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Sapa to Luang Pragbang – the rocky road

Sapa to Luang Pragbang – the rocky road

Posted from Namon, Oudomxay, Laos. Sapa to Dien Bien Phu The bus from Sapa to Dien Bein Phu is 250,000 VND. It’s a mini-van. The journey is a little over 300km and can take anywhere from eight to 12 hours. Luckily my trip only took about eight hours (I’m still getting the racecar-driver-wannabes.) We had […]

Sapa – the mountain town

Sapa – the mountain town

Posted from Lao Cai, Vietnam. Rooftops poke through the mist like silhouetted ghosts of a forgotten ski town somewhere in Colorado. There’s wooden detail, like beams and lattice work, verandas with railings I’m having a hard time picturing anyone using. The mist adds more bite to the cool mountain air but the Canadian blood rolling […]

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Posted from Hai Phong, Vietnam.   Choosing a company to book a Ha Long Bay Cruise with is an arduous task. There are far too many scams in Hanoi and online that it’s difficult to know the real deal or if you’re getting a deal. The hostel I was at, Hanoi Backpackers, offered a few […]

getting robbed in Vietnam

getting robbed in Vietnam

Posted from Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi is a tough city, by any accounts. The people who live here even seem somewhat hostile. I get shoved out of the way a lot in Vietnam, but once they see you’re white it’s as thought they go out of their way to head in your direction just so they […]

Hue, Vietnam – and my birthday

Hue, Vietnam – and my birthday

Posted from Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam. My bus trip from Hoi An to Hue was on the crummiest and dirtiest bus from 1978 they could’ve found. I’m getting used to the sub-par level of cleanliness here, but I have to be honest – I really do appreciate more than ever our quality of life in […]

Hoi An – ten tailors on every block

Hoi An – ten tailors on every block

Posted from Hội An, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Hoi An is the kind of town you expect to see everywhere in Vietnam, old Chinese architecture mixed with French colonialist buildings, a bustling river-side, crammed morning markets and heaps of shops where tailors will fit you with any kind of clothing, (except underwear apparently.) Hoi An […]

the overnight bus

the overnight bus

Posted from Hội An, Quang Nam province, Vietnam. There’s tons of information online about overnight buses, so while I did my homework, nothing beats the real thing. Many of the experiences I read were not very positive, but all I could think about was my 24-hour bus ride from Thunder Bay to Toronto when I […]

Nha Trang – where strange things happen

Nha Trang – where strange things happen

Posted from tp. Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam. I had 24-hours to spend in Nha Trang. And oh the day I had in this seaside town. I should’ve known it was going to be one of those weird days, but I ignored the signs – certain they were just random occurrences brought on by […]

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Vienna

Posted from Address not found. The train ride from Salzburg to Vienna is a short journey. There are a few train stations in Vienna, with trains departing and arriving from different locations. I wasn’t sure where my ticket would leave me, but the transportation system in the city is excellent and very straight forward to […]