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  • Day22

    Day 22 Zurich

    October 23, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    The flight itself was normal. Singapore Airlines is a really good airline and everything was working well - besides the delay of course. But we were lucky and managed to catch our Flixbus to Friedrichshafen which was prebooked. When we reached the border to Germany the police checked the bus and the people which took forever. Once the bus continued its way we got to Friedrichshafen where Christi was splitting from our group. We said goodbye and then Nonni and me took the next train back home. That was the end of our vacation. Thanks guys, it was a pleasure - to be continued :-)Read more

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  • Day21

    Day 21 Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)

    October 22, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    We slept late and packed our luggage until we had to check out at Noon. It was already the last day of our trip! How fast the time went by. We had lunch in a local restaurant and then walked through a market. Later we rested in a coffee place because it was really hot and humid again. After a while we returned to the flat and picked up our luggage. It was time to get to the airport and to leave Vietnam. The first flight to Singapore was short and normal. There should have been a two hour waiting time until the next long flight back to Zurich. But unfortunately this flight was delayed for around 2 hours, so we had to wait in the middle of the night. After all flights went well during this trip there had to be a problem at the last one - of course. But then finally we could board the A380.Read more

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    Day 20 Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)

    October 21, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    We had to get up very early to get to the airport of Phu Quoc, at 7:40 AM was our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When we arrived we dropped our baggage at the accomodation and went into downtown. Again it was very hot so we were just hanging ourselves from supermarket to shopping mall to get pleasant temperatures. For lunch we went to a coffee place to drink something and eat Banh Mi. Then we could check in to our quite stylish apartment in a big building with a pool on the rooftop. Therefore we went into the rooftop pool directly with a view over the city. After a while we returned into the flat. We went to have dinner in the city and afterwards we were up the Bitexco tower in a bar where we had a cocktail and enjoyed the view over the city. Later we went to Bui Vien which is the party street of Sai Gon. We had a couple of beers and walked through the busy street. Late night we returned to the flat.Read more

  • Day19

    Day 19 Phu Quoc

    October 20, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    We got up, had breakfast and then we rented scooters again. First we wanted to visit the National Park on the island. About 50% of the territory is protected by it. As it had rained a lot in these days the way was very muddy and sometimes washed away. It was crazy to drive there, but we managed to arrive at a hiking path after some kilometres. We hiked for quite a while, then we continued our way by scooter. The next plan was to drive to a waterfall in the East, but there were lots of floodings on the street. We crossed one, but at the end it was too much. We decided to go south to the Sao Beach - also called Star Beach. There we walked along the coastline and enjoyed the sunny day. Once back at the resort we jumped into the pool and later we had dinner. After that we bought some fruits as dessert again like we did the day before, they are delicious.Read more

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    Day 18 Phu Quoc

    October 19, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    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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    Day 17 Can Tho

    October 18, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    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

    Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)

    October 17, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    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

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    Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon)

    October 16, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    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, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    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, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    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