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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast December 5th 2015

Here are some words to describe the bus ride from Hue to Phong Nha: terrifying. fast. harrowing. confusing. unsleepable (it's a word now). We woke up wicked early in the morning in Hue, packed, ate a quick breakfast at the hostel, and then were rushed out with all of our stuff to another one of those tiny Vietnamese buses that doesn't fit Westerners. I actually had to stick both my legs out into the aisle. Smaller than airplane seats. Sylvan was on a day tour of Phong Nha, and I was going to my hostel. But we were on the same bus. Confusing point number 1. Then the tour started, led by a Vietnamese man who barely spoke English. I mostly stuck my headphones in and tried to sleep while the bus twisted and turned at ... read more
Inside Paradise Cave
Reflections
Banana Leaf Barbecue

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City December 5th 2015

We woke up early, which is a good thing? I'm not sure how I feel about this significant time change. It's 7am and I'm wide awake. It's good not to waste the day away, so we get ready for the day. Downstairs we have breakfast. The hostel provides us with a choice of breakfasts, including itchy ban. We opt for the omlettes. The food is prepared and delivered to our table for us. We did not get this type of service in South America and now I wonder if this is consistent throughout Vietnam or just this hostel. We met a socialogy professor from Singapore who has been to Alberta mainly as an investor. He says that he loves Canada and quickly bashes Americans. We were told that Americans were not popular in Vietnam and I'm ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast December 5th 2015

Mui ne - deserts, quad bikes & riding sand dunes Mui ne is a gorgeous little town with the most amazing beach! We booked a little bungalow on the beach front for the 4 of us. We arrived at sunset and had a walk along the beach which was littered with kite surfers, it had such an amazing cool vibe. Shortly after we left we were asked to join a group of kite surfers from Brazil Cyprus, Germany (basically all over the world). They offered us straight whisky and exchanged travelling stories whilst the sunset. Later that night we walked into the town to Dragon which was on the beach front and had cushions all over, swimming pool.We met a crazy Russian guy who had bought some balls on string (that should have been lit) to ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế December 4th 2015

We arrived at our hostel in Da Nang, which is another coastal city. We got settled and went out for another motorbike ride. We had spent a little over $5 on the motorbike rental and wanted to get the full value of the money out of it, after all. We drove along the coast up to the peninsula. On the way, it started raining, so we pulled over at a little cafe where no one spoke English. I tried to ask for coffee. I tried to ask for Coca Cola. I tried to ask for tea. They gave me warm beer. Once it stopped raining, we continued on up some mountain roads with beautiful views of Da Nang. We drove up a very sketchy steep narrow concrete road for a long time. At one point, the ... read more
Dragon Boat
PUPPY
Temple in Hue

Asia » Vietnam December 3rd 2015

Dad this will make you proud Ho Chi Min City First morning in Vietnam after a hectic night! We decided to visit the war museum, we already loved Vietnam for the cool bars and craziness but we never prepared ourselves for what we were about to witness!I am glad that it was a sunny day and my ray-bans were with me! We hit the museum and the grounds were full of tanks, copters and huge weapons, you had to see it to believe it! (Check out the pics) I'm not sure what we expected but it hit us hard the pictures and the horror they suffered!Typically stupid (as we are) we started at the end of the war and worked our way ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast December 3rd 2015

Today we set out to travel southeast Asia. We have a long joureny ahead of us with airplane flights, three planes, two layovers, and losing an entire day. We started out day at the Calgray airport, really early in the morning. Darren is off to a good start when he forgets the camera case in the car and has to go back to grab it. At least he remembered at the airport. We had breakfast at the airport which consisted of celebratory mamosas and ceasars. We then catch our flight to Vancouver. While in Vancouver, we try to walk around as much as possible, since we are about to embark on a long, long flight. We were surprised with the little amount of security that we had to go through for these flights. At the Vancouver ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An December 1st 2015

Night buses are just the worst. My bus picked me up from my hostel in Nha Trang at 6:30 and drove around the city for 45 minutes picking other people up. We landed at the bus company's office at 7:15 and then waited until 7:30 to leave. The office is a couple blocks from my hostel. Woof. Also, my seat was broken. It's supposed to recline up and down. It was stuck in down. I stuck my small backpack under it to hoist it up a bit and give myself some legroom. I put my neck pillow and blanket behind my head to allow myself to sit up a bit more. Then I took a sleeping pill and passed out. I arrived in Hoi An at some ungodly hour of the morning (7:30 I think) and ... read more
Boats in Hoi An
Basket Boats
Water coconut trees

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang November 29th 2015

The bus ride from Da Lat to Nha Trang was pleasant. It was 5 hours, there were 5 people on a relatively big bus, and the views were gorgeous. We would through mountains with waterfalls coming within inches of the road. I read my book (The Stand by Stephen King), listened to podcasts, and stared out the window. When we arrived in Nha Trang, it was nightfall, and I walked a few blocks to my hostel where I was enthusiastically greeted by the entire staff! Tintin is my favorite hostel staff member of all time. He spent the whole two days calling me "sista" and going out of his way to be helpful. I got settled into my four-bedroom door (under the bed lockers!!!) and hung out in the lobby for a bit. When Sylvan arrived ... read more
Looking into the valley
Nha Trang
Beach at Nha Trang

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 28th 2015

So, we thought you might be interested to see a quick review of China and Vietnam. We provided one of these for Japan and S.Korea, so seems only right to keep up with these. China * Number of days spent in the country = 22 * Number of towns/cities visited = 9 * Favorite city = Chris - Hong Kong and Gemma Yangshuo * Favorite food = Chris - Hot Pot and Gemma steamed buns * Favorite thing we did = Chris - cycling in Yangshuo and Gemma climbing the Great Wall of China * Best place we stayed = Chris - Panda Apartment in Chengdu and Gemma plush hotel in Guangzhou * Most unexpected = Chris - having beard groped on underground and Gemma being given a random baby for a photo op at the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 27th 2015

Friday 27th November 2015 Today we took another sleeper bus for the bargain price of £4 each for 5 hours south to Ho Chi Minh City, now going to be referred to as HCMC as its a pain in the bum to write. We arrived in the late afternoon and was dropped off just around the corner from the backpacker area of Bui Vien. We had chosen to stay at Giang Son hotel for 4 nights with a cost of £7 each per night. We chose this place as the reviews claimed it was close enough to the restaurants but down a side street so hidden from the noise and lights. We arrived and were told to go to their 'number 2 hotel' down the road. They told us to go back to where we started. ... read more
Hidden entrance to the underground tunnels
on a boat on the Mekong
Small off shoot to the Mekong River




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