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Sep 28, 2019 - Hanoi

Saturday 28th Sep We had a comfortable night last night, Tony is up around 5am to catch the sunrise, unfortunately not a spectacular one, but pretty all the same. He gets a few photos and heads back to bed for a bit more sleep. Cynthea is up early for a bit of Tai Chi on the top deck. Breakfast is at 7am, a bit early but that is how they do things here, governed more by the sunrise than by the clock. Since arriving we have noticed that people appear to be playing musical boats, some that were with us last night are no longer here, and there...

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Sep 26, 2019 - City tour, Foodie tour, crossing the road

A bit of a restless night for us, a combination of sleeping on a rock and being over tired. We were up several times in the night, drinking a lot of water. Each time we are up we put boiled water in the fridge and crank up the jug again. Air con works well, chilling the room down to a comfy 17 degrees. We check the conditions outside, and it is even smoggier than yesterday. Temperature didn’t get below 24 last night, and it is 29 and humid already. There is a decent range available for breakfast, not a lot of cereal, but plenty of fruit,...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Good Morning Vietnam!

We are called to our flight to Vietnam. It is funny how you can have two totally different experiences with the same airline. Our flight from Vancouver couldn't have been much better, in a Boeing 777, plenty of leg room and wide seats. Same outfit out of Taipei flew in an aging A330-220. Narrow seats, (thankfully the leg room is ok), and bits are breaking off (Tony unlocked his tray table, and the latch fell off). The big disappointment is that the entertainment system is totally different. A crappy low res screen, and a hard to follow...

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Apr 1, 2019 - The Perfume Pagoda

With most museums in Hanoi closed on Monday, and rain in the forecast, we decided to book a day trip to Chau Huong, a mountain complex of many Buddhist pagodas (shrines). This is the site of the longest lasting festival in Vietnam, which lasts for three months - bookending the lunar new year, called Tet in Vietnamese. It began to rain just as we left the hotel. Once out of Hanoi the drive took us through low-lying lands where many of the rice farmers also keep symbiotic creatures in their paddies - ducks and fish. Villages along the way...

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Mar 22, 2019 - Hanoi in the North

A quick 2 hour flight transports us from Hot, Humid Saigon north to Cooler, Gray Hanoi. We are staying in the old town center a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi feels less frantic & brash than Saigon, but the 'motorbike rules' is still in effect. Crossing an intersection feels as though one is trying to avoid the blades inside a pulsating food processor; just keep thinking 'sticky rice, sticky rice' and keep moving; miraculously, the 'blades' will avoid emulsifying you ! The lines of people awaiting entry to the Ho Chi Minh Masoleum...

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Mar 27, 2018 - Northern Vietnam -- SaPa, Ha Long Bay and Hanoi

Planes, trains and automobiles in one day! We had a short stopover in Hanoi after flying in from Hue before boarding our overnight Orient Express to SaPa in the north. We had the deluxe sleeper cabin for two. Sadly, it was NOT the luxurious and exotic Orient Express that you may be thinking of...this train was fairly rustic and shared toilet but at least it was private! We arrived into Loa Cai station at 6am, met our guide and driver then proceeded to drive 40 km uphill and harrowing switchback roads to SaPa. It was quite an investment in...

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Mar 14, 2018 - Robin #3 Jungle walk and Topas Mountain Lodge

It is the middle of the night - or morning if we were home - and we are both up writing. Trying to chronically our activities and catch up with our thoughts. Today we woke to rumbling thunder followed by a downpour. I enjoyed being close to the storm; hearing, smelling and feeling it in a way you can only when you are in nature. Fortunately, it subsided in time for our hike through the valley to a waterfall. In the beginning all was in mist. As it slowly cleared terraced mountains, farms, storage shacks, thin waterfalls the length of the...

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Mar 13, 2018 - Robin # 2

Robin. #2. The Mountains A long 5 hr ride by van brought us well into the mountains to visit the Red Dao hill tribe. We transferred from van to car, then had to walk the last leg of the trip while our luggage was tied to the back seat of a motor scooter. We were to learn that pretty much anything can be transported in this fashion. The Nam Chang Riverside Lodge is a rustic remote jungle lodge in the village and is run by this hill tribe. It is beside a river and we crossed a suspension bridge to get there. Lunch was a few tasty fresh,...

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Mar 12, 2018 - Steven Hanoi and Nam Cang Riverside Lodge

March 11 This first day is, as first days always are, a day of displacement and settling in, a day of opening, a day of over-stimulation, a day of unraveling. We try to a make it a day of senses and making sense, and we're doing okay with that. It is so hard to stay open to a new world, so full of new contexts and new behaviors, signs, wonders, meanings. I begin to shutdown, say to myself, wait, I need to absorb this before I can take that in. and it's true, sometimes we need silence, at least a quiet place, away from the new and...

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Mar 11, 2018 - Steven's First Real Entry

Today it's Tuesday, March 13. We flew out of JFK at 9 pm March 9, landed in Qatar on March 10, and 2 hours or so later, flew to Hanoi, where we landed early in the morning on March 11. I write this out in detail because it's impossible to believe. We've seen so much and done so much in a place so different and so familiar that I can hardly begin to describe or react to anything. At the beginning, then. What do I mean by different and familiar? Certainly the language people speak, the sound and the rhythm of it, is new. Hanoi was a mixture...

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Mar 10, 2018 - Robin #1. Arrival and Hanoi

Well, it is day 4 of our adventure and I am finally ready to start writing. Getting here was long and tiring but not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. A 12 1/2 hr flight to Dohu Qatar an another 8 1/2 to Hanoi, both on Qatar Airlines. I plan on only flying Qatar from now on; comfortable seats with room so my knees didn't even graze the seat in front of me, real food, and gracious service by beautiful flight attendants. With the help of Ambien I had a good 6 hr sleep. The Dohu airport is very large, elegant and sleekly modern. It is...

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Jan 24, 2018 - Vietnam Part Two

Vietnam Part two We left Phnom Penh by plane and flew via Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang which is central Vietnam. Our only previous knowledge of Da Nang was from guidebooks and the more recent references to it as a strong hold during the American war and as such a recipient of Agent Orange. Da Nang is now one of the fastest developing towns I have seen for sometime. It has a wheel which makes the London eye look like a Childs model and every international hotel chain has a huge estate or is currently building one. We were staying in a homestay...

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