25 04 2008

Immigration worries (in the Philippines!) aside, the Vietnam trip was probably my best. Vietnam is just across the South China Sea yet it feels like strangely on the opposite end of the world. We went to Halong Bay (white tourists overload but incredibly grand), Cat Ba (an island with a pleasant town and a relaxing trek within its national park), Perfume Pagoda (Buddhist pilgrims and women boat paddlers) and Hanoi (city of French-Chinese-Vietnamese fusion).

More photos here.

Five highlights during the five days:

5. Motorcycles. Swarms of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, etc scooters all around. Crossing the street is a skill.

4. Shopping. Plenty of things to buy in Hanoi’s old streets.

3. Sights. Karst landscapes, Hanoi street life, quiet villages, touristy destinations, water everywhere!

2. Food. Noodles, vegetables, green things, seafood, baguette, mushroom tea, tofu, black coffee, cold beer, and plenty of rice.

1. People. Even though they can’t properly pronounce English words with ‘x’, the Vietnamese are awesomely lovely. We shared hours of interesting conversations with people we met along the way including a German satellite-engineer, a Vietnamese-American soldier and POW, two rare pleasant French tourists, and a woman from Tabaco, Albay.


Bia Hoi

20 04 2008

Vietnam is awesome. Hanoi is chaotic, crowded and charming. Ha Long Bay is Palawan x 100 + Chinese junks. Will most definitely come back here.


13 04 2008

Hopefully, next weekend I will be here…