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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 20th 2015

09 juin 2015 : Nous nous levons à 5h30 pour photographier un lever de soleil mais le ciel est très chargé. A 6h45 nous avons droit à un cours de Thaï Chi puis à 7h00 nous prenons un petit déjeuner léger puis nous partons visiter une grotte sur une de ces innombrables Îles. A 9h30, au retour de la grotte, nous avons un super brunch, et à 11h00 nous partons pour Hanoï. Nous nous arrêtons en cours de route pou visiter une nouvelle pagode et un énorme bouddha de pierre. Nous voyons d'un peu plus près le riz en train de sécher sur le bord des routes et des rues des villages. Le soir en arrivant à Hanoï, nous passons par la pagode au pilier unique et devant le mausolée du président Ho Chi Minh puis ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 19th 2015

Our train arrived in Hanoi at about 0430 and we caught a taxi to our hotel. Once there, we waited in the very luxurious waiting area of the Luxury Golden Lotus Hotel as we were told that check in time wasn't until 1400. We've been in Vietnam long enough to know that they will bend over backwards to get you in earlier. So we only had to wait an hour and we were in. As the name suggests, it was one step up from the regular Golden Lotus Hotel. The rooms were more uxurious, spacious, with windows of which one has a view over the city. We took some time to regroup and round up our gross, smelly trekking clothes to take to the laundry. I have a mutiny on my hands. Brendan has given up ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay July 19th 2015

Stayed on a cruise in Ha Long Bay. - Me Cung Grotto - Ti Top Island... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa July 18th 2015

A well earned sleep in with rising at 0730. I had to put the ear plugs in at about 0330 because if the rooster. We aren't leaving until 1000 so had a few hours to kill including a giant stack of pancakes and getting the kids to frolick in the rice paddies so I could take pictures of them. I managed to get on the bank of one which is no easy feat and walking along the narrow bank of the terrace was even trickier. If I lost balance then I'd be having a bath. Once we had trekked through the main village and about 5km into the trip we had a nice relatively flat, concreted walking path and I thought today would be easy. How wrong I was. We trekked through some awfully thick, slippery ... read more

Saturday, 4 July we had a 3.5 hr transfer by car via Danang which looks like an up and coming seaside destination. After unpacking we walked into Hoi An and visited the Old Town. First stop was a Japanese enclosed bridge first constructed 1590. It was flattened by the French to enable vehicles to cross but was restored in 1986. Hoi An is a mecca for clothes shoppers, especially those wanting tailored suits. Next we visited a typical Viet house, Tan Ky House -owned by same family for 7 generations. In 1964 it was flooded to above my height as shown by a marker on the wall. There were also Chinese poems in inlaid mother of pearl On the walls. From there we walked to Quan Than House which is 3 centuries old, again with Chinese ... read more
Shrine to monkey and dog at far end
Street in Hoi An
Fishing net

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 18th 2015

- Museum of Ethnology - Temple of Literature - Lunch at KOTO Restaurant - Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum - Flag Tower - Imperial Citadel (world heritage) - St. Joseph's Cathedral - Dinner: cha ca la vong (grilled fish)... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa July 17th 2015

At 0915 we started our trek from Sapa. It was pretty tough going as we started with some rain making it so, so humid. I didn't even bother with the rain coat and just used an umbrella which was much cooler. Most of the trail was very rocky and muddy making it difficult and it wasn't long before. Our guide is called Mi and she kept up a good pace. These ladies do it every day. Apparently the men stay at home to look after the kids while the women do treks and sell things to tourists. The families make enough rice to feed their families most of the time and they thier own produce but still need extra money to buy meat etc. It wasn't long before I lost my balance on a stream crossing ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 17th 2015

The only plans we had for our last day in Vietnam was to head to the airport in the early afternoon. We took advantage of no plans and slept in for the first time since we started the trip. But as it was our last day, Kirsten decided to head out for a pedicure, while Chester and Lynn relaxed at the hotel and had a few beers. Surprisingly all of the spas were full and Kirsten had to scurry to 3 of them before she could get it. But she made it back to the hotel with 45 mins to spare to get packed up and showered. Our guide met us for the ride to the airport with a few last questions "just for fun" for us. Of course we did not get a single question ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 17th 2015

It's Arnee's birthday and we're up for some treats. Breakfast is included at the hotel so after breakfast we jumped in a cab to find the #1 rated coffee is Saigon! It was a pretty impressive and trendy sun drenched (airconditioned) airy space on the third floor. There were 2 single origin beans to chose from and about 6 coffee making methods. Arnee's cold pressed local bean was beautiful, my latte was not bad either! Next it was tattoo time.... After several hours of drafting the design and ensuring it aligned perfectly on Arnee's shin (above his new shoes) work began. Meanwhile the kids and I went hunting sushi, Agus allowed mummy to have 3 pieces and managed to down 5 salmon, 4 cucumber and 2 avocado, I had to roll him home! Dinner was another ... read more
Lime juice from a jar
Cold pressed coffee shot
Real coffee

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 17th 2015

Walked around Hanoi. 1. Walked around Hoan Kien Lake. 2. Rode on a 'golf buggy' around some parts of town. 3. Watched the water puppet show.... read more

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