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The many landscapes of Vietnam

The many landscapes of Vietnam

How lucky I consider myself to be to have seen such beautiful things. Vietnam is truly a country of many landscapes: mountains, sand dunes, beaches, rice paddies, lakes, steep valleys with powerful rivers and cascading waterfalls. However, the harsh reality stands that no matter where you go, rubbish lines the streets and it blends into … Continue reading

Southern Vietnam Part 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Part 3. HCMC Ho Chi Minh City was the next stop on our trip. We visited the Botanical Gardens and Zoo, War Remnants Museum, a water theme park, and Cu Chi Tunnels.  The Botanical Gardens and Zoo aren’t really worth the mention, except for the fact that the animals seem depressed and lonely.  I don’t … Continue reading

Travel Lesson 4 – beans or chilli?

Watch out when eating string beans, green chillies will cleverly disguise themselves amongst the beans and they will wreak havoc in your mout.  Take extra care when eating in the dark. One night in Koh Tao while Chase was sick in bed, I went out for dinner at one of those beachfront restaurants that I … Continue reading

Travel Lesson 3 – Language

Learning and using the local language will get you further than using English. When Chase and I decided to stay overnight in Chumphon, a town where tourists usually arrive off a 5am train and depart for the islands a few hours after, we had to quickly get an understanding of the language.  We did see … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 3: Sapa

Part 3. Sapa Three buses, one ferry and an overnight train from Cat Ba, we were in Sa Pa, home to Indochina’s tallest peak – Mount Fansipan at 3146m. 1600m above sea level and hugged firmly by thick dense clouds, the town was rather cold. Adventure seekers normally come here to climb Mt Fansipan, however … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 2: Cat Ba Island

The happiness I was seeking in Ha Noi came in short bursts in Cat Ba. We found a cheap hotel room and were very impressed. We had huge floor to ceiling windows with vast ocean views which made me quite happy. Unfortunately for me, Cat Ba was celebrating the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s visit … Continue reading

Northern Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

Hanoi wasn’t as people made out. It was not a massive culture shock. It was just like any other city to me. I seemed to have been going through a slight phase of depression while here. I was seeking something exciting, something interesting, but with a bad patch of weather and little more than museums … Continue reading