I visited Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital, for three nights. I met a few travelers who said Hue was skippable, but I loved it. The tours I joined were a major factor in making my experience memorable. I started with a street food tour on my first night in Hue. I booked it with I Love Hue, a … Continue reading Hue

Phong Nha

Phong Nha is a national park that contains an extensive cave system. There are hotels and hostels in the park, but many travelers stay in Dong Hoi, which is about a 75-minute drive away. I booked a tour with Phongnha Discovery Tours through my hotel in Dong Hoi to see two caves: Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave, the … Continue reading Phong Nha


I spent roughly four days in Hanoi over the course of a week. This was interspersed with tours in Halong Bay and Sapa. I mostly did self-guided walking in Hanoi, but I did go on a street food tour with a sassy and hilarious guide named Amy. While leading us to various eateries, Amy told us about aspects … Continue reading Hanoi


Sapa is a rural region in northern Vietnam that is home to several ethnic minorities, including the Black Hmong people (named for the color of their clothes). The area contains many hills, which are covered with rice terraces. I did a three-night, two-day tour of Sapa, which included two overnight trains. The first train was from … Continue reading Sapa