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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 22nd 2024

I flew from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City. My plan was to rest a couple of days before flying out of Vietnam to the next country. Commonly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, with nearly 10 Million people. Many people visit Ho Chi Minh City to see the war museum, the Cu Chi Tunnels and many more sites. However, I just rested, explored the Bui Vien Street (backpacker and bar street, very lively in the evenings) and enjoyed some rooftop views. After nearly 2 months, I needed some rest and also didn't feel like exploring a big city in the heat. Vietnam has been a great experience for me. The nature and scenery of the north, the rice fields and Pagodas/temples in the center, the craft and ... read more
Ho Chi Minh City
Bui Vien Street
Ho Chi Minh City

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang March 20th 2024

I headed to Da Nang from Hoi An. While I am not a fan of big cities, I realised I won't be in a beach area for some weeks and hence chose Da Nang (also because it was close to Hoi An). Da Nang is a city with more than 1 Million people, richer than most places in Vietnam, higher population growth rate than the national average (due to migration). It has all the makings of what large cities with thriving economies become. I stayed near My Khe Beach at Da Nang, which is a popular beach. However, I reached there on a weekend and found the beach extremely crowded. Lots of people, doing all sorts of things including exercising, co-ordinated dance/aerobic routines or just their Instagram posts, it was all happening. Next day, I woke ... read more
Sunrise
My Khe Beach
Da Nang

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An March 17th 2024

I reached Hoi An from Trang An, taking an overnight sleeper bus. The nearly 900KM journey took about 14 hours, but Vietnam has comfortable sleeper buses and I found the journey alright, even though tiring. Hoi An, meaning peaceful meeting place, used to be a trading port. Situated on the Thu Bon river, this town used to have easy access to a wide river which made it a port for trading. Today, the river is much smaller and hence the port has moved to Da Nang, changing the economic basis of Hoi An from trading to tourism (90%+ of the work force depends on tourism). I explored the town the first evening and was amazed by the number of tourists (very large) and the lanterns, lights and lit up boats. It was a kaleidoscope of colors ... read more
Hoi An colors
Hoi An Buildings
Streets of Hoi An

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 14th 2024

Last October my father was very sick after he got Covid while recovering from surgery. He was not expected to live so the whole family gathered and we were ready to say goodbye to him. Fortunately, he got better and went back home. I had the chance to catch up with my nephew Kevin who is now living in Sweden. At age 11, he was a nice bubbly boy and he was very different to the boy I saw years ago when he was growing up. It was a great chance for my family reunion. Kevin and his parents, however, couldn't go back to Hanoi for Tết this year as my sister is waiting for her residence visa. Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year - 9 to 13 February) is the biggest event of the year for ... read more
Flags inside an alley in Hanoi
Peach blossoms on a bike at a local market
My father and his grandchildren (Nam, Giang and Kevin) a few years ago

Asia » Vietnam March 13th 2024

Je vais tenter d'ajouter quelques brèves expériences personnelles aux articles déjà très complets écrits par Linchy. Maintenant, fais toi lire ces quelques lignes, fermes les yeux et imagines ... ... Ce que je ressens : A l'excitation du départ, s'ajoutent : _ une concentration particulière à la préparation des bagages pour un voyage en mode sac à dos d'hôtel à hôtel. Le paquetage se devait d'être sécurisé, pratique et modulable : 2 sacs à dos de 80 à 120L pour transporter l'ensemble des affaires (et les souvenirs ...) et 3 plus petits sacs pour les excursions quotidiennes _ une appréhension des pickpockets ; plusieurs personnes nous ont avertis que nous sommes une cible pour les vols à l'arrachée _ une envie indescriptible de voir Linchy s'épanouir et trouver ce qu'elle recherche, peut-être même quelque chose à ... read more
Marché de rue à Ho CHi Minh
Marché de rue à Ho CHi Minh
Producteur d'Arabica et de Robusta à Ho Chi Minh

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Ninh Binh March 13th 2024

From Cat Ba Island, I headed to Trang An, which is close to Ninh Binh. Only 90KM from Hanoi and due to Hoa Lu ancient capital (first capital of Vietnam), Ninh Binh can feel touristy, as does it's real tourist cousin, Tam Coc. Avoiding those, I headed to Trang An, a small village with beautiful nature and small homestays. It's also known as as the "Ha Long Bay on land" for the karsts rising out of the river. My hostel was the most scenic place I have stayed at in this trip and I could immediately understand the charm of the place. During my walk through the village, I saw freshly planted rice fields, people going about their lives (very friendly and children always try their English with you) and just the slow pace and clean ... read more
Trang An rice fields
Thung Nham Bird Park
Thung Nham Bird Park

Asia » Vietnam March 10th 2024

Ces 2 derniers jours, mes cousins nous ont réservés un tour pour visiter quelques endroits du Delta du Mékong. L’endroit est intéressant mais en fin de séjour, ça nous a paru un peu « fade » par rapport à d’autres coins visités du Viêt Nam, par nous mêmes et en prenant notre temps. Mais pour 56€ par personne, cela nous a paru honnête car l’hôtel était vraiment bien. Mes cousins m’ont dit que le prix aurait pu être divisé par deux car nous avons réservé à la dernière minute. Pour commencer le tour, nous avons visité la pagode Vinh Trang qui se situe dans la rue Nguyen Trung Truc, la ville de My Tho, de la province de Tien Giang. Classée comme relique historique et culturelle nationale. Vinh Trang a été construite au début du XIXe siècle par ... read more
Pagode Vinh Trang
Pagode Vinh Trang
Bateau pour aller sur l’île Thoi Son

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong March 10th 2024

After an overnight sleep at Hanoi, I headed to Cat Ba Island. In Vietnam, one of the most famous places to visit is the Ha Long Bay. People visit for the limestone karsts and the clean waters. But given its popularity, it can get crowded. So I chose Cat Ba (pronounced as Cas Ba), the next door neighbour, much less touristy and the same landscapes. Cat Ba (means Island of Women) is named after three women from the Trang Dynasty of Vietnam, is a 285 square KM island comprising of the Cat Ba National Park. It's being developed as a tourist destination, but because it shares the same land and sea as Ha Long Bay, you get to see the same landscapes. After arriving, I explored the island a bit the first day and rested. Next ... read more
Small beaches in Lan Ha Bay
Langoor at Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay

Asia » Vietnam March 8th 2024

Chez ma cousine éloignée (du côté de mon père), et que je connais que seulement depuis quelques semaines, nous sommes accueillis comme des rois. Nous nous sentons comme chez nous. Ma cousine a même lavé notre linge… La maison est très confortable sur 5 étages. Nous dormons dans la chambre d’invités au 4e étage. Il y a une salle de bain à chaque niveau. Le salon et la cuisine se trouvent au RDC. Sur la terrasse, il y a un poulailler et les 3 chiens de la famille. Chaque maison vietnamienne a son poulailler même en plein centre ville. C’est normal ici de se faire réveiller par un coq. Ce matin, nous sommes partis manger un bún riêu qui est une soupe de vermicelles de riz vietnamienne, servie avec de la viande de crabe (bún riêu ... read more
Sur la route du petit déjeuner
Petit déjeuner
Bong rieu

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Cao Bang March 8th 2024

From Hanoi, I headed to Cao Bang. I was actually going to the Ban Gioc Waterfall, a place I had seen on the internet and was fascinated by, but not many tourists had in their plans. Part of the reason why Ban Gioc is off the beaten path is its distance from Hanoi (330KM roughly). I took a bus to Cao Bang, which given some delays, reached late evening and then I took a taxi to cover the last 80KM to my homestay at the Ban Gioc Waterfall. Based on the Quay Son river, Ban Gioc Waterfall is a 30 meter high and 300 meters wide waterfall. What makes it interesting (apart from its stunning beauty), is that it's right on the Vietnam-China border. I wonder why the major waterfalls in the world are on borders ... read more
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Angels Eye mountain




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