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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

I continued to explore the Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. (See Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2 for more information and photos.) The Palace certainly has a very luxurious feel to it with each room clearly […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

Now, I got confused…  Was it Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, anyway, I do know it is called Independence Palace or is it Reunification Palace? This was one of these odd places to visit in Vietnam that I felt I recognised from some deep memory. When I was a small boy the Vietnam War was coming to […]

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Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 11, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

This I was really looking forward to… I love travelling by train, and this was going to be a stunning trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the Reunification Express. Booking my ticket for the Reunification Express was a breeze thanks to the great advice from The man in seat 61, and the […]

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Next stop – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 11, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments

So, after my three-day excursion to Ha Long Bay I returned to Hanoi for one evening before moving on to Ho Chi Minh City. For my trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) I decided to go by train. Specifically, the SE5 which leaves Hanoi at 9 am and arrives in Saigon the next day […]

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

By on September 10, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

I spent 3 days and 2 nights in the company of Glory Cruises in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  So what did we do?  Where did we go? The bay does have some great stats: total area of Ha Long Bay 434 km2 775 islands typical tidal range of 4.4 to 4.6 m depth on average 20 m, […]

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Sellers of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

By on September 9, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Sellers of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Wherever I went in Ha Long Bay there was somebody trying to sell me something. Sometimes it was souvenirs such as seashells, other times it was snacks and freshwater, and occasionally hot snacks and food. The drinks sold by these sellers were cheaper than on board the boat – where Glory Cruises charged for all drinks, […]

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Ha Long Bay Fishing Village, Vietnam – Cruise day 2

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Ha Long Bay Fishing Village, Vietnam – Cruise day 2

On day two of my cruise into Ha Long Bay we visited a fishing village with UNESCO status. Having UNESCO status doesn’t seem to have done the fishing village any favours as families have now been moved and rehoused in nearby cities. Village now has very few people as the children have been moved to the […]

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Vong Vieng Village, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – day 1

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Vong Vieng Village, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – day 1

At 3:30 pm on day one of my trip to Ha Long Bay we were rowed around some local caves near Vong Vieng Village, and I must say that the scenery was impressive. Wow!  It was amazing to get up close and personal with the islands of Ha Long Bay. One thing that has struck me […]

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Glory Cruise Boats, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Glory Cruise Boats, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

For my cruise around Ha Long Bay I used Glory Cruise Boats. Glory Cruise Boats turned out to be really good, and an interesting organisation. From the terminal, we were taken by a small boat to our main vessel. We also used a number of other craft during our trip around Ha Long Bay, including a […]

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 3 of 3

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 3 of 3

Ha Long Bay, besides being a tourist attraction, is a place where people live and work. There used to be a thriving community living in and around the bay. Sadly, a lot of this has now been lost in the interest of tourism and “progress”. There are still some people living in the small fishing […]

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