Dec 132006
 
Hanoi - Bia Hoi! The Beer Scooter really does exist!

Me drinking a 6 pence glass of beer : Today was spent chilling out good and proper. Hanoi is an amazing place to wander around aimlessly as every street in the old quarter is absolutely buzzing with activity. Anything goes on from people cutting out marble headstones on the pavement, to carving drums, making belts, […]

 Posted by at 2:38 pm
Dec 122006
 

Due to a very limited time in Vietnam, and a pretty blown ‘budget’ already, the flight option to Hanoi was selected, saving 16-18 hours on the bus or train. After chilling by the pool and collecting jeans it was finally time to grab some chillout time in Hoi An. Of course, this was ultimately decided […]

 Posted by at 6:45 am
Dec 112006
 

It can hardly be said that Hoi An is an expensive place to shop, but you can certainly spend a shitload, but get a lot of bang for your buck….which is pretty much what I did today. I collected all the clothing, and decided to go back and buy the ceramics….all ceramic but finished off […]

 Posted by at 12:33 pm
Dec 102006
 

Yesterday was spent getting way too acquainted with the tailors shops and I ended up ordering 2 short sleeve shirts, 1 copy of a Mountain Hardwear shirt, a copy of a pair of trousers, board shorts, and jeans and a pair of cashmere trousers based on some linen trousers I got in Thailand last year. […]

 Posted by at 1:32 pm
Dec 082006
 

With a storming hangover I went and checked out a dive place, had breakfast, then headed to the airport at Nha Trang for a one hour flight to Danang for Hoi An. After my love for Luang Prabang in Laos, and everyone comparing there to Hoi An I was keen to get there. The journey […]

 Posted by at 9:24 am
Dec 062006
 

Leaving Delat tomorrow and heading to Hoi An. Vietnam way too rushed. Just kind passing through Nah Trangh (spelling?) as I’ve heard Hoi An is very similar to Luang Prabang which I loved. Grabed a snack at a truly locals snacking ‘restaurant’ – some old wifie frying very little, but tasting great. First time in […]

 Posted by at 2:46 pm
Dec 052006
 

Arrived in Dalat yesterday in the pissing rain. The Open Tour buses that haul (mainly) tourists around Vietnam don’t really get you involved with the locals like some of the Laos transport does, but it does make travel extremely convenient, and ridiculously cheap. I even thought the hotels they would drop you at would be […]

 Posted by at 4:30 am
Dec 032006
 
A day longer in Mui Ne

Now that I’m feeling ok, Ciara’s taken a turn for the worse, delaying our escape from Mui Ne to Dalat. There’s worse places to be stuck in though, and it maybe means I’ll get a shot at Kitesurfing later on :-)) A lazy day all round. In fact there was no kitesurfing to be had […]

 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Dec 022006
 
Mui Ne Motobike Adventures

We hired a Honda Dream scooter today which was so weak compared to the larger bikes I’ve hired on this trip. Needless to say, with me and motorbikes, there had to be something go wrong! Coconut (see previous post) who hired the bike assured me there was enough gas to get to the gas station. […]

 Posted by at 12:21 pm
Dec 012006
 
Mui Ne - Kitesurfing Paradise

Mui Ne sanddunes : Reluctantly we booked the open bus tour tickets from Ho Chi Minh (saigon) to Mui Ne, Dalat, Nah Trang and Danang. After trying to travel like locals in other countries I was a bit disappointed to be catching the tourist express bus. I went to the bus station yesterday to find […]

 Posted by at 12:05 pm