Ho Chi Minh City or is it Saigon?

May 20, 20126 Comments

Our Final Stop in Vietnam Saying goodbye to Vietnam wasn’t easy.  Over the last month we have grown rather fond of the place, providing you don’t let the constant, fluctuating and often ridiculous initial prices sought by some traders get to you.  I will forgive it that annoyance, because the country has given us some great memories […]

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Relaxing in Hoi An

May 18, 20125 Comments

From the Imperial City of Hue we made our way down to the Vietnamese coastal town of Hoi An with its beautifully preserved historic buildings, good beaches and some amazing food. The journey from Hue is short at only four hours by coach.  We could have taken the train to Danang and then caught a […]

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Vietnam: Huế for Buddha’s Birthday

May 9, 20123 Comments

More Vietnamese Train Journeys We’d seen a little of  Vietnamese mountain life in Sapa.  Now all that stood between us, and our first real glimpse of the historic temples and tombs of Hue, was a twenty four hour journey consisting of two trains and a bus back down the mountain to Lao Cai station. We’d managed to […]

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Visit Sapa in Vietnam, Scams and Sights

May 6, 20124 Comments

Visit Sapa – How we got there Before our trip to Halong Bay, we’d visited Hanoi train station to book our tickets for the eight hour journey to Sapa.  After waiting patiently in the booking office, clutching our queue ticket number, I think queuing is a quintessentially British reserve,  we eventually got to the booking window. We quickly […]

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Halong Bay Storms

May 3, 20122 Comments

How long in Halong Bay After our first few days in Vietnam we turned to planning our first tour here, Halong Bay.  Halong Bay is on the ‘must do’ list if you are visiting Vietnam. Therein lies the problem, the choice of tour companies, agents and types of trip (one day, two day, three day […]

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