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    • Day417

      Phong Nha

      February 22, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      Night bus to phong Nha, quite prizy but the only way to get north during Teht.
      On the bus I already met Bilo and Mario. Both traveled together since a few weeks. All of us in different hostels, we appointed to discover the area around Phong Nha together. The easytiger hostel, our base for the upcoming days, provided a free information talk about activities in the town and surrounding. After the talk we joined the group of around 30 people to the phong Nha cave. You need a boat to enter the cave and it's really nice there. The whole tour was cool. In the afternoon we did rent bicycles to get to the duckstop. It's a place where you feed ducks and let them fly. Simple but loads of fun. The ride was scenic.Read more

    • Day412

      Hoi An

      February 17, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      Shortest way to Hoi An was the plane. I arrived in Danang a city with almost nothing of interest. I stayed for one night there and left in the morning to Hoi An. The hostel I chose was grose. Bearly clean and instead of my pre-booked six bedroom the gave me a 7bedroom. No space between the beds, dirty bedsheets and moldy smell in the room but no opportunity because of the lunar new year. I went for a walk through oldtown. It's beautiful. Two stories high buildings all over the small island of oldtown. No cars are allowed here. It's a bliss. Even after a while in Asia I didn't like the traffic here. Especially in Vietnam there seem to be no rule. A common saying is: its green: I walk! Orange: I walk! Red: I still walk. The same count for cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles.
      As in the wild west, the survival of the fittest.
      The ground level of the buildings in oldtown are used as restaurants, cafés or tiny shops. Everywhere the flavor of roasted coffee and colorful clothes. This mixture invited to go shopping or enjoy the days with a good Vietnamese coffee. For myself the best in the world. Strong in taste but slightly sweet in the end. Very nice with sweet condensed milk.
      I met Hans, a young norwegian and a very kind guy. One day we went to the beach, just four Kilometer away. There we met Ares again. A Greek from our hostel. Together with Pierre from France we spent most of the four days in Hoi An. Played pool, had amazing food and it never got boring. The speciality in Hoi An is Cao Lao. A unique noodle dish with vegetables, meat, fish or seafood and a bit of sauce. Hans found a place where they prepared a tasty veggy version. The Cao Lao is served with homemade fake meat. So we got the dish with different replaced meats. Good composition in taste and look. Better than common tofu pieces.
      Eventually it was time to say good bye to my friends then all of them went south and I had to head north.
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