Sapa Vietnam
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Sapa, Vietnam – Mountain Adventures

A few miles south of China, we turned left. The road twisted and turned up the steep hills. Small houses dotted the roadside. Horns announced a passing vehicle, no matter the visibility or whether an oncoming vehicle approached. Our bus was the passing vehicle more often than not.

Streams turned into waterfalls and passed bel...

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Ninh Binh
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Ninh Binh, Vietnam – Caves and Cliffs Outside Hanoi

Cold rain fell. Sheer rock walls rose up to our left and green hills spread as far as we could see to the right. A dead end was approaching, and our paddler told us to move to the bottom of the boat as we headed straight towards one of the cliffs. We soon slipped right into the hill, its bottom wall passing inches over our heads...

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Hanoi, Vietnam – An Exotic City

Our flight from Chiang Rai was delayed, making our connection in Bangkok tight. We rushed through the airport only to stop short at the international transfer desk – nobody was there. So, we waited…and waited. I checked my watch, this was annoying. Finally, someone came. One couple was ahead of us looking just as annoyed. The ai...

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Chiang Rai, Thailand – Down by the River

Anyone who is interested in long term travel in Southeast Asia has likely heard of the Chiangs: Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, two cities in Northern Thailand. The cities hold a niche fame for easy, inexpensive living with a great expat community and oodles of culture. To everyone else, they remain as anonymous as the many other non...

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