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Snorkeling in Nha Trang | Explore Vietnam

Snorkeling in Nha Trang | Explore Vietnam

I went to this seaside resort town just for snorkeling. I found an excursion that included a full day on a boat, a delicious meal and the opportunity to snorkel. I also wanted to get in some beach time before heading back to a city and since it was predicted to have beautiful sunny weather, despite it being rainy season, I thought why not.

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town | Explore Vietnam

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town | Explore Vietnam

It is easy to see why the Ancient Town in Hoi An is the main attraction. When you first walk in you are greeted with bright, welcoming yellow walls that house boutique shops, endless cafes and coffee inside. If you were in the market for some Vietnamese coffee this would be the place to shop, there are plenty of stores and cafes that sell various types of coffee including weasel poop coffee for the connoisseurs who are up for anything.

Relaxing at the Hoi An Field Villa and Spa Hotel | Explore Vietnam

Relaxing at the Hoi An Field Villa and Spa Hotel | Explore Vietnam

The hostel life was getting way over done by this point in my trip, half way through week two I decided to trade in a hostel for a hotel that had its own spa services so I could feel like a person again and not like a backpacker who had worn the same 3 outfits for what seemed like the twentieth time in a row. I checked into this beautiful place in Hoi An. It was right across from a…

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Being Touristy in Hue | Explore Vietnam

Being Touristy in Hue | Explore Vietnam

After some time in Hanoi I hopped on a plane to Hue, yes I took a plane because at that point I needed a break from night trains and long bus rides. The plane was maybe $30 with checked baggage and it would only take an hour rather than 4-6. I arrived and got a taxi to my hostel. It was in a good area but it was on the most touristy street I had ever seen. It was like…

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Back To City Life In Hanoi | Explore Vietnam

Back To City Life In Hanoi | Explore Vietnam

After sailing in Ha Long and trekking in Sapa, I was ready for a return to the city life I had grown accustomed to the past two years. I arrived in Hanoi at 5 am off a night train. I caught a taxi to my hostel which was surprisingly closed. I thought oh well, I can’t do anything so I will just sit on the step until someone comes.

The Bookworm Bookstore | Explore Vietnam

The Bookworm Bookstore | Explore Vietnam

I am one of those people who should get a kindle but hasn’t because I like the look, feel and honestly smell of an actual book. So, with that being said, I usually end up taking a few books with me when I travel. I think I started with four, one of which was small and was almost finished. I had planned to be finished two by the time I got to the end of my trip in Vietnam and…

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Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

Trekking in Beautiful Sapa | Explore Vietnam

I had heard that Sapa was a beautiful place in Northern Vietnam and I did not want to leave it out of my trip there. I booked a tour through Ethnic Travel, a company that hires local guides from one of the 54 ethnic tribes that live there. They are with you on the trip and take up up into the mountains, to your overnight homestay and tell you everything you want to know about life in Vietnam, Vietnamese history…

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Sailing Around Ha Long Bay | Explore Vietnam

Sailing Around Ha Long Bay | Explore Vietnam

With my time in Korea coming to an end I really wanted to take advantage of my proximity to other Asian countries and explore the ones I had yet to visit. This trip would be two months! The longest I had ever travelled before. I was trying to decide what to bring; cute but practical outfits that would keep me cool in the hot rainy season heat were my biggest priority and I brought way too much! Oh well I…

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