13/12/2013 - 19/12/2013 17 °C
Here are the pictures of my adventures last week.
The city centre and lake, it looks pretty gloomy with the weather. The pagoda at Hoan Kiem Lake and their connection to the turtle.
A visit to Hanoi must include visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the leaders body lays inside the temple and is able to be visited in the mornings only. A pretty strange experience.
While in the crazy city among what we visited was the Hoa Lo prison famous for holding both Vietnamese and American prisoners throughout the years, the water puppet show and the local night market before the two days were up and it was back on the road.
Next stop was Halong Bay, world heritage site and recently named one of the new seven wonders of the world. 2 day/1 night cruise in the bay on a small junk boat. It was a pity it is the middle of winter here and experiences some wetter weather.
The caves, floating village and pearl farms were so impressive as was the amazing food we were served on the boat.
Onwards to Hoi An, a quant little riverside village. Although it is becoming very touristy, it is still holding its traditional colour. It does make for some beautiful photos.
The cooking class and market tour here was a well spent few days.
It is hard to imagine not shopping at supermarkets, but at least it is reliably fresh.
The day trip up to Danang with the Easy Riders (motorbike taxi drivers) along the white sand coastline made for a very unique adventure.
In the photos of the beach, spot the white statue of the lady Buddha in the distance. One impressive Pagoda.
My favourite- the fat laughing Buddha. He looks very happy.
The Marble Mountains was an interesting stop. Pagodas spread through mountains inside caves.