Category: Vietnam

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Hanoi, second time around

I had been here before, and yet I hadn’t. Same same but different, as they say in Southeast Asia.  When I said goodbye to Hanoi 11 years ago it was bright and sunny. Now...

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Music on the Mekong Express

Here’s an idea: Ride a bus in Southeast Asia if you want to be entertained. There’ll definitely be music (always too loud), and they might play a movie or two. If you’re lucky it’ll...

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Vietnam by train

Travelling by train is an excellent way to explore Vietnam- local trains are affordable, fairly comfortable and safe. Vietnam’s main railway track – the North-South Railway- runs along the length of the country, connecting...

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

‘Halong’ means ‘descending dragon’ in Vietnamese and once you set your eyes on Halong Bay, you’ll understand how the place got its name. Not only do the limestone islands resemble the back of a...

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Hanoi, in photos

If you’ve ever tried crossing the road in Hanoi, you’ll probably say that the words ‘peace’ and ‘quiet’ don’t apply to the Vietnamese capital. But Hanoi isn’t all that bad- the city has some lovely spots...

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How to cross the road in Hanoi

Be brave, for that’s exactly what you need to be to get to the other side. If you think that traffic will stop for you to cross like it does everywhere else, you’re mistaken. Traffic...

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This week’s photo- Sunset over Halong Bay

This was taken on a cool evening in September. Strangely enough, there weren’t very many mosquitoes that night so we slept on the top deck of the boat, under the stars. Nothing quite like...

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People at work

One of the best things about travelling is that we get to see how the rest of the world lives. People fascinate me; even when I’m at home, I love sitting in cafes just...