Gallery: Hanging in Hanoi and boating in Ha Long Bay!

Entering one of the fishing villages of Ha Long Bay, evidently I'm trying to flap away somewhere...

Entering one of the fishing villages of Ha Long Bay, evidently I'm trying to flap away somewhere…15-Jan-2010 08:52, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 14.0, 28.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 100

Having meandered our way slowly North we finally arrived in its capital, Hanoi, our last stop in Vietnam. From here we planned to take a trip to Top Gear’s finishing line, the beautiful limestone peaks of Ha Long Bay. We also didn’t have long on our Visa… and didn’t plan on finding out what happened to those who were never allowed to leave… who is the famous dead body in Vietnam? Would we make it on the final leg into China? Continue reading Gallery: Hanging in Hanoi and boating in Ha Long Bay!…

Gallery: Resisting the urge to shop in Hoi An and Battle History in Hue!

It is only now I chastise myself for knocking at least one more grain of rock from these sculptures.

It is only now I chastise myself for knocking at least one more grain of rock from these sculptures.13-Jan-2010 08:24, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 3.5, 28.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200

Our final straight in Vietnam had only places left beginning with H – and of the first two to be knocked off one is famous for bargain tailor made clothes and the other for being the site of a major battle during the Vietnam war. Geographic necessity forced us down Vietnam’s famous shopping centre first… just how did we go from planning on buying absolutely nothing to having a $96 shipping bill? What does the Perfume river actually smell of? How does a glass of beer costing just ten English pennies actually taste? Continue reading Gallery: Resisting the urge to shop in Hoi An and Battle History in Hue!…

Gallery: New Year’s Eve in Nha Trang and dallying on scooters in Da Lat

We'd had a few drinks by this stage....seconds after midnight!

We'd had a few drinks by this stage….seconds after midnight!31-Dec-2009 18:03, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 3.3, 4.1mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100

Christmas shenanigans out of the way, we were moving onto Nha Trang where New Year mayhem would occur. Following the festive period with a bit of plant life at the flower festival in chilled out Da Lat, surely we would cover all bases of cultural, social and natural wonder over the next week? Would we find some New Year buddies to party with? Do glowstick flowers or real flowers make better photo material? Would Lynette get on a scooter with Steve…and if she did, would she survive? Continue reading Gallery: New Year’s Eve in Nha Trang and dallying on scooters in Da Lat…

Gallery: Christmas in Saigon and Moored on the Mekong Delta!

Sitting proud on an American M41 tank, destroyed in landmine in 1970. Also a geocache!

Sitting proud on an American M41 tank, destroyed in landmine in 1970. Also a geocache!24-Dec-2009 05:24, Panasonic DMC-TZ6, 3.6, 6.1mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400

After a fleeting visit and two extremes of Cambodia we were looking forward to a month in the famous lands of Vietnam. Cautiously optimistic about the country our first stop was the capital, Ho Chi Minh, where we would be spending a hopefully merry Christmas and an excursion to the Mekong Delta. We immediately loved the place, but like all countries it still had its moments. Did we find Christmas dinner? Just how big is a Mekong Catfish? Why on earth would we be ecstatic that Vietnam is an ex-French colony?

Continue reading Gallery: Christmas in Saigon and Moored on the Mekong Delta!…