Noodles, limestone formations, and motorbikes galore-Vietnam

March 14, 2010

Well it has definitely been an adventure!  My travels in Laos were nice and the people were very friendly.  We visited so many hillside tribes and even stayed at one village.  When we departed from our bungalows in Luang Prabang, which is one of the larger cities in Laos, all the employees and the owners stayed outside the main entrance and waved to us as we left.  It felt like one of those Hollywood movies, where the lady would be outside the train station and would wave her goodbyes as her romantic lover is departing.
Vietnam-well, it has definitely been a different experience. The towns in Laos were sleepy. The towns/cities in Vietnam in contrast are pretty busy.

Halong Bay-We stayed overnight on a boat in Halong Bay, which is one of Vietnam’s famous destinations. With over 1000 islands, it was a magical experience seeing the limestone formations and large caves.  One of the caves we visited felt like Mars as there were craters and formations that you would see in outer of space.  We had the boat all to ourselves and had all our meals on board.  We played endless card games all night.

Unfortunately, it was somewhat cloudy in Halong Bay and I know it would have look wonderful if the sun would just cooperate!

Hanoi– It is a super busy city full of motorbikes. But for you to get anywhere, you just have to close your eyes (actually better keep them open) and pray that as you are crossing the street that you will not be bumped by a motorbike. Eventually I got the hang of it and it became a game for me…

But I did see the body of Ho Chi Minh which was an eerie experience in itself.  There is a huge mausoleum built for him and to see him, I felt like we were in a marching army-we had to be in two separate lines and had to walk so many pathways before we could see him. His body is preserved for two months each year in a secret location in Russia.

Hue– It was once the ancient capital of Vietnam and the Citadel and Imperial City we visited was pretty amazing.  There is a lot of Chinese influence and is similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Hoi An
This is where I am now and definitely my favorite spot in Vietnam.  With a less hectic lifestyle, I like the small port town, which has it’s main influence from the Chinese and Japanese. It is somewhat similar to Venice, with the small canals and shops around each corner.  It is beautiful at night as paper lanterns hang from the buildings and bridges.  It sets just the right mood.

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to Noodles, limestone formations, and motorbikes galore-Vietnam

  1. Shu says:

    Hi Jan,
    You go girl and have fun traveling the world. Maybe one day I can film you<3

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