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    Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue

    Train at hue station

    We thought we would put this post together as we hadn’t seen many people write about their experiences about getting an overnight train to Hue from Hanoi. After an eventful week in Hanoi exploring the beautiful busy city and surrounding areas of Ha Long and Ninh Binh we were ready for our next adventure in Vietnam – Hue!

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    Ninh Binh’s Hidden Gem, Van Long

    Location: Vietnam

    We initially heard about Van Long from a TV show; ‘Life Without Limits: Vietnam‘, that was on the BBC before we set off on our travels. When we started planning our rough route through Vietnam we were too intrigued not to have it on our list as Van Long is a relatively undiscovered gem in the Ninh Binh Province that is also known as ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ to most. Read more…

    You just have to visit Ha Long Bay

    Ariel view of Halong bay Vietnam

    Location: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

    While we were in Hanoi we knew that we wanted to take a trip to Ha Long Bay. This natural beauty has become more an more popular for tourists in the last ten years and we can see why. We have never seen anything like these amazing limestone formations that rise out of the turquoise water.

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    What and Where to eat in Hanoi

    Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

    When we first arrived in Hanoi it was a little daunting venturing out in to busy streets and knowing what is good food. With the help of foursquare and recommendations from other travellers we found some amazing meals. Being our first stop in Vietnam we learnt a lot about Vietnamese food and some of the meals that have become our staples while traveling. Here is what you should be eating while in Vietnam and where you should eat in Hanoi.

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    What you must see in Hanoi

    Temp on Hanoi kier lake in Hanoi

    Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Hanoi was the first stop on our big adventure, and what a way to start! This city feels like it never stops and has something new around every corner. Be prepared to be swept away by the amazingly colourful streets and not to mention the speed of life (and the traffic!) If you manage to cross the roads you may want to check out some of these places… Here is what we think you must see in Hanoi!

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    The Hanoi Round-up!

    busy street in Hanoi old quarter

    Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

    We have just come to the end of our time in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi! What a way to start our trip, plunged right in the deep-end and had a pretty big culture shock, but we have fallen in love with this city. Mental traffic and all. We spent about about a week in Hanoi (with a few day trips) and got to see nearly everything that we wanted to do.

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    What vaccinations do you need for South East Asia?

    Blonde girl walks through giant plants in greenhouse Copenhagen botanical gardens

    If there is one hidden cost that most people forget about before they travel, it is the price of vaccinations. If you live in the UK these will NOT be on the NHS and you will have to pay as they are not a required for you to have them. Or in simpler terms; You have chosen to go on this trip where you will need these specific vaccinations and it is not an illness that the NHS need to treat. Apart from Tetnus, none of the other vaccinations in this list are required and therefore they are optional vaccinations. AND BOY DOES IT START TO ADD UP. Due to the spacing of some of these vaccinations you should start to think about which vaccinations you want at least two months before you go…

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