During our last three days in Vietnam we explored the city of Hanoi in further detail and made a list with vegan restaurants we visited.
After our three-day stay in the cold and rainy mountains of Sa Pa, we decided to get some more sunny "beach feelings". Ha Long was promised to be the perfect choice. But things turned out to be quite different.
After our short stay at the “Joy House” near Sa Pa, we decided to move to the town and enjoy the surrounding area. We rent a motorbike (the best we had by then, by the way) and decided to visit the two waterfalls near Sa Pa.
On the road from Hanoi to Sa Pa we enjoyed the stunning landscape. Small, green hills became tall mountains and more and more rice terraces appeared the closer we got to Sa Pa. The region is not only known for its rice paddies, but also for hiking trips through the mountainous scenery and the various villages where ethnic minorities live in.
The biggest challenge on Cat Ba was to organise a boat trip. Of course you'll find a travel agency on every corner of town, but we weren't opting for the classic day or half-day tours everyone was hoping to sell us. Taking a small, private boat instead was the best decision we could have made.
With a first glimpse of Vietnam we left Tam Coc and headed to Cat Ba. One of the reasons to go to Cat Ba was the National Park, which is basically the whole island except for the small town in the south.
After a touristy day in Tam Coc we were glad to escape to the Cuc Phuong National Park, where we came across only a few people.
After a long, restful night in Hanoi, we took the bus to Tam Coc. On our way we’ve got a first impression of Vietnam’s beautiful landscape. The first mountains emerged and everything was so incredibly lush green.
Hanoi was noisy and busy. After we had reached our hotel in the afternoon, we started to explore the area around us.
After we travelled to Cambodia last year, our next destination in Asia was North Vietnam. We consciously decided to go to Southeast Asia again, for obviously reasons: fantastic food, pleasant people and stunning landscapes are only some of the decisive things.