18th – 21st September 2014
The Mekong Delta region was a vast area of rivers, floating villages and markets. I spent the last few days of Vietnam in this area, before getting a boat over the border into Cambodia.
Here are a few photos from the area:
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12th – 18th September 2014
We decided to take a trip to the small island of Phu Quoc, just off the South West coast of Vietnam. This required an overnight stay in an obviously ‘seldom visited by tourists’ town, called Rach Gia. I say this because we were like local celebrities as we walked through the town and the local market, everyone from children to adults were either giggling, waving or shouting hello at us, or a combination of all three! It was insane! The local market had some very fine delicacies on display though, and as usual I got photos of some of the oddities….
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7th – 11th September 2014
On arrival in Hoh Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), I got off the bus to be greeted, as usual, by eager taxi drivers/motorbike taxis, people transporters etc etc. I had searched on my GPS for the street I was looking for, and it showed me it was about 3 miles away. I asked a taxi driver how much it would be, and he said ‘it’s on the meter’. Oh good, I thought, as this is usually the best rate! I emphasise the word ‘usually’.
Continue reading Hoh Chi Minh City – Scams, War History, and a whole lotta mopeds!
3rd – 8th September 2014
I had to choose between another beach destination or Da Lat, an inland mountainous region with beautiful scenery. Of course I opted for the mountainous region, as much as I love beaches I probably love a mountain’s views and the challenges they possess even more so!
The climate in Da Lat was a lot cooler, so much so that for the few days I was there I could straighten my hair again!
Continue reading Da Lat, Vietnam. Mountains, wine, and a cat called Mau
26th August – 3rd September 2014
Now, after the full on couple of months, and not getting the chill time I really wanted in Hanoi, this was my next planned chill out point. If riding a bicycle to the beaches, lazing by my lovely hotel pool, eating a massive delicious breakfast spread every morning, and buying dress after dress, all made to measure, constitutes chilling out, then I did a lot of it in the seven days I was in Hoi An! It was perfect!
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24th – 26th August 2014
I only spent one night in Hue, but it was quite a small city. I hired a motorbike for a day and rode around in the blistering heat, in the hunt for the tombs in the local area, which were more like palaces than what you’d expect of a tomb!
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22nd – 25th August 2014
Now, I never knew how much I liked caves. I mean, I’ve been to Wookey Hole and Cheddar Caves, and they are great, but Phong Nha caves, wow, simply wow! I never thought I could be blown away by a cave but these were something else. Phong Nha cave was an experience itself. You take a boat which chugs along the river to the large entrance of the cave, and then once inside the gaping entrance, the engines are switched off, and the boat drivers get out their paddles.
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