Back to reality after two brilliant weeks travelling around Vietnam. We flew into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south. After exploring the sights and sounds (mainly of motorbikes and their horns!) of this bustling city we flew off to the tiny remote island of Con Dao (where many of the POWs from the war were imprisoned, not easy viewing).
Then off oop North, first to Hai Phong and the beautiful sights of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage sight. The amazing karst limestone scenery here has been millions of years in the making; trying to capture the immense scale of the caves is so difficult, you really have to see them.
Last stop Hanoi, where we ventured into the mountains and paddies by motorbike, went on a cookery course and spent a lot of time wandering through the maze of streets.
Thanks to my travelling buddy Rory, who knew lots of people there, for getting us off the beaten track, and guiding me through the crazy streets of Hanoi on a motorbike in one piece!
Inside one of the caves in Halong Bay.
Who knew there were so many types of noodles?
Had to get a sterotypical photo of “lady in conical hat”.
A small village outside of Hanoi on our way into the mountains
Paddy fields, the colours really were that vibrant.
The floor of the old colonial post office building.
Mmmm… steaming pho bo, beef noodle soop with lime and chilli. A real Vietnamese staple, delicious.
It’s amazing any of this works!
There’s a B52 wreckage here but I thought the hat was more interesting.
A bit of shoot-from-the-hip-without-looking street photography
Paddy fields at sunset.
We had a day’s stopover in Kuala Lumpur on the way home, here’s the Petronas Towers taken from KL Tower.