Oh yeah, I have a blog :)

Vietnam so far has been great. People are really friendly, even when they’re not trying to sell you something! Even arriving in the country on a canal in the Mekong Delta, there were kids on the banks waving at us and yelling "Hello! Hello!"

The trip so far in brief:

  • A couple of nights in the Mekong Delta – visited a fish farm and a floating market.
  • Up to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), saw some sights in town, the Cu Chi tunnels, and a really strange church.
  • Train north to Hoi An, a nice quiet place with some neat historical merchant shops and hundreds of custom tailors (Robin got 2 pairs of pants made.)
  • North again to Huế (yes, there are two accents on that), took a motorcycle tour around some really neat sights, including the root temple of Thich Nhat Hanh’s order (kind of a personal thing…)
  • North (where else?) to Hanoi and its wonderful twisty market streets.
  • Over to Cát Bà Island in Ha Long Bay… beautiful limestone cliffs rising out of the ocean. Of course, we climbed some of them :)
  • West and UP to the beautiful Sa Pa valley – we arrived early this morning & we’re probably going to hike around for a couple of days before heading to China.

I’ll post more stories from the places above once I’ve had a chance to sort the photos. I’m quite behind… still haven’t finished Ayutthaya, which we visited almost a month ago :/

OK, time for a quiz:

Phở is available at:

  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch
  3. Dinner
  4. All of the above

Phở is pronounced:

  1. Fo
  2. Fuh
  3. Fir
  4. "Noodle Soup"

The answers are of course d and d :)