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Hoi An

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The best place yet. A small, old and very quaint town on the river with dozens of boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. A 120,000 Dong ticket gets you into five sites of your choice – we chose the most popular – and they proved an interesting find. The Japanese covered bridge (guarded by both a dog and monkey) is fantastic, while wandering the old-town streets is just as pleasing. Fantastic food at Bale Well – a DIY spring roll street food restaurant – where grilled meats and egg pancakes keep on coming until you say stop. It seems beer is as cheap (11p) or cheaper than water here – god knows how – and proves a good treat on an evening. Although a rainy last day postponed a cycling trip to the beach, Hoi An is a must on any trip north or south. An overnight bus to Nha Trang…

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More great pics, keep them coming.

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After a fourteen hour overnight train from Hanoi we arrived in Hue – an ancient imperial city which was once the countries capital. First impressions weren’t fantastic, but wandering among the ancient ruins and buildings proved an interesting find (although heavily bombed and destroyed during the Vietnam war). A decent overnight stop but not much else to do. Another three hour train ride took us to Danang – a city on the coast which is undergoing a major revamp (like a lot of cities we have passed through). Decent beach, but absolutely nothing else to do. Next stop Hoi An.









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His travels continue…..

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A crazy city where crossing the road is seemingly impossible and pavements only exist beneath scooters, tiny stools and street food vendors. With communism splattered all over the place, wandering the streets (especially the old quarter) is an interesting experience. With fantastic street food and the cheapest beer yet (40p) Hanoi is definitely up there with one of the best cities. A trip to the war museum, which contains dozens of old US Air Force planes and weaponry, and a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (although closed) made for an interesting detour from the narrow and crowded streets. But saving the best till last – drinking beer on ‘beer corner’ – a seemingly never ending sprawl of tiny tables, stools and cheap draught beer.









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Vang Vieng

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A bizarre little town with a disused American airfield right in the centre. The surrounding countryside is something else though, with huge caves, lagoons and riverside villages. A trip to Tham Phu Kham Cave was impressive despite an extremely dodgy climb to the entrance – take a head torch – and the lagoon at the bottom offers a well deserved swim. The journey there by Tuk-Tuk crossed some questionable wooden bridges, too. Kayaking the Nam Song River was also something we wanted to do, although navigating rapids, huge rocks and trees was a lot harder than imagined – health a safety definitely isn’t an issue in Laos. Four more days left in Laos before we touch down in Hanoi, Vietnam.






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Luang Prabang

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A French city dropped right in the centre of central Laos with an abundance of bakeries, coffee shops (with the first decent coffee of the trip) and antique shops. A good city to wander around despite the tough three-hundred step climb to Phou Si – views were worth it. It also happened to be a national holiday, where locals crowded onto the street setting off lanterns into the sky and wooden boats into the Mekong. A forty-five minute ride to Kuang Si Falls is a must (in probably the worlds slowest Tuk-Tuk) for a well deserved swim and to see rescued bears. A good city with even better baguettes!





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The Mekong River

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Crossing from Thailand into Laos meant a two-day long voyage down the Mekong, but only after the hassle of sorting a visa at the border behind a very long line of Chinese. Arriving late at the boat meant sitting in the engine room alongside thousands of crates of eggs and various bits of old engine. Six-hours later, and after quite a few warm Beer Lao’s, we arrived at our first overnight stop – Pakbeng. In search for better seats (or at least not sitting with eggs) we arrived early the second morning – it paid off. Seven-hours later we arrived just outside of Luang Prabang (as expected) and told we would have to pay for a Tuk-Tuk to the centre. After a fairly loud confrontation between a big Aussie and a little Laotian we still weren’t moving anywhere. Tuk-Tuk it was, then.






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