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VBH Guide to Vietnamese TET New Year & The Year of the Rooster…

2017 represents the Year of the Rooster according to the zodiac. To the Vietnamese, the Rooster is one of the most important animals that govern human life. It’s an essential protein for nourishment but is also often used as an … Continue reading

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Castaways Island: Living the Dream in Vietnam’s Halong Bay

By Kirstie Jeffries May 5, 2016 Castaways, Castaways, where to begin? I write this several days after returning, still trying to digest it all…and still trying to get the sand out of my hair. For backpackers in Vietnam, Vietnam Backpacker … Continue reading

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The Hunger Pains…

The whole Western world has gone food crazy. These days we seem to spend more time talking about it than we do eating it. And more than eating and talking about it, we love watching it even more. With Masterchef … Continue reading

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An Insider’s Guide for first timers to Hanoi!!

So you’re headed for Hanoi, it’s very exciting! Hanoi really is a unique city unlike any other anywhere on earth. People often make comparisons between cities, but there’s nothing to compare Hanoi with. It’s a bustling hive of organised chaos, … Continue reading

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7 Things You Should Know about the Original Castaways Island Tour

In the eight years since our original Castaways Island opened, it has become one of the Party Wonders of Southeast Asia. As you might imagine, it is neither easy nor cheap to set up a private island where backpackers can … Continue reading

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Halong Bay Castaways Scam

We at VBH really believe that healthy competition is a good thing and it only drives us to keep making your experience with us better and better. We like to be friends with everyone, including our competitors, so it is … Continue reading

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Streetwise Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi! You’re in the political capital of Vietnam with a population of 7 million people. Like any big city, a tiny portion of those people are dodgy. Vietnam has vast cultural and legal differences to the west, that’s … Continue reading

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Hanoi’s Top Squats

Growing up in Hong Kong there weren’t many public toilets. There were, however, a lot of McDonald’s. My brother and I were taught from an early age that if you had to go, find a Mac’ds – they were ubiquitous. … Continue reading

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What’s in a City?

Mark is one of our Managers currently running Dk’s House in Hoi An. Hailing from absolutely bloody everywhere, he’s been kicking about with us for 4 odd years – he’s a season traveler and pretty rad dude to boot. I’ve … Continue reading

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Gear Me Up Gang!

It’s my first time travelling and I haven’t got a clue what to take with me. I’ve bought my backpack, a nicely sized 65L hiking pack (the standard backpackers carrying device). Now I just need to know how I’m going to fill it up. What do I do? Continue reading

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"The Original"

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A magic sunset on an awesome Ha Long Bay and Castaways Island tour. The people maketh the good times!
Ha Long Bay and Castaways Island Tour
OUR NEW AWESOME MAI CHAU TOUR & HOMESTAY STARTS TODAY!!! Wishing our first guests a great trip!
Crazy fun in Ha Long Bay!!!!! — at Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Never a dull moment @ HBH!!!
The Buffalo Run
The Buffalo Run
This photo was taken in the World's Largest Dry Cave. The same area is home to the Worlds Largest Cave, Son Doong Cave.