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November 2015 – happy passports
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Month: November 2015

Kratie and the remote island of Koh Trong ?>

Kratie and the remote island of Koh Trong

So our bus dropped us off on the riverside in the centre of this mellow town and we got ourselves sorted with some accommodation in silver dolphin which had a good party atmosphere and a rooftop bar with a lovely view over the river. It was really noisy for us though as our room was just off the rooftop bar, so stay somewhere else and just visit the bar! We ventured out and explored the town and the night market,…

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Phnom Pehn …..A whole new feel in Cambodia from Vietnam ?>

Phnom Pehn …..A whole new feel in Cambodia from Vietnam

So the border crossing into Cambodia was something of a cattle mart, utter chaos! When you take a bus, they take all the passports and hand them in in piles for supposed efficiency! lol. The first thing we noticed was that the people even the tuk tuk drivers here are far fairer with their prices than in Vietnam and also make you feel less like a walking ATM which is how you feel in Nam (don’t get me wrong we…

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Ho Chi Minh City ?>

Ho Chi Minh City

The capital of the south! We got a taxi in from the airport (use vinasun as these are the trusted guys) to our hostel in district 1 right in the hub of things ? We could see our street was full of street vendors and cafes so it was all good. The next day we walked to the park and relaxed in the shade, its a city with a billion thins happening at once so calls for some escape! Then…

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Pretty town with the best Bahn, it has to be Hoi-An ?>

Pretty town with the best Bahn, it has to be Hoi-An

We flew from Hanoi to Danang with Jet star for the great price of 20 dollars 🙂 We then shared a taxi with some fellow travellers to Hoi-an, he did get a bit lost finding one of the hotels but we were happy when we arrived at our pretty guesthouse with lovely hosts 🙂 We stayed about out of town as we are cheapskates and knew we could rent bikes from our guesthouse for a dollar ? Happy days! The…

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Cat ba 2 ?>

Cat ba 2

Our next few days in Cat ba were lovely and it was the perfect place for me to spend my birthday 🙂 I got a present of a Vietnamese massage and it was both exhilarating and calming! My masseuse was around 4 foot and strong as an ox, she was a lovely lady and I gave her a good tip (I feel like the masseurs don’t get enough of the fee you give the reception desk for all the work…

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Cat Ba ?>

Cat Ba

Our trip to Cat ba was a bit of an adventure, we arrived at the bus station at the time stated but the bus had already left! Lucky for us, it came back for us! The bus itself was pretty comfy :), just don’t panic when they stop and tell you to get off nowhere near the ferry terminal and don’t really tell you what is going on! All of our group were looking around and talking in whispers, trying…

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Sleeper train to Hanoi and tales of the capital ?>

Sleeper train to Hanoi and tales of the capital

It was early evening by the time our bus rolled into Lao Cai train station, we got the public bus near the church (yellow guy) for 30000 dong. We got the last two bunks on the train, cost us 15 dollars, it’s worth booking in advance but go to the station to book as its much cheaper than online ? We settled in for the night, I was in a room with a crazy Chinese guy who kept singing and…

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Mama Sung Homestay – Sapa 2 ?>

Mama Sung Homestay – Sapa 2

Our heads were in bits the next day but Mama Sung had the cure, Mama Tee and her daughter (whose 8!) made us breakfast, tonnes of coffee and yummy pancakes with bananas and home grown honey. With full bellies, we began our trek, walking a different path than yesterday. The mist had lifted and we seen the incredible views of Sapa, the rice terraces and mountains, it was like a postcard ? We crossed a not so sturdy suspension bridge,…

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Mama Sung Homestay – Sapa ?>

Mama Sung Homestay – Sapa

Our German friends from Luang Prabang had told us wonderful stories of their homestay with Mama Sung in her village near Sapa, we just had to give her a call ? As soon as she answered the phone, I knew we were in for a treat, she had such a sweet and wispy voice and a real joker! We met her at the church, she was speaking with other villagers who belong to her tribe (Hmong tribe) and some were…

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Slow boat to Muang Khua, first taste of Vietnam’s charm ?>

Slow boat to Muang Khua, first taste of Vietnam’s charm

We departed for Muang Khua at 11am on the five hour slow boat to Muang Khua, it was blissfully uncrowded ? We boat our tickets at the boat office (always the best way to avoid high prices and scams!), cost us 150,000. We got comfy seats and got chatting to an American couple who were on a trip for their 30th anniversary who gave us wanderlust for South America, Bolivia in particular ? We came across stunning scenery, water buffalo,…

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