8.15.2012

Vietnam: Saigon, Hanoi, Cat Ba Island/Ha Long Bay, Hoi An

::: Saigon :::

Street in Hanoi.
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Narrow street in Saigon. / Ben Thanh Market, Saigon

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Morning exercise in the park. / River monster. / Uncle Ho at Ho Chi Minh City Hall


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Bryan waits for iced coffee. / Rambutan fruit vendor.

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Nam, our cyclo driver and tour guide / Kurt negotiates for a durian. / Durian lover. 


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Market candies: one or two tasty varieties among a minefield of disgusting flavors.  
The dried, sugared coconut strips were, by far, the greatest.


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Enormous steamed pork dumpling. / Vietnamese crepes (Ban Xeo), my favorite! / Cobra curry. Yes, that's right, cobra. / Pho pho pho, all day, every day. 

Kurt and Bryan still-beating cobra heart. Don't watch this

::: Hanoi :::

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Night lights. / Water puppets at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

::: Ha Long bay :::

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We chartered a private ferry to Cat Ba Island. 


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Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay, South China Sea. One of the most magnificent places I've ever seen. 

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Our hotel on Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba Eco Lodge, was secluded, hidden away deep in the countryside. 

:: Hoi An ::

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Napping cyclo drivers. / Beach town cafe. 

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Athena's parasol was a lifesaver! / We made a friend at dinner. / Our lovely hotel, Thanh Bin III. 

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Beach ready. 

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We rented scooters and rode to Ang Bang Beach. I loved this day. 

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Hoi An is renown for their expert tailors and cobblers. Kurt and I sprung for a few bespoke pieces: one winter coat, one dress shirt, one dress, a pair of blue suede dessert boots, and a pair of leather sandals. Total cost: $107. 

:: Cham Island ::
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A walk to the temple on the hill. / These japanese tourists brought their family dog along on our snorkeling trip. He lounged on the beach while they swam in the sea, and even got his own seat at the restaurant. 

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Cham Island harbour. / Snorkeling. 

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Harbour. Beach. Happy husband. 



The very abridged movie version: 


If you go, here are some of our favorites: 
Cat Ba Island: Cat Ba Eco Lodge / Slo Pony Adventures 

4 comments:

  1. Memories! We have so many similar photos, Johanna! And I could kill for some of that dried coconut right now.

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    1. The dried coconut was my favorite, for sure. I wish I had some too! There is a fruity hard candy that's pictured, and the girl at the market let me sample a piece. She unwrapped it, but I didn't know there was another layer of plastic still on, so I just ate the whole thing, plastic and all. She was horrified! I laughed at myself, but she remained concerned.

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  2. Wow, what a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your experience and this picture looks awesome. Tourist can attract to visit here. Vietnamese is wonderful place and i like Vietnamese culture, food etc . We are making a plan to go vietnamese island in summer vacation and hope that it would be a wonderful journey.

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    1. Thanks. Vietnam is beautiful. Have fun planning!

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