Vietnam Journals

Visiting Vietnam

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A travel journal to Vietnam by catsholiday

Quote: We spent about three weeks in Vietnam travelling from North to south and this is a collection of some reviews I have written and memories of this trip.

Meandering down the mighty Mekong

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Meandering down the MekongOn our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia we moved between the two countries by boat along the Mekong River. This river has always had rather romantic, exotic images, a bit like Constantinople, Casablanca , the Yangtze River and Other places that just sound so exciting that you must go and see.We stayed the night in Chau Doc in Vietnam in a lovely hotel right on the river. We had had a great day exploring this part of Vietnam, watching a family make rice wrappers for spring rolls, we had eaten some rather strange food local to the area, satay frog legs and an ell dish; neither of which I asked the recipe for to emulate at home but it was interesting none the...Read More

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay)

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Attraction | "Ha Long Bay - How Long Can You Stay?"

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The legend:Ha Long Bay - means "Bay of the Descending Dragon" in the Vietnamese language. The local folk tale says that dragons descended from heaven to help locals who were under attack by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are now the lush green outcrops. After this the mother dragon settled in Ha long Bay and still protects Vietnam from the weather (the bay is usually fairly calm and protected) and also from outside invasion.Location and History:Halong Bay is in North Vietnam, 170 kilometres north-east of Hanoi (about 3 and a half hours driving) in the Gulf of Tonkin near the border with China. It was li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2009

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay)
Gulf of Tonkin
Halong Bay, Northeastern Vietnam

Hanoi City

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Attraction | "Hanoi Friendly and Chaotic but So Much to See"

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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is situated in the North of the country.We did a tour of Vietnam from North to south summer 2007 with a company I found on the internet. www.selectiveasia.com and I dealt with a man called Nick who was extremely helpful all along the decision making and booking process. I organised my own flights to Bangkok then from Bangkok to Hanoi with an Asian airline again on the internet www.airasia.com but there may be others, it is worth searching around.We arrived late in Hanoi and we met by our guide Thuy (pronounced two ee) who was a delightful young man about 24 years old. His parents were teachers and had lived through the Vietna...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2009

Hoi An, Old Heritage Town

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Attraction | "Tailors, Cooking school and a World Heritage town, Hoi An, "

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A bit of history:In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences. Because of this the government have stopped any building that is not in keeping with this old town so there are no ugly high rise buildings. TODAY;Today, Hoi An is still a small city, you can easily walk around the whole town and you do have to walk as cars are banned in the main town centre which makes it much easier though no less crowded as motor bikes are not banned and go quite fast round the little streets. Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2009

Hoi An, Old Heritage Town

Vietnam

Ancient House Resort

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Hotel | "Staying in an Ancient House"

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We stayed a few days in this lovely hotel while we were exploring Hoi An.It is an old hotel and some parts are in need of a little updating . The bathrooms for example were very old fashioned and although ours was clean it was quite tired looking. Our room was really big with a large bed made up with clean crisp cotton bedding. A large mosquito net was above the bed like a sort of four poster and this was also white. We did use the mosquito net as the windows were not fully meshed but we had no bites as a result.Ever day we had a small try left in our room with fresh snacks - a sort of rice sweetmeat wrapped in banana leaf which was a lovely thought. they also left fresh drinki...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2011

Ancient House Resort
377 CuaDai Road
Hoi An, Vietnam
866-539-0036