Vietnam
  • Day1

    Melbourne Airport

    April 11, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    All checked in and ready to go! 😊 Lunch and a couple of beers at P.J O’Brien’s before we board our flight. See ya in 3 week Australia!

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  • Day1

    Ho Chi Minh City

    April 11, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After an 8 hour flight, 1 hour wait to get our visa’s approved and a drive through crazy traffic, we have reached our hotel for the night.

  • Day2

    Hanoi

    April 12, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    After a morning of walking around Ho Chi Minh we flew to Hanoi. Checked into our hotel, went and had dinner and a walk around the streets. Dinner and 2 beers - 180,000 dong or $10.80!

  • Day3

    Ho Chi Minh Mousoleum's Complex

    April 13, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we took part in a city tour of Hanoi. As part of this tour we visited the body of Ho Chi Minh. People travel every week for up to 4 -6 hours and line up for nearly 2 to come and see him to pay their respects. We also saw the Presidential Palace, Uncle Ho’s House on stilts and Ba Dinh Square where president Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence to Vietnam on September 2, 1945.Read more

  • Day3

    City Tour

    April 13, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    The rest of the city tour took us to the railway track for the train to Sapa. Talk about being close to houses! We finished by having lunch at the restaurant President Obama ate in.

  • Day3

    Foodie Tour at Night

    April 13, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wow....on the back of scooters traveling all over Hanoi to see the sites and eat and learn about traditional Vietnamese street food. On the tour we ate:
    Noodles with pork and broth, Vietnamese sandwich, green papaya salad, steam pancake with pork onion and mushroom, fried glass noodles with beef, fried spring rolled with fried rice, egg coffee and dessert of pandang sticky rice with coconut ice cream.
    So full, but such an amazing time with our guides Mango and Ha.
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  • Day4

    Sapa

    April 14, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Up early this morning for the 5 1/2 hour drive to Sapa. What a beautiful place with the most magnificent views. Staying on the 6th floor of Sapa Vista, absolutely stunning.

  • Day4

    Cat Cat Village

    April 14, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    In the afternoon we went on a trek with our guide and her 3 month old baby girl to the Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Black H’mong women are famous for making cloth from hemp and dying it a deep indigo blue. I even rubbed the indigo tree leaves in my hands! They wear long blouses decorated with batik flowers over short trousers and they wrap long scarves around their legs. We then went to the valley bottom to the foot of a stunning waterfall and the remains of a hydroelectric power station constructed during Vietnam’s French colonial times. Trekking distance was about 3.9 kms and took about 2 1/2 hours.Read more

  • Day4

    Traditional Home

    April 14, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We had the opportunity to see into the home of a family on our trek. It was so very small, and they also use the top floor area as a store room for corn they dry to feed the pigs and chickens. Even got to see a jar of snakes!Read more

  • Day5

    Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai Village

    April 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    8:30 am start ... trekking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho, then trek through rice terraces & along Muong Hoa stream to Lao Chai village was only a brief moment we could take in the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son mountain as the fog was so so heavy. We went through the terraced rice fields to Ta Van village, home of Dzay minority people. The Dzay people speak Tay – a language belonging to the Thai group. Dzay women wear a five-panel blouse split at the sides & buttoned on the right & dark indigo trousers. The blouses differ in color depending on their age. Old women usually wear darker shades. Women wrap their hair around their head & fix it in place with red thread. The ground was so slippery... I came unstuck and landed in mud and buffalo crap!!! Was a total of 10.5 kms today.Read more