Welcome to my travel diary for Vietnam, which Carol and I visited in November 2018.
Arrival in Hanoi, settling in at the JM Marvellous Hotel (and its rooftop bar).
Streets of Hanoi, the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long.
Hanoi: Hoan Kiem Lake, Heritage House, History Museum, Bia Hoi
Boarding the Perlas Dawn Sails for Lan Ha Bay.
Cycling around Cat Ba island.
Morning kayaking, street food and puppet theatre.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Hanoi Hilton, a night out in Hanoi and a night train to Sapa.
Getting to Sapa and settling in at the Eco Palms Lodge.
Trekking the Muong Hoa valley; a wonderful homestay experience.
A morning’s trekking and the train back to Hanoi.
A plane south and the streets of Hue.
The Imperial Enclosure in Hue; Dong Ba market.
Tombs of 19th century emperors, Hoi An streets at night.
Old merchant houses in Hoi An, massages and cocktails.
Cycling to the beach, a small accident, streets of Hoi An.
The evocative temple ruins of My Son; shopping and haggling.
Coffee with Sue and Phuc, drinks and dinner with my brother-in-law.
Flight to Can Tho; a change of pace at the Mekong Rustic.
On the Mekong: floating markets; a cycle tour and wonderful people.
Vinh Long and the very relaxing CoCo Riverside Lodge.
Breakfast by the river; an evening in Ho Chi Ming City (Saigon).
Saigon: Independence Palace, the War Remnants museum, the Rex Hotel.
Chinese temples in Saigon; a letter to myself in ten years.