Author Archives: thelongerthebetter

Vietnam | Sapa

By D Sapa is a small mountain town located in northern Vietnam. The main attraction in Sapa is trekking due to the beautiful surrounding mountains and rice terraces and the interesting culture of the hill tribes. Sam and I hemmed and hawed for quite a while about whether we should go to Sapa, Vietnam. It […]

Vietnam | Hanoi

By S We spent four days in Hanoi. By the time we arrived in Hanoi, we were ready to be done with Vietnam. We will discuss our reasons a bit more in the wrap-up blog post, but in summary, Vietnam can be draining. For a quick example, see “Tourist Prices” in the More section below. […]

Vietnam | Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

By D Do you remember when we blogged about Mulu? That awesome place in Borneo with amazing caves? Phong Nha is Vietnam’s version of Mulu. And whether you love it or hate it, it definitely has some flare unique to Vietnam. Phong Nha is a small town which is pretty much centered around a system […]

Vietnam | Central Vietnam | Danang, Hoi An, and Hue

By S Danang. Hoi An. Hue. These are the three major tourist destinations in Central Vietnam. We are combining them into one blog post because synergy. And laziness. A quick summary: Danang: Third largest city in Vietnam. A relaxed beach city (at least where we stayed). Many Asian tourists (both domestic (read: Vietnamese) and foreign […]

Vietnam | Dalat

By S Each place we visit, I find myself trying to summarize it in a few words. Mulu: caves. Cameron Highlands: tea, strawberries, hiking. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, tuk tuk. Ho Chi Minh City: vibrant, coffee, motorbikes. I think this is a pretty normal human action. This is why stereotypes exist, right? We like to […]

Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City

By D I was a bit apprehensive about going to Vietnam. I had heard some great things about the country, but I also heard some mediocre things. “They will try to scam you at every turn.” “Some of the older generation dislike people from the USA.” And after having been there? Well, yeah, maybe some […]

A whirlwind week in Cambodia

By S Our experience and thoughts on Cambodia should be marked with a giant asterisk *opinions formed under extreme heat duress*. We spent six days in Cambodia in the beginning of April.  According to Lonely Planet’s website, “April and May spells hot season [in Cambodia], when the mercury hits 40°C and visitors melt.” Spot on, […]

Nepal | Pokhara

By S Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal, after Kathmandu, but other than that, it is nothing like Kathmandu. While Kathmandu was chaotic, dirty, congested, and a sensory overload waiting to happen, Pokhara is a peaceful (located on a lake), spacious (sidewalks!), and relaxed city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The […]

Trekking in the Everest Region | Three Pass Trek – Part 2

By D In case you missed it.. Thamel Three Pass Trek – Part 1 As promised in the last post, we will now describe the nitty gritty details of our Nepal trek: the Three Pass Trek (TPT). We completed the TPT in a counter-clockwise loop. We decided to go counter-clockwise because we had read it […]

Trekking in the Everest Region | Three Pass Trek – Part I

By D In case you missed it.. Thamel Three Pass Trek – Part 2 Before we left on our trip, people would ask me what I was looking forward to most. My answer was always Nepal. Specifically, trekking in Nepal. I have had an odd obsession with the mountains in Nepal for awhile now. I […]