Street food is an inseparable part of cuisine in Hanoi. So when in Hanoi, do as Hanoians do. This traveling motto sounds very easy to follow, but for those who are newcomers in the ancient capital city, finding the best street food can be a tricky venture.
However, you’re a smart one, and you’re reading this post. So let me divulge the best places to go and what to devour when you discover them.
One of the most popular regions in the world to travel to is Southeast Asia. And there are plenty of reasons why. You get the experience of immersing yourself in an entirely different culture that feels a world away from what we are used to in the west. You can enjoy some magical natural scenery including the karst limestone cliffs of Halong Bay and the pristine white beaches of the Thai islands. You can enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink in the knowledge that it all costs a fraction of what it does back home. And since it is a place that attracts so many backpackers from around the world, you have the peace of mind that it is a very easy and safe place to travel around.
The guys over at The Adventurists are pretty bad ass. They literally run the most ridiculous adventure trips on this planet.
They’re also good people – when you complete these adventures you’re doing it all for charity. Apply halo accordingly.
The most popular and bonkers one of these adventures is called the Rickshaw Run. Your entry fee buys you a rickshaw decorated to your specification – people have gone for Thunderbirds, Pink Panther, and of course Anchorman themes.
Your challenge – to drive this 7hp bunch of crap from one side of India to the other.
You have two weeks to do this, at the start there’s a massive party and theres another one at the end of the route, in-between its up to you. Rickshaw on.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey
This experience is a little calmer than driving across India in a tin can, yet no less forgettable. You’ve probably seen images of the Cappadocia hot air ballon rides on your Facebook or Instagram feeds.
Picture dozens of colourful hot air balloons ascending at sunrise over a beautifully green terrain thats punctuated by amazingly shaped stone outcrops – thats Cappadocia.
Getting up at the crack of dawn has never been more worth it. When you get to your hot air balloon you will have some refreshments, then you’ll get in to the basket.
As you silently and majestically rise in unison with dozens of other ballots the landscape will open up in front of you, bathed in the warm golden light from the sunrise.
The trip can last around 1.5 hours and when you land you’ll have champagne and other refreshments to celebrate!
Adventure Trips to The Largest Caves – Vietnam
You may have seen me write about this before. This is because I have been fortunate enough to tick this one off the list.
Due to its ridiculously pure limestone that is easily eroded by water, Vietnam has THE largest caves in the world.
It doesn’t just have the largest in the world, it also has the 3rd largest in the world too. The crazy thing is they were only discovered in the 1990’s – how did they miss them?!
Fortunately, you can tour them for yourself as part of a guided expedition. Hang En, the third largest cave in the world is a two day trip where you spend the night in the cave itself.
Hang Son Doon, the largest cave in the world, is a week long expedition for the most adventure prone.
The caves are still not that well known but they are becoming more and more popular. Go see them now before they become another Niagara Falls!
Adventure Trips over a whole continent – Europe
Interrailing is definitely one of those adventure trips everyone should do once in their life. You buy one train ticket that covers the whole of Europe and then off you go galavanting around for up to a month.
The great thing is that you can take any route you want and everyone takes a slightly different route visiting different places.
Within Europe there are so many unique experiences for you. You can swim in Lake Bled, go to a spa party in Budapest, experience great cuisine in Italy, party till 5am in Barcelona, and chill on a peaceful island in the Greek sun.
As well as seeing great destinations I found it really interesting to see big differences in countries train systems: Double decker trains that are so efficient in the Netherlands, to soviet style trains that you can walk faster than in the East.
Biggest tip – Do it solo! 🙂
Live like a tribesperson – Australia.
Far away on the edge of Australias Northern Territory lies the Indigenous East Arnhem Land.
This sacred expanse of land is home tot he Yolngu people who live in the same traditional way that their ancestors did thousands of years ago.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a true tribes person then this is your ultimate opportunity.
You’ll spend a week with the tribe learning how to hunt, gather, make food, dance, as well as how to take part in traditional activities such as painting.
During this trip you will feel like you’ve travelled thousands of years into the past and will marvel at your remoteness.
After you leave you will feel like you have a new connection with the world and you will never be able to look at modern society in quite the same way.
These 5 adventure trips are each unique and unforgettable. Just completing one of these 5 adventures will leave you will a lifetime of memories and stories to tell.
The uniqueness of these trips means that no one else you know if likely to have completed them. I’ve personally been to on two of these 5 and no one I know has even heard of the caves in Vietnam!
Written by Michael
This ultimate Southeast Asia travel itinerary will allow you to delve deep into 4 uniquely amazing countries. all of it will take around 2-3 months but you can of course adapt it to any time frame!
Thailand has crazy cities mixed with beautiful tropical islands, and both are waiting to be explored!
Laos, a communist country, is very laid back and a lot less developed than its neighbours, however, it contains Luang Prabang – one of my favourite cities in the world.
Vietnam has the craziest cities ever but also beautiful seaside towns that are just like little oases.
Whilst Cambodia has the famous Angkor Wat temples, beautiful jungles and a dark history waiting to be explored.
Unfortunately, there are few undisturbed places to explore on this blue marble. However, Hang En Cave situated in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam is one such place.
There’s always something special about exploring what mother nature has created in this world.
What’s even better is knowing that what you’re exploring is so unique and rare that you’re one of only a handful of people to have ever seen it in person.
There’s a feeling that comes with that; exploring the untouched and dangerous territory, the satisfaction of knowing that you haven’t followed the beaten path, and telling a story when you get home that only a few can tell.
Vietnam is a country on wonders. The country has an enthralling history involving the west and Its scenery ranges from dense mountainous jungle to white sandy beaches. Vietnam is a great country to travel as it is thin and tall so you can pretty much travel it in a continuous route along the coast with not much backtracking.
I have a confession to make. Like many of you reading this, I’m a westerner. I’m used to living in the sometimes confusing world of consumerism, capitalism and all the traits and norms that come from living in this type of culture.