I consider myself lucky that I managed to get away twice last year.  Vietnam in February, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was starting its worldwide spread, and Tanzania in October, as that was one of the few countries that didn’t have restrictions.  I’d booked with a fantastic company, Shemeji Safaris, and in view of the unknown situation, I didn’t have […]

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Vietnam. Tam Coc.

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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There were three Royal Tombs that I particularly wanted to visit, and they are all slightly outside of Hue. During our time in Hoi An we’d had a trip and event cancelled due to the Covid 19 virus, so realised that we needed to organise things privately. Surprisingly, that option turned out to be less expensive anyway.  Our great AirBnb […]

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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 […]

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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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