From Hanoi to Sapa – How We Got Lost In Vietnam – Part 1

Honeymoon Backpackers - Hanoi to Sapa Vietnam

Monique and Dylan are the Honeymoon Backpackers. They got married a year ago, barefoot, on White Beach Boracay in the Philippines. Instead of going on a typical post-wedding vacation, they decided to do things differently and embarked upon an endless backpacking honeymoon. They’ve been traveling ever since. In this four part blog series Monique and Dylan attempt to get from Hanoi to Sapa in Vietnam. However, as you’ll see, things didn’t go quite according to plan…

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Part 1 of 4

Day 1 – Starting Out From Hanoi to Sapa

We’ve never really been ones for planning… we like to go with the flow & just hope for the best. That’s what we did when we were in Vietnam on our journey from Hanoi to Sapa, on ‘Betty’ our motorbike. The only thing we planned was grabbing a good ol’ Aussie pie before starting our ride up north.

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On the back of ‘Betty’ our motorbike.


Except, Google & Apple maps are liars; “you’ve reached your destination”. No we haven’t, this isn’t Jafa’s Pie Shop? So we wasted an hour looking for a freaking pie shop & ended up leaving hungry & disappointed!


Our Route

We knew the route we wanted to take to Sapa, as it’s part of the Northern Loop & has incredible scenery along the way. The only thing was, we would have had to back track (which we hate doing) to head south of Hanoi, when we were in the north. So we decided to wing it & try get to the road later on down the track. This was one of our many poor judgements along this trip…

After a while, we realised the bike was lagging. Yeah, turns out our petrol gauge doesn’t work & we in fact had an empty tank not a full one! Yeah… Wicked, a great start to our journey to Sapa.

The freeway began & we couldn’t take our bike on that road, so we had to change route. Turns out my phone battery also sucks! The portable charger I swear I had had the day before, was nowhere to be found, but “No worries”, we thought “We’ve got this under control””…Kinda…” Nope, now