Ninh Binh, Tam Coc and Trang An

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Trang An

The main city on the map is Ninh Binh, but there really isn’t anything in the town except for cement factories. Neighbouring towns Tam Coc and Trang An are what everyone wants to see. Also known as the inland Ha Long Bay, Tam Coc and Trang An are beautiful places with towering limestone mountains every which way you look. Maybe

Sa Pa

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Sa Pa

Sa Pa is an interesting pocket of Vietnam. Located high up in the mountains, it has a very different climate and feel to the rest of Vietnam. Most people that live here are part of minority villages and still live in a traditional way. While it was neat to see how these minority groups were embraced in Vietnam, I struggled with

Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island

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Cat Ba Island

The crown jewels of Vietnam, and for the right reasons, Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island are incredible places to visit. The ferry ride into the region gives you a glimpse of just how amazing and imposing these towering limestone islands are.   I stayed on Cat Ba Island in hopes for less tourists, but arriving on a Monday

Hanoi

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Hanoi

As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is a bustling and fast-moving city. There’s a lot of tourist attractions like museums, temples and shows to see and even more variety of food available. There’s food tours in the city you can join – come on now! Like me, I think most tourists just stay in the Old Quarter. There’s enough here

Muang Ngoi and Muang Khua

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Muang Ngoi

Same as Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi and Muang Khua are both small, secluded towns off the Nam Ou River. Muang Ngoi Extremely isolated and fairly difficult to reach, Muang Ngoi is a sleepy little town. Similar to Nong Khiaw, it boasts an attractive list of activities, such as hiking, kayaking and tubing tours, but at a higher price and possibly

Nong Khiaw

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Nong Khiaw

Only about 4 hours by bus from Luang Prabang is Nong Khiaw, one of my favourite places in Laos. Nong Khiaw is a sleepy little town on the Nam Ou river. There’s not much to do there, as it’s mostly a launching pad for other activities like trekking, kayaking and tubing. But even if you don’t like to do any of

Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a charming city encircled by mountains. As the former capital of Laos, there’s plenty of history, colonial architecture and cultural heritage sites. Possibly because the whole town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, there’s a bit of a bubble atmosphere here, separating it from the rest of Laos. Aside from the people, it just

Vang Vieng

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Vang Vieng

Infamous Vang Vieng is where all the tubing and partying happens. It’s actually pretty crazy to meet people who’s only stop in Laos is Vang Vieng. Tubing Tubing down the river and hopping off at bars is the main attraction here. At it’s prime there use to be 22 bars off the river! But over the past couple of years

Vientiane

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Vientiane

Vientiane is the charming, but dare I say, fairly dull capital city of Laos. It’s clean and there is a prominent French influence in town, meaning lots of French bakeries and cafes, but that’s about it. There is a night market that pops up every night on the boardwalk, selling cheap clothing and souvenirs. There’s also a very lively food

Thakhek

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Thakhek

Most travellers skip the southern part of Laos and travel straight from the 4000 Islands to Vientiane, which is a crazy long journey – over 20 hours and at least 3 bus transfers! I made a stop in Thakhek, which is still at least a 9 hour journey from Don Det. There’s not much to do in Thakhek itself, there’s