Archive for the ‘Vietnam’ Category

Vietnam long weekender – Mekong Delta and Saigon

Vietnam long weekender – Mekong Delta and Saigon

Breakfast at 7:30am on the deck of the Mekong Eyes, the endless Mekong delta stretching in front and behind us, made for a very special start to the day. Muffins, toast, and omelette with fruit to finish. Wonderful. What a way to wake up.   All too soon, we had to pack and vacate our cabins. […]

Vietnam long weekender – Mekong Delta

Vietnam long weekender – Mekong Delta

A decent breakfast in the Sky Bar on the 8th floor overlooking Saigon river got the day off to a flying start. From here, we were picked up to join the Mekong Eyes tour – two days and one night on this lovely boat cruising the Mekong Delta. http://www.mekongeyes.com/en/home . It was a 2.5 hour […]

Vietnam long weekender – Saigon

Vietnam long weekender – Saigon

It’s good living in Singapore. It means you get out every weekend to the kind of exotic places many people dream of visiting just once in their lifetimes. I went to the airport straight from work. I needed to get out of here. Singapore to Saigon seemed a snip at $300. Getting out of the […]

Vietnam/Cambodia Day 18 – Saigon / Cambodia

Vietnam/Cambodia Day 18 – Saigon / Cambodia

Left early to catch the 7:45am flight to Saigon.  In Saigon, we decided to get the local bus from the airport to the backpackers area of the city for only 3000 Dong.  The cheapest airport – town journey I’d ever taken, and no scams! I thought we’d be dropped off miles out of town, and […]

Vietnam Day 17 – Nha Trang

Vietnam Day 17 – Nha Trang

Went to soak in the mineral mud bath today.  We enjoyed washing away our sins and soaking in the rejuvenating mineral bath.  We also had a massage, in which the woman tramples all over your back, but it felt really good, exciting even, dare I say.  I followed this with a steam bath, and tried […]

Vietnam Day 16 – Nha Trang

Vietnam Day 16 – Nha Trang

The day of the dive.  No time for breakfast, as we had to be at the diveshop at 7:50am.  We had a small group on the boat, which was nice for Lindsay as it was her first post-PADI certification dive.  I was on my 19th and 20th dive, and it was my first buddying up […]

Vietnam Day 15 – Nha Trang

Flew to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach area.  Checked into the AP Hotel where, for $25, we got the VIP room.  It was huge, opened up on a street scene, and had Channel V on default.  Nice. It was early evening when we ventured out.  Nha Trang is bigger and brasher than Hoi An, with […]

Vietnam Day 14 – Hoi An

Vietnam Day 14 – Hoi An

I went to the beach and sat alone. The sun was setting. It was beautiful. An ancient woman selling mints came and tried to flog her wares, her worn face smiling under her conical hat. I politely refused, and started humming some melodies softly. The old woman sat and listened silently, gazing around. She must […]

Vietnam Day 13 – Hoi An

Vietnam Day 13 – Hoi An

Finding it difficult to leave this lovely place.  Felt shattered, but had work to do.  Went to Danang to book flight tickets to Nha Trang, then Nha Trang to Saigon.  Lindsay and I went there by motorbike taxi, which in the searing heat of the midday sun and without helmets probably wasn’t the best idea.  […]

Vietnam Day 12 – Hoi An

Vietnam Day 12 – Hoi An

Slept on a stranger’s shoulder all the way to My Son, Vietnam’s most important centre of the ancient kingdom of Champa and a Unesco World Heritage site.  Woke in a drunken daze at a breakfast stop, apologized to the guy whose shoulder I’d been drooling on, and supped 2 cups of strong lipton tea, which […]

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