[English – Tiếng Việt] Portugal is only a few hours bus ride away from Spain I’d be stupid for not taking advantage of it while still living in the area. So I went with my good friend / fellow backpacker Andrew whom I met in South America. Portugal is relatively cheap compared to the rest

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[English – Tiếng Việt] I’ve been in Madrid for three months now and already moved way more than I would have ever expected. Here are some housing situations you’d rather avoid but I somehow went through them all. #1 The couch potato roommate. I shared a two-bedroom apartment in Usera found via Spotahome with the live-in

[English – Tiếng Việt] For Vietnamese, Tet is hand-down the most important holiday of the year. It’s equivalent to Christmas for those who celebrate it. Tet is time for family and… bloated stomach, oh I mean good food. That the kind of luxury I don’t get every year, however. There have been too many Tets

Student House Hunting in Madrid

Sunday, 22 January 2017 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] So you’re moving to Madrid as a student and stressed looking for a room to rent. Don’t worry because you’re not alone. Compared to some big cities in the United States and other Western Europe countries, the rent here doesn’t brutally drain your wallet. And the contracting is rather lenient. What might

Vietnam: First Time FAQ

Saturday, 24 December 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] I’ve lost count of messages like “Hey Anh, I’m going to Vietnam, what’s there to do?” so I figure I’ll answer your frequently asked questions here. How much time should I spend? At least one week. Three weeks are ideal, you’ll be able to cover the best of Vietnam.  When should

[English – Tiếng Việt] I visited Italy during the first week of December when people had warned me about the gloomy weather. I, however, found it extremely enjoyable to see the sparkling Christmas decoration and to feel the festive jubilance. Although the Italian I met were not the most friendly people, they are just too

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Europe, or Western Europe to be specific, is not a cheap destination for backpackers. While your euros go a long way in many parts of Asia or South America, they don’t have the same value in this expensive continent with higher living standard. However, you can still enjoy roaming Europe without damaging your bank account.

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3 Times I Fell in Love with Myanmar

Thursday, 03 November 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] These are not stories about getting lost in the exquisite temples of Yangon, boating around the charming Inle Lake, or watching the sunset over Bagan. As my friend Jasper and I rode a scooter around Myanmar for two weeks, not only did we see superb landscapes, we also had no idea that

[English – Tiếng Việt] Medellín is Colombia’s second largest city with a population of 2.5 million residents. It was once known as the most violent city in the world due to the massive drug cartels in the 1980s. Over the years, Medellín has revolted and became an attractive destination for many, myself included. It was where my

Scooter from Saigon to Siem Reap

Saturday, 15 October 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] Campuchia nằm ngay phía bên kia biên giới Việt Nam và không đòi hỏi thị thực nhập cảnh đối với người Việt Nam. Bạn có thể bay hay đi xe đò qua, hoặc thích mạo hiểm thì cưỡi xe máy như Alvin. Alvin là người đồng sáng lập và điều hành

How did South America happen?

Friday, 14 October 2016 by
[English – Tiếng Việt] South America is the story I tell repeatedly as it was not only the longest single trip I have done thus far (5 countries in 6 months) but also with loads of unforgettable moments and life-changing experiences. I learned a new language, explored the places I never knew they existed on earth,

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[Có tiếng Việt bên dưới] Galápagos islands are recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, but they weren’t on my list before I arrived to Ecuador because I thought it might be out of my budget. I booked the flight only one week in advance, didn’t have any accommodation reservation (as usual) and came here with little

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