Denise Mann


Denise Mann

Off on an adventure to South America

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai May 3rd 2015

Sapa walk 1st and 2nd May Started off at the hotel around 9.30am. Very hot day already but a different type of heat then what is found in Hanoi. A lot drier. Walked down the mountainside and along getting to see a lot of rice fields and locals. Along the way we had a few local Hmong women who were there to help us negotiate the paths, etc. if needed. One lady was very insistent in helping me - I must have looked in need of help negotiating the potholes etc. We stopped a few times as one of the women had a baby that needed feeding a couple of times. (See picture). Their clothing is really gorgeous and exquisitely embroidered and must also be very hot. It was only when we stopped for lunch you ... read more
2. local woman with baby
3. young children
4. first rest stop

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai May 3rd 2015

Sapa adventure Train ride okay. Train travels to a place called Lao Cai. Cleaner train and they reserve carriages for tourists on 'The Pumpkin Express'. Arrived around 5.30am and we were met at the station by a guide who led us to a restaurant for breakfast before our bus ride up the mountain to Sapa. Very windy road with non existent safety barriers most of the way. Started raining on the way up and was bucketing down when we arrived in Sapa. It was a holiday as it was the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Vietnam so there were people and buses and cars everywhere. Finally got to our hotel around 10am and was met by our Sapa guide Chai. We couldn't check in until 2pm so she took us for a 2 hr walk ... read more
front of hotel
hemp cloth being dyed indigo
hotel rooster

Asia May 3rd 2015

HANOI 30thApril Today didn’t get up so early. After breakfast we went to the Women’s Museum. Another great place and it took a few hours to walk around and look at everything. Vietnamese women were very strong and passionate about their country during the wars and quite a few died for the country. We also stopped in at a place called the Hanoi Old Citadel Northern Gate. It was built in 1805 during the Nguyen dynasty reconstruction of the Thang Long Citadel. This is the only one of 5 external gates that survived the French’s military attack and subsequent destruction of the walls in the late 19th century. After this went and had Bun Chau for lunch which is a fantastic dish of pork belly, sweet and sour sauce with some finely chopped vegetables and noodles. ... read more
north gate up top
North Gate
sunset in Hanoi

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thanh Hoa April 25th 2015

Hanoi Early morning today as we had to catch a plane to Hanoi this morning. Flight was around 1hr and the bus ride from the airport was around a 40min trip to the hotel. After checking in we went out for a late lunch. We all had lunch on the footpath across the road from the restaurant which was great fun. The food was bought over to us across a busy intersection on trays and was absolutely great. After that we walked down through the old quarter and had a look at some of the shops. Some of us wanted to see the Hang Long Water Puppet show so we purchased tickets for later that day. In the meantime we went to a coffee shop who knows where and had another great cup of coffee. After ... read more
building architecture
Huc (rising Sun)  Bridge on Hoan Kiem Lake
installing extra power lines

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế April 24th 2015

Hue, Fun, fun, fun today. Got to ride on the back of a motorbike. We rode around who knows where but I am sure that is part of the tour going through all the laneways and alleys. We started off by visiting the Thanh Toan market which is on every day where everyone sells everything including raw meat, fish and live baby ducks. (see pictures) Once we had looked at the markets we were give a demonstration on how rice is made and what type of beds were used in the past. All very physical and this was shown to us by a very elderly lady. At this place they have a bridge that was built in 1776 and is called the Thanh Toan Tiled - Roofed Bridge. We all had our fortune told by the ... read more
230415 baby ducks for sale
240415 local scenery at markets
240415 old lady at markets

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế April 24th 2015

Hue Have added photos from The Citadel as left them off in yesterdays post. Enormous place and hopefully it will be restored. Photos don't due it justice. See next post for fun day on a motorbike.... read more
3 bronwyn imperial palace
230415 imperial palace
230415 remains of wall after bombing

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế April 23rd 2015

Hoi An to Hue Left Hoi An and drove north to Da Nang. Da Nang is Vietnam's third biggest city and has the coolest bridge called the Dragon Bridge. See picture. It is becoming a major tourist and holiday destination due to the beach. Along the way we stopped At China Beach which is a really nice beach. They don't get big waves and it is very clean with lots of deck chairs laid out. From the beach you can see a statue called the Lady Buddha. Took a picture but it looks like she is floating in mid air due to the haze that was around that day. Moving on we continued to travel north over the Hai Van Pass (21km) of winding road. Great views and up the top are the ruins of a ... read more
230415 china beach
230415 hai van pass
230415 lady buddha

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế April 22nd 2015

Day in Hoi An Spent the whole day in Hoi An shopping and walking around looking at everything. Cooler today but nice for walking around. Easy to spend money here as there are lots of clothes, shoes and just about anything you would wish to buy. I thought we were quite restrained and only managed to buy so much. Have to think about what we need to add to our luggage. Had lunch at a nice little restaurant with coffee of course. The coffee is just so great in Vietnam. Had a swim in the hotel pool and went back out to find this Tea Room which is run by a group that provides opportunities for deaf and non speaking women. Very peaceful atmosphere and great tea and coffee with great homemade biscuits. We visited their ... read more
220415 River
220415 view from hotel at breakfast
220415 wall sculpture hoi an

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

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