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Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Fansipan May 25th 2019

5 May to 7 May 2019 - I travelled to Sapa on a 3-day trip for the purpose of visiting the Fansipan summit. At an altitude of 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest peak of Indochina (the old name given by the French for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during its colonial time). This is the first time that I went to Sapa alone. On my previous trips I travelled with my friends and parents, and that was many years ago (1998, 2008 and 2012). I have had a dream of seeing the summit of Fansipan for a long time, and at last I made it. In the past, I had to travel at least 12 hours by bus or train between Hanoi and Sapa but now, thanks to the new expressway, the travel time has been shortened ... read more
View from Fansipan summit
Sapa cathedral at night
Paintings at Fansipan cable car station

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest January 3rd 2019

Macau: The world longest Bridge connecting Hong Kong And Macau Add description 12-23-2018 Macau Nhu Hong Kong Macau la Special Administration Region cua Trung Congnho hon Hong Kong voi 115 km2 voi so dan la 650,000 nguoi.. Moi nguoi kiem duoc trung binh$77,000. Dan noi tieng Portuguese va Cantonese. 95% la Chinese la world most densely populated in the world. Macau la Gambling capital cua the gioi. La mot nuoc co 4th highest life expectancy in the world. Sang hom nay toi chuan bi di Macau. Toi dim ra co duong di de nhat la di den Station Tung Chung roi tu day di xe bus so B6 7 dollars HK de den dau cau Bridge bat dau di den Macau. Tu day toi se di xe Golden Bus mat $65 HK de den Macau mat ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai November 21st 2018

Bai tu long It’s Thursday morning so a quick three hour car journey to Halong Bay stopping for lunch and a water puppet show along the way. Certainly something you should see while you are in Vietnam but not something to see twice! Once in Halong we were greeted by our host, Tom and escorted to our boat for our 3 day tour on the Dragon Pearl 1 - a very comfortable boat for 15 of us. A mix of Brits, Americans,Swiss and Austrians. And what a trip it was. Bai Tu Long is further away and has less tourist traffic than Halong Bay but with very similar scenery ie scattered islands and limestone stacks set against the sea and ‘mostly’ blue skies. Moving serenely around the bay was incredibly relaxing and the food on board ... read more
must be a good shot over there.
Prepping for lunch

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lai Chau November 20th 2018

Arrived in Vietnam after 25 hours without sleep but to be fair the flights, although long were pretty good. Welcome to Vietnam- an evening in Hanoi in the rain! First impressions were therefore a bit muted but the traffic!!!!! I have never seen so many motorbike bikes weaving in and out of traffic as if there were no other vehicles on the road and somehow not crashing - it has to be seen to be believed. And that’s before we tried crossing the roads! But we got to the hotel in one piece and of course because we hadn’t slept for 24 hours we had an early start to get to Sa Pa the following morning - ouch Quick wander and an early night. Next morning set off on a 5 hour trip to Sa Pa, ... read more
live music in SA Pa
Ready for the off
Scooting about

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest June 20th 2018

Hành trình chinh phục những đỉnh núi... Hành trình đó ư- hành trình khiến tôi hết sức kinh ngạc vì vẻ đẹp tuyệt vời của Việt Nam- mảnh đất nơi tôi sinh ra và lớn lên. Bắt đầu từ Hải Dương- Bắc Giang- Lạng Sơn- Bắc Cạn- Cao Bằng- Hà Giang- Lào Cai- Lai Châu- Điện Biên- Lào:). Hành trình đó khiến tôi ngạc nhiên như thế này nè: - Cảnh hồ Ba Bể đẹp yên bình từ làng nhà sàn ven hồ. - Là khu chợ miền núi rẻ kinh khủng với đủ thứ đồ ăn - Là Cao Bằng - vẻ đẹp khiến tôi ngạc nhiên- xét về tổng thể tôi thích Cao Bằng nhất trong tất cả các tỉnh phía Bắc vì chưa có nhiều khách du lịch, thác Bản Giốc bọt tung ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa March 18th 2018

Anyone that is thinking about going to Sapa but isn't sure if it's worth it, let me tell you, it is! One of the many beautiful things about it is, it's location. Of course yes, it's stunning but more so, it's 'hard' to get to. Being an 'out of the way' location means that tourists are often caught trying to figure out if they should go or not which I've come to realise is a good thing. What I mean by 'hard' and 'out of the way' is that you need to head there, stay however long you can and then, head back to crazytown (Hanoi). In my case I decided to train up, stay one night and then bus back the following afternoon. That gave me one and a half days to explore this mountain ... read more
Mama Do and I
The beginning of our hike into the mountain
It's love

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Dien Bien February 28th 2018

Dien Bien Phu: img= 1:20Dien Bien Phu: Doi D1 2-2018 HD img= 0:35Dien Bien Phu: Can cu cua quan doi Phap-Doi A1,2-2018 img= 3:09Dien Bien Phu: Doi song cua dan toc thieu so nguoi Thai Den 2-12018 2 of 2 HD ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Dien Bien January 13th 2018

Any one whose been to Halong Bay probably gets the significance of the number 1,969. Its the recorded number of islands in Halong Bay. But we had to get there first. Early Wednesday morning in Hanoi and feeling very organised. Packs closed and locked and heading up for breakfast at 7:30am. Bit over the breakfasts at the May De Ville. Three is enough. Food is good and there is a chef doing fresh eggs (cooking, not laying) and omelettes. Just time for a change. There's a first world problem right there, bored with your breakfast options. Driver was picking us up at 8:30 am. He, rather 'the gang' turned up at 8:20 am. We were ready. The gang is 18 of our travel companions for the next day or so. Lots of Australians, trio of Argentinian ... read more
Sung Sot Caves
...inside the Sung Sot Cave
..inside the caves...

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest November 27th 2017

What a fabulous day! Started the day with a 2 hour bus ride out of Hanoi traffic. We were then able to switch to our bikes for a mainly peaceful 40 km ride through a valley of small ethnic villages supporting intense agriculture. After lunch the sun came out for the first time this trip for the start of another 35 kms ride on quiet rural roads of steep descents followed by tough hills. The route passed spectacular karst cliffs along the Da River in the Mai Chau region. Night comes early in Vietnam & we arrive in the dark. Mai Chau is a stunningly beautiful valley of small villages surrounded by green mountains, lakes and home to friendly hilltribe peoples with Thai heritage. Our accommodation for the night was a stilt-house homestay with basic but ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai November 27th 2017

Es ist 3:30 und ich sitze in einem australischen Pub in Hanoi. Vergeblich habe ich versucht etwas zu bestellen, doch die Bedienung schläft neben mir auf dem Sofa. Um 8:00 werde ich für eine 3-Tages-Tour in die Halong Bucht abgeholt und kann die letzten Tage daher nochmal Revuee passieren lassen. Am Donnerstag Abend hatte ich den Nachtbus nach Hanoi genommen. Bereits um 6:30 kam ich in der Hauptstadt Vietnams an. Ich setzte mich in ein kleines Straßencafe. Gegen 9:00 suchte ich das Büro von Manh auf. Bei ihm hatte ich via Facebook meine Touren nach Sapa und den Bootstrip in die Halong Bucht gebucht. Ich entledigte mich meines schweren Gepäcks und machte mich auf ins Getümmel. Es war bewölkt, doch es war trocken! Ein absolutes Highlight nach vielen Regentagen. Ich lief durch die vielen kleinen Straßen, ... read more
Ab in die Pampa
Durch den Matsch
Wanderweg nach Sapa

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