The Truth About Halong Bay cruises

Coming from the lovely town of Sapa, in the north-east of Vietnam close to the Chinese border, I met 3 lovely people from Adelaide, Australia… Brad, his girlfriend Stefanie & his younger brother Jack.  It was supposed to be a 12h busride but it became 16h.  Don’t need to tell you that we were glad … Continue reading

Sapa

Taking the sleeper bus to Sapa was once again an adventure.  Bumpy , windy roads, speeding driver,… On top of that the bus stopped in the middle of the night for a quick toilet stop.  So I get off the bus but when I came back, the bus had disappeared.  A local guy who saw … Continue reading

Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is situated in the northeast of the country.  I was hosted by Xuan Du Ngo Ngoc, a very nice local girl who worked by day at ‘Maison des Arts’, a company who trades art & at Juices, a healthy bar in the evenings.  My time in Hanoi was unfortunately … Continue reading

The Forbidden City

On our way to Hanoi we stopped for a few hours in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam.  Hue was the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated and a communist government was established in Hanoi.  Through the website of couchsurfing, I met Tuan, Nhi & Nia, some local students. We had only a few … Continue reading

My Son

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa.  The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”   It lies in the middle … Continue reading

2 lovely old women

Hoi An, my favorite spot during my journey in Vietnam. This small, ancient town simply got it all… authenticity, a nice blend of Oriental & French architecture, beautiful nature, lovely people, great food, exotic beaches… What more can we possibly ask for?  We rented some bikes and explored the area. The most popular beach is … Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh

Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh as we know it today, got its name after the republic’s former presidents’ death. This city of 10 millions souls is situated in the south of Vietnam & is the biggest city of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is a very modern city with huge skycrapers, large boulevards, modern architecture but … Continue reading

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta or ‘Nine Dragon river delta’ as the locals call it is a region in the south-west of Vietnam where the Mekong Delta empties into the sea through a network of canals.  I took a tour from Ho Chi Minh city and ended up in a mini-van filled with tourist & an very … Continue reading