Relaxation at Mai Chau Ecolodge

Staying at Mai Chau Ecolodge in Rural Vietnam

Have you ever wanted to spend a few nights and days in rural Vietnam? This superb Ecolodge gives you a different perspective on Vietnam. Forget the crazy traffic mayhem and motorbikes that never seem to stop moving! Here at the Mai Chau Ecolodge, you are at one with nature in a tranquil reserve. After checking Read more about Staying at Mai Chau Ecolodge in Rural Vietnam[…]

Backpacking in Vietnam: Top 5 Memories from Northern Vietnam

It’s time to reminisce about my time backpacking in Vietnam. At the time I wrote a few articles about my tours there but I wanted to put them into a quick top 5. I have only been to Vietnam once so far and I toured the north part only. It’s one of the countries that Read more about Backpacking in Vietnam: Top 5 Memories from Northern Vietnam[…]

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How to Get A Vietnam Visa in Hong Kong

In 2012 I finally had my first trip to Vietnam. Rather than get an online visa on arrival (which is something you can now do), I prefer to get visas myself from the Embassies. Being nomadic all the time means you end up getting your visa in the most convenient places. Living in Hong Kong Read more about How to Get A Vietnam Visa in Hong Kong[…]

jonny blair hiking in sapa vietnam

Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam: Day 2 – Ta Van to Giangtachai Village

Following on from the first day of the hike near Sapa in northern Vietnam, it’s time to conclude it with a part 2. We left it last time having just gone to bed in my homestay in the lower mountain village of Ta Van. In the middle of some incredible valleys and mountains, yes hiking Read more about Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam: Day 2 – Ta Van to Giangtachai Village[…]

Hanoi Hilton visit - Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi in Vietnam

Visiting Hoa Lo Prison AKA The Hanoi Hilton in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Hanoi Hilton isn’t a hotel. Well it might be, but the one I’m talking about here is a prison. It’s officially called Hoa Lo Prison but has earned the nickname “The Hanoi Hilton” over the years. It’s no longer used as a prison and is now a fully functional museum which acts as some Read more about Visiting Hoa Lo Prison AKA The Hanoi Hilton in Hanoi, Vietnam[…]

Mountains of northern Vietnam near Sapa hiking

Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam: Day 1 – Sapa to Ta Van

Hiking in Sapa in Vietnam is outstanding. It’s totally worth a trip, and something which would be a real shame to miss. The best thing about it is – it’s an EASY hike, no difficult terrain, amazing views and very cheap. All in all, this is one of the best hikes you could do as Read more about Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam: Day 1 – Sapa to Ta Van[…]

The travelling Northern Irishman Jonny Blair loving the views over Sapa in Vietnam

Backpacking in Vietnam: Top 5 Things to See and Do in Sapa

Sapa in northern Vietnam is a town of outstanding views, dreamy spirit and travel sensations. Most tourists visit it for the hiking and I did too, but today on Don’t Stop Living it’s time to view Sapa as merely a magical mountainside town. You can really relax here away from the over worked business world. Read more about Backpacking in Vietnam: Top 5 Things to See and Do in Sapa[…]

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam

Despite its title, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is not the current resting place of the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Instead, the capital city of the country, which is Hanoi, houses a Mausoleum fit for the man himself. I took a trip to the excellent Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ‘complex’ to check it Read more about The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam[…]