Hoi An

When travelers talk about Hoi An, most say that they loved their visits. When I asked people why they loved Hoi An, they used generic descriptions ("lovely," "relaxed") and usually didn't discuss specific sights. After hearing so many people rave about Hoi An, I started rolling my eyes whenever people talked about the city. I was … Continue reading Hoi An


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