The sights & delicacies of Hoi An (Vietnam)

Although Hoi An was one of the most touristy places I visited, it made it to my Top 3 favourite places in Vietnam. Why?! What I loved about Hoi An Colourful and inviting shops, restaurants and houses. They looked pretty even after dusk, when all their hanging lanterns were lit up Excellent food! All the…

Visiting Sapa, Vietnam’s northern mountain region

Sapa lies about 1500 meters high, 380 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. According to Wikipedia, 5 ethnic minorities live around Sapa: 52% of which are Hmong and 25% Dao. I arrived in Sapa in the early hours of dawn, after a night in an overnight train from Hanoi. There were…

Vietnam: one of my favourite destinations

A few years ago I spent 3 weeks visiting Vietnam, from Hanoi in the North, down to the Mekong Delta in the South, passing by the popular Ha Long Bay and its thousands of little limestone islands, then over the mountainous region of Sapa, the colourful city of Hoi An, and the capital Ho Chi…