Category Archive: VIETNAM

PHOTO GALLERY: Sapa – Vietnam

PHOTO GALLERY: Sapa – Vietnam Sapa is a small charming town situated in the rugged mountains of far Northwest Vietnam near the Chinese border. Historically Sapa was the largest market town in the region and local hill tribe people visited the markets regularly to buy and sell goods. In the 1880s the French discovered Sapa …

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PHOTO GALLERY: Traditional Boats of Asia

PHOTO GALLERY: Traditional Boats of Asia Asia is a vast continent with a huge diversity of countries and cultures. One thing most have in common is a lot of water. Many are island nations. Others have long coastlines. Still others harbor long rivers or large lakes. All that water means boats. All sorts of boats: …

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Travel Tales: Round Up of My Best Day Cruises

Mekong River - Luang Prabang - Laos

Travel Tales: Round Up of My Best Day Cruises Over my 14 years of travels since 1998 I’ve joined several fantastic day cruises- on rivers, in bays and on seas. Most were pleasure cruises, but a few were more or less transportation service which just happened to be very interesting, unusual journeys. Here’s a round-up …

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PHOTO GALLERY: HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM

PHOTO GALLERY: HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM  The two adjacent coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An were two of my favorite spots during my six-week tour of Vietnam.  Like Penang, Malaysia, Hoi An was one of the major ports of call on the old Asian trading route.  It’s packed with an eclectic mix of old architecture: …

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VIETNAM- TRIP OVERVIEW

Nov – Dec 2003 Halong Bay near CatBa ilsand, northeast Vietnam VIETNAM- TRIP OVERVIEW I greatly enjoyed traveling through Vietnam for 6 weeks in Nov- Dec. 2003. The country sports stunning and varied scenery; an abundance of beautiful arts including paintings, lacquerware, stone carvings, traditional architecture and paper lanterns to name a few; delicious food and a few …

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PHOTO GALLERY: VIETNAM’S PERFUME RIVER

Welcome! If it’s your first time here, you might want to subscribe to RSS —–>> Perfume River, Vietnam Vietnam’s beautiful Perfume River runs almost the entire length of the country. From its source in Vietnam’s rugged northwestern mountains all the way to the South China Sea on the East Coast, the mighty river flows through …

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HUE AND HOI AN- Vietnam’s Central Coast

Welcome! If it’s your first time here, you might want to subscribe to RSS —–>> HUE AND HOI AN- Vietnam’s Central Coast I awoke in central coastal Vietnam on the overnight train from Hanoi. Looking out the window I saw, surprise, more flat rice fields stretching to the horizon.  Good thing I’d taken the overnight train …

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TRAVEL STORY: TRIP FROM HANOI TO HALONG BAY VIETNAM

TRIP FROM HANOI TO HALONG BAY,  VIETNAM Back in Hanoi, exhausted after bus-ing independently around Vietnam’s rugged northeast mountain region, I excitedly prepared for my boat tour of famous Halong Bay, which is scattered with thousands of limestone karst peaks and islands. It’s the one place in Vietnam I’d been waiting to experience for several …

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PHOTO GALLERY: TRIP THROUGH HALONG BAY PHOTOS

PHOTO GALLERY: TRIP THROUGH HALONG BAY PHOTOS  Exotic boats, water, tropically-plumed rocky crags, densely-packed mountains, and an isolated beach marked my fantastic journey through Halong Bay in northern Vietnam. Journey’s end was quaint Catba Island, where I opted to stay 5 nights and days, soaking up Catba’s beautiful scenery and unique boat culture, before returning to …

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10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN HANOI

bustling Old Quarter alley Tucked down the narrow winding alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter you’ll find several budget guesthouses and hotels. Predominantly a locals’ neighborhood, the Old Quarter is a fantastic spot to hang your hat while visiting Hanoi. Vietnamese bustle about their noisy, hectic daily lives. Just across the road sits Hanaoi’s Hoen Kien …

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