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One chilled out Uncle Ho in Hanoi

Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | Views [1854]

  Following the tour crowd off the bus from Halong Bay lead us to the Blue Star Hotel on Bat Dan Street. They tried to give us a really pokey windowless room for $12 but on declining a much better room with Air Con and wifi became available for the ... Read more >

Tags: barber, fan, guard, heatwave, history, mausoleum, moped tour, movie, power cut

The Halong Bay Fiasco 3

Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | Views [1058]

We didn't get much sleep due to the generator but we got enough. It turned out that the $65 couple's AC didn't work anyway. After a simple breakfast we stopped for 10 minutes to allow those who wanted to jump off and have a swim. The American and English ... Read more >

Tags: bribery, singing

The Halong Bay Fiasco 2

Sunday, 7 Jun 2009 | Views [2870] | Comments [2]

Day two of the Halong bay tour started surprisingly similarly to day one. Claire was in the shower when the phone rang. The voice said ”Finish! Leave hotel now!” I looked at my watch: 7.10 and we had been told to meet at 7.30. Ignoring what had been ... Read more >

Tags: beach, boat, canoe, island, island, tour, trekking

The Halong Bay Fiasco 1

Saturday, 6 Jun 2009 | Views [2038]

It was an inauspicious start to the trip. We had slept through the alarm and were awoken by a heavy thumping on the paper thin bedroom door. The thoughtful receptionist had given us a 20 minute headstart before the promised air conditioned minivan ... Read more >

Tags: boat, cave, island, karaoke, mate, passport, tour

Hanoi, where the wild mopeds roam

Friday, 5 Jun 2009 | Views [1556]

The first impressions of Hanoi in the taxi were that of a French city. It was after all the colonial capital of French Indochina so it shouldn't have been too surprising to be passing through ... Read more >

Tags: city, moped

Gallery: Vietnam - North

Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

Vietnam - North
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Underwhelmed in Hue

Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | Views [2151]

It was only a four hour journey to Hue from Hoi An but we still had the bizarre “sleeping bus” to semi-horizontally not sleep in for the journey. We allowed ourselves to be taken to the suggested guesthouse ... Read more >

Tags: citadel, culture, hangover, history

Suited and booted in Hoi An

Sunday, 31 May 2009 | Views [2411]

We lucked out with the bus to Hoi An – it was quite a bit more modern and seemed to have been designed with passengers in mind unlike its previous incarnations. This time there was a space for your bag rather ... Read more >

Tags: beach, bike, tailor

Funky monkey and the floating bar: Nha Trang

Thursday, 28 May 2009 | Views [32844] | Video

We had decided to do an island tour from Nha Trang - the punters on the boat were an eclectic mix of English gap year types, Filipino engineers working on the soon to open Nha Trang Marriot and a few locals ... Read more >

Tags: bar, beach, boat, island

The old Vietnamese casino-heist scam

Monday, 25 May 2009 | Views [3060] | Comments [7]

As usual, the bus was late. After half an hour of waiting patiently in the travel agency we went across the road for some beers, their arrival, of course coinciding with that of the sleeping bus to Nha Trang, ... Read more >

Tags: beach, casino, omelette, scam

History lessons in moped city - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Friday, 22 May 2009 | Views [3339] | Video

Crowds of overpriced baguette-wielding hawkers thronged around the bus as the rucksacks were crammed into its belly. They had a captive market and knew it – expensive la vache qui rit   baguettes for breakfast it was then. The return trip to Phnom ... Read more >

Tags: crash, history, home, moped, religion, temple, tunnel

Gallery: Vietnam - Saigon to Hoi An

Thursday, 21 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

Vietnam - Saigon to Hoi An
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