No matter if you are a rookie to the backpacking community or a seasoned veteran, one of the staples of any backpacker’s journey to Southeast Asia is the cross-country travels through Vietnam.

From the mountainous north of Sapa and its well-known Ha Giang Loop to the popular cultural center of Hanoi and the luxurious-yet-naturally-remarkable Ha Long Bay, to the genuine countryside towns of Da Nang and Hoi An, all the way south to the commercial capital of Ho Chi Minh City; this country is a backpacker’s paradise — as you can see through the lens of photographer Julia Nimke. Let her work take you on a journey.