44-days Backpacking Challenge: Total Cost of Travel

This post is way overdue but, here you go guys. More than 7 months ago I embarked on a backpacking journey for 44 days covering 4 countries. The original itinerary was to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. But as fate would have it, it didn’t go as expected and ended up just visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. No regrets, I still had a blast!

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Video Diary: Da Nang x Hoi An

DA NANG X HOI AN from Martin Allen Claudio on Vimeo.

Hoi An: Eternally Charming Town in Central Vietnam


Somewhere in Central Vietnam lies a lovely little town called Hoi An. If you’re following my Instagram, you will see how much I love this town. If only I did not have booked a flight to Ho Chi Minh, I could’ve stayed longer!

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Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, but the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent. (Source)

Hoi An is a well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port. Its buildings and streets reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

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Da Nang in less than 24 Hours

After wrapping up my trip in Hanoi, it’s time to explore Central Vietnam!  There are a lot of interesting places in this part of Vietnam, I only get to explore Da Nang and Hoi An unfortunately. First stop was Da Nang, which is somewhat like a pit stop before Hoi An. Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam in terms of population. It is a coastal city and known for its sandy beaches. Unlike Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang is pretty laid-back and friendly place. If you have a day to spare, you must check out this city and its sights!

Places to visit in Central Vietnam (Source)

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