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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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Relaxing at the beach in Nha Trang

We had a very scenic journey back across the verdant hills and arrived in the resort town of Nha Trang. It’s the Marbella of Vietnam, a fishing village that’s transformed itself into a beachfront strip of big hotels with a network of small streets behind that have dozens of café’s and small hotels. On paper [...]

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Poor service, but smiley happy people nonetheless.

(I’ve added a few recent pics we took through this post) I write this entry to the soundtrack of clattering rails. The varying tempo of the clankety clank and the lateral swaying is part and parcel of travelling by rail. More so in developing countries, where the rail infrastructure has not been upgraded in decades. [...]

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Taking the high road

From Saigon we took a bus about four hours inland to the highlands. The altitude means there is a cool damp climate, suddenly people on scooters are wearing overcoats and thick trousers. It was previously a hill retreat for the French, although not much from the period seems to remain. French sticks and croissants are [...]

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