Traditional instrumental Thai music is playing in the background, two small -but strong- men step into the ring at opposite corners, and the crowd is shouting. Everyone gets excited about the new Muay Thai fight that’s going to take place in a couple of minutes. Locals are yelling to each other and passing around their money towards the bookmakers to place their bets. The fighters perform a ritual dance to pay homage to their trainer and family and to bless themselves for getting victory in the ring. After getting hyped up by their coach, the fighters go and stand in the middle of the ring, greet their opponent, look each other in the eyes and get in fighting position. We are attending a professional Muay Thai fight in Bangkok for free!
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 But it seems that a lot of them are outdated.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.
Going to Cambodia but don’t know what to expect budget-wise? Let us help you out! Cambodia is getting more popular among the backpackers, and for a reason. You can easily get around Cambodia for less than $700 a month. Everyone already knows the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, but Cambodia has plenty of other things to offer. Besides visiting temples, you can go dolphin spotting, relax at the beach or take a bamboo train. It’s a beautiful country with heaps of friendly people, who are always ready to help you with a big smile. We loved Cambodia and can recommend it to everyone! Find out here how much you should budget for your Cambodian adventure!
Central Asia is often a destination that many people skip when traveling. We think that’s a big shame. We traveled through whole Central Asia by doing The Mongol Rally, and we fell completely in love with it. This part of the world has so much to offer, from the hospitality of the people to the vibrant markets and its beautiful nature. When you like to travel off the beaten path, Central Asia should be on the top of your list! There is still so much to discover. Maybe we can convince you with these awesome things in Central Asia that need to be on everyone’s bucket list.