Hoan Kiem Lake: A Social Experiment

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The usual attitude at Hoan Kiem Lake, the “centre” of Hanoi, involves the following: Avoid eye contact Speak to noone Pretend you don’t understand English Change direction if someone is coming towards you If you’ve been, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. I know we’re all doing this. Vietnam has a bad name when it comes to tourist scams. …

4 Sapa Activities for the Adventurous Backpacker

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I arrived in Sapa at some ridiculous hour after attempting (and generally failing) to sleep in the cheapest seat I could get on the night train from Hanoi (terrible idea). Given I couldn’t get a room until 11am, some 4 – 5 hours away, I decided to come up with some ideas on how I’d spend my next few days. …

Sa Pa Homestay Trek (on a budget)

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When I first arrived in Sapa, I headed straight to the tour desk at my hostel to get an idea of what I could do over the coming days. A homestay trek was high on my list – it sounded perfect to me! But then I was told the cost – it’d be just shy of 2 million VND for …