Vietnam

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Waiting for the minibus to bring us to Lau Cai train station Around 5 pm a minibus would pick us up to take us back from Sapa to the train station in Lau Cai. I spend my time walking along the lake, sit down to read something, and head to the market again. Around 4 […]

To the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa

To the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa

Some hours to waste in Hanoi Yesterday morning I took the bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. My train to Lau Cai leaves at 11 pm tonight. To visit the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa, that is where the train stops, and where you get picked up by tour agents to drive further to Sapa […]

Ninh Binh: Sightseeing in the rain

Ninh Binh: Sightseeing in the rain

Sightseeing in the rain on the motorbike upon a slippery road Unfortunately, it was wishful thinking that the weather in Ninh Binh would have changed overnight. Also today it keeps raining continuously, no downpours, but anyway. So I stay reading in my room in the morning. But after lunch, I decided to do some sightseeing […]

The countryside of Ninh Binh

The countryside of Ninh Binh

The bus drives past my destination Around 5 am we drive through the countryside of Ninh Binh … and the bus does not stop. When I see a board along the road stating: Goodbye – Hope to see you again in Ninh Binh, I rush forward. The driver’s assistant is snoring. I wake up almost […]

Waiting for the sleeper bus to Ninh Binh

Waiting for the sleeper bus to Ninh Binh

Conversation with two professors Early in the morning, I left by bus, back towards Hue where I will have a stopover for a day, before taking the sleeper bus to Ninh Binh.  During a short break, two elderly Vietnamese join me for a conversation. One is a professor of geology, the other in environmental studies. […]

Multiple places of interest in laid-back Hoi An

Multiple places of interest in laid-back Hoi An

An old trading port with an architectural mix of influences In the morning I take the bus to Hoi An, and once arrived in the city a motorcycle taxi to my hotel. The rooms are well-kept, but mine doesn`t have hot water. This needs to get fixed, or I will have to move to another […]

The Marble Mountains of Da Nang

The Marble Mountains of Da Nang

A beach resembling a rubbish dump A somewhat quieter today, first I ride to Da Nang by bus, with a stop at Ca Loa Beach. Well, naming this place a beach is the overstatement of the year; it is one big rubbish dump on the bank of the sea. Da Nang is not a tourist city. […]

Visiting the cultural highlights of Hue

Visiting the cultural highlights of Hue

Annoyed with the money hassling After breakfast, I take a taxi to the Museum of Ethnology. It was almost inevitable that I paid too much for the ride; the driver did not know the exact location, and furthermore, he hardly understood English. Though the museum here in Hanoi itself is worth visiting, with good explanations […]

Ha Long Bay boat sailing

Ha Long Bay boat sailing

Joining a group for a Ha Long Bay boat sailing trip To reach Ha Long Bay from Hanoi, it takes a 3-hour bus trip. I am joining a Ha Long Bay boat sailing adventure with an international company of Canadians, Dutch, Scottish, and English people. All groups follow a more or less similar package. Therefore […]

Mixed feelings about Hanoi

Mixed feelings about Hanoi

A less intrusive Asian capital At first sight, Hanoi seems like just another busy Asian capital. But the city is smaller than Bangkok for instance, and has a is less intrusive atmosphere than I imagined. The traffic seems incredible, with 6 million inhabitants driving 3 million mopeds. I do have mixed feelings about Hanoi: they range […]