Hoi An

We caught the morning train to Da Nang. It was foggy and rainy so we failed to take advantage of what is meant to be a very scenic rail trip. We did, however, get invited to share a mini bus to Hoi An by this big, jovial Swiss chap, who had the biggest, heaviest suitcase…

The Imperial City, Hue

We came to Hue primarily to visit the Citadel, and we were not disappointed. I didn’t really know what to expect and I really enjoyed the whole day wandering around this amazingly big, interesting and historic site. We had a couple of rest periods at the coffee shop to rejuvinate. We got ourselves a guide,…

THE REUNIFICATION TRAIN TO HUE

Our last day in Hanoi saw us confronted with cold and drizzle. I set off for one last explore around the Old Quarter. I ended up watching the street from the shelter of a Cafe over a cup of Ca Pha. As I sat watching I remembered two of my other favourite places for watching….

Stories from Hanoi

We stayed in Hanoi with Luan and his extended family. They have six guest rooms and they live on the top two floors, located behind their tour guide business in The Old Quarter. There is Luan, his wife and their son, and his mother and father. Hai is a cousin from a village outside Hanoi,…

HO CHI MINH Complex – Hanoi

Our taxi did a U turn and we were chased by an angry looking young policeman in fancy clothes and a baton. Our driver suggested we get our money ready and quickly get out of the cab so he could make a hasty get away from the scene. We walked nonchanlty away and then cut…

Hanoi…The Old Quarter

NIGHT MARKET With Jeremy temporarily out of action with his leg I set off to explore Hanoi on my own. With a new trusty map in hand I made my way to the Night Market. I was told to head toward Hoan Kiem Lake and I would find the market. It would be obvious. And…

A lazy bike ride around Cai Be on a Saturday afternoon

Middle aged men sitting on small stalls outside their houses, playing dominoes, drinking beer and gambling. Noisy, laughing, happy in their time together. Intent on the game and their next move. An afternnoon or day of rest and no work maybe? A big gang of teenagers, handsome boys with trendy haircuts…shaved at the side and…

Mekong Delta boat trip and other happenings

We wanted to do a short, 3 hour, small, local boat trip just to see the river life. I thought I was getting quite good at communication Vietnamese style, so I thought this is what I had organised! I managed to pantomime to the chap that arrived to take us to the boat that my…

Cai Be local market and surrounds

Our host told us the floating markets were not any good anymore because of the building of some bridges at prime locations in the Mekong Delta, so more and more produce is moved around by truck. However, she said the local market is worth seeing. After a leisurely scrambled egg, bread and coffee we head…

Saigon to Cai Be

A short taxi ride to the Futa bus office and we manage to purchase two tickets to Cai Be for Dong 90 000 (about $5.60). We are transferred by a small bus from the office to the Big bus station at Ben Xe Mien Tay. There is an absolute sea of buses. After a short…

Saigon – day 2

After a light breakfast of omelette sandwich washed down with the sweet Vietnames coffee we headed out in the direction of the Presidential Palace. The walk took it out of Jeremy a bit, he still has his bug, so we sat in the gardens for a while with a morning beer. Even a mid morning…

Saigon

Saigon…busy, hectic, noisy, humid. And wet. As I sit in our room drinking a Saigon Special Lager the rain pours down outside, the drips in tune with the continual beep, beep of the motorbikes. We have a quiet room, in a small guesthouse off a back lane that only bikes can fit down. But still…