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Asia » Vietnam » Northwest May 22nd 2013

The impetus for my sudden decision to take off on a brief trip around Vietnam and Laos was a ‘promotional’ air fare from Air Asia, which allowed me to get there and back for an amazing AUD400. And by flying out on a Saturday and returning on a Wednesday, I was able to get in a 10 day visit while only needing cover for 1 week of my Thursday/Friday teaching. While each flight certainly fell into the ‘no frills’ category, and the need to transit each way via KL was a bit of a pain, in general all flights were relatively painless. While I had been to Hanoi a couple of times previously, and had done the Halong Bay bit, I had never been to Sapa and had always had a desire to do so, so ... read more
Super Hmong Guide Chu
Mechanism hasn't reached Sapa yet!
A red-hatted Dzao lady

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa May 13th 2013

If Sapa is the phantom presence you can never quite grasp, one whose impending absence haunts you even as you sit in the soft, quaint majesty of it's powerful mountains and sprawling valleys, then what hope is there for those of us who have come and left - can such longing ever be quenched? or will there always be a sense of emptiness for that which once was and may never be again. But that is now, sitting over the glistening lake at the entrance to the city, a lake which strangely enough we had been so busy that we had heretofore yet to acknowledge it's noble existence, now being only hours until our departure - our entrance five days earlier was much less triumphant, no great trumpeteers to mark our entrance as our somber parade ... read more
A Young Boy in Cat Cat Village
The Backpacker Guesthouse Fiasco
Looking Over Cat Cat

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest May 9th 2013

Wow, after 3 weeks in China I hadn't realised how much I missed talking to English speaking people! It has really made me realise just how few Westerners I didn't see in China. I made my way to Vietnam by bus, a 8 hour journey crossing the border, I was so excited as Vietnam has been on my hitlist for so long and I have heard so many great things about the country, culture and landscape. The journey was as interesting as always, I got chatting to the Vietnamese girl next to me who translated everything the driver said which was good especially when the army got on to check passports! We drove to the Chinese border, got out and got ushered into a bigger version of a golf buggy to go to immigration, passports stamped ... read more
The streets of Hanoi
Fish anyone..eel?
Me and the girls!

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Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa April 22nd 2013

Next up was Sapa and I'd been looking forward to it for a long time. I took an overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, which is an experience in itself. I paid a little extra (still only about £20) for an 8 hour train ride to the cold, mountanous region of Sapa. I shared a cabin that was supposed to hold four people with a family of 6. There was the grandmother, the mother, her two babies, her cousin and her sister. I though the babies would ruin my sleep, but it turns out I was the problem. In the morning, they let me know in no uncertain terms that I'd snored all the way through the night. The train takes you to Lao Cai, from where you have to take a minibus to to Sapa. If ... read more


Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa March 15th 2013

Summary: Home Stay - H'mong villiage Read more...... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest March 14th 2013

After months of research for our second road trip through Vietnam we decided on the following circuit. Saigon 3 nights : The Evergreen Hotel - great, clean, location location, helpful staff, upgrade and interesting for meandering. Park outside. Dal Lat 3 nights : Dreams 1 - Domestic flight with VASCO one way - clean, brilliant breakfast, jacuzzi is a bonus, location ok, good for meandering 2 nights would be enough. Picked up with for 4 day pillion back through the highlands down Cambodian border back to Saigon......Lee, Chau and Quang were brilliant with us old foggies. Use this company it is very good and Lee helped with the Dreams booking for me. Saigon 2 nights : The Four Roses Hotel - love this place in district 3. French theme but old fashioned character very house ... read more
Suoi Tien Theme Park
Suoi Tien Theme Park
Suoi Tien Theme Park

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa March 14th 2013

Summary: Hanoi to Lao Cai Read more...... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest March 11th 2013

I apparently don't know what region any of the places in Vietnam I went to are in, but I'm talking about Hanoi! Ok I figured I'd write this in case anyone else is in need of info for getting their India visa while vacationing in Hanoi. Turns out it is incredibly easy to get your visa, it just takes a few days. First fill out the online application and print it out. When you are filling it out make sure you have the right embassy. I had originally filled it out for Bangkok and needed to do it a second time for Hanoi. You have to have your flights in and out of the country booked and have a copy of those plans along with where you are planning to stay. It says you need two ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest March 11th 2013

The bus ride that I was suppose to fear was pleasant enough. I passed out and before I knew it I was there. Where are these horror stories coming from? With a destination in mind I grabbed my bags and started walking, but not before chewing down on some more street food. I "chatted" it up with some locals who knows what they were having me say and then moved on. I found my hostel and instantly started working on getting my flit home so I could run to get my India visa. Time flies when you have a deadline and the Internet is crazy. With 30minutes to spare the first public form of transportation I chose to take outside of the main buses dropped me off at the French embassy. I ran to the Indian ... read more

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