July - August 2017
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  • Day1

    Somewhere over europe

    July 15, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We are three hours into the 11 hour flight to Bangkok . I am currently enjoying a glass of Sauvignon blanc and managed to nabble one of the last chicken dishes for dinner . This whole long haul flying isn't half badRead more

    Wendy Clinch

    Imagine ! So far photos of planes and alcohol!

    7/16/17Reply
    Wendy Clinch

    Sunny here but nice breeze. Grandpa

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  • Day2

    Bangkok airport

    July 16, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Apparently the Thai don't believe in signs we have given up on looking for our gate and our having a nap instead . The 11 hour flight didn't go to badly considering I only slept for about five minutes. Definitely looking forward to bed when we get to Hanoi .Read more

    Wendy Clinch

    Pretty picture. We are hanging out the washing after Church, then have lunch watching Wimbledon. Grandpa

    7/16/17Reply
     
  • Day3

    Hanoi - getting over the jetlag

    July 17, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Day 1 and already our first injury. The paths in the old quarter are falling apart in some places and poor Eva took a tumble on a rogue tree root last night. Luckily 2/3rds of us are nurses so we knew what to do. After going out the night before, today we did a bit of walking around the markets but mainly just tried to beat the jetlag before we head to Ha Long BayRead more

    Wendy Clinch

    Looks v. Professional. What is the climate like xx g

    7/17/17Reply
    Shauna Murphy

    Hanoi was very rainy and humid , where we are now is much more rural , so it's warmer but much less humid thankfully.

    7/21/17Reply
     
  • Day4

    Ha Long Bay (Bay of Descending Dragons)

    July 18, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Today was one of the best days I have ever had. We had an early start to the day and a four hour drive from Hanoi to Hal Long. When we arrived in Ha Long Bay we were brought to our boat and showed our amazing cabins. For lunch we had a traditional Vietnamese lunch of sea bass, squid and clams which believe it or not I ate all of and enjoyed.

    We spent the day on kayaks and row boats exploring caves and lagoons and saw two Ha Long monkeys which apparently only happens once a month or so. We then went to Ti Top Island, named after the Soviet leader who supported the Ho Chi Minh side during the American war. We hiked up some painfully steep steps for what felt like hours but apparently only took 20 minutes and we got a view of the whole of Ha Long. Afterwards we went swimming in the water which is 23 degrees, so felt like more of a bath. Then came dinner which was a massive meal with nine courses of sharing dishes. This time it included crab , shrimps ,catfish and tofu, definitely a long way from the soup and chicken I used to order in all restaurants.

    After dinner the captain was squid fishing and let me and Eva have a turn. I had one on my rod and just out of the water when it let go, much to everyone's amusement; the captain caught two. We also saw a really big jellyfish that glowed in the dark Tomorrow we are getting up at 5.20 to see the sunrise so hopefully I'll have some good pictures.
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    Jane Murphy

    I hope the weather is ok. From here it looks as though it's raining all the time, but I hope that's downpours with outbreaks of sunshine!

    7/19/17Reply
    Shauna Murphy

    The day before we went was a typhoon and loads of tours were cancelled the day we went was 30 degrees and sunny , it was very rainy today but we were walking around the caves then Had a cooking class inside so it was fine

    7/19/17Reply
    Jane Murphy

    Oh wow, looks wonderful. Did you take that picture from up high yourself? It looks like a holiday brochure!

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  • Day5

    Ha Long Bay

    July 19, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Waking up and looking out your window at clear sea and the most amazing limestone cliffs is an unforgettable experience (especially when it's at 6 am - much to early). Today we got the little speed boat out to Sung Sot Cave (which translates as amazing cave or cave of surprise). It is so special because it used to be under the sea but is slowly being pushed up out of the water so you actually have to hike up to it. This gives it a very distinctive roof that many Vietnamese people believe was artificially made. After having to hurdle over three boats to get to our own (the Vietnamese boat parking is as bad as their bike parking) we went back to the boat for spring roll making classes and another 5 course meal, before rolling ourselves back onto the bus for our 4 hour journey back to Hanoi where our guide Bien (or as he liked to be called Beer) announced how much he loved his Irish girls.Read more

  • Day6

    Hanoi - time to explore

    July 20, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    After arriving back in Hanoi from Halong bay we only had one day to explore before we started travelling South. We spent the day exploring the old quarter and getting used to crossing the road (much harder than it sounds). We went to the old city gate and made our way through the city up to Hoan Kiem lake. It's a large lake just outside the old quarter with a temple in the centre. The map we had was pretty awful so it was very hard to find our way around so we were very impressed when we made it to the lake. After having dinner overlooking the lake and temple we headed back to the hostel for a good night's sleep.Read more

  • Day7

    Hoi An

    July 21, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We have arrived in the beautiful town of Hoi An. We spent three hours sitting at gate 5 which both our boarding passes and one of the staff told us to sit at. Our flight was due to leave at 12.20 and at 12.10 our gate announced it was flying to Saigon and we realised there was a problem. We then found out it had been changed to gate 14 with no warning so we had to run through the whole of Hanoi airport where some poor stressed Vietnamese man rushed us to a bus which brought us to the plane. When we got on the whole plane was looking at us very unimpressed by the delay.

    Hoi An is a beautiful river side town and our hostel could be a five star hotel it's so nice. To one side we have the river and the other side has a pool surrounded by rice fields. Yesterday we spent most of the day at the pool watching a volleyball match that was taking place in the pool and seemed to mostly consist of some very competitive English and Irish lads. In the evening we went out for a lovely dinner in a riverside restaurant where Eva and I tried some traditional bhan xeo, which is an odd sort of deconstructed spring roll that you make up yourself but was very nice. Then we headed into town with some people from the hostel and found what I think is Hoi An's version of Coppers.
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