Dalat, Vietnam: A Small City for Great-Outdoors Tourists

Ever heard of Dalat, Vietnam? No. We hadn't either--but it ended up being a welcome, refreshing stop on our Southeast Asia journey. This small French colonial city in the mountains isn't often on the list with cities like Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An--and it wasn't on our list of places we wanted to visit in the seven days we'd scheduled for Vietnam. But since three of my best friends since middle school (in Tucson, Arizona!) miraculously happened to be traveling in Vietnam the same time as my husband Olivier and I, it ended up the second Vietnam city and the final spot on our Asia trip. My friend Ashley penciled in a ... [Read More]

Halong Bay Is How You’ve Always Imagined Asia To Be

In a three-and-a-half hour drive from Hanoi, in the north of Vietnam, we visited one of the most magical places on our tour of Southeast Asia--and what's considered one of the seven "New Natural Wonders of the World": Halong Bay. An archipelago of more than 1,600 limestone islands. These steep cliffs rising out of the sea formed as tectonic plates crashed into each other hundreds of thousands of years ago and merged upwards. This was what I had always imagined of the natural beauty of Southeast Asia. The best way to see Halong Bay is by boat, and there are countless one- to two-night boat tours to/from Hanoi. We booked ours, with ... [Read More]