Helly Hansen Vanir+ 35L Backpack Review

For our trip to Vietnam and in particular our trip to go trekking in the Sapa mountains and valleys, I had got a new mid-size hiking pack the Helly Hansen Vanir+ 35L Backpack. This excellent 35L pack is perfect for weekends or shorter periods on the trail or as carry on luggage for flights. We had taken bigger 60 litre backpacks for our trip to Vietnam, but for our time in Sapa we decided to downsize and both share this…

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Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat and Tilley T3 Wanderer Hat Review

One of the best parts of the build up to a new adventure is planning what you’re going to do, packing your kit and sorting out any new gear or clothing you may need. Every time I go through this process, I can feel the excitement growing and I become desperate to set off on our travels. For our recent trip to Vietnam, we already had most of the kit we would need. One thing we didn’t have, however, was…

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Visiting Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam

After a few days in Hanoi and awesome time trekking in the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam, we returned to Hanoi before departing, once again, to head east to the coast! We were off to one of Vietnams greatest UNESCO world heritage sites… Halong Bay and the nearby (lesser known and less visited) Bai Tu Long Bay are known for their emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone karsts (islands) topped by rainforest. After a four hour drive, we arrived…

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Trekking In Sapa, Vietnam

There are two ways to get to Sapa from Hanoi: an overnight bus or an overnight train. Although the bus is cheaper and slightly quicker, it is less private. The train offered cabins for up to 4 people, with beds, bedding and snacks included. We arrived at the station and headed for our carriage on the Chapa Express – one of many companies that own carriages on the train to and from…

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Win SunGod Sunglasses With This Competition

Very few competitions give you the exact odds of winning, but with the Wild Tide SunGod competition you have a guaranteed 1 in 500 chance of winning a pair of SunGod sunglasses of your choosing. All you need to do is head here to the Wild Tide SunGod competition page and sign up. As you have hopefully read about in my first SunGod review and then in my second follow up, here at Wild Tide we love SunGod Sunglasses. They’re…

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