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  • Day43

    Taking the night train

    May 13 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    We took a night train from Ninh Binh to Hue to cover some distance and reach Hoi An faster. We wanted to be there for the lantern festival which takes place every month during full moon.

    It was the first time ever we took a night train and overall it was a nice experience. Some people we met in Hanoi told us the beds were really hard, which is true but for me they were very comfortable.

    Our takeaways from the train ride:
    🚂 Cabins are very small (6 beds per cabin) but it's enough space to store two big backpacks
    🚂 Beds were acceptable and we could get enough sleep
    🚂 Saves travel time during the day which is a big plus
    🚂 AC in the train is very cold, warm clothes needed. There are blankets but they don't get cleaned in between different passengers using the beds so hygiene is ok (depends on previous guests) but not perfect
    🚂 Be prepared to get up early as Vietnamese people will make a lot of noise once they wake up and won't let you sleep anymore (they really don't care about others). Our cabin was used as a place for a nice Vietnamese family gathering with lots of talking (=screaming), watching movies and making phone calls 😅

    ✅ We would do it again
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    Fabian Häußler

    = screaming :D

  • Day171

    Ein Motorrad, Regen, Sturm, Kälte & Wir

    November 22, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    We were lucky with the weather because we had no rain in Vietnam so far even though there is rain season in central Vietnam in the moment. This morning the weather was completely different to the days before. It was stormy, rainy and the temperature dropped from 30 to 17 degrees. For us there was no other chance as to leave the area so we got very wet on our motorbike. It felt a bit like the worse day we had in Krabi, Thailand. But at least we had ponchos and when we took them on for the first time Janine was still a bit excited, but it changed very quickly.
    The plan for today was to go 400km to Ninh Binh, but we stopped on half way and hope that the weather will be better tomorrow.

    Lange Zeit hatten wir Glück mit dem Wetter, doch heute hat uns die Regenzeit eingeholt. Von 30 Grad gestern sind heute nur 17 Grad, Regen und Sturm übrig geblieben. Schade, denn wir mussten weiterfahren da der Wetterbericht hier für die nächsten 7 Tage nur Regen anzeigt. Unser nächstes Ziel sollte Ninh Binh 400 km nördlich sein. Dort soll es auch wieder warm und trocken sein, jedoch haben wir es nicht geschafft. Nach der Hälfte der Strecke haben wir aufgegeben und uns ein Hotel gesucht. Der Tag erinnerte etwas an unseren Rollerausflug in Krabi wo der Regen auch nicht enden wollte. Dieses Mal hatten wir zwar vorgesorgt und Ponchos dabei, aber spätestens als der zweite LKW das Wasser auf uns gespritzt hat waren wir klitsch nass. Anfangs fand es Janine noch witzig den Poncho zu tragen doch es hat ihr anscheinend schnell keinen Spaß mehr gemacht wie man auf den Bildern erkennt ;)

    Hoffentlich wird es morgen wieder besser!
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  • Day24

    Der Verkehr in Vietnam

    February 27, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Schnell vergessen werden sollte die StVO, wenn man in dem vietnamesischen Verkehrschaos erfolgreich mitschwimmen will. Hier hat noch nie jemand etwas von Rechts vor Links gehört, geschweige denn den Schulterblick jemals angewendet. Und Seiten-/ bzw. Rückspiegel dienen sowieso nur der Selbstbetrachtung.

    In Vietnam existieren an sich lediglich drei Verkehrsregeln:

    1. Der, der hupt, hat auch immer Vorfahrt. Hupen ist in Vietnam Bürgerpflicht. Es hupt vor dir, hinter dir, rechts und links. In kurzen dunklen Tönen, in schrillen kurzatmigen oder einem langgezogenen dumpfen Tuten.
    2. Derjenige, der schneller ist, hat ebenso das Vorrecht zum Abbiegen.
    3. Der Größere gewinnt immer. Aus diesem Grund sollte man sich auf dem Motorrad besser vor Autos, Bussen und LKW in Acht nehmen.

    De facto herrscht in Vietnam Rechtsverkehr, was aber nicht auf jeder Straße erkennbar ist. Gefahren wird, wo Platz ist. Rechts, links, auf dem Bürgersteig. Blinken ist eine Unsitte, ebenso Anzeigen, dass man anhalten will oder zur Seite blicken – auch wenn man gerade aus einer Seitengasse auf die Hauptstraße schießt. Für all das gibt es schließlich die Hupe.
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    Emily Berlage

    Geliehen für vier Wochen 🤗


    Total super!

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  • Day135


    January 11, 2015 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    It as been raining cats and dogs... And trust me when I said it has been a very uncomfortable ride. Bundled up in wet clothes all day riding, and the rain coat keeps on tearing. We finally made it to Vinh. Important to rest here for 2 days.Read more

    wow!! be careful guys! safe travels.

  • Day48

    Short stop in Vinh, Vietnam

    August 12, 2018 in Vietnam

    We arrived in the city of Vinh and walked through the scorching heat to our hotel. We are not sure how long the wheels on our luggage will last, hopefully a bit longer!
    We quickly found out there weren’t so many things to do as far as tourist attractions. But we did go on a nice walk, and passed by a museum and some historical sites. It seems every new town we go to, we discovers a rooftop! We enjoyed the 33rd floor with views down on the city of Vinh, sipping coffee.
    We also met a local who wanted to practice English, we spent time with him, and he served us some delicious vegetable Pho.
    People in Vinh were very friendly and we ate some delicious Pho again before we took the 8 hour train ride to Hue.
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  • Day44

    A Train to Dong Hoi

    October 26, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Another early morning start today to ensure we arrive in time for our train leaving the station at 9am which is destined for Dong Hoi. Our journey time today is a lot shorter than previous journeys with an arse on seat time of 10 hours.

    We arrived at the station after weaving our way through the small streets of Hanoi and millions of scooters and had plenty of time spare to pick up my fav drink - iced vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. We found our platform and jumped on the train to find out seats. We had a four seater table and ended up sharing with an older vietnamese gentleman and a mother with her 2 year old child who seemed to be in awe of Jamie and I (and who wouldn't be right?). Behind us, we had another young child (about 7 or 8 years old) who was very interested in everything we had ranging from my tablet, Jamies iPod and our food.

    To be honest, there isn't a huge amount to report today. So i thought I would just list some interesting observations

    🔶The train was a bit older than the ones we had been on previously and instead of having a restaurant car, people come through the carriage with a trolley selling everything from curry, steamed corn, donuts and rice. Unlike our previous journeys, you would never go hungry on this train.
    🔶There were a number of cathedrals spotted in and amongst the country on our train journey which was extremely odd considering the main religion of this country is Folk Religion, followed by Buddhism.
    🔶The high water mark, indicated by the discoloration caused by mud on the trees indicated that the water level in Typhoon season was as high as 5m above the normal water level.
    🔶The train is quite slow and we ended up being nearly 1 hour behind schedule, but was pleasant enough and was nice to be sitting with the locals.

    Once we arrived in Dong Hoi, we grabbed a taxi to our hotel which is on the waterfront, pleasing Jamie. We checked into our room and decided to eat in the hotel restaurant as we were tired from the long day of travel. We ordered a salad and what turned out to be a whole chicken cut up and presented on a large dish, bones and all. I didnt look at the plate as soon as it was placed but apparently the head of the chicken was also cooked, split in two and presented as the main event on the dish. Jamie fortunately moved it before I could see, but once I was finished eating he proceeded to show me the head, to which I almost vomited and had to excuse myself from dinner for the rest of the evening to run upstairs and away from chicken. I know, I know, im such a GIRL.

    Another day down, and I can safely say that Vietnam is one of the most amazing places I have ever travelled to. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and the culture is beautiful. Im so glad we have another 2.5 weeks here.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Vinh, فينه, Вин, وین، ویتنام, וין, VII, ヴィン, 빈, Vinis, Винь, วิญ, Вінь, وینہ, 荣市

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