Malaysian visa: a minefield for an Indian backpacker

Whatever could have gone wrong with our idea to go to Malaysia, did go wrong. We could have never anticipated that Malaysia, so open to tourists in general, does not … Continue reading Malaysian visa: a minefield for an Indian backpacker

Dong Van: old, adobe houses, rice harvest and exploring the mountain dirt roads on foot

Dong Van is a small town on the Ha Giang loop, near the border with China. What makes it different from other towns of the region is a historical centre … Continue reading Dong Van: old, adobe houses, rice harvest and exploring the mountain dirt roads on foot

On the Ha Giang loop: the great Meo Vac market and dramatic Ma Pi Leng Pass

Meo Vac is a small town in the northern Ha Giang region famous for an enormous market taking place every Sunday. Representatives of numerous ethnic minorities inhabiting the surrounding mountain … Continue reading On the Ha Giang loop: the great Meo Vac market and dramatic Ma Pi Leng Pass

Cross country hiking in Ha Giang: rice terraces, rice wine and leeches

Most of the people treat Ha Giang city just as a base, a starting point of the northern loop around Ha Giang region and do not spend time longer than … Continue reading Cross country hiking in Ha Giang: rice terraces, rice wine and leeches

Ninh Binh (day 2): road trip through the karst landscape of Trang An/ Van Long area

Exploring the entire limestone landscape of the region requires making a large motorcycle loop incorporating Trang An (with their boat trips among the ancient temples), Hoa Lu ancient city and … Continue reading Ninh Binh (day 2): road trip through the karst landscape of Trang An/ Van Long area

Ninh Binh (day one): cycling and scrambling among limestones of Tam Coc

Ninh Binh is the nearest city to Tam Coc and Trang An – the UNESCO protected area renown for incredibly beautiful karst landscapes and the vestiges of the old Vietnamese … Continue reading Ninh Binh (day one): cycling and scrambling among limestones of Tam Coc