Vietnam series: Hoi An to Nha Trang on an overnight sleeper bus

Interior - sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

Interior – sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

I am travelling north/south through Vietnam and have spent the last 12 hours on an overnight sleeper bus from quaint Hoi An and have reached the beachside township of Nha Trang, having passed through Quang Ngai and Quang Ngai during the night.  I arrive, like a gift, next to a café, which is perfect, because at this point I would kill for a coffee. Local time is 7:22am. I am with my brother and his girlfriend and we sit for a while to enjoy our coffee and recap on the night that was the sleeper bus. Continue reading

Vietnam series: Moving from one UNESCO world heritage listed site to another, Hue to Hoi An

On the road, thankfully on a bus and not a motorbike

On the road, thankfully on a bus and not a motorbike

Today I moved on from one world heritage site to another.  I booked myself on an 8:00am bus from Hue to Hoi An.  Approximate bus time is 3 hours to Hoi An so I take the time (not all 3 hours obviously) to text Alex:  “I am on bus nearing Hoi An (beach) and meeting others.”  Ok, it’s not exactly “War and Peace” but still a thoughtful update ….

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Vietnam series: Hue, Vietnam and its walled Citadel and Imperial City by cyclo

I am in Hue, Vietnam and it is day ten of my month long journey travelling north-south through Vietnam.  It is the first real rainy day so I take the chance to sleep in.  I am on my own today as the others (my brother, his girlfriend and their mate) wanted to move on already.  I have stayed on an extra day as I wanted to look at the walled Citadel and Imperial City so I am going it alone and am excited about the day.  But for a while longer… back to sleep.

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Vietnam series: Hue, Vietnam and the royal tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and Emperor Khai Dinh

I have travelled on the Reunification Express with my brother, his girlfriend and their mate Dan for the last 14 hours making our way south through Vietnam from Hanoi.  We arrive in the World Heritage Site of Hue (situated on the central coast of Vietnam) at 9:30am.

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Vietnam series: From Ha Long Bay to Hanoi and overnight to Hue on the Reunification Express

My brother, his girlfriend, their mate Dan and I have spent a lovely overnight cruise on the calm waters of the magnificent heritage listed Ha Long Bay and after an equally lovely breakfast it is time for our Junk boat to return us to the solid ground of Bai Chay where I am reunited with my passport (insert sigh of relief here).

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Vietnam Series: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – a magnificent World Heritage Site

Last night I stayed at the Saigon Ha Long Hotel in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  It’s now morning and I wake to a most beautiful sunny day.  I send the following text message to Alex to update him about the trip…

“My news: Got motorbikes yesterday and managed to have accident with car. Few bruises and will be able to laugh about it one day. Managed to ride 100km but have given it away as a bad joke and on bus and train now. Going on Junk next two days. Scenery gorgeous.” Continue reading