Day 1 in Sapa: Dense fog covers the mountain village

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I took the night bus from Hanoi to Sapa, together with some 30 Vietnamese, 12 hours. Left and right of the corridor stood each two daybeds that somewhat reminded me of dental chairs. After all “beds” were reserved, the remaining passengers took a seat on a small mattress on the floor. So I lay next […]
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Hanoi’s heart beats Jazz

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I have deliberately waited a while, before I wrote this blog entry. If I had written it a few days after my arrival, I would have headlined: “They eat dogs in Vietnam.” Yes, not only in China but also in Vietnam dog is considered a delicacy. Similarly, Vietnamese like to eat incubated eggs. While wandering […]
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Hoi An: Colorful lanterns, silk dresses and beach

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In the picturesque craft city Hoi An you can delight in a sea of colorful lanterns. The relics from the era of Chinese rule are hanging everywhere: On trees, on the bridge over the Thu Bon River, in front of shops, in the streets. Hoi An shines in a colorful sea of lights every night. […]
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Rocking up in Tam Coc

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The alternative to a guided tour, I chose to rock up in Tam Coc via Ninh Binh as a way to break up my journey from Laos to Hanoi. And as a chance to acclimatise to Vietnam in a smaller place before heading to the hectic capital. Hiring a bicycle from my hotel, I peddled […]
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Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn)

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The  Marble Mountains are five mountains between Da Nang and Hoi An. Each mountain is assigned to an element: metal, wood, fire, water and earth. On the mountains there are many Buddhist temples and pagodas and in the mountains are often caves. Before we entered the first cave, Hoang Anh promised me to see heaven […]
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