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December 25th 2008
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Hanoi I arrived in Sapa in the Northwest of Vietnam on the 21st December and spent a day there while waiting to catch the night train to Hanoi which I duly did. Hanoi was a bit of a shock to the system when compared with China given the volume of mopeds flying around all over the place and the fact that there were a huge amount of Westerners wandering about - I was no longer a novelty. The mausol... Read Full Entry

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Hue - The CitadelHue - The Citadel
Hue - The Citadel

Modelled on Beijings Forbidden city, the Citadel is now mostly in ruins.
Hue - Thien Mu PagodaHue - Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda

It was from here that the monk Thich Quang Duc was based. In one of the most renowned images of the era he gained notoreity for burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963 in protest at the Government of President Diem.
Danang - Champa Museum - GaneshDanang - Champa Museum - Ganesh
Danang - Champa Museum - Ganesh

The Hindu Trinity is made up of Brahma (The creator), Vishnu (The preserver) and Siva (The destroyer). Ganesh is the elephant headed son of Siva.
Danang - Champa MuseumDanang - Champa Museum
Danang - Champa Museum

Siva (The destroyer)
Danang - Champa Museum Danang - Champa Museum
Danang - Champa Museum

Garuda - My favourite!
Danang - Champa Museum Danang - Champa Museum
Danang - Champa Museum

Brahma (The creator)
Hoi An Cookery classHoi An Cookery class
Hoi An Cookery class

voila! - lop sided spring rolls!
Hoi An Hoi An
Hoi An

A windswept Cua Dai beach
Hoi An Hoi An
Hoi An

I was in Hoi An during the lunar festival when offerings are made to deceased relatives. There was a table such as this outside every house and shop premises. The offering includes food and fake money which is later burnt.

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