Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea bordering Laos, Cambodia and China. It’s predominately a Buddhist country and everywhere you’ll see temples, shrines and pagodas of immaculate design. It’s a well populated country and nothing compares to the hectic hustle and bustle of the major cities Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Vietnam has vast natural beauty across the entire country, from endless mountains in the north to lush jungles and the Mekong Delta in the south. The people are friendly to outsiders and strong, traditional values are a big part of the culture.

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How to minimise culture shock

When I went to Vietnam, before I started teaching, I spent the first three months travelling around. I was changing hotels and cities every 4-5...
Dan of the World finishing his trip

What goes through your head when you’re riding a motorbike?

I love riding a bike, especially in Vietnam where the road rules are so lax that you can sort of do anything you want,...
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What’s it like travelling with electronics?

Whether you spend most of your time on the road or only travel once a year, the chances are you're going to take some...
Bridge in Castaways beach

What’s it like coming home after living overseas?

About three weeks ago I touched down in Australia after living in Vietnam for one and a half years. Over there I'd been travelling...
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Phong Nha Caves to the middle of the mountains

Today I’d planned to go to the Imperial city of Hue, it’s only 200km further down from Phong Nha and the past two days...
Hanoi Dragon

The Northern Time Loop

I've accidentally given myself a holiday in Hanoi which has been going for longer than two weeks. It hasn't been a normal holiday, partly...

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha is a small town in northern Vietnam hidden in the rolling rocky hills and rivers, and it has one purpose: to accommodate...

Humbled by the mountains in Thanh Hoa

Today I was humbled by the mountains and I got my first taste of driving with too much luggage on a muddy mountain road...

A year teaching in Vietnam

Today I had my last class, and it's possibly the last time I'll ever teach in Vietnam, although my gut feeling says that I'll...

Driving from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

If you want to get out of the chaos that is Hanoi and visit beautiful scenery you don't need to travel that far. Ninh...


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