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Tỉnh Cao Bằng

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  • Day11

    En direction de Cao Bang

    December 6, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Tour en barque en moteur sur le lac Ba Be. Visite d'un village perdu en amont d'un affluent du lac. Magnifique paysage.
    On continue par la decouverte d'une grotte aux chauves-souris. Leur chant est un plaisir.

    On arrive à Cao Bang. On se repose l'après midi.

  • Day9

    En direction de Bao Lac

    December 4, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Randonnée vers le sommet Ma Pi Leng. Départ au monument hommage aux travailleurs qui ont construit la route.

    Visite d'un village Lolo noir où un homme déjà saoule nous accueille chez lui.

    On finit à Bao Lac.

  • Day12

    En direction des chutes d'eau.

    December 7, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Visite d'un village spécialisé dans les encens. Nous y dormirons le soir.

    Visite d'un village spécialisé dans la forge.

    Spectacle de la journée : les chutes d'eau de Ban Gioc. Elles forment la frontière avec la Chine voisine. La moitié de la rivière est chinoise , l'autre est vietnamienne. Aucun contact possible.

    On termine la journée par la visite d'une grotte d'1 km de long. Pas très impressionnant niveau couleur, mais de très jolies formes.
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  • Day30

    Ban Gioc Waterfall

    October 23, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    After two days riding, Don and I met up with Hans in the eastern city of Cao Bang. It's a fairly large city and is the provincal capital. It's located in the middle of the province, on the banks of the Bang Giang River. The ride from Meo Vac to Cao Bang was fairly easy, after Don and I sorted out our route. We left Meo Vac and drove in completely the wrong direction, on a twisty mountain pot-holed road, in a heavy drizzle, for a good 15 km before figuring out our mistake! Hans could see us on the map (thanks to Google location sharing), and texted and called, trying in vain to reach us. Oops. Well, an hour later we were finally heading in the right direction.

    Our ride took us on a lovely, wide, well-banked and well-maintained road. We headed up and over a high pass, shrouded in mist, dropped to a river valley, and then went up and over several more passes until the air became tropical, where we stopped to take off a layer. We drove through villages and construction sites, slowed for kids getting out of school, and water buffalo crossing the road. At a coffee stop on our second day, we happened upon a praying mantis that was at least 8 or 10 inches long. It was just sitting on the concrete floor of the open air cafe. I desperately didn't want anyone to step on it, but just as desperately didn't want to touch it. So I kept my eye on it and shooed away the dogs that were very curious about it. Just as we were leaving, as I clapped my hands at the dogs and shooed them off, a local woman walked by and I pointed to it. She was wearing a traditional dress we hadn't seen before -- a white headscarf, slacks, white blouse. She reached down and plucked it off the ground, holding it fairly gently right behind its head. The praying mantis was fluttering its huge wings and waving its 8 legs. It was almost clacking. She held it up to me; I shook my head and started laughing. She started laughing and tried to put it on my shoulder, but I shrieked. The woman's friend and everyone else in the cafe started laughing as well. Howling! I could only imagine what they were thinking: how could this person be afraid of bugs? She then tossed the praying mantis in the air, it fluttered off, and we both continued to laugh.

    Anyway, the waterfall. The Ban Gioc waterfall is one of the world's wonders. It's river marks the border with China and is about 80 km north of Cao Bang. It consists of two waterfalls on the Quay Son River. The water drops 98 feet and is separated into multiple falls by the topography: rocks and trees. The ground all around is wet, and it feels like it's raining (in addition to the actual rain)! And it's thunderously loud.

    Standing on the Vietnamese side we saw tour boats circling one another as they made their way up to the base of the falls. Upon reaching shore Hans immediately said, 'Let's go!' and hobbled down the gang plank to the next boat out. It was great fun. We sat right up front and were often within arm's reach of the people on the Chinese sister boats. Our boat made it right to the base of the falls and we all got damp in the mist. As our boat swung back around it came within three meters of the Chinese shoreline. Don and I wanted to jump ship to see what might happen, but Hans' voice of reason called us back.

    Once back on land, we helped Hans get settled at a cafe, then wandered through the stalls looking for gift-y things. No go, but we had a good time shopping and playing with the cutest puppies ever. Once the rain lifted, we walked back out to the waterfalls to admire the cascades.

    And little did I know, my days as a regular run-of-the-mill tourist were just about to end. I was approached by a woman in a bright red Vietnam t-shirt, with a yellow star on the front, and 'Love Vietnam' on the back in yellow script. She was waving her phone, and beckoned me up to a monument marking the border. At first, I thought she wanted me to take her picture. But, no. She wanted me to be in her selfie. Within minutes, a dozen of her friends, all wearing identical t-shirts, were posing with me. Then group shots! I am going to be all over Instagram and social media, I just know it.

    After a stop at a Bhuddist temple overlook, and a stop at the border (where we almostblost Don!) we lingered over a looong lunch. On our way back to Cao Bang, we stopped at a small village, famous for its knife making and other forging skills.

    Definitely a highlight day. I didn't even know it was on my bucket list, but it was definitely one of those places. I loved waving to the Chinese tourists, and also seeing the joy of the Vietnamese tourists. People love their country here, and are so proud of its beauty. And they seem to embrace tourists.

    It's a wonderful place to travel.

    Nancy
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  • Day340

    Cao Bang - 3 Tage

    August 1, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Wipha sollte eigentlich nach Süden ziehen und wir hatten gehofft in Cao Bang nicht viel ab zu bekommen. Der kleine Tayphoon ist auch nicht um geringsten gefährlich, bringt aber jede Menge Regen.

    Ausflüge kann man leider vergessen. Wir machen das Beste daraus und zu 4 können wir die Zeit ganz gut tot schlagen.

    Wir nutzen Regen Pausen um die wenigen Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Stadt zu besuchen. Hauptsächlich kommunistische Denkmäler und Statuen.
    Hier im Norden kurz vor der Grenze zu China sehen wir so nochmal ein anderes Vietnam. Der Reiseführer würde es wieder "authentisch" nennen.

    Ansonsten gehen wir noch in eine Spielhalle und zocken für 2h antike Automatenspiele.

    Den Großteil der Zeit sitzen wir aber beim Koreaner um die Ecke, grillen, trinken und quetschen.
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  • Day28

    Out of Hanoi, into the Wild

    October 26, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Glad to be leaving the capital, we got picked up by Mr Linh's Adventures. Our driver is called Long, our tour guide is also called Long. Oh, and the group consists of David and Kerry.. Yes we are having a one-to-one tour with the Longs.
    We were driven north out of Hanoi, a total of 340km to the Chinese border. We stopped at the Ethnic Minority museum where Long showed us the different typical houses of the different minorities (including one with someone asleep in it) and then let us wander round the rest of the museum on our own. Next stop was an hour an half later for lunch, a local restaurant with whole cooked chickens with heads still on. Long told us to sit down and he would order. We sat anxiously wondering what would be served. Luckily, a selection of steamed rice, bits of lemongrass chicken, pork ribs, whole shrimps and vegetables came out. All of it was pretty tasty and we washed it down with iced green tea.
    The scenery on the way up into the hills was beautiful, although it was misty. The Longs kindly stopped so we could take some pictures. We arrived at a Nung's (local minority group) village which is known for making incense. We got out the minibus and walked with Long through the centre, past water-buffalos being washed, corn being hand-harvested and the sun setting behind the huge hills around.
    Tonight we are stay at Mr Him's homestay. It is a stilted house with a downstairs kitchen/dining room/garage and outside toilets. We are sleeping upstairs on a firm (a complete understatement) mattress on the floor beneath a mosquito net and behind a curtain. We had dinner with the family just after sunset. It is customary to serve green tea and corn wine to visitors and they plied us with both. Dinner was the usual rice, chicken, pork (both BBQ and roasted) and then pig's colon. Kerry politely declined but David was braver and had a piece - it was...chewy. The rest of the food was tasty. We had a great evening chatting to Long before getting an early night. Hopefully the alcohol will help us sleep, as the mattress will not.
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  • Day20

    Route de Yên Minh vers Méo Vac

    January 31, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Aujourd’hui nous avons une bonne journée de route qui nous amènera à la Tham Ma Pass qui est magnifique et que vous pourrez voir sur les photos. Nous avons visité le village culturel de Lum Cam Hmong. Le petit village fait parti de l’UNESCO et est très typique des secte culturel encore dans leurs traditions.

    Nous nous somme arrêtés à la Maison du King Vung Chinh Duc the premier roi et son fils était King Vuong Chi Singh. Le king régnait sur la région et s’assurait de bien avoir le contrôle.Il contrôlait la culture du pavot dans la région ce qui le rendait très riche. Ho Chi Minh défendit de faire la culture du Pavot ce qui rendit les gens de la région tres fâché car ils perdaient leur revenu de travail. Les gens qui ont travaillé à la construction du Palais on été payé mais le King empoisonna les gens et leur coupa la tête qui fut enterrée autour de la maison. Disons que c’est une façon spéciale pour le moins dire de faire des affaires....

    Pour ensuite se rendre au Lùng CU Flag Pole qui est un signe de souveraineté et qui au point culminant Nord du Vietnam. Un drapeaux y flotte de 54 mètres carrés pour représenter les 5 4 ethnies qui vivent dans la région. Pour arriver au bas de la Pole on doit monter plus de 270 marches et ensuite 135 marches à l’intérieur de la Pole pour arriver au fameux drapeau.

    Nous sommes arrivés à notre hôtel vers 5:30,la temperature est plus froide et les chambres très peu chauffée tout de même les chambres sont bien propre et confortable avec un matelas très tres rigide.

    Demain je complèterai les photos avec le Flag Pole car j’avais trop de photos aujourd’hui.

    Daniel l’Aventurier
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  • Day61

    Mountain Loop: Dong Van bis Ha Giang

    November 4, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Nach leckeren Pancakes (zum ersten Mal keine Pho zum Frühstück) vor der traumhaften Reisfeld- und Bergkulisse ging's zurück nach Ha Giang. Dies war die längste und auch schönste Strecke. Einfach gigantisch der Ausblick von der ständig am Abgrund entlanggehenden Straße. Wir sahen auch den größten Canyon Südostasiens mit einem petrolfarbenen Fluss. Und zwischendrin gab es eine kleine Wanderung am sogenannten "Sky path", der hält was der Name verspricht. Wir kletterten auf einen kleinen Gipfel abseits des Weges und von dort kletterte ich weiter auf einen kleinen Felsvorsprung, was ein ziemlicher Nervenkitzel war, da es darunter hunderte Meter in den Abgrund ging. Aber die Fotos waren es wert ;) Mein Guide war stolz wie Oskar und erzählte jedem, der uns begegnete, ich hätte mich das getraut. Das letzte Stück der Loop war identisch mit dem ersten Tag und so konnte ich den Teil inklusive Heaven's Gate glücklicherweise doch noch ohne Nebel und Regen sehen. Vom ganzen auf dem Motorrad sitzen tat mir mein Popo ziemlich weh und zurück in Ha Giang gönnte ich mir eine Massage. Ich hatte mir eine schön entspannende Massage wie in Indonesien vorgestellt - weit gefehlt! Das glich eher einer Quälerei. Ohne Pardon riss sie mich rum, ließ Finger, gehen und Schultern knacksen und schlug mir heftig auf den Rücken. Zumindest sind die Verspannungen jetzt weg. Am nächsten Morgen ging's mit dem Bus nach Cao Bang. Der Besitzer des Motels hatte organisiert, dass mich der Bus um 7 Uhr am Motel abholt. Er meinte es wäre ein direkter Bus, die Fahrt dauere etwa 9 Stunden und es gäbe die Möglichkeit für Mittagessen zwischendrin. Der Bus kam um halb neun, losgefahren sind wir dann um 9. Von Bus kann auch keine Rede sein, es war eher die vietnamesische DHL, oder besser: Postkutsche. Reissäcke, Pakete, Obstkisten wurden ein- und ausgeladen und dazwischen saß ich. Es war auch keine Direktverbindung, ich musste zwischendrin umsteigen. Für die 250 Kilometer bräuchten wir tatsächlich 9 Stunden, besonders die ersten 20 waren furchtbar, dafür brauchten wir knapp 2 Stunden! Ständig gab es Straßenarbeiten, auf die alle Autos warten mussten und dazwischen waren die Schlaglöcher so tief, dass sich der Fahrer mühsam drumherum manövrieren musste. Die Straßenverhältnisse waren ein Alptraum, aber die Landschaft ein Traum! Es ging ähnlich traumhaft wie auf der Loop weiter, mit riesigen Reisterrassen, sattgrünen Bergen und tiefen Schluchten mit blaugrünen Flüssen. Dazwischen immer wieder kleine Dörfer mit Holz- oder Strohhütten, über denen der typisch vietnamesische Zimtgeruch hängt. Cao Bang ist ein nettes kleines Städtchen am Fluss. Ich fand ein nettes Homestay und aß in einer Garküche mit einer Hackfleischmischung gefüllte frisch gemachte Art Pfannkuchen oder Lasagnenudeln aus Reisteig in Brühe mit Koriander. Köstlich!Read more

  • Day12

    Seeing the sights above and below

    November 5, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We’ve had an Australian join us. Leah is from Brisbane and had a great sense of humor, so we were glad to have her. The five of us spent most of today traveling to, walking around, and returning from Cu Chi. The village sits north and west of Saigon, about two hours by car. Cu Chi was the location of an American base, during the Vietnam War; however, the Viet Cong’s (VC) headquarters where close by for a period of time. The attraction is an enormous network of tunnels that the VC used, during the war. After arriving, the guide took us into the jungle to learn more about the tunnels. There were many false entrances, which had booby traps, so each were pointed out to us. The traps were gnarly; not meant to kill but meant to severely wound a soldier. Once a soldier was injured, another soldier or two would need to take him out of combat, which meant fewer enemy troops to fight for the VC. The construction of the tunnels was complex. Faux termite hills were used to cover air vents, and the tunnels also had access to fresh water. Although the VC could stay underground for days, if necessary, the conditions were difficult. The passageways are very small, making it almost impossible for the average size American soldier to get through the tunnels. I crawled down into a couple of areas and would have been forced to wiggle on my stomach to get through the hole. I didn’t.

    The US tried to eradicate the tunnel dwellers by dropping agent orange into the holes, flooding the entrances, and bombing the heck out of the area (explosion craters are still quite obvious). Despite the efforts, the VC continued to use the tunnel network. Overall, there is about 75 miles worth of tunnel. Our guide took us to the area, where you can enter one of the tunnels and travel (crawl, shuffle) about 100 meters. There are openings about every 15 meters, so those who are claustrophobic or tired can come back up. We started with a group of five. Russ came up at the first 15 meters because he has bad knees and transiting the tunneling requires ducking low and shuffling through a narrow space. At the next 15 meter mark, Carolyn went up to join Russ. They walked along the path above ground, while we climbed through the tunnel. Near the end, we were reduced to crawling, in order to get through a narrow passage, but the three of us made it the complete 100 meters. It was definitely taxing on my quads. Not only was I amazed at how the VC moved around in the tunnels, I can’t imagine what it would have been like to live in such dark quarters for long periods of time. The experience of being in the jungle and visiting the tunnels was solemn. It really gave me a different view of the war.

    Following the tunnels, we returned to HCMC for a quick tour of the city. One of the stops was the old post office, which is a great example of French architecture. It sits just across the street from Saigon’s “Norte Dame” Cathedral. Our guide pointed a dilapidated building in the near distance. He then took a picture out of his pocket and I knew instantly what it was. Or had been. You’ve seen the the picture. It’s a black and white photo taken as the last helicopter is loading south Vietnamese from the roof of this building. It is a harrowing picture, as the line of families desperately stand on the rooftop, hoping to get on the last helicopter to take them to the awaiting American naval ships, but you know that all of them are not going to make it. It made me think of our friend Anhgus, whose Vietnamese mother worked for the American embassy at the time. She was lucky, as she was tipped off to the fall of Saigon and able to get the family out. Although they had very little, they were able to make it to America, and Anhgus is now a successful American women, who we are privileged to know.

    We finished the day at the Royal Palace. It was the president’s quarters and office prior to the end of the war. It is a beautiful building and serves as a museum now. Once we wrapped up the city tour, we were deposited at the airport for our flight to Hanoi. Tomorrow we will do another city tour, but we’ve heard that Hanoi is a city much different than HCMC.
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  • Day305

    Matschprobe

    October 30, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Heute geht es ohne LKW auf einer kleinen Lehmstraße rund um einen Berg an der chinesischen Grenze entlang. Andi besteht die Matschprobe ohne große Probleme. Danach packen wir unsere Sachen auf die Mopeds und es geht über den spektakulären Ma Pi Leng Pass Richtung Süden bis Meo Vac. Wir sind etwas spät dran, daher lassen wir weitere Lehmstraßen aus und fahren auf der etwas langweiligen Hauptstraße weiter nach Bao Lac. Dort übernachten wir als einzige in einem großen Hotel, was offensichtlich schon mal bessere Zeiten gesehen hat. Wir bekommen den "VIP room" für 8€ die Nacht. Ein eigenes Badezimmer und zwei Fenster - soviel "Luxus" hatten wir die letzen zwei Tage nicht.Read more

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Tỉnh Cao Bằng, Tinh Cao Bang

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