Vietnam 2018 Part I - Hanoi, Hoi An and a bit more


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July 5th 2018
Published: October 2nd 2018
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Hanoi and Hoi An Here comes the third blog entry from our trip in Southeast Asia earlier this year. After we left Laos we went on to Vietnam. We spent almost two weeks there and we will now start telling you about what we saw and did during those days. We will this time not tell our story chronologically. We have pulled out a few things which we will write about separately. We'll start with te... Read Full Entry



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Possibly more than a thousand years oldPossibly more than a thousand years old
Possibly more than a thousand years old

It was in use from the 4th century to the 14th century.
Decoration on a buildingDecoration on a building
Decoration on a building

We don't know enough about Hindu religion to tell you the significance of this character
Decoration on a buildingDecoration on a building
Decoration on a building

We don't know enough about Hindu religion to tell you the significance of this character
Overgrown ruinOvergrown ruin
Overgrown ruin

My Son was abandoned around 600 years ago and that explains a lot of the destruction but sadly not all of it
Sign warning people not to walk into the forestSign warning people not to walk into the forest
Sign warning people not to walk into the forest

During the Vietnam war the site was bombed by the US and even today it is not recommended to venture outside of the area and into the surrounding forest because there might be unexploded bombs lying out there.
My Son templeMy Son temple
My Son temple

One of the temples that are in better condition
Restored templeRestored temple
Restored temple

This temple has been restored
The main siteThe main site
The main site

The main site was quite impressive
Dragon Bridge in DanangDragon Bridge in Danang
Dragon Bridge in Danang

This bridge in Danang is decorated to look like a dragon. But it doesn't stop there. The "dragon" can breathe fire when requested to do so.
Something a bit funny at the endSomething a bit funny at the end
Something a bit funny at the end

This is for those of you who worked through this entire blog entry and made it all the way to the end. It is a heroic style sculpture in Hanoi. The woman clearly holds a sword. The man sitting down holds a rifle. But the man in the middle holds... Damn, what is he holding? We think it is a supersized electrical plug...



2nd October 2018
Street art

Hanoi
I have not visited northern Vietnam so nice to see what I am missing. Enjoy!
4th October 2018
Street art

Keep an eye out for the next blog entry
In our next blog entry we will tell you about two top sight in the north. If what we told you about Hanoi wasn't enough to make it worth doing a trip there thoser two might. /Ake
4th October 2018
Northbound train track

Hanoi
We caught the overnight train to Sapa, so I'm guessing we passed this area... will have to check out the café next time we visit. The suit Andrew got tailored in Hoi An is still absolutely perfect nine years on, and like you, he wished he'd got a couple more made :)
4th October 2018
Northbound train track

Good quality
If the suit is still perfect after nine years it must have been good quality. Also Andrew mustn't have gained weight. Well done! :-) /Ake
4th October 2018
The Imperial Citadel

good shot!
4th October 2018
These chairs are too small for Ake

tee hee........... they're much smaller than us LOL
5th October 2018
These chairs are too small for Ake

Yes they are
Yes, they are smaller than us, but not that small. I am not sure exactly why they had such ridiculously small chairs there. Possibly because they wanted people to have at least something to sit on but still wanted them to be easily removed when that was necessary. /Ake
4th October 2018
Dragon Bridge in Danang

That bridge is new since I was there.
4th October 2018

I visited both south & north VietNam & loved them! Thanks for the memories!
5th October 2018

My pleasure
I know the feeling. I keep reading blogs myself of places I've visited and it really sends you back in time. /Ake
5th October 2018
These chairs are too small for Ake

Forgot to mention that the women sit on those all the time which is sort of a squat position stretch that helps in childbirth :o)
5th October 2018
These chairs are too small for Ake

LOL
Last time I saw chairs like that I was in Kindergarten!
5th October 2018
These chairs are too small for Ake

In a playhouse
We wouldn't even have those in kindergarten. In a large playhouse perhaps.../Ake
25th September 2019

vietnam
great photos, we did north vietnam in 2006 but the hurricane had destroyed all the beach areas, so went on nigHt train to SAPA AND BACHA, wonderful country, alas at 80 our travel is ended

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