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Trip to Vietnam 2015.

Vietnamese Water Opera

Vietnamese Water Opera

Or water puppets, as they call them. First developed from bored peasants in the paddy fields of north Vietnam, this is one of the unique attractions you might find in Hanoi. The main stage is locate by the north corner of Hoan Kiem lake. Showings start at 3pm, so there is no point in showing up any earlier. No visits yetRelated Posts Extinction events in Ashby st Ledgers Ashby st Ledgers, seat of the ‘gunpowder plot’ of 1605. I cycled…

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Chinese Hot Water

Chinese Hot Water

The Chinese firmly believe in hot water, or at least warm water. I’m not a great fan. I prefer mine chilled. Thankfully. Visa for travel? Looks like the woman at the Chinese embassy didn’t know what she was talking about and I actually DON’T have a valid visa for China. Luckily, I’m one of those people that doesn’t believe what he’s told, and rather than chance it at the border, I decided to call it a day in SE Asia….

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Hanoi – Visa extension

Hanoi – Visa extension

Turns out some of my calculations with regard to Visa extensions were incorrect. It’s now No Longer Possible to get a 1-month extension without paying $100+. You can get a 7day extension for $50. This has come as a surprise, and changed my plans – I took a visit to the Chinese embassy this morning, to check things out there. They told me I still had a valid Visa for travel to China. Having spoken to the agencies, I’m not…

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Alba Hot Springs/Thuan An Beach

Alba Hot Springs/Thuan An Beach

Got another motorbike for $4 and headed to Alba Hot Springs. These are located in Thahn Tan, 20km or so outside Hue – and made an interesting distraction for the day. The road down there is particularly nice, and un-congested by Vietnamese standards. When you get there, you can put your feet up and soak in amongst the hot water. There some cool springs and some hot springs – 5 pools in all in the complex I visited. I jumped…

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Sunny Hotel

Sunny Hotel

Sunny by day Sunny by night No visits yetRelated Posts Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End Last day. It’s taken 56 days to make the whole journey; from John O’Groats to Lands End. I’ll do a summary of some stats in the next post, but h… Day 55 – Tavistock to Newquay A whole day with the the wind in my face. A full 16-30 kph of it. Pedalling down the hills kind of style. In addition, Google decided…

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Hue tour

Hue tour

Today took the $8 tour of Hue, as suggested by my hotel. This took in 5 paid for sites, 2 free sites and a cruise down the perfume river. The day started at 7.30am with a little breakfast, scrambled egg and a cup of tea. The pink bus is calling us… Shortly after 8am, a pink bus pulled up outside the hotel and beeped it’s horn. Looked something like this. We were paying $8 for the tour, but the entrance…

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Ho Chi Minh to Huế

Ho Chi Minh to Huế

Spent 21 hours or so on the bus. Next to a crazy woman as it happens. She was about 60 odd – but mentally, like a puppy. I offered her some of my drink, which she pinched off me and drank. So I offered her another one. And she drank that. She then proceeded to start depositing money in my seat-back wallet which added up to a few dollars. No particular reason, just better there, I guess. As we got…

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Hue by motorbike

Hue by motorbike

Yesterday, took a cheap motorbike (for $2), and made a tour of the city. Picked the bike up for cheap very close to my hotel, the Sunny Hotel, Hue. Didn’t seem like not worth doing for that price. Had a little ride around, over to the island, around the citadel. Then out of the city. Not a lot to impress really. Motorbikes are simple too stressful in SE Asian cities. It’s only a numbers game until someone smashes into the…

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Cho Ray Hospital – The second coming

Cho Ray Hospital – The second coming

This time it was outside ‘Tet’ festival. This meant that the wonders of the ‘Foreign Patient’ wing were in operation. The hospital was a lot more busy, and when I visited the counter for service, I was ushered to this ‘Foreign Patient’ wing, instead of being put in with the Vietnamese. Foreign patients In the Foreign Patient wing, I was feeling pretty crook. I gave the lady my diagnoses from 3 days ago, documenting my problem and the prescription the…

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Saigon outpatient

Saigon outpatient

My arms and legs are aching. I feel drowsy and run down. Currently, I’ve only felt like eating chocolate wagon-wheel type things, although I may have a proper meal later. Tomorrow, I will go back to the hospital. I have a feeling that the drugs are very strong, but will not be effective to deal with the root cause. No visits yetRelated Posts Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End Last day. It’s taken 56 days to make the whole…

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