The East is steeped in fascinating culture, with many Asian countries having deep spiritual roots. According to Touropia, Asia is the birthplace of most of the world’s mainstream religions and beliefs, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Taoism. It comes as no surprise that the continent has the highest concentration of temples, which have attracted pilgrims and travelers alike for hundreds of years.
It has been exactly one year since we left on our long-term travel journey. In this period, we already had the time of our lives and we had several crazy experiences along the way. From sleeping on a military base to looking inside an active volcano, find out our best travel experiences of the last year!
Asia is a big, fascinating continent with a lot of interesting cultures, traditions, and people. Most of you heard some crazy things like the fact that you can buy a can of fresh air in China or that people in Thailand eat fried insects. Well, here are ten interesting and fun facts about Asia that you probably haven’t heard before!
BOOM… There we were, lying on the ground, kissing the tarmac of a Lao road. A few seconds before, we were still happily driving around on our motorbike along a winding road somewhere in the countryside of Luang Prabang, without knowing what was going to happen after the next sharp hairpin corner.
The beautiful hill town Sapa is the best place in Vietnam to see the rice terraces, the hill tribe villages and to hike the highest mountain of Indochina. There are a lot of tours that offer trekkings and packaged tours in Hanoi & Sapa. Even though they can make the interaction with the locals easier, we think you can do everything perfectly by yourself! By not having a tour or guide, you are free to go wherever you want, and it will save you a lot of money! Keep reading if you want to discover all the great things that Sapa and its surroundings have to offer with this Sapa 3-day itinerary!
When going to Vietnam, the North has to be on your itinerary. In fact, it was one of the best things we’ve done in Vietnam. If we think about North Vietnam, the small town of Sapa immediately comes to mind. This pretty place just can’t be skipped, because it’s the best place in Vietnam to see the rice terraces, the ethnic minority villages and to hike the highest mountain of Indochina. A lot of travelers book packaged tours in Hanoi to get there, but this breaks the budget very quickly. We’ve made this comprehensive Sapa travel guide to make your journey towards Sapa easier and more importantly, much cheaper.
When we were in Sapa, with an almost expired visa, we had to go into Laos so we wouldn’t overstay our visa. We hesitated a lot what the best option could be, but knowing that we’re on a budget, we opted to take the bus journey to Muang Khua in Laos. There are a lot of horror stories about the bus ride on the internet that scared us. But it seems that a lot of them are outdated. Here you’ll find our thoughts and up-to-date facts about this 24-hour journey.