The worst part of road tripping south out of the city is the dusty construction you must first pass on Highway 13. It’s a sort of toll for the beauty you’ll see soon.

We were supposed to set off early to Ba Be Lake to ensure we completed the 230km trip in a day, but because of mechanical gremlins, our departure gets put back. The contingency plan is to make a first stop at Thac Ba Lake, 150km away in the village of Vu Linh in Yen Bai.

The scenery here is breathtaking. It is Ha Giang, after all, the most beautiful province in Vietnam. Yet two days into our trip it still defies words.

Che Guevara liked biking through long countries. So do we.

Photo by Bao Zoan

Have you ever wondered where Vietnamese people go at night? Vu Ha Kim Vy tells you the secrets. Photos by Bao Zoan

Photo by Sian Kanavagh

Hanoi and Saigon wake up as the first neon lights are switched on at night. When the people come out and play, these metropolises illuminate with life.

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