Missing the Chaos of Vietnam (Or, Why We’re Finally Appreciating our Visit Months Later)

When we were staying at the delightful homestay in Ninh Binh, we met an awesome family from Quebec. We met them over one of the best meals of our entire trip: a homemade hot pot, made with the freshest ingredients by the mother of the house, one of the best cooks we’ve ever met. And […]

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Our First (and Only) Train Ride in SE Asia

We had heard of the infamous sleeper buses in Vietnam and were trying hard to avoid them at all costs. I knew that those buses would not be built for someone my size (6’9″). We needed to get from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha. Our amazing host at our homestay in Ninh Binh agreed with my […]

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Video of Our Cave Exploration in Phong Nha, Vietnam

Phong Nha was one of our favorite places in Vietnam. The nature, the vibes, the activities, and our first motorbike excursion all made for an incredible experience. Here’s a pretty shaky video we Pete made from the GoPro footage of our most memorable day in Phong Nha, when we rented a bike and drove it […]

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Crickets & Life Lessons in Da Lat, Vietnam

“Close your eyes, give me your hand, darlin’…” That’s the tune our Vietnamese motorcycle driver sang to me right before I ate a cricket. If you read our post about our Easy Rider tour of Da Lat (or follow me on social media), you’ll know I ate a cricket. “But why was this such a significant […]

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Vietnam Expenses: 3 Weeks

It was really difficult to keep track of our expenses in Vietnam because most places only operate in cash. Here’s what we spent over our 3 weeks (24 days) in Vietnam, with a little bit of guesswork on the details. As usual, the prices include both of us (2 people). Accommodation Hilton, Hanoi (3 nights): […]

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3 Weeks in Vietnam: Itinerary Suggestion

We spent 3 weeks in Vietnam, going from the north (Hanoi) to the south (Ho Chi Minh City). While we don’t suggest planning out your Vietnam itinerary in depth, here’s a sample itinerary to give you a feel for each place and an idea of how to allot your time in Vietnam. Note that we prefer […]

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Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

When trying to go from Vietnam to Cambodia – specifically, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to Phnom Penh – we struggled to find the best way to do it. Should we go by bus? Fly? What’s the visa situation? We want to help you out when navigating this process. In this post, we’ll explain how […]

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Easy Rider Tour of Da Lat, Vietnam

While we were in Da Lat, Vietnam, we decided the best way to maximize our only full-day there was to take an Easy Rider tour. Our homestay (Lam Vien Homestay) called up some reliable drivers for Pete and I and we paid $25/person for the whole day (not including lunch). It was a great way to […]

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Our Time in Da Lat, Vietnam

General Da Lat was different from the other places we went in Vietnam for many reasons. First, we heard from some Vietnamese folks that Da Lat is the city of 4 seasons. They claimed you can experience each season in one day. While it definitely was a lot cooler than every other city we visited […]

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Lan Ha Bay Video

Hey guys! While lounging around without wifi in Koh Rong Samloem (Cambodia), we decided to make some videos of the GoPro footage we have. Here’s a video of our kayaking trip in Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba, Vietnam. Lan Ha Bay from TravelBeet on Vimeo As you may have read, we took this tour (on […]

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Hoi An to Nha Trang: Sleeper Bus & That Time We Almost Got Robbed

The Sleeper Bus Experience I’m glad I didn’t do any online research before deciding to book our second sleeper bus, this time a 12 hour ride from Hoi An to Nha Trang. Our first bus was a slightly shorter, 10-hour ride from Phong Nha to Hoi An. Turns out sleeper buses have a pretty horrible reputation […]

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What We Ate in Hoi An, Vietnam

We really enjoyed Hoi An, despite a few things that turned us off.  One of our favorite parts of Hoi An was the food scene! Here is where & what we ate in Hoi An, including what we liked & disliked. Nu Eatery – Vietnamese (sort of) I wasn’t incredibly impressed by this restaurant, despite its great […]

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Hoi An, Vietnam: Our Love/Hate Relationship

I was really excited to check out Hoi An after hearing so many great things from friends and other travelers. It’s definitely on the beaten path; pretty much every travel blogger has written about this city. My high expectations definitely influenced my perception of this city. The more I stayed, the less I liked it. Despite […]

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8 Reasons to Visit Phong Nha, Vietnam

Why We Fell In Love with Phong Nha So technically, this post is about 2 things: the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, and Quảng Bình, the province we stayed in. We never heard anyone refer to either of those things; rather, everyone called the entire area Phong Nha (pronounced “phone-nya” as far as I can tell). […]

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Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Getting There & Our Homestay Experience

We decided to check out Ninh Binh for 2 reasons: 1. Pete’s cousin Dan recommended staying here. 2. It was a more direct route down the coast of Vietnam and we didn’t want to go back to Hanoi. We are so glad we explored this gorgeous area! Getting There Getting from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh was […]

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Cat Ba Jungle Trek

On our third and final day on Cat Ba island, Pete and I decided to do a three-hour jungle trek with Asia Outdoors. We weren’t sure if this was a great decision, given the relentless heat. However, we had such a good experience kayaking with their company the previous day, and part of the reason […]

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Hanoi to Cat Ba, Vietnam: The Bus Station that Didn’t Exist

We’re a little over 2 months into our travels and we’re still in awe by how smoothly everything’s gone for us. Travel’s not always smooth sailing. Instead of only sharing the beautiful parts of our travels, we’d also like to share the small hiccups we encounter to provide a full perspective. Our first semi-disastrous travel […]

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Our First Week in Vietnam: Flights, Hanoi, Cat Ba, Lan Ha Bay

Hi Friends! We’ve had a crazy, amazing first week in Vietnam and would like to share what we’ve been up to. I’ll write more detailed posts about some of these activities, but here are some highlights to get started 😉 Day 1: Flight from Chicago to Tokyo Took our first first-class flight ever! On a JAL 777…and we were […]

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