After another sleeper train from Hoi An (they are dirt cheap and heaps more comfortable than sleeper buses), we arrive in Nha Trang for a short two day visit. Leah developed an evil cold on the train so it’s straight to bed for her while I spend some time looking around town. Nha Trang appears … Read more Nha Trang – nothing more awesome than an empty water park
After an overnight train from Vinh, we arrive in Danang feeling tired and grubby and slump into the back seat of a taxi for the 45 minute drive down the coast to Hoi An. As we pass the beaches where the Americans first landed in Vietnam during the war, instead there now stand mammoth luxury … Read more Hoi An – cute town, cheap beer
So, the plan was to catch a 29hr bus direct from Vang Vieng to Hanoi. Things didn’t go well from the start as we were put on a slow local bus to Vientiane, not what we paid for. Arriving in Vientiane around 7pm we should have transfered to a sleeper bus to Hanoi. The sleeper turned … Read more Leaving Laos
Vang Vieng is like no place on earth, but you have to visit to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. At first sight it looks like a small, sleepy, slightly run-down town running parallel to river Nam Song. The banks of the river are flanked by towering limescale mountains and it’s under these … Read more Vang Vieng – not quite a lazy day on the river!
Next stop after a couple of days in Vientiane was Luang Prabang, which is reached via a 10 hour (although they will tell you it’s eight) bus journey, twisting and turning through the hills, clinging onto your seat as the driver overtakes other vehicles with a sheer drop of 1000m mere inches away. Not a … Read more Luang Prabang – French-Asian fusion