Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam

Really any tour of Ha Long Bay on offer will expose its majesty; ours was booked through ‘Central Backpackers Hostel’ and was everything we wanted it to be. The view speaks for itself and the novelty of staying on your own ‘private island’ adds an extra sense of extravagance - even if you are still sleeping in bunk beds! Tours usually include boat trips to and from your accommodation, food and usually some kayaking and free swimming off your boats. If you’re looking for the booze cruise option, the ‘Castaways Island’ tour is your best choice, otherwise grab yourself a ticket from a tourist stall or hostel, set sail and soak up all the beauty of Ha Long Bay.

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Vietnam Backpackers Hostel, Hanoi

Tied for my favourite hostel of the trip. Vietnam Backpackers is a large hostel with an even larger party vibe with events and drink specials nearly every night, free beer offers and fully equipped with a restaurant, upstairs pool table and various outdoor areas, Vietnam Backpackers Hostel has it all. Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, it has tons of local restaurants and markets right around the corner and the staff were always keen to help you find your way around. There is plenty of adventure to be organised through the hostel too, as they offer some of the most popular tours and day trips- including their infamous ‘Castaways Island Ha Long Bay Tour’.

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Bun Cha, Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Cha is an absolute must try in Vietnam, especially Hanoi which is the birthplace of this addictive dish. A mix of delicious grilled BBQ pork, sweet and sour dipping sauce, rice vermicelli and mixed fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. Recommended to me on a hostel city guide brochure, I had my choice for dinner made for me for the next 3 straight nights. Hanoi is known for its Bun Cha, so catch it at any small restaurant throughout Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

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