One of the best (and most popular) things to do while in Sa Pa is to visit the day markets held by different ethnic groups. These are not in downtown Sa Pa but various locations some distance away depending on the day of the week. We were able to visit the Tuesday Cốc Ly market that … More Sa Pa day 2: Among the Hmong
Leaving Hạ Long Bay behind we bussed back to Hà Nội to catch the night train to Sa Pa, a scenic mountainous town located in northwestern Vietnam, close to the border of China. It is a popular destination for tourists due to the great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. With the exception of Matt & Sylvie’s … More Midnight train to Sa Pa
After a two-day stop at Huế we boarded the plane again and this time flying to the nation’s capital Hà Nội. This was a first for me because I have never been north of Huế before. I guess for Brandon, Matt, and Sylvie, the entire trip was as an exciting experience with one new city … More Hạ Long, Descending Dragon Bay
We finally arrived in Huế in the late afternoon and were ravenous. We found a place to eat then walked around after dark. Unfortunately I didn’t take many good photos of this part, including the part where Matt and Brandon were propositioned by cycle rickshaw drivers for “number one ladies for boom boom” and of … More City of lost kings, Huế
After Nha Trang Brandon and I flew to Đà Nẵng to meet up with Matt and Sylvie to continue our way up north. We had several hours to spend in the city so we visited the Đà Nẵng Museum of Champ Sculptures in city centre. (A quick history of Champa: it was an Indic civilization that … More By Way of Ocean Cloud Pass: Hải Vân
In this post we’re featuring Matt and Sylvie’s trip. They had hired a private car to take them to Hội An, a coastal city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Below are their pictures and narrations! (Pardon Sylvie’s overzealous tone!) Matt: After enjoying a few days in Sài Gòn with the wedding party, we parted ways … More Hội An, by Matt & Sylvie
For our second day in Nha Trang we decided to spend a day on one of Nha Trang’s many islands, Hòn Tằm. For about $26 per person we got a round-trip ferry ride to the private resort and a single use of the jet ski or parasail. The entrance fee and lunch were included. The grounds were … More Nha Trang Day 2: Hòn Tằm Resort
And we’re back on the road! Now that Matt and Sylvie had arrived and the wedding business was over, we were very all excited to explore other parts of Vietnam. For the next two weeks we would head north and visit five different cities. First on the list for Brandon and me was Nha Trang, … More Nha Trang Day 1: Friends, Food, and Fun!
After the wedding we were allowed one rest day before hitting the road again. This time, it’s a short day trip with the whole family. Destination: the beach. Located two hours outside of Sài Gòn is the extremely popular beach destination Vũng Tàu. I used to come here every year as a kid with my family during … More Return to the Past: Vũng Tàu and Long Hải
(For Part 1 of the wedding, click here.) We all took a quick nap, and then it was time to change and put on makeup (in Misou and Sylvie’s case anyway). Around 5 p.m. we met up with the family again to take a couple of xe taxi over to the reception. The reception was … More Bê’s Wedding: Party Time!