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Vũ Lâm

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  • Day23

    Tam Coc

    November 1 in Vietnam

    Today we woke up in Tam Coc near Ninh Binh. We are spending a few days here just touring around. It's quite nice to stay put for awhile. We're staying at a homestay run by a very pleasant family. The room is $20 with a breakfast on the terrace included. Tam Coc is a World Heritage site based on its unique landscape and cultural history. It is described as 'an inland Ha Long Bay without the hordes'.

    We spent the day visiting the Bai Ding temple and pagoda. It is the largest Buddhist complex in Vietnam. We mainly hiked around the grounds and reflected on our experiences here. At one point we discussed my observation, gleaned over the past few years of near continuous travel, that tourists the world over seem to not be a happy lot. No one smiles. Very few people will initiate conversation to 'break the ice'. It's not at all what I recall from my pre old fogy days. It's especially evident in countries like Vietnam where the people do smile, are curious, and generally pleased to meet you. To have tourists generally walking around in perpetual scowls is quite the contrast. Augie thinks it's a matter of timing and context, citing the youth being more friendly in the hostels he's visited. He did note that they all seem to 'put on a serious game face' when out in the street. More to keep the people at bay, he says. We both agreed that it could be social media. People research an experience and expect it to be as it has been portrayed by countless others. Genuine contact and interaction with people may be anathema to the experience. Anyway, Bai Ding was quite nice.

    In the evening we watched the egrets return to their roosting sites as the sun set over the nearby mountains. Dinner was at a place called Chookies. Good wood-fired pizza and beer. Ahhh.
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  • Day26

    More Tam Coc and Ninh Binh

    November 4 in Vietnam

    Spent the last couple of days just relaxing. Tam Coc Sunshine Homestay is the name of this place and the family that run it are some of the most thoughtful, nicest people ever. Augie's been working on his grad school applications and I've been kicking around. I was able to get a soak and massage at a recommended place called Huong Sen in the nearby city of Ninh Binh. Person was all of 4'6" and inordinately strong. Still feel rather relaxed as I write. Last couple of dinners have been special. Bun Cha here at the hotel, and wood fired pizza at a place called Chookies Beer Garden.

    Here are some videos from our recent rides in the country:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/bSXBNVBxSWGtiiZa9
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/nKWwML26MRKy8LiW6
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/yvDdcnsUcnhd2VZ46

    This morning we woke and rode over to a place called Hang Mua. It is a 500 foot climb up to a statue of the Buddha. Sun baked. Both of us were winded and a little light-headed after the climb. Augie reminded me that riding motorbikes is tiring and takes some endurance, but it is not cardio!

    Can't believe we only have a couple of nights left here in Vietnam. Last night we had a beer and the host took our photo toasting to a wonderful trip and beautiful sunset on the veranda.
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  • Day13

    אופנייםםם

    April 22, 2017 in Vietnam

    תם עידן ''כן, אני לא יודעת לרכב על אופניים 😳'' ומתחיל עידן ''כן, אני רוכבת דיי גרוע על אופניים'' !
    הילה האמיצה לימדה אותי היום לרכב על אופניים וזה לקח 'רק' שעתיים וחצי, אבל היי - אני יודעת לרכב על אופניים לגמרי לבד ואיכשהו אף אחד גם לא נפצע קשות.
    בעלי המלון אגב, שבו אנחנו ישנות ובחניון/חצר/כניסה שלו התאמנו, לא הפסיקו להתפוצץ מצחוק (בצדק, כי כאן כל ילד בן 3 יודע לרכב על אופניים בלי גלגלי עזר ואני בכל זאת קצת יותר גדולה)
    🚲🚲🚲
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  • Day16

    אננס! אננס לכולם¡

    April 25, 2017 in Vietnam

    אחרי הפארק הלאומי המשכנו בסיור והגענו לשדות האננס.
    אני יכולה להישבע שהיו שם אננסים בערך כמו שבניו זילנד יש כבשים - השדות נפרסו עד לאופק ובכל מקום היו אננסים בשלבי התבשלות שונים, סיירנו בשדות ונהננו מהנופים 😊

  • Day14

    Hang Mua Panorama

    August 20, 2017 in Vietnam

    Near Ninh Binh you can find a place called Hang Mua easily reachable via Bike or Motorbike.
    At this place you will find some caves and a trail up a small hill. On top of this hill you will be sweating as hell but you will also be rewarded with a great view to the 'Dry Halong Bay'.

  • Day9

    Tag 3 - heute - sind wir ein bisschen früher gestartet, um dem Ansturm für die Bootstour etwas zu entgehen. Vorher mussten wir noch unsere Rucksäcke packen, konnten diese aber noch dort lassen, erst abends geht es weiter. Diesmal haben wir uns Fahrräder ausgeliehen. Waren keine Mountainbikes, nicht sonderlich bequem, aber haben ihren Dienst getan. Es war tatsächlich keine Schlange, also kauften wir uns Tickets und warteten kurz, bis uns mit einem vietnamesischen Pärchen ein Boot inkl. Steuer- und Paddelfrau zugeteilt wurde. Die Route führte uns durch die Felslandschaft, wir durchschipperten enge und niedrige Höhlen und wurden bei drei verschiedenen Tempeln auf Inseln zwischen den Bergen für eine kurze Besichtigung an Land gelassen. Es waren doch einige Boote unterwegs und ich will mir gar nicht die Hauptsaison zur Höchstzeit vorstellen. Aber die Fahrt war sehr entspannend und schön.

    Es war gerade erst Mittag, also auf zur nächsten empfohlenen Tempelanlage! Die Bich Dong Pagode war nicht besonders spannend an sich, wenn man bereits ein paar gesehen hat, sind sie sich doch alle sehr ähnlich. Die Umgebung fanden wir aber umso cooler, mit den Felsen und dem dschungelartigen drumherum fühlten wir uns wie die Abenteurer aus unseren Playstation-Spielen 😁 wir fanden einen eher versteckteren Eingang durch eine Höhle, durch die wir noch einen weiteren kleinen Tempel entdeckten. Durch einen anderen Umweg, den wir uns aber bei anderen abschauten, hatten wir noch einen super faszinierenden Blick. Dort neugierig rumstreunern war toll, aber als uns ein Einheimischer aus seiner Hütte zu einem verschlossenen Höhleneingang führte, wir nur "cave" & "money" verstanden, lehnten wir lieber dankend ab und gingen zurück 😂

    Zum Abschluss suchte uns Silvio spontan noch einen Park mit "bird valley" und weiteren Höhlen raus. Es war zwar schon Nachmittag, also nicht mehr allzu viel Zeit, aber die nahmen wir noch mit. Zumindest zum Teil. Die Mermaid Cave war klasse: durch einen ganzen Felsen durchzog diese sich mit hölzernem Steg, auf dem man meist nur sehr gebückt durchkam, nebenher Wasser und durch rote und blaue Lampen eine nette Atmosphäre. Die Vogelstationen musste man wohl mit dem Boot besuchen, dafür reichte die Zeit dann nicht. Ein Spaziergang durch den angelegten Park, mit süßen Lämpchen, Bonsais, Seen und einigen Baustellen genügte uns dann doch.

    Zurück im Hotel durften wir uns auch ohne Zimmer nochmal duschen, Gold wert. Wir aßen im Restaurant und ließen uns vom Taxi in die Stadt Ninh Binh zum Bahnhof fahren. Heute geht es ganz backpacker-like mit dem Nachtzug nach Da Nang. 12 Stunden in einem 4er Schlafabteil. Zwei Stunden aktuell schon rum, es ist doch ziemlich rucklig und laut. Sind sehr gespannt, ob wir ein paar Stunden Schlaf erhaschen können!
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  • Day171

    Tam Coc

    October 7, 2015 in Vietnam

    The steady rise of humidity with the morning sun invited us to spend the day unwinding from yesterday's long journey, not that we needed much encouragement. However the bus driver put our pathetic woe into perspective when he explained that it was a 40 hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh City...

    Sat on the hostel's balcony, a vista of terracotta roofs, mustard fields and limestone mountains stretched around us. From our shaded vantage point we absorbed town life below; small wooden canoes sent ripples along the winding river and farmers spread carpets of grain to dry in the sun. The bass of revving traffic and the shrill of children playing filtered up through the buildings, upon which yellow stars on red hung limply in the heat.

    We reflected that in 2 weeks we would be flying home after 6 months away from our family and friends. There was still much to do, yet it began to feel right that the end was in sight.

    We used the time to plan our stay in Hanoi, where we will base ourselves before flying to Bangkok on the 18th October and then home on the 21st. Whilst we had spoken about visiting Japan or another country, as somewhat expected, our budget has prevented us. Nevertheless we are content, having been blessed with a fantastic time so far. Instead these countries will be our adventures to come!
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  • Day170

    Stray - Phong Nha-Ke Bang NP to Tam Coc

    October 6, 2015 in Vietnam

    With our arrival in Hanoi due in less than 72 hours, it was time to make some ground on the 500km of road still ahead of us. Passing under the bold white signage of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park we headed back onto Vietnam’s version of the M1 to journey further north.

    On a day where distance was the goal, the world largely rolled past our window. The country was also on the move up and down their motorway as women in conical hats rode bicycles laden with goods whilst men wearing the olive green helmets of the Viet Cong weaved through lines of rumbling lorries on their scooters. Young people also zipped by, some holding the hands of their friends on bicycles to tow them alongside. Out on the wide rice fields, water buffalo and cattle grazed, a group herded by women along a railway line. The bonfire scent of burning crops and the oily taste of exhaust fumes faintly filtering through the bus' air vents.

    Large advertisements invited motorists to stop for steamed rice, noodle soup and other local staples but when we attempted an ad hoc lunch stop even Alex’s low standards were put to the test. Food waste, used napkins and empty drink cans littered the floor whilst flies hungrily patrolled over the stained tables. The air smelt of fat and the owner gave us an unwelcoming look before we turned to leave for another restaurant. Wu was apologetic and explained that there were limited options along our route for eating.

    Later we reflected with our fellow travellers on the apology and the true feelings behind it (there was interesting but unintelligible interaction between Wu and the owner as we left). Whilst we could have asked Wu about this we have found that his unswerving devotion to customer service means that keeping us 'happy' can prevent an honest answer.

    By the time we arrived in Tam Co, the sun was setting over the limestone mountains that have led the area to being described as ‘the Ha Long Bay on land’. We were thirsty, hungry and tired so when Wu suggested we drove back out of town to eat dinner at a ‘local trucker’s stop’, we were less than enthusiastic, particularly after our experience at lunch. Arriving by taxi on a dark road lined with small eateries, where diners ate at small plastic stools under harsh fluorescent lighting, our expectations dropped further. However to our shame and Wu’s credit, the meal of egg and tomato broth, fried spinach, fried chicken with ginger and omelette served with steamed rice was filling and enjoyable.

    In the end, it was an example that, just as with anywhere in the world and whatever the cuisine, there are good, bad and down-right dirty restaurants. Satisfied we returned to our hostel, grateful for full stomachs and the knowledge that we were now only 100km from Hanoi.
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  • Day158

    Hang Múa - Mua Höhlen

    February 6, 2017 in Vietnam

    Der halbe Tag ist um. Nach einem Ananas-Mittag fahren wir zur Mua Cave inmitten Reisfeldern und Felsen. Es ist Pflanzzeit und auf allen Feldern wird gearbeitet.
    Wir schauen in die zwei Höhlen - nichts Besonderes, außer das in die erste Höhle ein Wasserweg führt. Dirk probiert das natürlich aus!

  • Day158

    Natur, der Berg des liegenden Drachen

    February 6, 2017 in Vietnam

    Viel spannender ist ein Naturpfad bis an den Fluss, wo wir schon mal die Boote sehen, mit denen auch wir morgen durch die steil aufragende Felsenwelt fahren werden.
    Noch viel spannender ist jedoch der steile Aufstieg über 420 "Naturstufen" auf den Berg des liegenden Drachen.
    Von hier oben haben wir eine fantastische Aussicht!

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