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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Ninh Binh » Tam Coc November 4th 2013

And I'm back! So it's been what, three weeks since I left you hanging after my Yunnanese escapade. As I mentioned, I haven't gone far. It was just another trip back down to the Hekou-Lao Cai border with Vietnam (no 3h traffic jam this time though, thank goodness), followed by another 9h bus ride to the storied northern capital of Hanoi. And I've been here ever since. Why the long stay, you might ask. Well after the few days I'd spent here last year (in addition to the couple of times I'd visited even before, in the past), I developed the inkling to plan for a slightly more extended stay, just to explore the city in greater depth, like I've done for Bangkok in Thailand. So here I am. But this entry isn't about Hanoi. To ... read more
Tam Coc
Bich Dong Pagoda
Tam Coc

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 2nd 2013

We are in Hoi An and it's amazing we are loving it so much we have already changed our flights so we are staying 4 nights instead of 2. Our hotel is right in the river side and we have a pool literally over looking the river, just what we needed after a week or so of exploring especially for me as I'm suffering with migraines at the moment so this break was much needed. I'm writing this entry sat around the pool where no one else is here so we have it all to ourselves, perfection! Yesterday was our first day here, we got here about 2.30pm, we paid for a taxi to bring us here and he stopped along the way a letting us take pictures at amazing view points. And told us a ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta November 1st 2013

So we stayed in Hanoi for 2 more nights and checked into the same hotel we stayed in before the boat trip. webboth said though that 2 more nights was too much and we could have managed 1. We did a bit of exploring though went to the part of the city where all the workers were, there were lots of big banks like Citibank based there which were surrounded by all the designer shops, so I of course had to have a little look. It was just the same as home though really, nothing special to report on. We managed to go see the Water Puppet Show though which was really good. The musicians were amazing and sat right in front of us so we could hear it all really well. It was really clever ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 31st 2013

We woke up for day 2 with slightly fuzzy heads but excited because we had a day on a boat visiting a surprise cave and pearl cave. We left and boarded our boat for the day thinking we were going to be joined by by loads of strangers. It were lucky enough to have the boat to ourselves, so only 4 of us on 1 massive boat!!! We were so happy, felt like super stars for the day lol. Me and Hanisha were in our element and the boys too! Our first stop for the day was the surprise cave where we went kayaking again. It was out of this world rocks sticking out everywhere beautiful scenery and pure sunshine. Me and Brad went into a lagoon together but definitely got freaked out, alone it got ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 31st 2013

When the opportunity to go to a traditional event comes up, I am eager and excited. An awesome one that I enjoyed was an engagement party, to which I was invited by a woman who worked in an office on campus. We have had some pleasant conversations and she said she wanted me to see one of their customs. It seems to be different from the Western notion, like part one of the wedding. It was at 9AM Sunday morning and the official ceremony is 2 weeks later, on a Friday morning. When I arrived there were a few puzzled looks. I was the only foreigner around. Someone quickly spoke English and invited me to come in to sit. The bride came to welcome me. She was absolutely gorgeous, in her ao dai (tunic and pants) ... read more
presents from groom's family
party tent
at restaurant school

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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 29th 2013

So we booked a boat trip at Halong Bay for 2 nights and 3 days. Kerry found us a really nice company to book with called Indochina Sails and I can definitely say it was worth every penny and would definitely recommend it to anyone coming to Vietnam. We got picked up about 8am on Saturday morning and began the journey to Halong bay. It's about a 3 hour bus ride from Hanoi, and when I say about 3 hours I mean it, it's definitely not anything less! What we have found is that even though in the middle of Hanoi it's absolute madness with all the mopeds, once your on the highway there's no rush to get anywhere out here! The cars are driving as if they are on a tiny road having to be ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 28th 2013

Amongst the iPad saga we had got to Hanoi and it was crazy town!!! We thought Bangkok was madness but Hanoi was something else there were mopeds absolutely everywhere you can't cross the road without watching your back thinking your going to get hit!!! We had to ask if there were many accidents as we were in so much shock. Once we got into our room and Brad made a few calls about his iPad we headed out for some food, we hadn't eaten since lunch the day before. We asked the receptionist where to go for good food, she marked a few places on the map but it didn't really do much good to be honest as everywhere looked the same and it was just so busy so we found a restaurant that had 'steak, ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong October 25th 2013

In the early morning we had sunrise Tai Chi on the upper deck, it was invigorating! After that morning coffee and chatting, then buffet breakfast, packing, and disembarkation. It was a great way to see a gorgeous place. We drove 2 hours or so to a beautiful golf course for lunch and repacking of our large and small bags. Then headed another 1.5 hours to Hanoi airport for the 2 hour flight to Siem Reap Cambodia. On arrival there it was like coming into another time. Siamese pitch roofed terminals, stairs off the planes, like an old Bogart movie, it was balmy and felt sexy in a way. Inside, they had just that day changed the format of Visa on Arrival, and there was some confusion for a few minutes, but we soon got the hang ... read more
Many boats crowded the bay
Tai Chi on Deck
Day breaks

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong October 24th 2013

This morning after a leisurely breakfast and last bit of sightseeing on our own we boarded a bus to the new port at HaLong Harbor, and our beautiful Paradise Cruise Line junk for our overnight excursion. The trip up was about 3 hours, and the guide tried to make it interesting, but after an hour or so, it was redundant. The road was under major construction, nothing that could have been helped, and will be wonderful once it's completed!It is a glimpse into daily life of rural Vietnamese in the North, mostly farmers and factory workers, and those that support them. Get there, get there soon, Donald Trump is building a mega resort with a private club casino, and it will not be the same after it's finished. We had packed an overnight bag, a carry ... read more
Fully Stocked Bar
Lovely Twin Room
Well appointed Bath

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 23rd 2013

This morning we met our group in a private breakfast area at the Metropole Hotel. Our Tour Guide, we called him Son, gave us a briefing on what our next two weeks would entail, beginning today. It was to be a fun filled journey through some of the most remote areas of the world, seen in a way most tourists cannot, from a river boat on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. But first, the highlights of Hanoi today. And we were off! Ho Chi Minh's Tomb (he wanted to be cremated, but the Leninists wanted him embalmed and adored like their great leaders), then the amazing Temple of Literature and it's gardens, the One Pillar Pagoda (yawning by now) then a riveting visit to the Maison Centrals (dubbed the Hanoi Hilton by American Pilots held ... read more
HCM Tomb Hanoi
Temple of Literature
Gardens Temple of Lit




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