From the comfortable train out of Beijing to the enormous sand dunes of the Gobi Desert, this beginning leg of the Gobi Desert was a great start to the Trans-Siberian Railway. Here’s how it went for me.
In just under a month, I explored caves, motorbiked some of the most scenic roads I’ve ever been on, ate incredible food and traveled almost the entire span of the country. It was all done cheaply, too.
The famous Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is too expensive for most people ($3,000!), but there are cheaper tours to see other caves within in Phong Nha National Park.
The Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam looks like Disneyland on acid. There’s winding staircases, a giant fake tree housing several rooms and some mock molten lava on top of the gift shop. Full or narrow passageways and vertigo-inducing walkways, the Crazy House has all the kitsch of an ambitious tourist trap. Despite a steady stream of visitors and its over-the-top looks, this attraction was made for reasons other than making money from tourists.It’s actually the pet project of an ambitious local architect.