Tag Archives: Vietnam

Bringer of Light

Since arriving in Vietnam one face in particular has been seen again and again. He is on the money (all of it), on posters and walls, he’s got a museum in every city, including the one named after him. He spoke English, German, French, Mandarin and of course Vietnamese. He also famously told the French […]

Friends Reunited

Hanoi was always going to be on our itinerary. It’s a cool city and serves as a base for Halong Bay and Sapa. Another good reason is that my friend Long lived there and I had not seen him in just over three years. An extra bonus is that his business includes hotels so we […]

Tomb Kings

We had an evening flight booked to Hanoi so the hotel kindly let us leave our bags and this allowed us to take a trip out of Hue, South to see the Tombs of the Emperors. As Hue was the Imperial Capital of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945, the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty were […]

Hue..ho..let’s go!

It became necessary to destroy the town to save it, While the above statement was in relation to Ban Tre, it could have equally been applied to Hue. In 1968,during the Tet Offensive, Hue was captured by the VietCong in an audacious assault. In order to retake the city the US Marines and South Vietnamese […]

As seen on Top Gear.

There are many forms of transport that we have taken so far on our trip. With our next destination, the Imperial City of Hue, being not that far away we decided to saddle up and motorbike it. To get us there we would use Mr. Thong – Easy Rider and his Honda Master 125cc bikes. […]

And they were all Yellow..

Hoi an, a Unesco heritage village since 1999, on the coast with almost as many tailor shops as it has people was our next stop. Karen knew the above fact only too well, in 2007 herself and Paula came back from Hoi an with empty purses but suits, winter coats, shoes, boots, handbags and dresses. […]

The Road Less Travelled

Vietnam’s most up and coming city and Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award for 2014. Less than an hour from Hoi An and 15 minutes from the airport. Sounds like heaven. This is how Danang was sold to us. It is heaven if you stay in the fancy resorts overlooking China Beach. Not so much if you […]