Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Four

 5. It’s not that busy. Except for the Old Quarter, which is really busy. The Old Quarter is how you might imagine Hanoi to be – narrow streets, motorcycles filling the narrow roads, parked motorcycles filling the narrow pavements… and as for a Friday or Saturday night, when streets are pedestrianised and the night market … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Four

Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Three

4. It’s not just pho “You’re going to get sick of pho”, we were told of the noodle soup for which Vietnam is famous, “that’s all there is to eat”. Obviously we didn’t believe them, but we still thought that would be the main thing. And Selena in particular was worried – proper pho is … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Three

Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Two

2. No-one walks. Anywhere. Walking’s not a popular pastime here, so you generally get the pavements to yourself (apart from the people sitting on plastic stools eating pho, the motorcycles heading the wrong way down the one-way street, and the backpackers who’ve only just arrived and haven’t realised how hot it is yet). I swear … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Two

Cat Tien Part Two – Communist Bears and Capitalist Gibbons

Thus we woke at about 4:45 the next morning, and it wasn’t raining. Cloudy, but not raining. Hauled ourselves out of bed and made the 50m stroll the the ranger station just in time. Having said that, it was just the two of us on the Gibbon Trek. The written itinerary for the trek looks … More Cat Tien Part Two – Communist Bears and Capitalist Gibbons

Cat Tien National Park – Part 1, Butterflies and Bikes

About 150km north of HCMC, Cat Tien National Park was formed in the late 1970s as a Rhinoceros sanctuary. Sadly, the last remaining Javan Rhino in the park was killed in 2010, but the area still contains a variety of wildlife. Getting There We arranged a private taxi each way through our accommodation – Green … More Cat Tien National Park – Part 1, Butterflies and Bikes