just three weeks of traveling through one of the most touristy routes in the far East, we don’t feel as well versed in Vietnamese culture as we did in Korean. Nonetheless, we are going to try to sum up our cultural insights of Vietnam and its people… So bear in mind that this piece is purely…

53. Constant Vertigo & More Burns

After spending one night in Nha Trang we were on the road again, this time headed to Da Lat. We arrived late in the afternoon and didn’t leave the hostel that first night, but joined the family/staff dinner instead and getting acquainted with the other lodgers here at Tiny Tigers – which, to our surprise,…

50. Are We Finally Backpackers?

The past two days have consisted of avoiding the sun while still attempting to explore our surroundings. As a result we are sticky with sunscreen and sweat, sandy, and just plain dirty despite a nice long shower… or two. I think we have become the epitome of stinky backpackers. With sweat dripping down our backs,…

48. Bikes, Bites and Burns

As I write this, feeling sticky and gross from today’s turmoil, I fear this might become a permanent state of being by looking at the foreboding weather forecast. These past couple of days in charming Hoi An have been burning hot and muggy, and we have been as mindless as to acquire a sun-burn or…

45. Cooking in Paradise

  A wise person once not so long ago said to us “you must take a cooking class in every place you travel to”, and seeing that we failed to heed this advise while in Seoul we would not let the chance pass us by one more time! So yesterday we spent the afternoon cooking the…

46. Louise got Hit by a Moped?! (#notclickbait)

We Left Hue at about 10 am, and continued our trip down south to Hoi An; this time on the back of a motorbike. Until this day, we had religiously avoided using mopeds or bikes as a mode of transportation after seeing the insane way in which the traffic flows in Vietnam. However, with well-versed drivers and…

44. 25°c and Goosebumps

Time to move on again. With only three weeks to travel from north to south, we are in constant transit and loving it. This, undoubtedly, will result in a messed up sleep schedule, but with everything we get to experience along the way I will gladly take this con. Our day started at 3am this…

43. Kingdom of the Caves (Too Legit to Quit)

Following the Castaway tour and the rock-climbing I thought that I had tried the best Vietnam had to offer (at least for a while), but boy, oh boy, was I wrong. Today we went on the National Park Tour in Phong Nha just a couple of hours after arriving with the night bus at 4am,…

42. Is That a Bus?

Our last day in Hanoi was spent relaxing and collecting our thoughts, not that we need much rest after our ironically peaceful experience with the Castaways. After a very cheap and Vietnamese dinner of noodles, we we’re ready for the 10 hour night bus that lay ahead. But nothing could prepare us for this: Yes,…

41. Serenity Bruises

Today we returned from our two night stay at Ha Long Bay with bruised knees, sore backs and burned red ankles; all the signs that you had a great time. Ha Long Bay is one of the seven wonders of the world and of course completely indescribable – but Im gonna give it a try…

38. Walking Gives You Blisters

Another long day of walking in the busy streets of Hanoi. Tomorrow morning – early, early morning – we leave for the famous (or maybe infamous?) Castaway tour, which will take us to an island in Ha Long bay. At first we were considering going to Ha Long by our selves, but after talking to…

37. Too Tired

God, where to start? We have seen sooo so much today, and yet done nothing at all tbh. The walking tour around the tourist area surrounding the hostel was a great and much needed introduction to Vietnam. Not only did our guide show us the way around the many narrow, busy and intertwined streets, but…