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Trip: Vietnam

There are [11] stories from my trip: Vietnam


VIETNAM | Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | Views [875]

Crazy crazy. Hanoi feels like China. The streets still have the mental Vietnamese traffic, but the shops sell Chinese medicine and the people look more Chinese. We enjoyed the cute water puppets and the Chinese style buildings and temples. We enjoyed ... Read more >

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Prison Train to Hanoi

VIETNAM | Sunday, 17 Jun 2007 | Views [2310] | Comments [2]

The train to Hanoi was booked out, but we managed to wangle tickets at the last minute. Not a soft sleeper like we planned, or even a hard sleeper. Not even a soft seat for that matter. A hard seat (translation: skinny wooden bench 50cms wide). As the ... Read more >

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Gallery: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery

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VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | Views [2189] | Comments [5]

We've been so lucky with all the people we've met and trusted on this trip. Our luck ran out this morning. Seriously. Can you even imagine a crazy knife-weilding Vietnamese dude with his top lip cut off wearing a communist soldier's hat? He even ... Read more >

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Hue to Go

VIETNAM | Sunday, 3 Jun 2007 | Views [928]

After talking to other travellers who said that Hue,the capital of Vietnam before Hanoi, didn't have a huge amount to offer. As such, we gave ourselves a day to 'do Hue'. After nabbing ourselves a 'penthouse suite' with killer views right across the ... Read more >

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Sick of shopping - go diving!

VIETNAM | Saturday, 2 Jun 2007 | Views [1002]

I find buying ready made clothes stressful enough, so after three days of dealing with tailors and making clothes from scratch, I was at breaking point and left Cat to it. Fortunately, the nearby Cham Islands promised some underwater treats to take my ... Read more >

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Tailor Made

VIETNAM | Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | Views [1326]

This is me with the clothes we got made in Hoi An. I would like to point out that they're not all for me, but also for my mum and dad and sister and husband. So it's not really as bad as it looks :) After the stress of choosing a great tailor with ... Read more >

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Good Morning Vietnam!

VIETNAM | Thursday, 31 May 2007 | Views [4118] | Comments [1]

Typically Vietnam: a teenage girl biking down the street in a white ai do (long, tight fitting dress with side splits to the waist and trousers underneath). Not a very practical school uniform, but it looks beautiful. 5 people on one motorbike with ... Read more >

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In Sickness and in Health

VIETNAM | Thursday, 31 May 2007 | Views [831]

We've been on the move since Christmas and it all finally caught up with us. James was sick for a few days in Ho Chi Minh and once he got better, I got sick in Dalat. We're fine now, but it made for a pretty scratchy, grouchy, tired kind of week. ... Read more >

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Off the beaten track - Dalat to Hoi An

VIETNAM | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Views [3051]

The open bus system in Vietnam makes it too easy and get locked into the tourist route. After spending the last 5 days on the back of a motorbike exploring the central highlands and the Ho Chi Minh trail, I'm so glad we resisted the temptation to take ... Read more >

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War Remnants Museum

VIETNAM | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Views [4748]

So this is me squeezing in to a tiny hole at the Cu Chi tunnels. You can see that the tunnels weren't built for tall white girls, but for tiny little 45kg Vietnamese soldiers. Unbelievably, they managed to survive underground all day for years, and the ... Read more >

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