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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast August 1st 2015

Early start. I waLked In and proceeded in to Terminal 1 @ Narita and I was one of three people there. It was really really early when I got there. I checked and headed to Tully's for a Caffè mocha and a donut. After an hour I checked in to the counter and located the Secretariat for our trip. Two hours later we were on our way. The flight was 5 hours but smooth. They served lunch, hot, on real plates. I met a new frnd Sahito. A very nice young guy who was headed to Hanoi for vacation. We got to know one another during the flight to pass time. Five hours later we landed. Immigration lines were terrible and long. behind me was a trio folks who didn't believe in giving one their personal ... read more
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Day 6 - Hue It's 5.30am, we are in the bus to Hue. I have slept well, but I usually do! I seem to have the ability to be able to sleep anywhere! Being on the bus hasn't really been any different to being in bed! I woke up because the bus stopped to do a pick up, four and a half hours to go, so think I'll get back to watching the film I was watching last night; The Killing Fields. I didn't manage to finish the film; I just kept on falling to sleep! It was a long journey, twelve and a half hours, but amazingly, I didn't notice! Probably due to excess sleeping.... Lol We decided to have breakfast on the way to the hotel in order to shorten the walk with our ... read more
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Once again Agus fell asleep before dinner. This time he couldn't even make it before we found a place to eat. Fair enough I guess, we wanted to find a new place to eat at that's not always an easy or quick process. The restaurant we decided on was very flash French/Vietnamese mash up. Before we knew it we were weeshed up to the second floor and out to a balcony seat setup for two. There were 5 staff to an empty restaurant. Three of them took turns looking after Elsie while I had Agus slumped across my spread thighs. Nina still can't believe how many times she has eaten dinner using a knife AND a fork at the same time. Agus has requested a trip on a big bus, so today we are taking a ... read more
Balcony view for dinner
One of our personnel.
Saigon style coffee

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Quang Binh July 6th 2015

Sarah: Despite the 6 hour train journey turning in to just over 7 hours, the views were stunning as we rode up the coast from Danang to Dong Hoi, arriving at about 7:30pm. We didn't get round to exploring to see if there was a buffet car on the train, but several trolleys came through with food of increasing palatability...passing on the steamed corn and weird boiled eggs we settled on some barbecued skewers with some rice and veggies. It was certainly an improvement on a tasteless sarnie from the First Great Western trolleys at home! The train station was a typically hectic affair: backpackers, locals, taxi drivers all determined to slow our progress through the crowds. Nonetheless, we found our pre-arranged ride and hopped in with another couple to our latest digs in Son Trach, ... read more
Phong Nha Ke Bang
Paradise Cave fun
View from the zipline to Dark Cave


Hue is a beautiful coastal town (once a capital) in central Vietnam. Our hotel is a family run guesthouse with a spacious room and lovely rooftop views. Today it is finally raining after a week of steamy weather. We checked in around lunchtime for a bit of aircon and much needed showers and toilet time, then we headed out for a wander and some late lunch. The pace in Hue is much calmer with many rickshaws and fewer busses or cars. It's breezier too, which is a welcome change. For dinner Arnee was craving western food so we found an Italian restaurant. Agus was in foodie heaven with bruschetta (aka tomato toast), pizza, chips and passion fruit for dessert. Today we decided to catch the rickshaw to the citadel. Nina and Elsie in one, daddy and ... read more
Mmm pizza....
Rickshaw family
On the main road


After spending the last few days in Hoi An and really enjoying the experience, today I would be moving on to Hue - pronounced way! Having pre arranged for a tourist bus to take me to the train station I got picked up at 7am. Being the only tourist on the bus was quite a novelty, as we made our way to the station. Sitting in the packed waiting room I got chatting to a nice couple from Switzerland who were also going the same way, so as the train arrived we continued the journey together. Having read in my Rough Guide book about the route and how scenic it is as it hugs the coast we were keeping a look out! Sure enough the journey was very scenic as it wound its way through coastal ... read more


First full day in Hue began with getting a bit lost! With map in hand i started out in the direction of the citadel - across the Perfume river and i should have turned left but instead I went right! The 19th century walled citadel sits within another walled city so, seeing a very old high wall to my right I thought this was it. Following this round - it was the old city wall - one though that comes to a rather abrupt end! Where I definitely had the distinct feeling of being lost. Feeling a little apprehensive and for some reason deciding not to just retrace my steps - which of course would have been the obvious thing to have done - I headed left and right a bit until I finally got to ... read more


With my flight booked for this evening I spent some of this morning re packing my bags in anticipation. Regarding the certain issues I had with the room I decided I would pay the dorm room rate, which was a couple of pounds cheaper a night which I thought was fare. Heading off to meet Irina and Tobias I left my bags at the tour agency - where I booked my flight - we sat chatting till 4pm! They were getting the night bus to Hanoi which was picking them up at 6pm, while I got picked up at 7pm to be driven out to the airport. On the bus journey I got chatting with a nice couple, the man was from Germany and the lady from Texas. Getting past check in and through security we ... read more


Hué 2 - 4 July We were picked up at 11am for our airport transfer. We arrived in Hué at 14.30 to 43 degrees of heat. Our car was waiting for us in the arrivals area and we were transferred to the Thanh Lich Hotel on Bai Trang. The reception was very nice with cold towels and helpful staff. The room was also nice with a full sized bath and a shower. We quickly changed and set off on foot to the Imperial Citadel, The grounds of the Imperial City are protected by fortified ramparts 2 kilometers by 2 kilometers, and ringed by a moat. The water in the moat is re routed from the Huong (perfume). Inside the Citadel is the Imperial City (Hoàng thành), with a perimeter wall some 2.5 kilometers in length. Within ... read more
Flagpole at Imperial Citadel
Access to outer Citadel
Entrance to Citadel


07 juin 2015 : Nous nous levons à 7h00b et visitons la pagode de la "Dame Céleste",construite en 1601, haute de 21 mètres, puis la cité impériale. Hué était l'ancienne capitale impériale du Vietnam jusqu'au dernier empereur en 1945. Son histoire commence au IIIème siècle mais ce n'est qu'au XVIème siècle qu'elle passe sous contrôle vietnamien. Elle est situé au bord de la rivière Song Huang (rivière des parfums). C'est seulement après que Ha Noi est devenu la capitale du pays. Nous retournons à l'hôtel à 11h00, le temps de prendre une douche et de prendre notre repas de midi. A 15h00, nous partons pour la gare de Hué pour prendre le train de nuit (avec 4 couchettes par compartiment) qui va nous emmener à Hanoi. On a droit pour le repas du soir à un ... read more
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