Blogs from Vietnam, Asia - page 9


Asia » Vietnam July 2nd 2015

Having booked a tour for today it was an early start getting picked up at 07.30. Sitting next to an older couple from Australia we were driven for an hour out to a small town called My Son. On the outskirts of the town sits a site that used to contain over 70 temples, but since the Vietnam war and the Americans dropping their bombs now only 20 temples remain. Taking my rain jacket but leaving the hood behind - I'm sure I wont need it!? Famous last words as the heavens opened and the rain came crashing down. Having a tour round what is now a site of ruins in the pouring rain isn't totally my idea of fun! Heading back towards the bus the rain was easing off slightly and we were driven to ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay July 2nd 2015

Mon 29 Jun we checked out of Golden a Times Hostel 3 at lunchtime and transferred to Viet View Hotel - luxury! There was even a Wooden tub in the bathroom! We went for lunch at the Highway 4. Interesting menu! I've attached photos so judge for yourself! We had fresh prawn and pork spring rolls and Saigon spring rolls followed by spicy ostrich satay for Tom and I had crispy battered squid with olives. Tue 29 Jun 8.30 we were picked up for first part of our next tour to Halong Bay. It was a 4 hour drive with a Reststop at another services with a charity workshop. Our guide, Dat explained about the birth defects caused by the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war and how some of those affected don't want ... read more
Not sure about No 5!
Critters are a delicacy !
Pork and prawn Fresh spring rolls

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay July 2nd 2015

Halong Bay Majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious. A Unesco World Heritage Site. That's the description from Lonely Planet and it's not exaggerated. Agus called it stupendous. My description is as Richie would say "Marvellous". Nina thinks spectacularly beautiful and Elsie says "eh..." For the first time we booked a tour from the hostel in Hanoi. We had two choices, a cheaper one called The Lemon Cruise which had all the options we were after or The Cristina Cruise, the expensive luxury option. But when we went to book our lemon it was unavailable, and so our luxury adventure began (sigh ;). Early the next morning at breakfast a guy called Aung, as in (Aung Suu Kyi) started chatting with us, liked the sound of our trip and rushed off to buy a ticket to come ... read more
Bus before it packed out
Getting closer
Ha long bay from the bus

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 1st 2015

Hanoi doesn't really have super markets like we're used to back home. We have been on the look out for nappies but haven't been able to find the right store. So I resorted to google for help. I found a forum and someone mentioned a super market walking distance from us. So off we all went, crossing major roads and intersections like a local (walk slowly, straight in front of traffic and they drive around you) We found the building, a shiny mall, we were surprised to find no super market. In fact it was high end handicrafts, original artworks and clothes.... Not a nappy in sight...and not many people either. The kids play area was a bit of a hit though! Walking home we came across a mini mart with nappies but it was closed ... read more
Kids arcade area

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa July 1st 2015

Our Pick up for train to Lao Cai took us to the train station and we boarded the 10.00pm sleeper train to Lao Cai. We had a small wooden compartment with four bunks but Tom paid double for us to have the compartment to ourselves. There was barely enough room for the two of us and our luggage! We arrived in Lao Cai at 6.00 am to rain and quickly found our pick up for Sa Pa, which was an hour's drive. As you leave Lao Cai you cross a river and on the right you can see a tall building which is in China! The journey to Sa Pa was very picturesque, travelling through the rice terraces and plots of sweetcorn. We passed through the occasional group of small houses and saw dogs, children and ... read more
Rice terraces in Sa Pa
Sa Pa
Sa Pa

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast July 1st 2015

Deciding to move on today the next obvious stop is to Nha Trang. About a 4hr bus journey north east to the coast id heard from previous friends who have travelled through Vietnam that its a bit of a dead end, just passing through kinda place. So, firstly enjoying my lovely breakfast from the hotel, and chatting to an older French man - who happened to be in the process of buying a younger Vietnamese wife!! Not quite the conversation I thought I would have over breakfast but 'everydays a school day!' Learning how much a Vietnamese wife is ( or more to be exact how much you pay her parents!) and the very long winded process of marriage certificates, visas, passports etc was quite interesting. From here I headed off into town to buy some ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Binh Phuoc July 1st 2015

Waking with not having too high an expectation of where i was I didn't exactly rush out the door! So after having a pretty chilled morning of packing and writing up my blog I headed out the door at 1pm for some lunch. Arriving at Lanterns restaurant I had a nice Vietnamese curry before chatting to some staff and signing up for a walking food tour this afternoon. Having a couple of hours to spare I headed out for a wander to find the beach. Walking through the pleasant little town and finding the beach I didn't think it was too bad a place that it had been painted out to be after all. The beach was clean ( which is more than you can say for the beaches on Bali!) and surrounded by new manicured ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang July 1st 2015

Being woken at 5am was not in the plan! But with the Vietnamese not having too much consideration for there fellow passengers this is exactly what happened. With some people getting off - with huge boxes (fridge/freezer!?) and some new people getting on I decided now could be a good time to stretch my legs and have a wee. With the loo only being slightly less disgusting than a well used festival toilet! I didn't hover for long before heading back to my bed - which now contained 3 Vietnamese and a baby!! How did this happen!? So, sitting in the corridor as I now felt pretty wide awake! I sat and watched the passing scenery and only after asking someone in a vague looking uniform how long we still had did I head back for ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 1st 2015

Mon 22 Jun Having arrived at or hotel Golden Time Hostel 3 at 6am to find it padlocked and masquerading as a scooter park, it was fortunate the shop owner next door was setting up her stall on the pavement and shouted the young man sleeping in reception to wake him up! The doors were duly unlocked by a dazed looking employee and after a few seconds a smart young woman appeared and invited us to have breakfast. Bread Butter and Jam on the menu turned out to be a bread roll, jam and a processed cheese slice! We were due to be picked up for a trip to Nimh Binh at 8.00 so left our luggage at the hotel and set off to see the Hoa Lu Temples. Hoa Lu used to be the ... read more
Tom being offered a hat!
View on way to temple
Small pagoda

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang July 1st 2015

Sarah: By the time we reached Nha Trang from Da Lat the heavy rain had stopped and despite it getting on for early evening it was still hot, hot, hot. We had been told our hostel was in walking distance from the bus and so got some walking directions and sweated our way through the streets. What should have been a five minute walk turned into ten after we missed the little alley that we were supposed to go down... Nevertheless, we made it to our hostel to be greeted by a gaggle of Vietnamese ladies who soon plied us with cold towels and water whilst introducing themselves and asking after us and our journey. We had picked this hostel after a couple of separate recommendations, both of them mentioning the loveliness of the ladies. They ... read more
Feast on the boat
Making a splash!
Culture time

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