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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 16th 2011

Alright...well what to say in this post to be honest and keep it PG-13. Vang Vien is essentially the Cancun of SE Asia. And despite what my mother thinks, we haven't been partying all that much since being here. Yes we stay up late and hang out with other travelers, but drinking (even though really cheap) a lot makes it really hard to keep to your budget and we've been waking up by 8 AM most days to go out and see the world, so we've been pretty good. Until we got to Vang Vien. The main activity here is tubing down a river with very loud bars on either side. Most people don't rent tubes (as they are expensive) and simply float on the river from bar to bar. Our first day in Vang Vien ... read more
Monks at the rocket festival
To the Platform
The festival

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 13th 2011

The next time you have a long layover at the airport, or even a canceled flight where you have to stay the night in some city you don't want to stay in, think again before could definitely be worse. After our nine hour bus ride the day before, and a night hanging out in Dien Bien Phu, we woke up at 5:00 to catch our bus across the border to Laos, headed for Moung Khaou. There weren't many people on the bus, but it was loaded up with cargo, and we were forced to throw our backpacks on top. Not a big deal as long as there wasn't any rain. We then climbed aboard our mini-bus, which was really not too full. I got put in a seat with no leg room because there were ... read more
The road
A tight fit
Kitchen of our lunchtime restaurant

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa May 11th 2011

We arrived in Sapa at about 7:30 in the morning, after the night train and an hour long bus ride. Just the two of us for the first time in a while. We left the British boys in Hanoi and will meet up with them in a couple days in Laos and Maryse was left in Halong Bay to go rock climbing for a week or so before continuing on. I was actually pretty sad to leave her. She's been traveling with us for a while and she is a pretty cool girl. But it is nice to be just the two of us again for a bit. We can be brutally honest, fart in the room, and all that stuff without company around to criticize. So anyway, we got to Sapa and checked into the ... read more
Tribal Women
Red Dzao Woman and Baby
View from our hotel balcony

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay May 10th 2011

We woke up at 7:30, ate breakfast, and got on our bus to Halong Bay. A four hour ride and we were on the Jolly Roger, our junk boat and home for the next 24 hours or so. From here we took about a three hour cruise through the cove where we put up anchor to spend the afternoon and night. We were served a delicious seafood lunch and moved into our rooms in this time. The food was truly incredible and the room was quite nice. I hitched up with Josh the Brit, while Aly and Maryse shared a room. The room was big, had AC, a window with a beautiful ocean view, our own Western bathroom with hot water, everything you could want. It's amazing how much money I spent for a terribly small ... read more
Hanging Out on Top Deck
The Bay
Maryse and I

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa May 10th 2011

So there's gonna be a few posts here. We've been out of internet access for a while as we were on a boat and a remote island for a few days. I'll finish up our last day in Hanoi, then move on to what we've been up to lately in Halong Bay and Sapa. Hanoi...after the morning walk which you all got a bunch of pictures of, I headed back to the hostel to pick up Aly, Maryse, and the three British guys who were in our room (Josh, Dan, and Rich). Our plan was to explore the city, aimlessly ambling, to see what we could find. We went through the market which was already described and then went a little further. Apparently it is not just the food that is arranged in clusters (all the ... read more
Tree at the temple on a lake
Gruesome Eh?

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi May 5th 2011

Alrighty...I'm putting up two separate blogs this morning. The first will be just my regular what we did yesterday and the second will be a lame attempt to show you what a morning is like on the city streets of this part of the world in pictures. I'll say more later. So yesterday we arrived off the sleeper bus at about 8:30 in the morning. That's a good 15 hours on a bus without stopping and I slept pretty terribly the entire time. We took a cab to our hostel, checked in, and set out to find some food. Three of our roommates (Brits) had also just arrived, so we joined up and headed out to explore the streets and grab a cheap bite somewhere. The first place we picked looked exactly like a restaurant, the ... read more
Phuong- our (Mexican) waiter

So the sleeper bus I'm on this time is far more awkward than laying between two Vietnamese men. My seat isn't bad...I'm on the second story in the middle of the bus, but the! This is apparently the party bus, complete with loud techno, strobe lights, and various other disco ball type things. There are two tv's on the bus, neither of which were on at the start, but one of them is directly in front of and above my seat so I pulled it down and turned it on out of curiosity. One channel only. And it's hot, scantily clad women dancing at a rave. It's sort of like girls gone wild (not that I've ever seen girls gone wild). It could be quite nice, but it's quite awkward to be sitting directly ... read more
Dragon in Citadel
Forbidden Purple City

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An May 2nd 2011

So after a long night on the sleeper bus where my one buddy decided to roll over on top of me a fair amount in the middle of the night, we arrived in Hoi An tired and grumpy only to be barraged by tons of people asking to take us to our hotel or to stay at their hotel or to buy sun glasses, etc. We settled for a couple motorbike drivers and arrived at Dai Long Hotel shortly after. We checked in, showered, Aly took a short nap, then we set out for some breakfast and a bit of exploration in the city. Hoi An is not a very large city and it is quite touristy, but it has a nice feel to it. A large part of the city is called the ancient ... read more
My body turned to stone
Riding the bike
Kevin and Aly

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat April 29th 2011

So this entry is being written while I am sitting/lying on a sleeper bus set for Hoi An from Nah Trang. We didn't stay there at all, but it is a stop on the way from Dalat. I am nestled in between two Vietnamese men, one of whom is constantly on his phone telling his friends that he is sitting next to a white guy, and the other who is intently staring at the screen watching me type. He can't read English so it's all good, but he got exciting about being able to read the names of the cities. This is our first sleeper bus, and it's quite awkward but its nicer than a regular bus considering we have a 12 hour bus ride ahead of us. Hopefully we'll be able to sleep, but ... read more
Water Sliding
Yay waterfalls

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