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Happening Halong Bay

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You Sing! You Sing! The karaoke microphone was thrust into Jim’s hand by the cheering crowd. Thick smoke circled the room, becoming increasingly worse as the passing tobacco bong was alternated by chain smoking cigarettes.. I sat silently, waiting to…

The Imperial Citadel of Hue

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Hue is the former capital of Vietnam, situated nearly in the center of the country. It is an easy city to get a hang of, split down the middle by the Perfume River, boarded by an appealing boardwalk.  The weather…

Why we are driving next time

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Why we are driving next time July 28, 2013The following are accepted facts when booking transport in Cambodia:Two hours will mean four… or more. Descriptions like ‘VIP’ and ‘Air-con’ are unrelated to the actual trip you are booking…

2013_05 Vietnam NW

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            2013_05 Vietnam1, a set on Flickr. Our first week in Vietnam with our BigBikes was exciting! This is a photo story from the Laos/Vietnam border crossing, riding the Ho Chi Minh trail up North…

Hoi An, Vietnam

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Vietnam- that one word still has the power to create mixed emotions and adamant reactions from many Americans. What we found was a fascinating country, a crossroads of French and Asian culture, and a complicated history. With none of the…

Vietnam – Hanoi & Halong Bay at last!

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For us, we felt that Hanoi was nothing exceptional.  We stayed in the Old Quarter and found that we just felt ripped off every minute, on every corner.  This was our general feeling in Vietnam especially.  We try to rationalize…

Vietnam – Nha Trang > Hoi An > Hue

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Nha Trang is another beach city, probably Vietnam’s most popular beach destination.  Despite being the most popular and crowded, the beaches are beautiful with white sand and deep blue water.  We had an overnight bus for Hoi An the next…

Vietnam at last: HCMC, Mui Ne, Dalat

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The bus ride from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City was pretty easy going.  It took about 5-6 hours for the entire trip, border crossing and all.  Usually when we pass borders, we have the bike customs to worry…