The madness that was Vietnam

Vietnam Travel Blog

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We started in ho chi minh city which seems to be populated by more motorbikes than people, which is saying something! We roamed around all the ancient French colonial architecture amidst the high rised buildings and had lunch in this tiny dhingy cafe that looked like a set from Harry Potter but served the greatest noodle soup! We went to ben thahn market where the highlight was seeing picked scorpions and cobra in alcohol! (yes it was gross - i have pictures hehehe)

The next day we flew to Danang and took a bus to Hoi An. Hoi An is the cutest prettiest quaint little riverside town and its sleepy charm has totally won me over. With its colourful little shop houses and colourful tiled pagodas and the most amazing restaurants by the river - what's not to love? And we discovered an amazing cafe called the mango room, with its green and yellow and orange walls and equally colourful cushions and divans - it was love at first sight! AND they make mango margheritas from freshly pulped out sweet mangoes! and then we went to my son, and traipsed around the ruins of the ancient champa dynasty, ruins of a hindu temple older than angkor! 4th century! most of which was unfortunately destroyed by american bombers during the vietnam war.

Later that afternoon, we got into a bus to hue, and wandered into a random street side cafe (which was more like a shack) and spoke to the owner who offered to take us around on his motorbike wheee! so he got us the next morning and we zipped along at crazy speeds through verdant paddy fields and little dirt tracks and dodged massive trucks and buses. oh the countryside is so so so beautiful. i can see why they say that the landscape is so inspiring all the poets come from hue! we saw the imperial city and the tombs of minh mang and khai dinh and thien mu pagoda. the architecture is so much more chinese-influenced here. though the french pastries were so awesome. mmm.

so at 6pm we got on a bus to hanoi. 15 hours later we still weren't in hanoi. there was a crazy woman behind me who kept yakking away on her mobile! even at 3 flipping am! we wanted to bloody end her. and the bus kept stopping in the middle of nowhere, and kept emitting really weird scary noises hahahaha. anyway, we got to hanoi eventually, where we were met by a friend and we finally got to relax and get chauffeured round. it was then we realised how completely exhausted we were haha. hanoi is lovely! so many gorgeous lakes! we watched the amazing water puppets! these puppets are made from the wood from the jackfruit tree and float on water! and sing and dance coordinatedly! and spit fire and stuff!

then the next day we went to halong bay! omg it's so pretty! the crazy caves with the non-limestone stalactites and stalagmites. complete with tacky neon lighting for creepy effect hahahaa. it was so cool though! and then it was time to go to the airport and fly back home.  :(
i loved this random holiday! i want more!

ajitharam says:
Yea - this was more in reference to the effects inside haha. Do go to halong bay. It's awesome!!! i want to go to sapa hill tribe which i didnt make it to the first time around.
Posted on: Aug 17, 2008
Reephboy says:
Nice! I love VietNam, too! I never made it to Halong, though. There are non-limestone stalactites/mites? Curious considering the islands are all limestone themselves....
:D
Posted on: Aug 17, 2008
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