I am a Hanoi_girl who loves to travel. When working for a Japanese construction company in Hanoi, I had the chance to travel to 20 countries and to all the 63 provinces in Vietnam, including 24 trips to Huế city. Egypt, Mongolia and Nepal are my love, and other favorite countries are Australia (2 trips), New Zealand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China (6 trips, 15 cities), Cambodia (3 trips), Brunei Darussalam, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Laos (3 trips), Malaysia (3 trips), Singapore and Thailand (9 trips). I have visited all the countries in South East Asia except Timor-Leste.
I am happy as I've been to some wonders of the world: the Pyramids and the Pharos in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Wall in China, the Borobudur temple in Indonesia, the Angkor temples in Cambodia, the 3,000 temples in Bagan - Myanmar, the Plain of Jars in Laos, the Stone Forest in south west China etc. Some modern cities like Sydney, Aukland, Dubai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Hongkong, Shanghai and Singapore also attracted me. I like this saying: "Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you'll see farther."
199 blogs below are my travel stories in Vietnam and other countries, most of the time as a solo traveler. I hope I can share my feelings and experiences by writing about the trips and also about Vietnam. If you wish to contact me to ask about travel information, you can send me a private message on the right column of this page or through my email account firstname.lastname@example.org (Now I'm traveling in Australia and New Zealand. I will go back to Vietnam in mid April 2014)
Cuộc đời là những chuyến đi. Mỗi đất nước tôi đã từng đến thăm, mỗi nơi tôi từng đặt chân tới, ở đó không chỉ có phong cảnh thiên nhiên kỳ vĩ hay những công trình tuyệt tác của nghệ thuật và văn hoá, mà chính những con người tôi đã gặp trong mỗi chặng hành trình và sự thân thiện của họ đã để lại trong tôi những ấn tượng sâu đậm không bao giờ quên được.
"In every Country I have visited and in all the places I have been to, there have been not only beautiful natural landscapes and magical works of history and culture, but above all, it has been the people I have met and their friendliness that have made unforgettable impressions on me."
February 10th 2014
25 to 31 January 2014 – We flew from Brisbane to Hobart on JetStar and traveled about 1,400km by campervan for 7 days around Tasmania. When we arrived in Hobart, it was 15oC, even though it was still the summer time in Australia. Tasmania is an island state, located 240km to the south of the Australian continent. The state includes the island of Tasmania which is the 26th largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. It has a population of 520,000 people. This is the fourth state of Australia that we have been to. Our rented campervan is like a mobile home which has table, two beds, kitchen, fridge and microwave. In every city and town there are caravan parks, where you can connect with power and water, so it is very convenient ... read more
January 7th 2014
27 Dec 2013 to 1 Jan 2014 – We traveled 3,000km two ways by car from the Sunshine Coast to Canberra then Sydney. It was our first visit to Canberra which is the capital of Australia. There are six states and two territories in Australia. Canberra is located in ACT (Australian Capital Territory) and was established in 1913. The current population is 360,000 people. To save costs on our 6 day trip, we brought a camping tent and set it up on a beach in Coff Harbour on the first night, then spent two nights at a camping site in Canberra (AUD 25 per night). It took us one and a half days to travel from the Sunshine Coast to Canberra (1,300km) as we stopped on the way to see Tamborine forest skywalk on the Gold ... read more
December 24th 2013
It has been one month since I was back to Australia on the second visit to this beautiful country. This time the visa application was quite easy as I didn’t have any interview with the Embassy on the phone and only had to take chest x-ray as a requirement for a 6 month visa. My visa will expire in mid April 2014, so I will spend 5 months in Australia on this trip. When I arrived at the international airport on the Gold Coast, the security staff saw my stamps to visit Laos the week before, so they checked out every item in my bags carefully. It took so much time and I was the last person out of the airport on that morning. Australia is very strict about what to bring into their country and ... read more
December 9th 2013
I returned to Vietnam from Australia in mid September and spent two months in Sài Gòn (aka Hồ Chí Minh city). I also traveled to Cambodia (11 to 14 Nov 2013) and Laos (19 to 22 Nov 2013) and flew back to Hanoi from Huế city. I was very sad when I had to leave Sài Gòn and my nephew Kevin. It has been 9 months (from Feb to Nov 2013) since I was away from home in Hanoi. During that time, I spent 6 months in southern Vietnam and 3 months in Australia. 2013 was an interesting year as I had the chance to get different experiences in my life, see many new places as well as going back to Cambodia and Laos which I visited 10 years ago. This was my 3rd trip to ... read more
October 30th 2013
John Ramsden first came to Hanoi in 1980 as Vice Ambassador of the UK Embassy. He was really attracted by the landscape and people of this city. At that time, Hanoi had just got out of a long war and still hadn't had enough time to make many changes, however it was the simplicity of the lifestyle of Vietnamese people which had impressed him. During his 3 year assignment in Hanoi, John Ramsden often walked or cycled to the surrounding towns and villages to watch and take photos of the landscape and the life of the local people. A motleycoloured wall, a street with restaurants hanging boards announcing “specialties”, but no brandnames as people were afraid of being considered as big business, or children playing see-saw outside Hoa Lo prison, all were taken by him through ... read more
September 11th 2013
11 September 2013 - My time in Australia is coming to an end. Tonight I will take a flight and go back to Vietnam. During my 3 month stay here, I have been to the 3 biggest cities in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane). I have also been to 3 of the 6 states of Australia which are Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. They are all located on the eastern coast of Australia. Much of my time was spent on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The town where I stayed has a population of 20,000 people, so it’s very quiet. At 5pm shops are closed and people go home or do sports like cycling, boat rowing, playing rugby etc. Even though my visit was in the winter time, the weather on the Sunshine Coast was ... read more
September 4th 2013
26 to 29 August 2013 – This was my last trip in Australia before going back home next week. We traveled to Victoria state for 4 days last week and visited Melbourne city (the second largest city in Australia) as well as two other sites near the city. Due to a terrible traffic jam caused by an accident on the motorway, we were stuck in traffic and missed our flight from Brisbane to Melbourne. It was my first experience ever to miss a flight as a result of a traffic jam. The road trip from home to Brisbane domestic airport usually takes about 40 minutes, but on that day it took us 4 hours! There was no way to get off the motorway. In Vietnam, I can easily hire a motorbike taxi driver to take me ... read more
August 20th 2013
12 to 18 July 2013 - My blog No. 190 is about one of the most beautiful cities in the world that I have been to. We were just back to the Sunshine Coast after traveling 2,500km two ways to Sydney by car. During our 7 day trip, we were in Sydney most of the time and only stayed in Katoomba town in the Blue Mountains for a night, then visited the Three Sisters which are three rock formations next morning. We went to see the Opera House every day and viewed it from different directions at different times of the day (morning, sunset and night time). Sydney is truly an amazing city and I enjoyed every moment there. We traveled by car, ferry and bus in the city and went to all the major tourist ... read more
August 15th 2013
Three trips to Brisbane city on 31 July, 12 & 18 August 2013 – Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia after Melbourne and Sydney. On 31 July 2013 we went to South Bank on Brisbane river. There are many nice restaurants, shops, gardens and a sandy beach in the South Bank area. We took a ferry from there and cruised Brisbane river. The ferry is called “CityCat” and it picks up guests from all the ferry stations on both sides of the river bank, so you don’t have to wait a long time. A ferry would come every few minutes. The ferry was going faster than we thought. When it was going close to the CBD (Central Business District) of Brisbane, the view was so impressive that it made me feel like I was ... read more
August 1st 2013
The Vietnamese traditional dress, "Áo Dài", is one of the most elegant and beautiful dresses for women. It’s very simple, consisting of a close-fitting blouse, with long panels in the front and back, that is worn over loose white trousers. As a Vietnamese girl who loves to travel abroad, sometimes I bring an Áo Dài to travel with me. Whenever I wear it, my Áo Dài always attracts friendly looks from both locals and travelers. I once got a message from an Irish poster in the Thorn Tree travel forum. He wrote to me "You must get a wonderful reaction from the local people when you wear your Áo Dài. I think you would stop the traffic, if you were to wear it walking down a street in Ireland." An Áo Dài can be worn with ... read more