When it comes to Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is easily my favorite pick. Once a lesser-known destination, it has become more and more popular among tourists in recent years. With its beautiful nature and cultural diversity, Vietnam attracted 10 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 26.0% from 2015. From the peaceful rice valleys of Sapa in Northern Vietnam stretching to the bustling city of the Ho Chi Minh in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions and amazing cuisine that will attract both budget and luxury-seeking travelers. Here’s your complete travel guide for your 1 week's trip in Northern Vietnam
Perhaps Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, wouldn't rank high on our list if it hadn’t been for CouchSurfing. The city is chaotic, noisy, and overwhelming. But staying with Phuoc and his family for four nights made our stay in HCMC memorable. We got along well and spent a lot of time together touring the city, eating local delights, playing card games, cooking together, practicing English, and even doing exercise videos! We wish we lived in the same city as Phuoc because we loved spending time with him.
After three and a half years of being in Asia, I am back on U.S. soil! Here is a recap of the past six months of full-time travel in India and Southeast Asia. What's next?
Hoi An doesn't rank high on my list of places traveled, but the Hoi An free bicycle tour led by unviersity students was certainly a highlight of my time in Vietnam.
Traveling can affect your exercise routine. Here are some easy cheap ways to stay fit while traveling.
Some tips on budget accommodation ($5-8 USD for a private room). To book ahead or not?
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