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Month: November 2009

Tomb Raiding on Two Wheels, Hue, Nov 25-28, 2009

The Citadel in Hue       As fascinating and mindblowing as Vietnam can be, it`s a spender`s nightmare. From any street corner to decent hotel, this country shops, sells and hawks as good as any. Yet it`s not always a relaxed experience. It`s a safe assumption that as a traveller, any interaction involving money […]

Heavenly Halong Bay Nov 21-23, 2009

Halong Bay if you believe the Vietnamese, is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It has a UNESCO stamp to back it up, plus there is nary a soul anywhere who will tell you that its overblown and overrated. The 2000 drop-dead gorgeous limestone pinnacles rise from the emerald coloured Gulf Of […]

H1N1 In Hanoi and Mao vs Ho

Presidential Palace Temple of Literature Hanoi, Nov 14-21 and 24 Well before one lands in Vietnam, you are forewarned and buried with redflags and alerts about touts, scams, thieves, annoyances, dangers and cheats. Indeed we saw evidence of this immediately after hitting the arrivals area when teams of young men plied us with questionable offers. […]

Suzy Q and Coq au Vin…Yangshuo, Oct 25-Nov 1, 2009

      Now in Yangshuo, the land of surreal, karst-like limestone peaks rising out of nowhere and everywhere. Our digs (River Retreat) are set in idyllic rural and poor China, outside of the town, overlooking the famous Li River (which the bamboo forests obscure). We are amidst mud brick homes, with pig manure in […]