Approx. 10 months in SE Asia visiting majority of countries on motorbikes, camping & backpacking style. Photos taken by iPhone 4s + iDry. You can reach me on blogs /at/ davss /dot/ com.
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Jun 10, 2012   Day 221-278
Vietnam · United Kingdom
221
Welcome to Vietnam
Welcome to Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
After reading so many negative opinions about VN people I didn't know what to expect. Though, I must say my first impression is quite positive. The immigration procedure went very smooth. The airport seems a bit lifeless & quiet for such a big city.
Jun 10, 2012 9:32AM
Saigon Airport
Saigon Airport
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
After a quick chat about Euro 2012 in Poland with a very friendly immigration officer got stamped in. Not really hassled by sellers when exited the airport I decided to walk into a shopping centre right opposite to catch a taxi.
Jun 10, 2012 9:40AM
My First Meal
My First Meal
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
At the top floor there are plenty of restaurants offering a wide variety of food. This is my first meal. It tastes good although clouldn't get myself to eat the skins. We used to joke it improves people's skin but still won't go through my mouth.
Jun 10, 2012 10:52AM
Taxi
Taxi
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
As soon as I go down & bargain a taxi two motorbike guys surround us persistently offering a lift to district 1. Then after hearing driver's price start arguing with him so we had to meet half way so he doesn't get into trouble too much.
Jun 10, 2012 11:55AM
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office
1, Vietnam
Jun 10, 2012 3:55PM
The Opera House
The Opera House
1, Vietnam
Jun 10, 2012 11:00PM
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Banh Xeo Dish
Banh Xeo Dish
1, Vietnam
Very nice served from street stalls. Usually filled with vegetables and some pork meat/fat.
Jun 11, 2012 2:00PM
Saigon Street Food
Saigon Street Food
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
These ubiquitous food booths serve the cheapest & delicious food whether it's soups or french baguettes filled with mixed meat & vegetables. I have had quite few of these & so far no stomach problems. Also, food taste richer than in other countries.
Jun 11, 2012 3:19PM
Backeries
Backeries
1, Vietnam
Delicious!
Jun 11, 2012 3:31PM
Bến Thành Market
Bến Thành Market
1, Vietnam
Plenty of cheap stuff on this market but majority of clothing or in particular outdoor gear bad fake copies so I went to Saigon Square right after to look for some quality water-proof jacket.
Jun 11, 2012 4:20PM
Local Restaurants
Local Restaurants
1, Vietnam
The food served was amazingly good & service of a 5 star hotel (they even open up shells for you on a plate). I was also amused by the dishes names on the menu.
Jun 11, 2012 6:35PM
223
Souvenirs Factory
Souvenirs Factory
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
It's time for my first tour to Cao Dai temples & Cu Chi tunnels. On the way we stop at a souvenirs factory.
Jun 12, 2012 9:37AM
Handicapped Handicrafts
Handicapped Handicrafts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 9:40AM
Handicapped Handicrafts
Handicapped Handicrafts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 9:43AM
Handicapped Handicrafts
Handicapped Handicrafts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 9:46AM
Handicapped Handicrafts
Handicapped Handicrafts
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 9:51AM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
The Cao Dai religion is a combination of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese spiritualism, Christianity, & Islam. More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Dai.
Jun 12, 2012 11:46AM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 11:54AM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 11:56AM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 11:59AM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Watch this ritual at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awgqTEwXiOQ
Jun 12, 2012 12:02PM
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tòa Thánh Cao Đài
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Jun 12, 2012 12:12PM
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcgqFhOU5jo
Jun 12, 2012 12:12PM
Lunch
Lunch
Tay Ninh province, Vietnam
After leaving the temples complex our bus stopped at a designated restaurant. The food was nice but a bit rushed because we were running late to have it and hit the road again.
Jun 12, 2012 1:16PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A quick demonstration of how soldiers enter the tunnnels.
Jun 12, 2012 3:08PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Used to serverd as tiger trap now converted for enemy soldiers. It must have been a pretty nasty experience to fall into one of these.
Jun 12, 2012 3:13PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
An actual size tunnel entrance from trenches.
Jun 12, 2012 3:16PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Gorillas soldiers with multi-purpose scarfs.
Jun 12, 2012 3:21PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A tank with a M16 bullet dent
Jun 12, 2012 3:27PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Our guide explaining differences between traps. They are featured by somplifity, reliability & cruelty.
Jun 12, 2012 3:29PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Door trap. The bottom spiky part is taking care of manhood so no more kids for those who accidentally got surprised by it.
Jun 12, 2012 3:31PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A workshop where weapon and traps were made by both men & women.
Jun 12, 2012 3:35PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Shooting stations - M16, AK-47, M30/60 - you name it! Don't try shooting without headphones on as it can damage you eardrums when standing too close.
Jun 12, 2012 3:43PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A lille friend met before tunnels entrance.
Jun 12, 2012 3:51PM
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels
This is a tourist version of the tunnels specially enlarged so they don't get stuck. Still there were quite few people turning around making others too. The ventilation is pretty bad & soldiers could only stay for limited time underground.
Jun 12, 2012 3:59PM
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Cu Chi tunnel - Ben Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
At the end of our tour a quick propaganda movie is played showing life during war times. On the left a map showing armies advances, right tunnels layouts & facilities.
Jun 12, 2012 4:14PM
224
Saigon Streets
Saigon Streets
1, Vietnam
The traffic is the worst I have seen in terms of vehicle proximity. Riders literary touch each others mirrors or legs. They cut across lanes in the worst traffic and horns are extensively used by everyone. Luckily I was sitting at the back this time.
Jun 13, 2012 11:27AM
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
While viewing motorbikes for sale I made a friend from UK living at this apartment. He's an English teacher living in Viet Nam for over 3 years. He gave me some very useful advices about life and local people. Without them it's easy to make mistakes.
Jun 13, 2012 4:26PM
225
Saigon River Front - District 1
Saigon River Front - District 1
1, Vietnam
Jun 14, 2012 1:09PM
1, Vietnam
A famous tower with a 360 degrees viewpoint over the city & restaurant.
Jun 14, 2012 1:27PM
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
1, Vietnam
Jun 14, 2012 2:30PM
227
Saigon Riverside Park
Saigon Riverside Park
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finally bought a motorbike 2 days ago and customised for my trip to the Mekong Delta then Ha Noi via Ho Chi Minh trail on the west side of the county. I know - it's pink! I bought it from a gay Italian guy. The advantage is no one will want to steal.
Jun 16, 2012 11:52AM
Vietnam Riding Experience
Vietnam Riding Experience
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
So, after riding a bit in Saigon I must say it's pretty hectic but is better that it looks. I am getting used to being squashed by other rides from both sides. Outside saigon is a bit different & higher speeds cause more danger. I got lost too.
Jun 16, 2012 1:16PM
Motorbike Setup
Motorbike Setup
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
The downside of not having side racks for backpacks on scooters is showing during refuelling when I have to undo all bungee ropes in order to open up the seat to get to the tank. I miss my nouvo side racks a lot when riding in two people...
Jun 16, 2012 2:53PM
Rach Mieu Bridge
Rach Mieu Bridge
My Tho, Vietnam
Quite a modern bridge just before Ben Tre on the 1A road.
Jun 16, 2012 3:49PM
228
Mekong Bee Farm
Mekong Bee Farm
My Tho, Vietnam
I made some local friends in Ben Tre who have been showing me around the town and surroundings. At this farm their friend offered us some tea with honey. I also had a shot of snake wine that tasted like some medicine but with no alcohol.
Jun 17, 2012 10:30AM
Coconut Candy Makers
Coconut Candy Makers
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 10:59AM
A Painter
A Painter
My Tho, Vietnam
Wish I had some space to buy one of these paintings and take back home...
Jun 17, 2012 11:13AM
Mekong Delta Boat Trip
Mekong Delta Boat Trip
My Tho, Vietnam
These guys are paddling really fast and boat traffic is comparable to Saigon. A unique experience for me as the jungle is quite different to what I have seen before.
Jun 17, 2012 11:21AM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 1:25PM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
A bit of exercises won't do any harm.
Jun 17, 2012 1:30PM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
First time in my life holding a puthon snake. I must say I really like the feel of touching their soft skin. I was just glad, at the same time, it wasn't in a lunch mood while hanging down my neck.
Jun 17, 2012 1:33PM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 1:37PM
Trại Rắn Đồng Tâm
Trại Rắn Đồng Tâm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 1:44PM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
My Tho, Vietnam
Very loud!
Jun 17, 2012 1:58PM
Snake Farm
Snake Farm
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
A snake museum that has formalised and massive live snakes inside too.
Jun 17, 2012 2:41PM
Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda
Vĩnh Tràng Pagoda
My Tho, Vietnam
It's been raining heavily during my visit to snake farm - the rainingn season start to kick in properly. After the farm four of us rode motobikes to this interesting temple.
Jun 17, 2012 3:28PM
Vinh Trang Pagoda, My Tho
Vinh Trang Pagoda, My Tho
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 3:39PM
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 3:41PM
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 3:44PM
Vinh Trang Pagoda, My Tho
Vinh Trang Pagoda, My Tho
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 17, 2012 3:56PM
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Ben Tre - Can Tho
Ben Tre - Can Tho
My Tho, Vietnam
I left Ben Tre a little sad because had a good time there with local friends that I made. One of them recommended to me Can Tho so decided jump on my bike to check it out next morning. The road taken was an easy route with no river boat crossings.
Jun 19, 2012 11:39AM
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
Jun 19, 2012 12:03PM
Can Tho, Honda Dealer
Can Tho, Honda Dealer
Cần Thơ, Vietnam
I almost dropped my front on a corner at low speed yesterday so decided to invest some $ in a new front tyre to avoid such situations in the future. Most dealers are genuine & don't try to rip off as opposed to some small workshops.
Jun 19, 2012 4:40PM
Nhà Lồng Cổ (Cần Thơ Market)
Nhà Lồng Cổ (Cần Thơ Market)
Cần Thơ, Vietnam
There is a market close to the river front where a lot of youth people gather at night to spend romantic moments. I have ridden around and must say this place is very colourful at night & worth a quick visit.
Jun 19, 2012 7:23PM
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Amelie Liu - Thank You!
Amelie Liu - Thank You!
Ben Tre province, Vietnam
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Jun 20, 2012 3:00AM
Can Tho - Saigon
Can Tho - Saigon
Long Xuyen, Vietnam
There are so many bridges in mekong delta area that it's hard to count. They are not easy to ride on for sure & some have really high ramps shooting up into the air anyone crossing at high speed. They have quite nice views though.
Jun 20, 2012 1:31PM
Long Xuyen, Vietnam
Many ferries allow to cross rivers within 10-15 minutes - fixed & cheap price too.
Jun 20, 2012 1:44PM
Countryside
Countryside
Dong Thap province, Vietnam
At last got to see some countryside areas. Every time I stop to have food (which i always keep forgetting about) local people sit down at my table trying to talk to me in Vietnamese :) The food is usually good/tasty & normal price.
Jun 20, 2012 2:34PM
Roots On Streets
Roots On Streets
Dong Thap province, Vietnam
Jun 20, 2012 3:47PM
Dong Thap province, Vietnam
Jun 20, 2012 3:49PM
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My Tho
My Tho
My Tho, Vietnam
Jun 21, 2012 11:02AM
Vietnamese Buildings
Vietnamese Buildings
Go Cong, Vietnam
This is how buildings are being built in VN - very narrow & deep. After doing some research found out it's not because they like it but taxation rules that charge based on width of houses. Some people complain about limited space but I'm not fussed.
Jun 21, 2012 12:48PM
Tien Giang province, Vietnam
This is will always kill my heart - yes, they are going to end up as meals.
Jun 21, 2012 1:53PM
Saigon
Saigon
5, Vietnam
Back to busy Saigon. Some videos of traffic & motorbike riding in the outskirts / near district 1.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AELMU9KlvhA
http://youtu.be/dkwbk7aeUHU
Jun 21, 2012 3:31PM
10,000 Dong Beer
10,000 Dong Beer
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This place is offering one of the cheapest beer in town. The street is comparable to Khao San Road but a little less in the face & you can easily sit down to contemplate while sipping your green saigon (just ignore all the people selling stuff), hehe
Jun 21, 2012 7:57PM
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Vietnamese Kids
Vietnamese Kids
1, Vietnam
You looking at me... looking at me?!
Jun 23, 2012 11:39AM
Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee
1, Vietnam
Vietnamese white ice coffee served with green tea - an unusual combination but very popular here. Sometimes there is no separate glass for tea which needs to be poured into the same coffee glass.
Jun 23, 2012 3:23PM
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Voung Tau
Voung Tau
Vung Tau, Vietnam
A quick visit to a beach. This place like many others ie. has plenty of resorts & restaurants along its shore. The water is not that clear either but ok for swimming. At night it's well illuminated & colourful.
Jun 24, 2012 1:33PM
239
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Motorbike Parts / Accessories
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Motorbike Parts / Accessories
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I was looking today for some side racks / saddle bag solutions & came across this street packed with many motorbike parts & accessories. Unfortunately, they did not have anything for my Honda as this bike's not designed to weld anything to sides.
Jun 28, 2012 2:46PM
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Workshop - Side Racks / Saddle Bags
Workshop - Side Racks / Saddle Bags
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I usually say nothing's impossible :) Although, was quite sceptical after almost 4 days of intensive workshop search & so many NOs finally found a young man willing to take on this challenge. After 4 hours of working with him this is the outcome.
Jul 1, 2012 11:59AM
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Saigon - Mui Ne
Saigon - Mui Ne
Dong Nai province, Vietnam
After 7 days of awaiting for my visa extension ($30) am finally back on my trip. The main roads as usual are packed with trucks/lorries & many other motorbikes so continuous focusing is very exhausting when riding long distances.
Jul 4, 2012 11:02AM
Monsoon Season
Monsoon Season
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
The monsoon season has kicked in properly now. There is not many days without sudden & heavy showers leaving me riding almost completely soaked. Luckily, I managed to buy a nice Northface "Goretex" rain coat at Saigon Square which keeps my top dry.
Jul 4, 2012 2:58PM
Saigon - Mui Ne
Saigon - Mui Ne
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Jul 4, 2012 2:59PM
Mui Ne
Mui Ne
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Completely soaked finally arrived to the famous Mui Ne. It's has a nice & wide beach stretching for many kilometres although some parts are littered. Many guides described waters as turquoise but it's not I have found here & could say it's average.
Jul 4, 2012 5:13PM
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Mui Ne
Mui Ne
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
There is many beautiful & distracting sights I was admiring while riding along the coast. If had more time would probably stop for a swim here instead of resorts beaches a few kilometres before.
Jul 5, 2012 8:19AM
Mui Ne City
Mui Ne City
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
The city was a bit disappointing when went at night to have some food. I was expecting a more cosy place with a coastline atmosphere but found only some local & not nice looking restaurants squeeze in between houses. It's a bit less dull during day.
Jul 5, 2012 8:27AM
Red Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
Red Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
After passing Mui Ne came across really cool san dunes. I was excited maybe because this was the first time in my life to experience such vast amounts of sand forming dunes. It took about 25 minutes to climb up & down. It's quite windy atop.
Jul 5, 2012 8:51AM
Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 8:54AM
Mui Ne - Dalat
Mui Ne - Dalat
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
Insted if sticking to main roads I decided to be more adventures & shortcut through a smaller road via Da Kra. It was a mix dirt & tar ride with some nice mountian views although nothing astonishing.
Jul 5, 2012 11:02AM
Mui Ne - Dalat
Mui Ne - Dalat
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 11:10AM
Luong Son - Dai Ninh road
Luong Son - Dai Ninh road
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 11:10AM
Luong Sin - Dai Ninh
Luong Sin - Dai Ninh
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 11:27AM
Luong Son - Dai Ning Plantations
Luong Son - Dai Ning Plantations
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
There are several plantations such as pepper, coffee & others along this road.
Jul 5, 2012 11:41AM
Luong Son - Dai Ninh Dwellings
Luong Son - Dai Ninh Dwellings
Binh Thuan province, Vietnam
Many of these old wooden types of dwellings here slowly vanishing displaced by modern houses recently built.
Jul 5, 2012 11:50AM
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
I was a little sceptical at first after seeing a waterfall sign & so many great waterfalls in Lao but decided to check it out anyway. There was virtually no one at the sight which appeared well maintained. They even have a mini stonehenge here hehe.
Jul 5, 2012 12:17PM
Thác Bảo Đại
Thác Bảo Đại
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
There are two paths at the sight ie. one leading to a viewpoint & another through a garden taking to the base of the waterfall. Both are actually worth checking out but rocks are extremely slippery at the base & dangerous.
Jul 5, 2012 12:21PM
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
A short video taken from the first viewpoint - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5_7jKLS9g
Jul 5, 2012 12:23PM
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 12:25PM
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Thác Bảo Đại Waterfall
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
I got as close as I could to the falling water but with respect for the natural forces. I have not seen so much water in such close distance before even in Laos' waterfalls probably because it was still the beginning of the rainy season.
Jul 5, 2012 12:30PM
Pren Waterfall
Pren Waterfall
Da Lat, Vietnam
A bunch of coaches aside of a road to Dalat got me courious. It's an another waterfall place.
Thought it could be a bigger/nicer fall since not free so went in. Inside found a very nice garden & boutiques selling plants, food & souvenirs.
Jul 5, 2012 2:44PM
Pren Waterfall
Pren Waterfall
Da Lat, Vietnam
Though the waterfall itself was quite disappointing. It's small & not that breathtaking. Tere are many services eg. raft or swan shaped boats to hire. It's far too commercial for my taste & enjoyed the previous fall more.
Jul 5, 2012 2:51PM
Pren Waterfall
Pren Waterfall
Da Lat, Vietnam
Jul 5, 2012 2:52PM
Dalat Market
Dalat Market
Da Lat, Vietnam
Arrived in Dalat. A place that divides many people's feelings about this place. Getting here is an adventure but the city itself is yet to be explored. The market is very colourful with food, cloths & souvenirs stalls. Local wine & dry fruit sold too
Jul 5, 2012 7:54PM
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Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Da Lat, Vietnam
Quite a kitschy pagoda like many other things, described by some as "tourists trap", but a nice mixture of detailed colourful ornaments & worth paying a quick visit as there are not many great attractions that are not made for tourism purposes here.
Jul 6, 2012 8:31AM
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Da Lat, Vietnam
Some ornaments.
Jul 6, 2012 8:34AM
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Da Lat, Vietnam
Still the road taken to Dalat was an excellent experience in itself & worth the effort / expense. There are more activities such as three waterfalls which I didn't have time to check out.
Jul 6, 2012 8:34AM
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Da Lat, Vietnam
Artwork souvenirs sold in a next door workshop.
Jul 6, 2012 8:38AM
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Da Lat, Vietnam
Jul 6, 2012 8:40AM
Jul 6, 2012 8:41AM
$6 iPhone Chinese Charger
$6 iPhone Chinese Charger
Da Lat, Vietnam
This little & convenient charger blew up quite close to my head last night so be careful with it when you decide to buy one of these or other unbranded electrical devices made in China.
Jul 6, 2012 10:12AM
Mui Ne - Da Lat
Mui Ne - Da Lat
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
Typical restaurant serving wild animals meat along roads. Locals tend to play many games inside while sipping cold beer.
Jul 6, 2012 11:53AM
Dalat - Nha Trang
Dalat - Nha Trang
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
On my way to Nha Trang came across some strangely built houses. It's hard to say what they are about because there was no information nor any indications whether this site will ever become a tourist attraction or someone's home.
Jul 6, 2012 12:06PM
Dalat - Nha Trang
Dalat - Nha Trang
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
Jul 6, 2012 12:07PM
Lam Dong province, Vietnam
Jul 6, 2012 12:55PM
Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam
Jul 6, 2012 2:29PM
Nha Trang Train Station
Nha Trang Train Station
Nha Trang, Vietnam
After hearing some stories that there are not many things to see on the west side going up north to Hoi An I was tempted to catch a train & skip 600km of rough roads. Though, I was too late & sleeping berths were sold out thus ended up riding.
Jul 6, 2012 3:27PM
Nha Trang Night
Nha Trang Night
Nha Trang, Vietnam
The city is always busy every evening, colourful street lights & decorations. Many bars, cafes, restaurants & beach front hotels/resorts. I prefer this to Saigon.
Jul 6, 2012 7:19PM
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Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang, Vietnam
The beaches are nice although can be littered in some places & water this time of year is quite murky. There are also many rocks in less crowded parts under water making it difficult to swim close to shore. Still, apparently it's the best beach in VN
Jul 7, 2012 11:31AM
Hòn Chồng
Hòn Chồng
Nha Trang, Vietnam
For a small fee there are some rocks to see in Nha Trang. It took me 15 minutes to see them all & would not do it again.
Jul 7, 2012 12:14PM
Hòn Chồng
Hòn Chồng
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:21PM
Fishing Bay, Nha Trang
Fishing Bay, Nha Trang
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:33PM
Cham Towers
Cham Towers
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:35PM
Cham Towers
Cham Towers
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:39PM
Cham Towers
Cham Towers
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:45PM
Cham Towers
Cham Towers
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 12:49PM
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 7, 2012 1:10PM
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Nha Trang - Buon Ma Thout
Nha Trang - Buon Ma Thout
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
A lot of hills on the way to look at. The road's condition not too bad too.
Jul 9, 2012 12:53PM
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Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam
This city is the second largest coffee exporter after Brazil. Hence my visit :) There are plenty of caffes but majority in certain areas of the city. The coffee tastes delicious & cheap. Apart from that there is not much to do here.
Jul 10, 2012 7:22AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
Many cows just chilling on roads and minding their own business :)
Jul 10, 2012 8:13AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
A quick shot from a motorbike of a local wearing a commonly used here basket.
Jul 10, 2012 8:14AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
Kids looking after cattle.
Jul 10, 2012 8:19AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
Many cafes by roads serving riders a bit of caffeine to keep them focused & not fall asleep while riding on roads (not that I could ever be bored). Also, many stop between 12-2PM for a quick nap on a hammock when the Sun is the strongest.
Jul 10, 2012 8:44AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
Mmmmm...
Jul 10, 2012 8:49AM
Dak Lak province, Vietnam
Pepper, coffee & corn plantations.
Jul 10, 2012 9:23AM
Buon Ma Thuot - Kon Tum
Buon Ma Thuot - Kon Tum
Gia Lai province, Vietnam
Breathtaking rice pads sights.
Jul 10, 2012 2:21PM
Arriving Kon Tum
Arriving Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
This is how raining season looks like - very dark clouds passing by areas & converting them into flowing rivers of mud in a matter of minutes in rural areas. Drainage systems in most cities struggle to handle such vast amounts of waters too.
Jul 10, 2012 2:53PM
Tan Huong Church, Kon Tum
Tan Huong Church, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 10, 2012 3:00PM
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Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church, Kon Tum
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Kon Tum's wooden church was built in 1913 by a French priest. Pillars and wooden frames are tightly put together inside the church Ceilings, which have been beautiful and solid for over 80 years, are made of ratters, bamboo battens, soil, and straw.
Jul 11, 2012 8:10AM
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 8:16AM
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 8:17AM
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Nhà Thờ Gỗ Wooden Church
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 8:18AM
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
A close encounter with Ba Na people was what I have been looking forward to for a long time. Their life is very simple but hard physical work takes its toll & it's visible especially with elderly people.
Jul 11, 2012 8:49AM
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 9:08AM
Ba Na People, Kon Tum
Ba Na People, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 9:12AM
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Ba Na People / Village, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Very friendly people living in this village. The kids were a bit shy at the beginning but then after some time engaged & tried talking. One of older women speaks some English so it's possible to have a bit of a basic conversation with her.
Jul 11, 2012 9:31AM
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Narrow & tall roofed houses built by local people. They are slowly vanishing & being replaced by brick new housing.
Jul 11, 2012 11:26AM
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 11:28AM
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 11:30AM
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Ba Na Houses, Kon Tum
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Stairs used to climb up in order to get to the house. Presumably they never heard about disabled people.
Jul 11, 2012 11:31AM
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 1:34PM
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
The road AH17 (14C-QL14 / 14) from Kon Tum to Kham Duc has one of the most beautiful mountains I have seen in Vietnam hence many going under their own steel choose it.
Jul 11, 2012 1:44PM
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
Many houses like this in still unspoilt by commercialism villages. After arriving to Kham Duc completely soaked had to look for a room because there is one good hotel that was full & two not that great guesthouses with bedbugs that bite badly.
Jul 11, 2012 1:56PM
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 3:15PM
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 3:41PM
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum - Khum Duc
Kon Tum province, Vietnam
Jul 11, 2012 4:06PM
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Khum Duc - Da Nang
Khum Duc - Da Nang
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
There was virtually no petrol / gas stations on the way to Da Nang and almost run out of petrol. Fortunately, some locals sell petrol by litre although they are. It always clearly marked or visible from the road. Next time I take a 2L bottle with me.
Jul 12, 2012 9:30AM
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
I wanted to ride on AH17 but missed my turn & had to go by road 14B (QL 14B a good surface road) then TL 609 instead. On the way popped into a brick factory to see how they make bricks in VN.
Jul 12, 2012 11:22AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
After getting a quick approval from one of managers there I was allowed to go inside led by a guard guy.
Jul 12, 2012 11:26AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
The process of making brick generally consists of the following steps: Gathering, crushing, grinding, screening, and mixing the raw materials; making the brick; and setting, drying, firing, packaging and inventorying the final product.
Jul 12, 2012 11:27AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
Jul 12, 2012 11:28AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
My personal tour guide taking more photos of me with his mobile than I of the factory hehe. Understandably as I was the first foreigner visiting it.
Jul 12, 2012 11:32AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
Almost ready! Just a little bit of fire.
Jul 12, 2012 11:36AM
Bricks Factory
Bricks Factory
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
A ready product manually loaded onto trucks/lorries & transported to end customers. The whole process is nicely described at a website at http://www.glengerybrick.com/about/manufacturing/.
Jul 12, 2012 11:40AM
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
Chillies dried by roads.
Jul 12, 2012 12:06PM
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Kham Duc - Hoi An
Quang Nam province, Vietnam
Just before Hoi An a river with a floating restaurant on a boat. There was many coaches parked by it so presumably very popular & touristy.
Jul 12, 2012 12:46PM
Hoi An
Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Hoi An - the city of tailors found almost every corner.dvfbb. I must say I got surprised by its beauty & atmosphere even though packed with tourists wandering streets.
Jul 12, 2012 4:00PM
Fabric Makers, Hoi An
Fabric Makers, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
I was invited for a free quick tour that led through a fabric mini factory to a shop upstairs. This is typical in this town although people don't get as pushy or angry in other parts of Vietnam when you decide not to buy anything.
Jul 12, 2012 5:28PM
Silk Production, Hoi An
Silk Production, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Moth caterpillars larvaes held in a closed wardrobe type box. I was told they are alive but could not spot any movements which was a bit weird for these creatures making me think they are plastic for display purpose only hehe
Jul 12, 2012 5:30PM
Silk Production, Hoi An
Silk Production, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
After having to eat leaves for several days they are put behind the bars to form silk cocoons.
Jul 12, 2012 5:30PM
Silk Production, Hoi An
Silk Production, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Once their job is done they are killed by being boiled alive before transformation into moths.
Jul 12, 2012 5:31PM
Silk Production, Hoi An
Silk Production, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
A cruel life I'd say just to make us enjoy silk stuff.
Jul 12, 2012 5:32PM
Streets of Hoi An
Streets of Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 12, 2012 5:40PM
Sweet Tofu, Hoi An
Sweet Tofu, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Sold in the streets definitely worth a try. I enjoyed it.
Jul 12, 2012 5:43PM
Quan Thang House
Quan Thang House
Hội An, Vietnam
A popular three centuries ancient house built by a Chinese captain. I met the owner who tried to explain in broken english to me its ancestors & history. It has not been maintained for many years due to good quality of teak wood used to build it.
Jul 12, 2012 5:57PM
Quan Thang House
Quan Thang House
Hội An, Vietnam
Walls decorations include peacock & flowers carvings as well as various other ornaments.
Jul 12, 2012 5:59PM
Quan Thang House
Quan Thang House
Hội An, Vietnam
Courtyard
Jul 12, 2012 5:59PM
Quan Thang House
Quan Thang House
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 12, 2012 6:04PM
Shops, Hoi An
Shops, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Colourful lanterns sold in street shops.
Jul 12, 2012 6:30PM
Shops, Hoi An
Shops, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 12, 2012 6:43PM
Restaurants, Hoi An
Restaurants, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 12, 2012 8:13PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Young girls selling floating lanterns to tourist at a double or triple price :)
Jul 12, 2012 8:14PM
River Front at night, Hoi An
River Front at night, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Many families & tourists gather to spend time by the river.
Jul 12, 2012 8:19PM
Bai Choi Folk Game
Bai Choi Folk Game
Hội An, Vietnam
Locals playing an old game. More info & rules visit http://bit.ly/MReJnl .
Jul 12, 2012 8:20PM
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Narrow Passages, Hoi An
Narrow Passages, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 10:54AM
Art Stores, Hoi An
Art Stores, Hoi An
Hội An, Vietnam
Many art & souvenir stores in ancient houses making shopping a unique & totally different / better experience than nowadays commercial malls. I asked in stores who took a photo I liked a lot & sellers always claim it's taken by a family member hehe
Jul 13, 2012 11:07AM
Japanese Cover Bridge
Japanese Cover Bridge
Hội An, Vietnam
Built in 1590's by the Japanese community served as a link to the Chinese quarters across the stream. It's ornamentation have remained relatively fitful until now. It's one of the biggest attraction in town. It's ok but not a WOW thing IMHO.
Jul 13, 2012 11:27AM
Japanese Cover Bridge
Japanese Cover Bridge
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 11:27AM
Japanese Cover Bridge
Japanese Cover Bridge
Hội An, Vietnam
Inside lies a temple of the northern God Tran Vo Bac De. This God is considered the God of Weather.
Jul 13, 2012 11:31AM
Ancient House
Ancient House
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 11:56AM
Ancient House
Ancient House
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 11:56AM
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 12:35PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 4:48PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Old coins for sale allegedly found & restored. They describe different kings & their reins.
Jul 13, 2012 4:48PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 4:49PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 4:58PM
Phuoc Kien Hoi Quan
Phuoc Kien Hoi Quan
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 5:46PM
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 6:01PM
Traditional Art Performance
Traditional Art Performance
Hội An, Vietnam
Jul 13, 2012 7:35PM
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Ngũ Hành Sơn (Marble Mountain)
Ngũ Hành Sơn (Marble Mountain)
Da Nang, Vietnam
A long & exhausting climb up. Though, there is a modern lift nearby that will take you all the way up for a small fee :)
Jul 14, 2012 8:51AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 8:54AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 8:59AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 9:02AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 9:11AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Many small caves to see.
Jul 14, 2012 9:24AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Atop view towards shore.
Jul 14, 2012 9:39AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
The opposite direction view.
Jul 14, 2012 9:57AM
Marble Mountains & Temples
Marble Mountains & Temples
Da Nang, Vietnam
Many workshops selling marble products at the base of the mountains. Taking under account enormous sizes of sculptures & material required to make them I wonder when the mountains dissaper.
Jul 14, 2012 10:11AM
Da Nang Beaches
Da Nang Beaches
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 10:43AM
Da Nang Beaches
Da Nang Beaches
Da Nang, Vietnam
No crowds on such a wide & long beach??? Wired but I like it!
Jul 14, 2012 10:44AM
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 11:27AM
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 11:39AM
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 11:48AM
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Danang Museum Of Cham Sculpture
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 11:49AM
Nha Tho Con Ga
Nha Tho Con Ga
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 12:12PM
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 1:17PM
Da Nang, Vietnam
A famous coastal road with breathtaking views.
Jul 14, 2012 1:22PM
Da Nang, Vietnam
Some old ruins of supposedly French tower but there was no information in EN whatsoever so need to do more research.
Jul 14, 2012 2:04PM
Da Nang, Vietnam
Jul 14, 2012 2:07PM
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Train tracks along the coast. An alternative for those not riding motorbikes & wanting to see / experience these gorgeous views.
Jul 14, 2012 2:27PM
Bánh bôt loc
Bánh bôt loc
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Local food Bánh bôt loc made by villagers. It's so different & hard to describe taste. This one is filled with shrimps inside jelly consistence.
Jul 14, 2012 3:35PM
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The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 8:28AM
Ngo Mon Gate, Hue
Ngo Mon Gate, Hue
Hue, Vietnam
Built in 1833 served as the main entrance to the Imperial City & royal viewing stage for major court ceremonies & emperor Bao Dai abdiction / power hand over to the Vietnamese revolutionary government in 1945.
Jul 15, 2012 8:29AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 8:44AM
Ngo Mon Gate, Hue
Ngo Mon Gate, Hue
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 8:51AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 8:59AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:03AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:08AM
Hien Lam Pavilon
Hien Lam Pavilon
Hue, Vietnam
Erected between 1822-1823, a memorial for the Nguyen emperors & meritorious mandarins for their outstanding contributions to the dynasty 1822-1945. The height of all buildings was limited to 13m at the time of its construction.
Jul 15, 2012 9:08AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:10AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:18AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:32AM
The Imperial City of HUE
The Imperial City of HUE
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 9:38AM
Thien Mu pagoda
Thien Mu pagoda
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 11:00AM
Thien Mu pagoda
Thien Mu pagoda
Hue, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 11:03AM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:21PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:24PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:25PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:27PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:36PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:37PM
Khai Dinh Tomb
Khai Dinh Tomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 12:38PM
River Crossing to Gia Long Toomb
River Crossing to Gia Long Toomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
After a quick ring on a mobile number taken from a sign hanged on a tree a ferry boat turned up willing to take me to the other side for a reasonable fee.
Jul 15, 2012 1:32PM
Gia Long nearby ruins
Gia Long nearby ruins
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Here I am, looking at some ruins with absolutely no tourists wondering if this is the actual tomb site.
Jul 15, 2012 1:52PM
Gia Long nearby ruins
Gia Long nearby ruins
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Presumably it's not been maintained due to difficulties in getting here & lack of general interest after seing more restored (or rebuild) tombs that are already profitable. Though, I must say the atmosphere is more peculiar & quiet.
Jul 15, 2012 1:54PM
Gia Long Toomb
Gia Long Toomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Behind this gate is a remarkably well preserved ancestral temple where I find local workers looking after it.
Jul 15, 2012 1:59PM
Gia Long Ancestral Temple
Gia Long Ancestral Temple
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
Jul 15, 2012 2:01PM
Gia Long Toomb
Gia Long Toomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
A guy told me that the actual tomb is closed but is willing to open & show it.
Jul 15, 2012 2:05PM
Gia Long Toomb
Gia Long Toomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
The entrance door hasn't been changed still bearing signs of war hence so many bullet wholes.
Jul 15, 2012 2:07PM
Gia Long Toomb
Gia Long Toomb
Thua Thien - Hue province, Vietnam
The tombs of Gia Long emperor (1814-1820) & his prime wife. Quite modest in comparison to others. Gia Long was one of the most neglected & detested by the present regime for his despotism & indifference to the common people.
Jul 15, 2012 2:07PM
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Bún Bò Huế soup
Bún Bò Huế soup
Hue, Vietnam
A must try soup famous in Hue region. Consists of vermicelli rice noodle, beef, tofu & soup. Depending on a place serving it, as in many places, can taste bad or very delicious. Enjoy!
Jul 16, 2012 8:32AM
Bún Bò Huế soup
Bún Bò Huế soup
Hue, Vietnam

Jul 16, 2012 8:32AM
Dong Ha Market - Khe Sanh (QL 9)
Dong Ha Market - Khe Sanh (QL 9)
Dong Ha, Vietnam
I detoured before going along road 9 to change dollars. Riding through this disgustingly smelly market was an unforgettable experience..
Jul 16, 2012 12:19PM
QL 9 Khe Sanh - Ho Chi Minh mistake?
QL 9 Khe Sanh - Ho Chi Minh mistake?
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
Some distance after Dong Ha there is a right turn to a newly paved HCM trail road (on a map between east QL 1A & west HCM.A local guy advised to take it because the west is too difficult. How wrong was I to listen as it turned out later west is best.
Jul 16, 2012 2:35PM
Truong Son Cementary
Truong Son Cementary
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
Jul 16, 2012 2:45PM
Truong Son Cementary
Truong Son Cementary
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
Jul 16, 2012 2:48PM
Truong Son Cementary
Truong Son Cementary
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
This large cemetery & memorial from the Vietnamese War with the United States in 1968 when a fierce battle was waged during the Tet Offensive.
Jul 16, 2012 2:49PM
Truong Son Cementary
Truong Son Cementary
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
The cemetery houses 10,000 North Vietnamese & the Viet Cong lost approx. 1,5m soldiers + 300k MIA.
Jul 16, 2012 2:54PM
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Phong Nha Farmstay
Phong Nha Farmstay
Vietnam
A very pleasant place to stay (tho pricy). It's a better alternative base for visiting nearby located caves. Ben & Dave are great guys that offer tours & free advice for those going under their own steam. The place is very well equipped west style.
Jul 17, 2012 9:26AM
Phong Nha Farmstay
Phong Nha Farmstay
Vietnam
Opposite view really make you feel like being on a farm. Just don't turn back around where the villa is hehe.
Jul 17, 2012 9:26AM
Phong Nha Wet Cave
Phong Nha Wet Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Getting on the boats. It took some time to find people to share a boat otherwise would be pretty expensive.
Jul 17, 2012 11:17AM
Phong Nha Wet Cave
Phong Nha Wet Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
7,729 meters long, contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 meter underground river. Tourists are allowed to explore only 1,500m.
Jul 17, 2012 11:50AM
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
A view from (many) stairs leading to the dry cave.
Jul 17, 2012 12:05PM
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 17, 2012 12:22PM
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Lights like in a disco!
Jul 17, 2012 12:23PM
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Phong Nha Dry Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 17, 2012 1:38PM
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Correct Ho Chi Minh Trail
Correct Ho Chi Minh Trail
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
This is the road I should be riding on from Khe Sanh up north to Phong Nha. Unfortunately, due to lack of info & misinformation about its condition took a boring middle HCM rather than this morr
adventurous - am I getting old ? :/
Jul 18, 2012 10:10AM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
This cave was discovered by a local & explored by British. It was claimed to be the biggest cave in Vietnam until a recent discovery of a bigger one nearby that's still not prepared for tourism ie. will probably open some time soon.
Jul 18, 2012 11:46AM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
After clmving over 500 stairs a surprise - more stairs at the entrance! Luckily these are going down. There was a bit of a mist although the cave has many lights on. It's VAST! Quite cold & humid inside - feel almost like back in the UK :)
Jul 18, 2012 12:04PM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Taking pictures with your phone in such conditions is a real challenge. Still am quite impressed with the outcome shooting handheld. The Brits exploring were amazed by the stalagmites. They also found here a new scorpion specie called Vietbocap.
Jul 18, 2012 12:11PM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 18, 2012 12:12PM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 18, 2012 12:12PM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 18, 2012 12:14PM
Thien Duong Cave
Thien Duong Cave
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 18, 2012 12:25PM
Road condotion to Khe Sanh
Road condotion to Khe Sanh
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
I was curious how the road looks like & rode along a little further south. Presume this is how it looks like all the way to Khe Sanh. Very nice views - wish I knew it before. Felt jealous when saw two riders going south passing me by.
Jul 18, 2012 2:58PM
Road 565
Road 565
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Got even more curious & checked out 565 that was close & intersecting HCM trail. The side taking you to Laos border is an absolite dirt road for those very adventurous on dirt bikes. Work is being done. The opposite was a nice ride taking back home.
Jul 18, 2012 3:15PM
Road 565
Road 565
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
On my way back to the farmstay place.
Jul 18, 2012 4:00PM
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Trousers
Trousers
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
Signs of wear start to show up - hope they last me to the end. Still am pretty impressed with how much they've taken over the last 8 months almost everyday use. I will be describing all gear taken on this trip soon plus some advice.
Jul 19, 2012 10:42AM
Difficult Camping
Difficult Camping
Quang Binh province, Vietnam
I was looking to camp but despite so much surrounding nature it wasn't easy to find a suitable place where no one would disturb me. Hills only have small paths that usually serve for lcals as roads to fields so it would be quite risky to camp on them
Jul 19, 2012 12:17PM
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Ha Tinh - West HCM Trail
Ha Tinh - West HCM Trail
Tỉnh Hà Tĩnh, Vietnam
Had to detour from west HCM trail to go & spend two nights in Ha Tinh city. Everyone was looking at me curiously as there is not many tourists stopping here. Many roads unpaved & under construction so it wasn't easy. On the way back came across these
Jul 21, 2012 9:16AM
Ha Tinh - West HCM Trail
Ha Tinh - West HCM Trail
Tỉnh Hà Tĩnh, Vietnam
war monuments, sculptures & machinery. Built to remind future generations about mistakes of the past.
Jul 21, 2012 9:17AM
Pipes
Pipes
Tỉnh Hà Tĩnh, Vietnam
If you fancy a puff you'll find these in small cafes by the roads.
Jul 21, 2012 10:57AM
Back On Ho Chi Minh Trail
Back On Ho Chi Minh Trail
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
Oh boy my body was so happy to ride on paved roads again
Jul 21, 2012 12:22PM
Restaurants
Restaurants
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
A typical restaurant in this area. The food is usually not that nice usually with strange goat-ish meat. Not much to see but pure Vietnam & rather friendly people interested in strangers stopping by.
Jul 21, 2012 1:25PM
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
Luckily there was a hotel where QL15 & HCM intersect otherwise it would have been a long and painful ride. Nearby is a small town with this river & mountains view.
Jul 21, 2012 5:47PM
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
Jul 21, 2012 5:48PM
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
Jul 21, 2012 6:17PM
Safe Option
Safe Option
Tỉnh Nghệ An, Vietnam
Scrambled eggs almost every day. For me travelling is about experiencing local cultures as I find them but unfortunately things can turn around badly once get sick.So it's better to be safe than sorry. Still it was tempting me to try some weird food.
Jul 21, 2012 6:18PM
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Bánh Muot
Bánh Muot
Nghe An province, Vietnam
Delicious! The sausages in particular and could have them every day at home.
Jul 22, 2012 7:25AM
Tỉnh Hòa Bình, Vietnam
Jul 22, 2012 2:48PM
Corn
Corn
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
Majority of people in this area grow corn. These have orange colour but when bought a boiled one to eat from a lady living in the mountains it was white-ish. At home the colour stays orange/yellow so it's a puzzle or just different type of crops.
Jul 22, 2012 4:04PM
QL6 Valley
QL6 Valley
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 22, 2012 4:10PM
Bản Lác (Lac Village), Mai Chau
Bản Lác (Lac Village), Mai Chau
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
After a long ride over 260km finally arrived & was welcomed by a cheap one floor house & very delicious food (a little expensive for the area). This made my day & felt that all the efforts made today paid off.
Jul 22, 2012 7:27PM
Traditional Dance, Mai Chau
Traditional Dance, Mai Chau
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
Some group had arranged a traditional dance show at the restaurant & I had a peek too :) the music seem to be the same for all different dance performances but nice to the ear. Various traditional & beautiful dresses were used during the show.
Jul 22, 2012 8:44PM
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Houses, Mai Chau
Houses, Mai Chau
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
Jul 23, 2012 11:33AM
Rice Pads
Rice Pads
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
My dream of riding a bicycle along super green rice pads has come true. I was glad I left my motorbike. There are some walking tours available in nearby villages but bicycle is my preference/faster unless doing trekking around mountains.
Jul 23, 2012 11:36AM
Room View, Bản Lác (Lac Village)
Room View, Bản Lác (Lac Village)
Hoa Binh province, Vietnam
A view from my room. Rice fields everywhere surrounded by mountains virtually 360 degrees creating a suitable & unique micro climate.
Jul 23, 2012 3:19PM
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Mai Chau - Sa Pa (AH13)
Mai Chau - Sa Pa (AH13)
Son La province, Vietnam
Over 340km ride through mountains - doubt to reach Sa Pa today. The roads, although paved, very bumpy due to an uneven surface caused by trucks or water. My stomach hates me more than ever now (soft rear suspension & extra load don't help).
Jul 24, 2012 11:25AM
Son La - Sa Pa
Son La - Sa Pa
Son La province, Vietnam
A dead end after riding along road number 106 leading to QL 32 east side of the Hoang Lien National Park. Though, the mountain sights were worth an extra 60 km. Had to stop over at Son La & try again via west roads to reach my destination.
Jul 24, 2012 3:36PM
Road 106 Mountains
Road 106 Mountains
Son La province, Vietnam
There are really impressive mountains in the area & wish I had more time to climb them up for even more jaw dropping views. Maybe another trip just around the north... Some villages along roads too & absolutely no tourists here - pure Vietnam!

Jul 24, 2012 4:48PM
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Son La - Sa Pa (QL 6)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 6)
Son La province, Vietnam
Rain rain & rain again. After a night in a filthy hotel left for Sapa via QL6 west side of Vietnam hoping there is no surprises making me to turn around again. The road is pretty good most of the time with occasional dirt patches & uneven surface.
Jul 25, 2012 9:32AM
Son La - Sa Pa (AH13)
Son La - Sa Pa (AH13)
Dien Bien province, Vietnam
Local villagers carrying crops & other vegetables. They dress up differently & I would say more traditional on this area. Women have hair buns. It looks a bit funny when they are wearing hats or helmets.
Jul 25, 2012 9:57AM
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Dien Bien province, Vietnam
Decision time - go or not to go? There is a road 279 cutting hrough the Hoang Lien National Park which saves a lot of distance. A local explained its condition is fine to his standards but am going to find out for myself. Though it's late...
Jul 25, 2012 10:37AM
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Dien Bien province, Vietnam
Wow! The sights are just breathtaking. One of the best road to ride on so far.
Jul 25, 2012 10:46AM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Dien Bien province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 11:07AM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 11:32AM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 11:44AM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
Many beautiful villages on the way.
Jul 25, 2012 12:02PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
Photo taken at a newly built bridge.
Jul 25, 2012 12:12PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
The 279 road gradually getting worse the more I got into the park. There are many muddy parts, stripped out patches filled with gravel & fallen down massive rocks.
Jul 25, 2012 12:39PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
A quick stop for lunch at a bigger village. Raining all the time so it's going a bit slower & am riding against the time now. To my calculations taking under account current road & weather conditions I should reach Sa Pa by 6-6.30PM before dark.
Jul 25, 2012 12:59PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Son La province, Vietnam
Rice pads pretty much on every side of mountains. There are so many more spectacular but not enough time for too many stops. A 10-15 mins max stop every 45 mins - 1 hour to give my sore bum a break helps.
Jul 25, 2012 1:31PM
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 279)
Son La province, Vietnam
Mist clouds don't help & slow me down. There are moments where visibility is reduced to 30-50%.
Jul 25, 2012 1:48PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Loosely left buffalos round corners or kids riding them is a commonly seen thing. Slow down & anticipate any kind of thing to jump out on the road out of nowhere.
Jul 25, 2012 1:57PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 2:11PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
And here we go... a muddy part of the road but fortunately still passable with a bit of dirt riding skill & mussle effort.
Jul 25, 2012 2:22PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Swimming in the mud.
Jul 25, 2012 2:24PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 2:30PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Very difficult ride towards the end of this road but all worth the views.
Jul 25, 2012 2:49PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
Jul 25, 2012 2:56PM
Hoang Lien National Park
Hoang Lien National Park
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
A thame before exiting the park. There are no road signs & a combination of GPS + compass helped to decide direction.
Jul 25, 2012 3:18PM
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 4D)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 4D)
Lai Chau province, Vietnam
I would not want to fall into such strong current which would mean a certain death. The QL4D road is quite bad on this side, lots of gravel & dangerous roads bends on mountain edges that look like about to slide down. At 1600m it got really cold too.
Jul 25, 2012 6:00PM
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 4D)
Son La - Sa Pa (QL 4D)
Lao Cai province, Vietnam
A quick stop to ask for a shot of vodka (didn't get it) at a bar to warm up a bit. Can't feel my hands, all my body mussels sore from being tense from cold, can't feel my face from rain cause my visor is too dark to ride. This is a bit too extreme :)
Jul 25, 2012 6:59PM
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Sapa
Sapa
Lao Cai province, Vietnam
After arriving went straight to a hotel with good tripadvisor reviews to recover from a 12 hours ride (8AM-8PM). I don't feel like doing any trekking as visibility is bad & it's been raining for many days. Also,seen many unspoilt villages on the way.
Jul 26, 2012 11:38AM
Sapa
Sapa
Lao Cai province, Vietnam
A popular tourist destination & it feels like it. Good hotels / western food, bars/cafes, cooler temperature & tours base to some nearby villages or trekking eg. to the highest Viet Nam's Fansipan (Phan Xi Pang) mountain options available.
Jul 26, 2012 12:25PM
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Sapa - Hanoi (QL 4E)
Sapa - Hanoi (QL 4E)
tp. Lào Cai, Vietnam
A hotel friend's advise about QL4E condition from Sa Pa to Ha Noi proved to be wrong & hit a very bumpy road with many potholes that reduced speed to an average 25-30kms/h.
Jul 27, 2012 9:32AM
Sapa - Hanoi (QL 70)
Sapa - Hanoi (QL 70)
Lao Cai province, Vietnam
At some point had to give up QL 4 E & jump over to AH14 (QL 70) because of the better surface quality. I would call it "a road of thousands of bends" as there are not too many straight parts nor traffic in north. It's a paradise for motorbike riders.
Jul 27, 2012 11:33AM
Sapa - Hanoi (QL 70)
Sapa - Hanoi (QL 70)
Lao Cai province, Vietnam
Jul 27, 2012 12:29PM
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Nhà Thờ Lớn (St. Joseph's Cathedral), Hanoi
Nhà Thờ Lớn (St. Joseph's Cathedral), Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
After a 13 hours ride got to Hanoi last night. Again it was a ride in the dark & had to use my visor cause there were too many bugs from nearby fields going into my eyes making it very unpleasant & impossible to go fast.
Jul 28, 2012 1:29PM
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Hanoi, Vietnam
A famous temple located on Hoam Kien Lake in Hanoi. Not much to see here apart from few shops & a turtle.
Jul 28, 2012 2:28PM
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Hanoi, Vietnam
Jul 28, 2012 2:35PM
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Den Ngoc Son Temple
Hanoi, Vietnam
The weighting over 200 kgs turtle preserved in a glass box. Apparently there was another similar size live turtle caught & released back to the lake in 2011. Turtles are deemed to be a sign of good luck when touched & donated with some money.
Jul 28, 2012 2:37PM
Water Puppets Theater
Water Puppets Theater
Hanoi, Vietnam
I usually try to justify sightseeing places so decided not to go as reviews were not too convincing & looked a bit too touristy for me.
Jul 28, 2012 3:11PM
Coffee Tasting
Coffee Tasting
Hanoi, Vietnam
For the first time I am trying an indonesian coffee luwak that's supposed to be the most expensive & best type in the world. After having a cup I could feel my heart pounding & blood circulating faster in my veins. This is really strong & good stuff.
Jul 28, 2012 5:24PM
Night Market, Hanoi
Night Market, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Jul 28, 2012 8:20PM
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Imperial Cruise JunkAgent, Halong Bay
Imperial Cruise JunkAgent, Halong Bay
Hanoi, Vietnam
A tour operator's assistant ensuring people don't get bored.
Jul 29, 2012 7:54AM
Hanoi - Ha Long
Hanoi - Ha Long
Chi Linh District, Vietnam
I really needed a break from riding hence booked an organised 3 days / 2 night tour on an Luxoury Imperial Cruise boat including one night at Cat Ba's island. Our van as usual stop at a workshop with artworks shop for a break.
Jul 29, 2012 10:22AM
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Ha Long, Vietnam
No exactly as on a brochure picture where the boat is brown & slightly different but still the cabins are nice & spacious. The seafood served is delicious. After over 8 months of backpacking it feels strange being so comfortable & treated like a VIP.
Jul 29, 2012 12:53PM
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Ha Long, Vietnam
Super delicious seafood.
Jul 29, 2012 1:38PM
Imperial Cruise Boat, Ha Long Bay
Imperial Cruise Boat, Ha Long Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Someone that got tired from a tight schedule that kept us busy & not too much time for relaxing.
Jul 29, 2012 3:50PM
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
A 45 mins visit to a cave. After seeing so many caves it is becoming very hard to impress me. Though, it's a big one & the ceiling has different patterns caused by wind.
Jul 29, 2012 3:52PM
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Ceiling
Jul 29, 2012 4:00PM
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Spot Romeo & Juliet sitting on a balcony :)
Jul 29, 2012 4:21PM
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Sung Sot Cave (Hang Sung Sôt) Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 29, 2012 4:27PM
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
An hour kayaking to explore Halong Bay was fun. You can get away from all the boats passing by & stop wherever wish to admire rock formations in quiet which is what I was really looking forward to. It was a bit hard to find my way back though.
Jul 29, 2012 5:01PM
Swimming Time
Swimming Time
Hai Phong, Vietnam
I & some guys went for swimming. Then we got bored hence started diving into the water from our boat competing who's going to jump from higher. It got scary from the top deck.
Jul 29, 2012 6:07PM
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Imperial Cruise Junk, Ha Long Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
After a dinner finally get some time to rest & enjoy looking at parked nearby junks in the dark.
Jul 29, 2012 6:57PM
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Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Next morning's visit to the floating museum.
Jul 30, 2012 8:31AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
I found it to be very interesting & educational. It was a bit rushed though & didn't hear all the explanations about different types of shells producing different pearls hence took pictures of text instad.
Jul 30, 2012 8:33AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Pearls embedded in a shell.
Jul 30, 2012 8:37AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
A farm of live shells kept in water.
Jul 30, 2012 8:39AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
They are taken out and dried.
Jul 30, 2012 8:40AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Segregated & kept open for further processing.
Jul 30, 2012 8:40AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
A small tissue from special areas of a shell is then collected & chopped into smaller pieces then passed onto station 2. Used oysters are killed in at this point.
Jul 30, 2012 8:41AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Station 2 is making a small incision in live oysters in order to insert previously taken tissue. The shells are put back in water & producing beautiful pearls for another 18 months.
Jul 30, 2012 8:49AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
After 18 months they are reopened & pearls collected. On average 10% of pearls are used for producing jewellery & rest for medicine etc.
Jul 30, 2012 8:52AM
Halong Pearl Museum
Halong Pearl Museum
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Beautiful & pricy jewellery.
Jul 30, 2012 8:57AM
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 30, 2012 10:12AM
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 30, 2012 10:27AM
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Our group was taken for one hour trip to the national park's jungle to see a cave where soldiers used to hide from US bombings.
Jul 30, 2012 11:48AM
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 30, 2012 12:14PM
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Cycling along villages & jungle was very enjoyable.
Jul 30, 2012 12:42PM
Cat Ba Bungalows
Cat Ba Bungalows
Hai Phong, Vietnam
We were accommodated in very nice bungalows surrounded by rock formations pretty much from all sides with an empty beach to ourselves.
Jul 30, 2012 1:29PM
Cat Ba Bungalows
Cat Ba Bungalows
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 30, 2012 1:33PM
Cat Ba Bungalows
Cat Ba Bungalows
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 30, 2012 2:32PM
Monkey Island
Monkey Island
Hai Phong, Vietnam
A quick trip to a famous Monkey Island. We were lucky to see many monkeys as the place is packed with tourists. If no monkeys I would have regretted coming to this place because we left a more private beach behind by our bungalows.
Jul 30, 2012 3:09PM
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Cat Ba Bungalows
Cat Ba Bungalows
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Some other bungalows that are actually much prettier & fit more here even though there are more modest ie. no aircon.
Jul 31, 2012 8:07AM
Imperial Cruise Junk
Imperial Cruise Junk
Hai Phong, Vietnam
A cooking class was organised on the junk on our way back to Halong Bay.
Jul 31, 2012 10:25AM
Imperial Cruise Junk
Imperial Cruise Junk
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Making my first spring roll.
Jul 31, 2012 10:33AM
Imperial Cruise Junk
Imperial Cruise Junk
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Done! See the smile on my face?
Jul 31, 2012 10:33AM
Imperial Cruise Junk
Imperial Cruise Junk
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Tasted not bad at all. I think I could open up my own restaurant now ;) Springrolls in north differ & are much longer than in the south. They also use here raw eggs to glue together filling that goes inside then cut into smaller pieces after frying.
Jul 31, 2012 10:53AM
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Jul 31, 2012 10:57AM
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Lăng Chủ Tịch Hồ Chí Minh)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Lăng Chủ Tịch Hồ Chí Minh)
Hanoi, Vietnam
The famous mausoleum of uncle Ho. There is quite a strict order in which people visit this attraction. No electronics or water allowed inside & couldn't stop to get a closer look at the body. Some say it's a made figure & not real body hence the rush
Aug 1, 2012 10:26AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
The museum is ok but after buying a ticket all people got literarly kicked out 20 minutes later because staff wanted to have lunch / nap so badly that I didn't get to see much. They were very unfriendly to visitors & pushing us around like cattle.
Aug 1, 2012 10:59AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Aug 1, 2012 11:06AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
A lot of photos & text to read so 20 minutes wasn't enough for sure to get through it all. They should at least have informed customers at the ticket counter about their strict & aggressive lunch break.
Aug 1, 2012 11:12AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Aug 1, 2012 11:26AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Upstairs gallery.
Aug 1, 2012 11:27AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 11:28AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
I would love to ride one of these to feel like in the old days of Hanoi.
Aug 1, 2012 11:31AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 11:34AM
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Was taking photos in such a rush that didn't find out what's this thing about. Looks interesting though.
Aug 1, 2012 11:38AM
One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột)
One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Closed too. There were locals inside but we we were refused to get in. Who closes places like this? People usually need no attention to look around or read text & guides usually take care of visitors unless someone was to steal anything - get CCTV!
Aug 1, 2012 11:43AM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:29PM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:30PM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:32PM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:37PM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:42PM
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 12:43PM
May Son Prison
May Son Prison
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hỏa Lò Prison, later sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton", was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War.
Aug 1, 2012 2:09PM
May Son Prison
May Son Prison
More at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi_Hilton
Aug 1, 2012 2:20PM
May Son Prison
May Son Prison
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 2:29PM
May Son Prison
May Son Prison
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 2:39PM
Hanoi, Vietnam
Cells
Aug 1, 2012 2:43PM
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 1, 2012 7:30PM
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Hanoi Streets
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 2, 2012 10:16AM
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 2, 2012 10:34AM
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 2, 2012 10:36AM
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 2, 2012 10:41AM
Hanoi Sweets
Hanoi Sweets
Hanoi, Vietnam
I could only have one of these but very delicious. This street is quite famous for selling home made sweets and plenty of shops offer different kinds of them.
Aug 2, 2012 11:09AM
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi Streets
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 2, 2012 11:39AM
Hanoi, Vietnam
Traditional crafts with the contemporary art exhibition.
Aug 2, 2012 12:16PM
Bún Cha, Hanoi
Bún Cha, Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
My favourite dish called Bún Cha in Hanoi.
Aug 2, 2012 1:53PM
Hanoi Eating
Hanoi Eating
Hanoi, Vietnam
Majority of restaurants if run out of capacity grab part of streets to expand. People are used to eating outside most of the time and don't mind noisy environment - the louder the better!
Aug 2, 2012 7:40PM
Hanoi Shopping
Hanoi Shopping
Hanoi, Vietnam
Got some really nice paintings which are easier to take back home.
Aug 2, 2012 8:31PM
Hanoi
Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
A variety of tastes in these jars. From very nicely tasting sweets to some stuff that will twist your mouth in every direction :£ Sampling is free but purchase expected if they see you've come on an empty stomach hehe
Aug 2, 2012 8:52PM
Cha Ca
Cha Ca
Hanoi, Vietnam
One of top dishes to try in Hanoi. Pricy but worth trying at least once.
Aug 2, 2012 9:17PM
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Hanoi Eating
Hanoi Eating
Hanoi, Vietnam
Aug 3, 2012 9:26PM
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Back to UK
Back to UK
London, United Kingdom
Not particularly happy about my return although will be nice to see friends & family. The first noticeable difference is people. Many overweight & closed in / isolated driving in cars or sitting inside homes the opposite of streets life in Asia.
Aug 6, 2012 12:35PM