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Upon returning…

We endured fifteen hours on an Airbus. No TV or other distractions, and all food to be paid for. Add to that the quite uncomfortable seats and you’ll guess that this was a budget airline. Air Asia is a very good low cost airline, we’ve flown several times with them now and the service is [...]

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Leaving Vietnam…eventually.

Note: I just added a few pictures to the previous post. Getting to the airport in Hanoi was challenge, needlessly so. The airport is 20 miles north, but no trains run that way. Most cities have an airport bus service, or even many of them, not Hanoi. The guidebook lists a bus service run by [...]

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Hanoi and Halong bay – now with pictures

Our quest north continued, we took an overnight train to a small town called Ninh Binh. The train was grimy and we had a four birth sleeper compartment which was comfortable enough. There were a group of youngsters playing drinking games in a compartment a few doors along but they soon shut up after the [...]

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Riding down the coast from Hue

From Hoi An we headed on up to Hue and spent a few days there seeing the sights. We met up again with some friends we originally got talking to back in Malaysia. We hired a boat out on the river and had a day visiting temples and pagodas along the river. Very old and [...]

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Ratty goes for a swim

Our next stop north after Nha Trang, and the horrible bus journey, was Hoi An. Arriving sleepless at 8.00 am we went in search of a decent hotel room. It turned out alright in the end, we got a room that was adequate in a reasonable hotel that catered to budget tourists. The staff were [...]

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