Nugens hot tips for your next north Vietnam roadtrip


Thinking of escaping Hanoi anytime soon? Maybe taking a little road trip to Ba Vi national park or the like?

Here are my top 5 tips:

  1. Bring-yo-passport. Especially if you want to avoid begging the last love hotel in town to look past your lack of credible ID and to provide you with a room for the evening as every other hotel and whorehouse has refused you service. Oh. And also if you want to avoid spending an hour the morning after, locked in a room at the local police station negotiating your way past threats of jail for your white and brown mates.
  2. Bring ample amounts of sunscreen. The sun be blazing out there even if Hanoi is shrouded in cloud.
  3. Go. And go often. Get out of the city as often as possible. It’s amazing out there.
  4. Hide the majority of your cash before you enter the police station for negotiations.
  5. If you are going to present a photocopy of your Vietnamese visa to the authorities halfway through heated negotiations – make sure it’s not the one which expired a month ago.


Yes. I wore crocs the entire weekend. Sexy. I know.

3 thoughts on “Nugens hot tips for your next north Vietnam roadtrip

  1. Hi Mien! I remember reading that post of yours. That was a truly epic journey.

    We only had 48hrs for ours, so we only did 350km or so. Could’ve been further, but we ran out of sunlight, and then there was the incident with the police.

    Just did a quick ride to My Tho though from Saigon last weekend, I’ll be blogging about it again soon. You should definitely do that if you haven’t already.

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