Category Vietnam

From Saigon to Kep

We started our holiday staying in central Saigon, with a tour of secret alleyways and the location where, during the war, weapons were stored by Viet Cong Commandos from team 5 in readiness for the Tet Offensive on 30 January 1968 – it was recognised as a national historical site in 1988. We saw fantastic […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 15

Day 15 Saturday – Hanoi Last night we said goodbye to our guide and settled ourselves down for the night train to Hanoi.   We arrived in Hanoi at 4am – Dad & I were fast asleep & Mum had a very hard time waking us up. After a quick breakfast, we went back to […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 14

January 2 Friday Hoang Su Phi – Xin Man – Bac He – Lao Cai Today we had a long drive to Lao Cai where we caught a sleeper train back to Hanoi. Today we met Flower Hmong people who wore very colourful and decorated outfits – even for road building, we also met Tay […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 13

January 1 Thursday Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi After baguettes and noodles for breakfast followed by a stroll around the local market, we enjoyed the views of Yen Minh Pass. We stopped at the workshop of Ms Mai to learn more about traditional weaving with hemp & embroidery. […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 12

December 31 Wednesday Dong Van – Yen Minh After I had a baguette & egg sandwich for breakfast & Mum & Dad had chicken noodle soup & then coffee/tea in the road with sesame rice balls …… we set off again to see Hmong, Zao & Lo Lo people. We drove over the Ma Pi […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 11

December 30 Tuesday (Ba Be – Meo Vac) We were woken up by the cockerels VERY early! I decided I would like chicken pie & chicken soup for breakfast, to end the noisy cockerel for the next guests but instead I was given crepes! We drove to Tinh Tuc and enjoyed the scenery of Colia […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 10

December 29 Monday (Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Ba Be) We left Hanoi for the North of Vietnam. After several hours drive we really reached countryside. We tried Nhan tran tea at a “five star” restaurant! (not sure if it was though)We visited – by boat – a self sufficient village where the Tay (from […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 9

Dec 28 We visited the temple of literature (Van Mieu) – where you are supposed to stroke the heads of the tortoise to get good luck in your exams. The sun was shining – at last! We then walked back to the Hoan Kiem Lake in centre of Hanoi down scissor street (Nguyen Khuyen) – […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 8

Dec 27 We explored the old part of Hanoi – starting at the Dong Xuan market. I enjoyed a mango sandwich for lunch! We then walked a bit more until we visited the cathedral Nha Tho Lon where there was a wedding going on. Here are some pictures from being out & about: We had […]

Christmas Holiday 2014 Day 7

Boxing Day ✈️💺 Mum woke me up by playing the National Anthem & The Queen’s speech! 🇬🇧 We then flew from Da Nang to Hanoi. Yeah – no delays. In Hanoi, Dad had a very rustic haircut: And we walked around the lake: Before we met Peter Simson for a drink & then went to […]