Category Vietnam

Saigon

I have to say that I am quite surprised at the economic progress that has taken place in Saigon in the seven years since I was last here. There has been a great deal of development with new high rise buildings, cleaner streets, and less beggars on the the corners. The infrastructure has been improved […]

Vietnam Trip Report

Between September 13 & September 29, 2007 we spent some time in Vietnam with our friends Rob & Mary Neal and Max Dong who is an old friend from my National Service days. Max served as a driver at 1 Field Hospital at Vung Tau. I was simply too busy to post any blogs during […]

Vietnam – The Summary

These are the five things that we liked best in Vietnam (not really in any order) 1. Hoi An – A lovely old city with character and charm along with a fantastic hotel. 2. Vietnamese Road Manners – Miss River told us that if you tooted before hitting someone, it was OK to just say […]

Water Puppets

We spent our final day in Hanoi taking it easy. The weather was cool and very hazy. It felt rather wintery and although we wore only our polar plus jackets, we noticed that all the local people were well & truly rugged up in coats and jackets. We spent the morning finishing any shopping that […]

Cyclo Touring in Hanoi

Well, the highlight of yesterday was a Cyclo ride through Hanoi. It was better than walking and really got the adreniline pumping. On a Vietnamese cyclo, the passenger sits at the front while the driver peddles from behind. As a result, you feel that you are at the mercy of every motor cycle, bus and […]

Ha Long Bay

Returned from Sapa on a very slow train which took 10 hours to cover about 340 km of distance. At first, we enjoyed watching the countryside go past but after a million rice paddies it was getting a bit boring. Hardly an inch of the countryside is out of site of a house or a […]

Sapa

Here we are in Sapa – a hill town not far from the Vietnamese / Chinese border. It is providing us with an interesting cultural experience in that we are able to visit some of the villages of the Black H’Mung and Red Dao ethnic groups. These are some of the people that the French […]

Hanoi & Uncle Ho

Today was a tourist day. We were met at the hotel by a very eloquent young lady who took us on a tour of Hanoi. The first amazing thing we found was that Hanoi has three quarters (not four as one would expect) – the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, The Old Quarter and the French […]