I arrived in Sapa in the Northwest of Vietnam on the 21st December and spent a day there while waiting to catch the night train to Hanoi which I duly did. Hanoi was a bit of a shock to the system when compared with China given the volume of mopeds flying around all over the place and the fact that there were a huge amount of Westerners wandering about - I was no longer a novelty. The mausol... Read Full Entry
Hue - Thien Mu PagodaIt was from here that the monk Thich Quang Duc was based. In one of the most renowned images of the era he gained notoreity for burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963 in protest at the Government of President Diem.
Hoi An I was in Hoi An during the lunar festival when offerings are made to deceased relatives. There was a table such as this outside every house and shop premises. The offering includes food and fake money which is later burnt.