21 Hours to Ride To Laos

We’ve written (and moaned) quite a bit about the buses we’ve had to take, but all previous trips have been easy compared to this latest one. I’m writing this at the end of our 21 hour journey. To be fair, it was advertised as a 22 to 24 hour journey and going by reports we’d…

Cruising & Kayaking on Halong Bay

For our second full day in Hanoi, we’d arranged a day trip to Halong Bay. As per usual, the bus arrived when it did rather than when we were told it would but eventually we were on the road. We would leave at 8, arrive at twelve after a 3 hour bus ride. Even the…

From Hue to Hanoi For More Madness

We used the last stretch on our open bus ticket to take us from Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam to Hanoi, the present day capital of Hanoi. Here we would have 3 or 4 days to get about and see plenty including a day trip to Halong Bay (which requires a blog post in…

Hue, A Quick Afternoon Stop Over

The bus from Hoi An brought us up to Hue late morning. We had a connecting bus through to Hanoi early evening. With only an afternoon in Hue, we decided to grab some lunch, get a cyclo over to the Citadel, walk around there for a bit then come back to the center for more…

From Dalat to Hoi An via Nah Trang

The bus directly from Dalat to Hoi An would have been around 20 hour long so we got the bus from the beautiful mountains of Dalat to Nah Trang, a beach resort half way up Vietnam. We only had the day here as we were getting the over night bus to Hoi An at half…

Easy Riding in Dalat

Our 5 hour bus ride up from Saigon to Dalat went without any issues, it’s was a clean bus, comfortable and we got free water which was handy as the bus was actually 7 and a half hours rather than the quoted 5. Ah well, we made it I guess. Arriving at the bus station…

A Little Bit Longer Than Planned In Saigon

After our 4 day river cruise and an easy relaxed lifestyle we were thrown straight in at the deep end with our arrival in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh as it’s now known). Motorbike city is another alias for this massive city simply because crossing the road can literally take 5 minutes, trying to weave…

Mekong River Adventure Part Two; Up To Saigon

Another early start to visit the Floating Markets on the Mekong but these markets are nothing like the one we visited in Thailand. This time it was a wholesale market for the Vietnamese from nearby (or far away) villages. There are lots of big boats around, each full of their chosen produce or the crop…

Mekong River Adventure Part One; Cambodia to Vietnam

After a week or so in Cambodia, it was time to move on over the border in to Vietnam. There was a couple of options open to us, get a bus across or get a gentle cruise down the Mekong River stopping along the way a few times. The choice was a simple one, the…