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Vietnam 2017 – Part 22

26th September, 2017. Our last day in Vietnam and we were saying goodbye to our fellow travellers who were heading in different directions. As we had a few hours before our transfer to the airport, we revisited the markets to … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 21

25th September, 2017. Our last full day in Vietnam and a little more touring of Ho Chi Minh City. The beautiful Municipal Theatre aka Saigon Opera House, a lovely example of French Colonial architecture. Apparently this hotel was frequented by … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 20

24th September, 2017. Today we had the choice between an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels or a walk through Ho Chi Minh City. Erich opted for the tunnels while I decided to explore the inner city with a couple … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 19

23rd September, 2017. On our first full day in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), we had a coach tour of many of the notable sights with a very knowledgeable guide. Notre-Dame Catholic Cathedral. Unfortunately we couldn’t go inside as … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 18

22nd September, 2017. This morning’s adventure would take us on the river for a tour of the floating market. Not a tourist market as one finds in Bangkok, for example, but a trade market where farmers from near and far … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 17

21st September, 2017. Our hotel in Long Xuyen with our coach ready to take us on the day’s adventure. One of the main reasons for our unofficial organised tour was to visit a couple of schools in the village where … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 16

20th September, 2017. We enjoyed our breakfast in the open air restaurant at our My Tho hotel, watching the river traffic and the locals getting their morning exercise swimming in the river. The really dedicated ones were swimming up river … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 15

9th September, 2017. The day dawned clear after overnight rain but it promised to be an extremely humid day not a happy prospect as we would be visiting areas where Australian troops had been based during the Vietnam War. The … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 14

18th September, 2017. We had a mid-morning flight with VietJet Air from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and, with the airport being located so close to the city, there was not too much rush with checking out … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 13

17th September, 2017. Leaving our hotel in Hoi An, we were again transferred by mini-van to our coach located outside the old town and were soon on our way back to Da Nang, our overnight stop prior to our flight … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 12

16th September, 2017. Erich was out early to wander the streets around our hotel before the day heated up. The bridge leading from our hotel side of the river to the main part of town. We walked across it many … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 11

15th September, 2017. Leaving Hue behind we headed south with today’s destination being Hoi An. As we drove through the outlying parts of town we saw significant amounts of damage to property and infrastructure from a storm the previous night. … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 10

14th September, 2017. Today we had the choice of touring the Imperial Palace in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, with our knowledgeable guide, Anh, or a cyclo tour around the perimeter of the Citadel and parts of the … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 9

13th September, 2017. As we had arrived at our hotel quite late, Erich went out early the next morning to explore the area. Our hotel looked quite impressive in daylight. It was located directly opposite the beach giving Erich a … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017- Part 8

12th September, 2017. Whilst waiting for our coach to arrive to take us to the airport for our flight to Dong Hoi, Erich did a bit of people watching outside our hotel in Hanoi. Our route to the airport took … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 7

11th September, 2017. We arrived back in Hanoi in time to head straight to dinner but, due to fatigue or illness, a number of people opted to skip the meal and go straight to the hotel which was a shame … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 6

9th & 10th September, 2017. Leaving the Trang An Complex just after lunch, we were expecting another long drive of 4 hours or so to Ha Long Bay. As we neared our destination a couple of people were desperate for … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 5

8th & 9th September, 2017. We were woken early again by this creature which seems to live on the balcony of a nearby building. I couldn’t remember the last time I had been woken by a rooster! Today we were … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 4

7th September, 2017. We were looking forward to today’s visit to a small village about 11kms from Sa Pa. Populated mainly by the Hmong people, Ta Van, while feeling very remote and quite primitive, is nevertheless a popular day trip … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 3

6th September, 2017. We got off to an early start for our coach trip to Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination some 320 kms north west of Hanoi, close to the Chinese border. The freeway to Lao Cai was completed … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 2

5th September, 2017. Following our early morning walk around Hoan Kiem Lake we set off in our coach touring various sites in Hanoi. Vietnamese National Assembly House. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, unfortunately closed for annual maintenance. Changing of the Guard. … Continue reading

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Vietnam 2017 – Part 1

3rd – 5th September, 2017. Our trip to Vietnam was to be a private group tour that had been recommended to us by a fellow resident of our village; a first for us as we normally prefer to organise our … Continue reading

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