Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 3


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 31st 2015

28 mai 2015 : Ça y est, on est reparti pour un nouveau voyage. Nous quittons la maison à 13h40 et arrivons à Europarking à 15h20. Personne pour nous accueillir et pour cause, j'avais réservé à partir du 30, date du départ de Paris pour le Vietnam, au lieu du 28, mais pas de problème, tout s'arrange très vite et nous pouvons laisser la voiture au parking pour 3 semaines pour 56,00 €. Nous passons tous les contrôles sans problème et sommes en avance en salle d'embarquement. Il fait 26 degrés à Alicante. le décollage a lieu à 18h40 au lieu de 18h20, mais comme Ryanair prévoit des horaires de transport plus importants que nécessaires, nous arrivons à Beauvais à 20h40 comme prévu. Cyrille nous attends et le temps d'arriver chez lui, il est presque 21h45. ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City May 15th 2015

Ho Chi Minh City >> Mui Ne >> Cam Ranh >> Nha Trang >> Hue >> Vinh Moc >> Dong Hoi >> Phong Nha-Ke Bang National park With the bike piled high with luggage (imitating the Vietnamese) we slowly battled our way through the Ho Chi Minh traffic, across the river on a ferry and onto the open road to begin our 220km distance to Mui Ne, on the Southeast coast of Vietnam. The journey had been going well until a sudden downpour started and we quickly had to pull over in a roadside petrol station to shelter the bike and cover up our bags in some bright orange bin liners. Lots of maintenance and resurfacing work was being completed on the Ho Chi Minh highway creating uneven, stony surfaces and deep pot holes. This often ... read more
Nha Phong - Ke bang national park
Birds nests

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 12th 2015

Mit dem sogenannte "Open-Bus" Ticket ging es für uns vier von der Hauptstadt Hanoi zu der ehemaligen Hauptstadt Hue (bis 1945) in Zentralvietnam. Nach einer 14 stündigen Nachtfahrt kamen wir morgens um acht Uhr in Hue an, wo wir sogleich unsere Backpacks in einem Hostel abstellten und frühstücken gingen. Da wir in dieser Stadt nur einen Tag eingeplant hatten, ließen wir uns gleich nach dem Frühstück mit einer Fahrradrikscha zu der bekanntesten Sehenswürdigkeit, einer verbotenen Stadt, in Hue fahren. Die Rikscha Fahrt war eine super Gelegenheit noch ein bisschen von der Stadt zu sehen. Die verbotene Stadt, war früher eine Palastanlage die nach dem Vorbild in Peking entstand. Wir schlenderten einige Stunden durch die Zitadelle und ließen uns von der Geschichte Hues beeindrucken. Nach dem wir die Anlage verließen, besichtigten wir noch das Museum, das direkt ... read more
Fahrradrischka in Hue
Zufahrt zur verbotenen Stadt

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City May 10th 2015

Six hours after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, we had spontaneously purchased our own Honda motorbike from a fellow traveller. He had driven the epic 1766km distance from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh which we intend to replicate in reverse over our month in Vietnam. A friend we met in Cambodia invited us to stay with him whilst we were in Ho Chi Minh City. Having stayed in numerous grotty budget rooms, Flavio's apartment felt like luxury. I had food poisoning, so Will and Flav... read more
Late night swim in the roof top pool
Enjoying a Banh mi Vietnamese baguette
Our Hondo Bonus packed up and ready to go

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 21st 2015

20th and 21st April 2015 HO Chi Minh City Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels - Boarded a bus for a trip to Cu Chi. This took about 45mins heading north west. Cu Chi is famous for it's tunnels and the fighting spirit of the Cu Chi people against the US and South Vietnamese. Some of the tunnels were created when the vietnamese were fighting The Indochina war back in 1945. When we arrived we had to watch a documentary about the people and how they fought back against the Americans using their network of tunnels. The documentary looks like it was made back in the 60's. The tunnel system was around 250km long and had 3 levels of tunnels in the Cu Chi area. There were areas for a kitchen, living areas and even a hospital ... read more
2 cu chi map of tunnels
4 cu chi b52 bomb crater
9 cu chi tunnel entrance

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 April 19th 2015

Arrived on Saturday 18th April to a lovely 36 degrees (but feels like 41). Amazing how anyone finds anyone with the volume of people and cars, buses, etc outside the airport. It seems to work though. Good to get to our hotel though and check in. Didn't need any dinner as we had 2 meals on the plane trip. We woke up early on the Sunday and decided to visit some places that we weren't going to see on the actual tour. Started with the Reunification Palace. Picked the best day as they were celebrating the 40th anniversary since the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Best picture to date was one taken with some older soldiers in front of a replica of the exact tank that stormed the gates back then. Problem was the picture ... read more
reunification palace
hi chi minh cathedral
ho chi minh post office

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 21st 2015

* Die vietnamesische Tastatur mag Deutsch nicht besonders* Chau Doc (Dienstag, 17.03. - Donnerstag, 19.03.) Eigentlich wollten ửi mit dem Bus an die vietnamesische Grenze fahren und von da aus mit dem Boot nach Chau Doc. Gegen einen Aufpreis von 3 Dollar wurden ửi jedoch dazu ueberredet die ganze Strecke mit dem Boot zu fahren. Dies ist von Anfang an unsere 1. Wahl gewesen, jedoch entschieden ửu úns aufgrund des hohen Preises fuer eine kuerzere Bootsfahrt. Nach mehreren Stopps zur Pass- und Vísakontrolle kamen ửi in Chau Doc an und fuhren zum ersten Mal mit dem Cyclo. Am Mittwoch stiegen ửi in den Stadtbus und fuhren zum Nui Sam, einem Berg und Pilgerort. Wider unseren Befuerchtungen kamen ửi am richtigen Ort an. Nach dem Besuch eines Tempels, in welchem ửi gehetzte Vietnamesen von einem Altar zum ... read more
Erste Cyclofahrt
Ausblick vom Nui Sam
So sollte man immer reisen

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 18th 2015

In de Parel van het verre Oosten, Ho Chi Minh, wonen 8 miljoen inwoners en zijn 5.5 miljoen motorfietsen geregistreerd. Schijnbaar is dat nog niet genoeg, want onze twee hebben wilde een verkoper ook nog kopen. Ik was blij toen we ze gekocht hadden, ik was elke keer blij als ze het weer deden en ik was blij toen we ze verkocht hadden. Nadja had een complexere en emotioneler band met de motoren, haar gevoelens voor hen gingen op een neer als in een achtbaan. Het gevoelsspectrum ging van sceptisme naar stress, angst naar plezier, maar ook spanning en extase, die zich in luid gezang uitte. Een haat-liefderelatie met een emotionele scheiding. Gelukkig hebben we de foto's nog. In der Perle des fernen Osten, Ho Chi Minh wohnen 8 Millionen Einwohner und sind 5.5 Millionen Motorräder ... read more
Vreugde Freude
bamboodorp Cambodia Bamboodorf

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 17th 2015

The first trip of the year is to the busy Vietnam. I have personally persuading my friends to go there just because I want to check out their sand dunes in Mui Ne. It was not the first time for me as I've been there before during my Republic Polytechnic excursion with the Pharmacy clan. This time is not for study purpose but we were out there to have a blast! This time I traveled with the awesome girls ... which we decided to combine force and name this trip as #VietFiNaLi The total trip lasted for 6 days 5 nights. The first 2 nights were spent in Saigon, the next 3 nights in Mui Ne and enroute back to Saigon to catch our flight back to Sunny Island! Average spending for flight & accommodation/pax = ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 6th 2015

I was standing at the end of one of the laneways from Mekong-Logis Guesthouse on Thursday morning, still waiting for my bus station pick up at 6.30am. He was late, my bus was leaving at 7.00am, and I hate cutting things fine. Linh's mother, from the guesthouse, pulled up beside me on her moto. She had unlocked the gate for me so knew what time I'd left and how long I'd been waiting. She made a call on her mobile and within minutes a taxi pulled in. She handed me a bag containing 6 dinner rolls and a hand of tiny bananas, as she knew I hadn't had breakfast. She bundled me into the taxi, paid the driver herself, and waved me off. Now I'm feeling the 'friendly family guesthouse' thing.. I got to the bus ... read more
Emperor Jade Temple
Emperor Jade Temple
Reunification Palace

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