Vietnam 2022 – Trip Report 14

20 September - hanoi - Long Cốc Awake just after 7.30am, giving the alarm a reprieve from doing its thing by mere minutes. Remaining bits and pieces packed up, sunscreen applied, after recalling what happened on the first day I spent with Toan five years ago, on our trip up North, and just as we’re … Continue reading Vietnam 2022 – Trip Report 14

Vietnam 2022 – The Planning

It's finally happening again! 2022 arrived, and while Covid lockdowns appeared, hopefully, to be a thing of the past, the new year didn’t feel that much different to the previous two. Overseas travel not only still seemed an impossibility, but it also felt like it would be that way for significant time to come. Vietnam … Continue reading Vietnam 2022 – The Planning

Cambodia / Vietnam 2019 – Trip Report 29

3 October - Hanoi - Ninh Binh Wake to the sound of an alarm. Which I guess is a positive, seeing as I wasn’t laying there awake waiting for it. It’s 5.00am. And yep, it’s painful. Damn beer corner. Damn beer. Damn friendly tourists. Damn late nights. But I wouldn’t change any of it, for … Continue reading Cambodia / Vietnam 2019 – Trip Report 29

Cambodia / Vietnam 2019 – The Planning

The Planning..... Seriously, how did we get here? And not just to planning a fourth trip, but to planning a trip that is going to involve things that we could never have imagined way back in 2014, when on the initial adventure. Interestingly, there was never any thought that there was to be a subsequent … Continue reading Cambodia / Vietnam 2019 – The Planning

Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 11

12 October - Ba Be Lake - Hanoi Just for a change, up early again to get myself organised. Yep, it’s here.  The end of the Northern adventure. While I didn’t want it to end, I’m kind of ready to get back to some normality.  It will be nice to slow down a little, get … Continue reading Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 11

Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 8

9 October 2017 - Yen Minh - Meo Vac Up early. Well, awake early. 3.30am, to be precise. Another bloody rooster. They’re quickly becoming my least favourite animal…. Fortunately, I was able to get back to sleep. Well, until 5.30am, when some Vietnamese tourists who were also staying in the hotel decided that seeing as … Continue reading Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 8

Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 7

8 October 2017 - Vinh Quang - Yen Minh My laundry drying skills have paid off.  Everything is dry. Lisa would be proud! Even got myself completely organised by packing up before meeting Toan downstairs by 7.00am. Must be getting good at this…. Grabbed the, now empty beer bottles, before I left, as apparently the … Continue reading Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 7

Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 6

7 October 2017 - Bac Ha - Vinh Quang I’m woken by a rooster. That’s ok, kind of expected that, being out in the countryside and all. But it’s still dark.  Very dark, in fact. I check the time. It’s 3.00am!!!!!!!! Now, I’m not normally a breakfast person.  More than happy with just a coffee … Continue reading Vietnam 2017 – Trip Report 6