Capital: Hanoi
Population: 97 million
Languages: Vietnamese, English
Independence: 2 September, 1945
GDP per Capita: $6,900
Border Countries: China, Laos, Cambodia
Area: 331,210 sq. km
Religion: Buddhism, Catholicism
Government: Communist State
Highlights: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
Cost: Very cheap!
*Facts taken from CIA World Factbook


Vietnam BlogRoll

My Next Adventure – Hi Friends! It’s been a while since I’ve gone on a trip out of country. My last trip outside of Canada/US was in 2016 when me and Emily travelled to Costa Rica and Panama for 2.5 weeks. I’ve been spending a lot of my spare time hiking over the past few years, so last year I decided to stay local for a year and did some traveling around BC and Newfoundland instead… read more

Hanoi – This trip marks my first visit to Asia, my first time crossing the dateline, and the farthest time zone I’ve been from home (both Vancouver and St. John’s). I was dreading the flight there, but it was actually a lot better than expected. We flew out of YVR at 2am and we were just so tired by then that we both passed out as soon as we got on the plane and slept for a solid 7-8 hours. We had a short stopover in Taipei and then… read more

Sapa – We not big city lovers overall, so we only planned for 2 days in Hanoi and then did a day trip out to Tam Coc before taking a night train up to Sapa for 2 days. Tam Coc is about a 2 hour drive from Hanoi, but has dramically different landscapes. Hanoi and the surrounding area is mostly flat, but Tam Coc and Ninh Binh are popular for their mountains. The landscape is still pretty flat, but then these mountains… read more

Phong Nha -Its been a while since my last update, but things have definitely not been uneventful! I wrote my last post just before boarding the night train from Sapa back to Hanoi and I was feeling on top of the world. But all the eating finally caught up with me and it was a long, rough overnight on the train. I love trying new foods when I travel and Seth and I were definitely a little more adventurous than normal… read more

Hue and Hoi An – We’ve officially left northern Vietnam and had about 5 days to explore central Vietnam. We started in Hue, which is known as the imperial city and is cool in that a large part of the city is located within large stone walls surrounded by water. We upped our hotel game a little bit in central Vietnam and stayed in hotels with pools, which was an awesome relief from the heat. Our first day in Hue was pretty chill and we had… read more