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Phu Quoc Speedboat – A Fun Phu Quoc Fingernail Islands Boat Tour

This past weekend, my lady and I finally had a chance to skip away from work for a few days and pop down to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. If you’re not familiar, Phu Quoc is an island that’s actually off the coast of Cambodia (i.e. not Vietnam). But due to the quirks of national geography, Phu […]

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6 Stunning Rooftop Bars in Hanoi, Vietnam – My Personal Favorites

top of hanoi bar

When you’re in it, the chaos of Hanoi’s streets can feel overwhelming. But when you’re above it looking down, it’s definitely a beautiful thing. So if you want to get above the crowds and enjoy a drink with some comparative peace and quiet, give these Hanoi rooftop bars a look. Hanoi’s rooftop scene isn’t quite […]

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How This Expat Copes With Air Pollution in Hanoi

I love so many things about Hanoi. The beautiful lakes, amazing cafes, and yes, the cheap cost of living. But the main thing that holds me back from living here long term is the pollution. I hate the feeling that living here means slowly killing myself. And I hate that I have to check to […]

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Cost of Living in Vietnam: How Much Does it Cost to Live in Hanoi, Vietnam?

Cost of Living in Hanoi, Vietnam

Wondering about the cost of living in Vietnam? I’m guessing you’ve heard a bit about how cheap it is to live here. But just how cheap is cheap? I mean, if you live in San Francisco, everywhere is cheap in comparison. I think I can help provide some context… See, as someone who’s grown up […]

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Which Taxi in Hanoi? Avoid Taxi Scams by Choosing These Companies

Which Taxi Hanoi is Safe

A major concern for most travelers in Vietnam is avoiding falling prey to taxi scams. Guide books constantly warn about it and, while it’s not as bad as it once was, it is still something that happens fairly regularly…if you’re not careful. But if you stick with the major taxi companies in Hanoi, you should […]

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That Time I Ate Coconut Worm Larvae in Hanoi, Vietnam (and Where You Can Too)

Eating coconut worm larvae in Hanoi, Vietnam

I was a picky eater when I lived in America. I was. Then I moved to Vietnam, where the culture took a sock full of pennies to every picky bone in my body. In America, I felt woozy when I saw blood on my de-boned chicken breast. In Vietnam, I eat raw blood pudding and […]

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Vietnam Bus Tickets: Where to Buy (Hint – Not the Travel Agencies!)

Vietnam bus tickets don’t have to be scary. But they are when you first arrive. I remember when I first landed here, I got totally bilked when I bought a bus ticket from Hanoi to Sapa. They showed me and my friend this amazing brochure. We saw the bus and instantly went, “hell yeah!”. They […]

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How to Get from Hanoi to Sapa by Bus or Train

As a resident of Hanoi, I’ve made the trip from Hanoi to Sapa multiple times at this point, so I feel I have at least some expertise. There are two main ways to get from Hanoi to Sapa: Bus Train In the past, most everyone recommended the train because the bus ride was long and […]

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