Tranquility and dishonesty around Halong Bay (Cat Ba Island, Vietnam) November 6th 2008 (Day 216 on the road) It may sound harsh, but I have come to the conclusion that a lot of Vietnamese people (certainly those in the tourist industry) are not just opportunistic as I had previously thought, but plain dishonest. I have had so many bad experiences in the eleven days I spent on Cat Ba Island and heard of even more from other travellers that it is impossible to enjoy travelling ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
Living the Dream - Ben travelled around the world - April 2008 until March 2011
In April 2008, I quit my fast-paced corporate job, sold most of my belongings, and left on a world trip - and never looked back. Starting in Berlin (Germany) and heading east, my journey would last for three years and took me across parts of Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Oceania, Central America and finally India, before returning home to Germany at the end of March 2011 after 1091 days on the road. It truly was a trip of a life-time, and the memories will stay with me forever.
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