When planning our trip to Vietnam we had decided that towards the end of our holiday we’d like to see some countryside and coastline, and the famous Halong Bay was to be our final destination. Unfortunately whilst in Hue we learned that the Covid virus was at last going to have a negative effect on our holiday, and much to […]

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Phong Nha had been recommended to me and it made a complete change from the cities we’d visited so far.  Characterised by mountains, tropical forests and underground rivers, it’s known for its ancient limestone karsts and a couple of incredible caves and botanical gardens. Once again, our great host at the AirBnb in Hue organised a private car for us […]

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Our very efficient and friendly AirBnb host at our next destination (Hue) booked a private car to pick us up in Hoi An and take us to Hue. We specifically wanted to go the long way round via the Hai Van Pass and we also wanted the option of stopping to take photos, so a private driver was the best […]

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Rather a sobering start to this post I’m afraid, but an important and interesting part of Vietnam’s history.  We paid a visit to Hỏa Lò Prison. The prison was built by the French, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. It was intended to hold Vietnamese prisoners, particularly political prisoners agitating for independence, and they were often subject to […]

Vietnam. Hanoi. A prison, a temple, a mausoleum and a palace.Read More »

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a complex of 1000 year old buildings and open spaces, and was on our ‘must see’ list.  The entrance fee was just over £1.00, and we had to double check that we’d converted that properly as it’s ridiculously cheap. When we walked in we couldn’t believe how huge the area is, and we […]

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Zanzibar. Part 3.

Whilst walking along the beach late one afternoon I saw several small fires in the distance. As I got closer it looked as if several boats were being burned. It took a while to work out that they use this method to get rid of the algae, and because the wood is so hard, the whole thing doesn’t go up […]

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