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  • Day18

    Day 18 Phu Quoc

    October 19 in Vietnam

    In the morning we got up and boarded the 8 AM ferry to Phu Quoc. The ride took 2,5 hours and as we arrived on the island we took a shared minivan to our accomodation. When we arrived there we went straight on to the On Lang Beach to meet Matze&Maike which waited for their pickup to the airport. We talked shortly and then they had to leave. Afterwards we had lunch and later we jumped into the ocean and swam to another beach. When we got back to our accomodation it was raining, so we went into our pool. In the evening we had dinner at a local BBQ restaurant. Then we went back and slept.Read more

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  • Day17

    Day 17 Can Tho

    October 18 in Vietnam

    The alarm went off at 5:30 AM because we have booked a Mekong Delta Tour with our guide Linh. First we drove with scooters about 30 minutes to a place where we could enter a boat. Our group was completed by two German couples. We visited a local floating market where farmers and merchants are doing B2B deals. After a while we stopped and had breakfast. Linh told a lot about how the Vietnamese live and about the area. We continued and went through a local market on land with lots of meat, fruits and even snakes. Back on the boat we saw fruit plantations and where pepper comes from. We tried a lot of different fruits during the tour. Then we cruised through the most beautiful area - the "paradise". At around noon the tour was finished and we said goodbye to Linh and her parents. We hopped on a bus to Rach Gia and as we had arrived we went into the town to have dinner. We walked for quite a while and then we found a good grill. Once we finished the food we got invited again by a few locals. They could barely speak English and Google Translator was not a great help. After a some beers we went on to a karaoke place where we spent one hour with this popular Asian activity. Then our new Vietnamese friends drove us back to the hostel by scooters.Read more

  • Day16

    On this day we went again into the center of Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast. We went to Ben Tanh Market and to a park. Then we returned to the hostel to catch a grab car to bring us to the bus station. We traveled by bus to Can Tho which is in the Mekong Delta. It was a sleeper bus in the middle of the day, really funny. When we arrived we took a shuttle to our hostel. Then we went to have dinner in city center in a local restaurant - fresh spring rolls again. Afterwards we strolled through the night market and got crepes and fresh made ice cream from strawberries. We returned to the hostel and slept early because we planned to get up early again ;-)Read more

  • Day15

    In the middle of the night we got waked up by the bus driver because we had already arrived in Ho Chi Minh City which is the former Sai Gon. What to do at around 3 AM? We decided to go to the hostel and wait there until breakfast time and this plan worked out quite well. On our way we met Marta from Poland who was also on the bus. We chatted a while with her and then we tried to sleep on the floor. Later we had breakfast and went to the War Remnants Museum. This museum features some facts from the Vietnam War and mainly the cruelties from the USA. After seeing the Notre Dame cathedral, the opera and other sights we went back to the hostel because we got picked up. We made a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels of the Vietcong about 60km away. Our guide told a lot about the war strategies during the Vietnam War and showed us the tunnels. We crawled 100m through them ourselves, very exhausting considering the tiny size and the high humidity. After coming back to the city we had dinner at a street food place nearby and then went to bed.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 14 Da Lat

    October 15 in Vietnam

    Day 2 in Da Lat: After breakfast another outdoor sports activity was waiting for us. We wanted to hike on the Langbiang mountain. First we rented 2 scooters for the day and drove to the parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Then we hiked up to the peak at 2167 metres. It was sunny and at the end the path was very steep, but there was a nice view at the top. Back at the parking lot we drove to the next stop around 30 km away: The Elephant Waterfall. Once we arrived there climbed down to see the waterfall from below, quite impressive. Afterwards we visited the pagoda next to it. It wouldn't have been an interesting one if they were not building a massive Buddha statue, about 70m high! Then we drove back to Da Lat, had a coffee at the Xuan Huong lake and later dinner in a great local BBQ restaurant. At around 9 PM we got picked up by a bus company to bring us to the bus station. In this night we took a sleeping bus to Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon).Read more

  • Day13

    Day 13 Da Lat

    October 14 in Vietnam

    For this day the plan was to do a downhill bike tour in the hills around Da Lat. Originally we wanted to do Canyoning but this and Rafting is closed at the moment (because a Korean man died lately - had a heart attack) and so cycling was the best option. Christi told Lion (our guide) we are experienced and want to have the hardest tour they offer. In fact I never did a downhill tour in my life and I even didn't sit on a Mountainbike since years ;-) What a good tour to start with. It did make fun and the landscape was amazing but I was also scared going down the hills too fast. The parts going up the hills nearly killed me, it was also quite hot and if you are not used to it - that is not the best combination. On the steepest downhill part I also fell off the bike but fortunately only at a small pace. At the end of the tour we visited an impressive pagoda and its cellar where the hell of Buddhism is visualized. Back in the city we went to a night market after having a shower. For dinner the owner of the hostel prepared fresh spring rolls and fried rice. There were also other hostel guests joining and so it was quite nice. We went to bed early because of the exhausting day.Read more

  • Day12

    Day 12 Hoi An/Da Lat

    October 13 in Vietnam

    The morning after breakfast was very hectic, we had to visit all shops from the day before to fit on the clothes. Nevertheless we made it right on time for the departure to the airport. We flew to Nha Trang, respectively Cam Ranh Airport south of this city and chartered a taxi to Da Lat. After 3 hours we arrived and had dinner. We tried the first pizza in Vietnam, it tasted well but the style was more like American pizza. Then we went to a bar to have a beer, but then we were invited to a table from local guys. They gave us Whisky, beer and fruits - an offer which we couldn't refuse, they were so kind. When they left at around 12 PM we also left and went to our hostel.Read more

  • Day11

    Day 11 Hoi An

    October 12 in Vietnam

    After breakfast we rented scooters and met Eggi&Theresa to hit the road. First we drove to An Bang Beach northwest of Hoi An. Driving is quite easy, just use the horn and then you can pass other vehicles. Traffic is less here so it is possible to drive even as beginner. Handling a scooter itself can be a challenge sometimes. At the beach we jumped into the wild sea with big waves. Once we got out of the water we noticed that there was a red flag waving and it was not allowed to swim on that day :-D Later we drove to other beaches and areas. It was raining from time to time and we had to hide from it. On the way back to town Nonni's scooter broke down, so Christi had to carry him. In the afternoon we had a fitting appointment at the tailor. After we were all happy with the result we went on to have a late lunch. It was raining cats and dogs, so we had to run to a restaurant. As it got better we took again the scooters and drove around the town until it got dark. We went for a shopping run and then had dinner. Again it was raining and we had to bridge over the time with a beer until we had to see goodbye to Eggi&Theresa.Read more

  • Day10

    Day 10 Hoi An

    October 11 in Vietnam

    The night ended already at 4 AM! We left for the airport with a taxi. Then we flew to Da Nang which is a city close to Hoi An in the center of Vietnam. When we arrived in Hoi An we met Eggi&Theresa who came from Ho-Chi-Minh City. We went to the tailor together to treat ourselves with custom tailored shirts and suits - Hoi An is famous for their tailors. Afterwards we strolled through the old town and just as we stopped in a place to drink a beer it was beginning to rain. It was the first rain we saw so far on our trip. Later the day we did a bike tour organized by our hostel. It led us on Cam Kim Island south of Hoi An. The guide showed us a temple, explained a lot of the symbols and how the local people worship their ancestors. Then we had to leave the tour because of an appointment at the tailor. In the evening we enjoyed some beers and free Rum+Coke in the hostel with Eggi&Theresa. For dinner we went to Bup Café which was a recommendation from Joni and it was really worth it. Awesome food and great owner, he is so dedicated to his work: Perfect end of a day although it was raining heavily in between.Read more

  • Day9

    Day 9 Ha Long Bay

    October 10 in Vietnam

    We got up at 7:30 AM for breakfast, the only food without rice :-) Pancakes with bananas and honey. Then we kayaked again through the bay - into caves, holes and in hidden lagoons. After that we took swims to small beaches, were snorkeling and were jumping from the boat. The weather changed a little bit, it was not that sunny anymore but still warm. After lunch we left the cabin and the boat was going back to the harbour on Cat Ba island. After the transfer back to Hanoi we met Sarah again who was spontaneously for this night in the city. We had dinner together and chatted until the restaurant closed. Then we went to bed because it was going to be a short night.Read more

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