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26 août 2011

Back in Lao!

After resting a few, too many, days in Hanoi. We moved on south to Hue and then to Hoi An. We visited the old citadelle of Hue, which disapointed us a little. The chinese influence is quite strong and we're not very big fans. The old city of Hoi An was very beautiful, with a clear european colony influence. Little houses, painted in yellow, trees in the streets, flowers everywhere. Absolutely charming, but once again it's a shame that the whole town has sold its soul to tourism. 90% of buildings are shops, of which 85% are... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2011

Hanoi

We've set our base in Hanoi for the past ten days. We spend a few days visiting with my dad (the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the litterature palace, the ethnography museum, the old quarter...) We spend a day in Halong Bay. My dad left on the 5th and on the same day we picked up Julia, a cousin of Thomas. She stayed with us for one week. We had a busy week with one day of visiting in Hanoi, two days and one night in Halong bay, two days and one night in Sapa. Having done Halong Bay twice, once in a one-day tour and one in a... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2011

Vietnam - a revelation

On the 29th we crossed the border into Vietnam. We have had some pretty bad reviews of Vietnam, both from people we've met during our travels, but also from our guide book (the Lonely Planet really puts you off from going to Vietnam!!). So we had pretty much braced ourselves for some very unfriendly people. And yet, not at all! Sure, they're a bit rough in the way they express themselves sometimes but other than that, so far, we've found people to be very friendly and patient. That is, until Hanoi... that's a bit of a different... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2011

Northern Laos

Runnning so late on the blog! But to be honest, we have spent quite a few days in areas without internet. We stayed two days in Luang Prabang. My dad and I took a short cooking class one evening where we tasted pork laap: gorgeous! We went to see the morning ceremony where the monks walk through the town and the locals offer them food. It is an old and important ceremony as the monks rely on these offerings for eating. I got a little frustrated and annoyed by the VERY irrespectful tourists. There are posters all over the town... [Lire la suite]
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