Sunday, 27 March 2011

27/03/2011 - Dallat, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (Vietnam)

So Dallat was a little bit of a disappointment after looking at google images, but nonetheless it was worth seeing! After we did the general package tour in Dallat, we headed to Mui Ne, which is a beach resort with Red, White and Yellow Sand dunes, we again did this in a package tour and saw the fairy river and had a ride on a ostrich! I then got an overnight bus to Saigon at 1am, arrived at 5am and luckily managed to find a open hotel with a room for $10. I will do the general sites at Saigon and then head to Cambodia! 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

22/03/2011 - Hoi An, Vietnam. (aswell as Vien Tien (Laos) and Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay and Hue (Vietnam) I may of forgot to update this blog for a bit! we have been very busy in Vietnam so far, we haven't been on the internet much apart from free wifi and Vietnam blocks facebook!!! However I finally remembered to update this blog!

Tubing didn't quite go to plan; I ended up having diahorrea the morning/day we were going to go tubing, so the girls went together and apparently got dropped off at the wrong start points and there was a total of 3 other people tubing! So the girls were not happy with the lack of a social vibe and a very shallow river. At first I didn't believe them but then they showed me the photo's. So after hearing that we agreed to book our bus to Vien Tien the next day. There we didn't do so much just chilled out for 1 or 2 days before taking a 26 hour bus ride (the cheapest one!) to Hanoi, Vietnam. It was at the Vietnam border we met some travellers we bumped into before who had done tubing and apparently the girls got dropped off at the wrong starting point and the real party was a 20minute walk upwards from where the girls got dropped.

Once arriving in Hanoi we booked our plans for the next few days which included 3 consequtive overnight transport. In Hanoi we walked around the city, did a tour and saw some touristy buildings and areas, i.e.Ho Chi Minh temple,.his dead body has been preserved for viewing! We then went to sapa for a day, where there amazing views of some extraordinary paddy fields. We were shown around by local village people instead of a tour guide and it was great fun to see how the villagers lived and to meet their family and eat with them. We then saw Halong Bay the next day, which is a famous attraction of Vietnam, it was very nice.

After Hanoi we got an overnight train to Hue where we spent one night, and again we walked around did a bit of touristy stuff before leaving to Hoi An, which is where I am now! In Hoi An we have walked around, been to the beach and had a night out. Tomorrow I'm headed to Dallat which is apparently amazingly beautiful!!

Friday, 11 March 2011

11/03/2011 - Vang Vieng, Laos.

Is now in Vang Vieng, Laos even after the mixup at the bus station! Tourist company double booked our seats, and the bus was full, luckily 3 people didn't turn up so we got to Vang Vieng in the end.

Vang Vienn is full of tourists, because everyone is literally here for tubing, and it doesn't seem there's much else to do apart from tubing!

Tomorrow we will be tubing, and then sometime later are headed to Vien Tien? the capital of Laos!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

05/03/2011 - Luang Prabang, Laos.

Ok, so as usual things didn't go as planned. The buses to Chiang Saen/Golden Triangle/Chiang Khong were all full. Luckily we managed to find a travel agents who gave us a package deal to Laos that night, so we managed to leave the same night and had a tiring journey to Laos.We had a minibus for several hours, then a random room for a few hours rest, then sorting out the visa, and then the 2 day slow boat to Luang Prabang...however we have finally arrived and it's a awesome, chilled out place.

Over the last week I seem to have developed an addiction to daily cheap 1hr massages costing a couple pounds, and I think because of price differences outside Asia, I'm going to have to quit cold turkey and I can't see it being pretty.

We plan on staying in Laos for a around 12 days I think. In Luang Prabang I think we are going to go kyaking to the caves one day, and then moutain biking to the waterfalls another day, as well as visiting/staying with a hill tribe for a few days. Then after that we had to Vang Vienn(?) to do the renown tubing!

So far my travels have gone great and I'm enjoying every second of it!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

03/03/2011 - Chiang Saen, Thailand.

We have now done Chiang Mai which is an awesome place! kept us very busy!

Now we plan on getting the 4-5 hour bus to Chiang Saen which is right up North on Thailand's Border. We plan on seeing the Golden Triangle which is where the 3 Borders meet (Burma, Thailand and Laos). After that we plan on getting the Slow Boat to Laos which takes a few days and then we plan on doing tubing in Laos.

Next update in Laos I guess!