Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 2: Hue and Hoi An

Thien Mu Pagoda along the Perfume river
Coming in an over night train from Hanoi, which didn’t really allow for much sleep, we arrived in Hue rather tired. Nevertheless we explored the town and the Purple City palace area, or what is left of it, by just walking around. The Purple City is a great complex of old buildings ranging from newly renovated ones to a pile of rocks. The entrance building and gate is particularly impressive. We spent a few hours exploring the palace after a warm up in the Imperial Museum.

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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 1: Hanoi and Halong Bay

A typical postcard scene in Ha Long Bay
After successfully getting married with a great party and only 2 days to pack and recover Yen and myself were heading to Vietnam for four weeks of adventures and impressions. In fact it was bound to become adventerous, since all we had organised were our flight tickets. And we sort of packed our bags just in time. We were still packing about 4 hours, before we took off in Melbourne…
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Drinks: Soy Bean Tea = Soy Bean Coffee !?!

During my travel in Vietnam I discovered this drink which I enjoyed regularly. You can have it either hot or cold with ice cubes. It tastes a bit like a mixture between tea and coffee, but still very different.

It is soothing like a tea and reviving like a coffee. And it is easy to make too. I still drink it regularly. Interested?
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New Zealand: Adventures on the rainy south island

CliffsIt was late December 2001 Babsi and Werner went ahead from Europe and were joined by Yen and Manfred from Australia to tour around the south island and experience the beauty of this spectacular place. We went kayaking, sky diving, sea kayaking, caving, tube rafting, rafting and so on and so on. We mainly camped although sometimes we thought we might just be washed away. All the rain gave us plenty of waterfalls though and we saw a lot of other things too.