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SEAsia Part 1: Vietnam – living the Hobbit-way

5513Our trip started in Saigon and after a few hours we adopted to the vietnamese behavior of ’snacking through the day‘ – just like the hobbits in middleearth. Our record were 8 food/cafe stops in one day … Besides the food (which is amazing) we enjoy the open-hearted and superfriendly vietnamese people and the beautiful landscape.
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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 4: Nha Trang city, Mui Ne beach and Saigon

Dragon stairs at Nha Trangs main temple
After a great day island hopping around Nha Trang we were interested to investigate the city itself. We both wanted a hassle free day from all the taxi and cyclo drivers, so we decided to hire a cyclo driver for the day. The guest house receptionist recommended a nice local driver for us and off we went. Two people on a small cyclo can be quite a snug fit. I sat on a wood plank slightly elevated from the seat, legs spread so that Yen sit in the seat..and we headed off north from our hotel..
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Vietnam: From inner city Hanoi to the Mekong countryside Part 3: My Son and Nha Trang Islands

Temple detail at My SonIt kept raining over night and our trip to the My Son temple site was destined to get us a bit wet. The site originates from the Kingdom of the Champa and is situated inlands of Hoi An. We went there by bus and it was drizzling happily, when we arrived. Since it didn’t look like it would improve, we bought two of the plastic bag type raincoats and actually wore them, when we walked off to the site.
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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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