After Mai Chau, we headed north towards the Chinese border. The end of our trip was spent in Sapa, which is in the Hoang Lien Son mountains. This is the area of Vietnam where there are terraced rice fields. We had seen pictures of these before, but we were super excited to see them in […]Read more "VIETNAM DAYS SEVEN & EIGHT – SAPA"
We started our day with a trip to a market in Mai Chau that’s only open on Sundays. As we pulled up to the market entrance, the first thing I saw was two people putting chickens in a funnel head first and chopping off their heads. It was…a lot. One thing that this trip brought […]Read more "Vietnam Day Six – Mai Chau"
We left Ninh Binh in the morning and began our journey to Mai Chau. We stopped before descending into the town and had a great view of where we were going! Once we got into town, we had lunch at a homestay. Mrs. Xuan made the best food and we were lucky enough to eat […]Read more "Vietnam Day Five – Mai Chau"
Our fourth day began with a relaxing boat ride down the Tam Coc River in Ninh Binh. This area of Vietnam is referred to as Ha Long Bay on land – we were going in the middle of a tourist season, so our guides picked this area so we could see the landscape without millions […]Read more "Vietnam Day Four – Ninh Binh"
We left Hanoi to head to Ninh Binh on our third day. After a couple hours on the road, we ate lunch and had some downtime before our afternoon adventure. We were all well rested when we got to the Bai Dinh Temple, which was good, because there was a LOT of walking to be […]Read more "Vietnam Day Three – Bai Dinh Temple"
Our second day in Vietnam was like a crash course in Vietnamese history. Our first stop was the Museum of Ethnology, where we learned that there are actually 52 different ethnic groups in Vietnam. The Viet people make up the largest group in the country. One of the most interesting facts that I learned was […]Read more "Vietnam Day Two – Hanoi Bus Tour"
It was so nice to meet up with our Creative Photo Academy group in the Seoul airport for the flight to Hanoi. We got into Hanoi at night and went straight to our hotel. After some good sleep, it was time to explore! Our first day in Vietnam was a rainy one, but honestly, I […]Read more "Vietnam Day One – Hanoi Walking Tour"
My fever broke around lunchtime on our third day in Seoul, so that was a relief! We revisited our list of things we wanted to see in Seoul to see what was a must-see and what we weren’t super attached to. We ended up narrowing it down to the Namsangol Hanok Village and N Seoul […]Read more "Seoul Day Three – A Village and A Tower"
Our second day in Seoul was where things started coming off the rails a bit. Either due to dehydration, jet lag, or a combination of both, I woke up with a sore throat. Not great. This was also the day that we had the most planned after taking it a little easier on our first […]Read more "Seoul Day Two – A Palace, A Typhoon, A War Memorial, and A Cold"
Our first day in Seoul was Mike’s birthday! Mike got to pick what we did and he picked so many fun things! We started the day by walking down the Cheonggyecheon Stream which was right next to our hotel. It was so peaceful to walk down the banks of the stream. It was also kind […]Read more "Seoul Day One – A Stream, A Cat Cafe, and Shopping"