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Hanoi, forgotten and the sleeper train to Sapa Valley

My flight was only 20 minutes late, but the $8 Vietnam Airlines airport shuttle took over an hour. Here, reputable businesses are often replicated by scam businesses scouring ways to scoop clients by holding plagiarized signs. It was hard to trust I was boarding the correct shuttle van at the airport. Anyways, once in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, I’d board my trekking tour for Sapa! Night train to Sapa…oh, yeah! I was very excited.

September 2, 2010 8
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18 Things to Know about Sapa Before you Go | Vietnam

My train reached Lao Cai at 6A. A bunch of people from different trekking groups, boarded my mini-van bus and we spent an hour getting to Sapa. The road was winding and the driving was a bit rough. At one point, one of the passengers was sick and need to get off the bus to take a rest. ..

August 1, 2014 60
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Trekking Tips & Sapa Homestay on the mud trail (Tavan Village: Day 3)

Falling asleep last night, to the sound of nature’s bugs and crickets felt relaxing. Nature noisy, but completely devoid of urban sounds. My rest was good, the bed was comfy and I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. Next morning we all gathered for breakfast– it came as a generous mound of pancakes, bananas and fruit! By 10:30AM, a new wave of Hmong were perched, sewing, waiting at their stakeout of the …

September 8, 2010 7
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Unforgettable Sapa: Trekking & Hmong Hill Tribes (Sapa trekking tour: Day 2)

There must be a mistake, I thought. I went to the front desk of Emotion Hotel (aka Trekker’s Central) and asked why I would have another overnight stay in Sapa. While I really enjoyed Sapa, I was eager to experience the trekker’s high and unadulterated mountain-village life…

September 6, 2010 10
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World’s Worst Toilets: #2 Roadside Relief in Sapa (Vietnam)

On my trekking tour, I wanted to take a pee break before we entered the gulf of the valley and into bush squatting territory. My guide Kuh, led us to this local roadside rest stop where we could relieve ourselves and maybe pick up a snack for the long haul. There was a low cost admission price to use this

September 6, 2010 2
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Trekking a touristy Cat Cat Village | Sapa Vietnam Trekking: Day 1

Photos & videos of My trek to Cat Cat Village & Sapa Market. I bet I’ll make your jaw drop…

September 4, 2010 5
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Is Solo Travel Safe for Women? …6 Tips to make it so

There’s been headlines in the news about women encountering danger abroad. In Delhi last December, a nation was awakened when a local physiognamy intern accidentally boarded a private bus with a friend and was raped by six men. Even more recently, the body of 33-year old Sarai Sierra was found in Turkey after she had gone missing for two weeks.

It’s made the public and media becry – Is it safe for women to travel alone?

February 8, 2013 23
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How Being an Expat Helped Cure some of my Solo Travel Fears

Tick-tock… Vietnam. I leave this Friday! I’ll be launching solo again. I’m excited because I don’t know what to expect or how things will play out. While the unknown can feel a bit intimidating for a solo traveler, it’s also exciting.

August 4, 2010 12
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