Vietnam - 5-23 January 2017


This is where I went.


Casually withdrawing 3 mill to get me started.


Mai Chau Valley.




A chilled place for kids to grow up in.




Hard yakka.


Hiking to visit hill tribes.




Rice paddies.


Traditional stilt house.






This little old lady was the happiest, most content and delightful person I have ever met.




The hustle and bustle of Hanoi.




Hanoi street food tour crew.


It'd suck to live right next to these train lines.


Night street market.


Hoan Kiem Lake.


St Joseph's Cathedral.


Dong Xuan Market.


Turtle Tower.


The Huc Bridge.


Old Hanoi City Gate.


I'm sure he completed a job hazard analysis before commencing work!


Opening night drinks with the G Adventures crew.


Riding through and dodging traffic in Hanoi was heaps of fun.


Crossing the Long Bien Bridge.


Riding through a banana plantation.


Red River.


Not the best of living conditions.


Hoa Lo Prison.




The time spent watching the Water Puppet Show are 2 hours of my life I'll never get back!


Hanoi traffic, where there are no rules! Crossing these roads was always an exciting exercise.


Never mind the oncoming traffic when overtaking!


Egg coffee and iced coffee with condensed milk are Hanoi specialties.




Banh Mi and Pho are Vietnamese culinary institutions but in general, I wasn't a fan of the Vietnamese food.




Overnight trains certainly weren't the most comfortable mode of transport.




The beautiful hills of Sapa.


You couldn't go anywhere without being pestered by these hill tribe ladies.


Plain white rice never tasted so good after getting a bout of gastro in Sapa.


Nurse Lynda's oral rehydration solution.


This organisation trains handicapped people (many due to chemical warfare) in craft work and provides them with a means of earning an income.




Ha Long Bay.




Having a dip in the bay.


Kayaking.




Turning vegies into works of art.




Customary karaoke on board a junk boat in Ha Long Bay.




Night time in the bay.


Limestone cave.


I quickly became known as "Coconut Kev" and for good reason.

Fresh coconut juice.


Coconut milkshake.


Coconut cocktail.


Coconut icy pole.


The old Imperial City in Hue.


Pagoda of the Celestial Lady.


The King's Tomb.


Hoi An, the city of lanterns.








Lantern Hotel.


Spring rolls, wontons and rose dumplings, Hoi An specialties.


Japanese Bridge.


Hainan Assembly Hall.


Minh Huong Communal House.


Rubbish disposal Hoi An style.


Cycling around Hoi An.




Paddling amongst the water coconut mangroves with our Raiden hats on.





I've still got a bit of work to do!


Happy hour.


Thu Bon River by night.


An Bang Beach.




Hoi An sunset.


Cu Chi Tunnels.






Entering the tunnel system.


Crawling through a 100m section was uncomfortable enough let alone having to live in there for years.




Brutal booby traps.


Mekong Delta.


Rowing down a tributary of the Mekong.


Tuk-tuk tour.




Is there anything more relaxing that lying on a hammock?


In theory, sleeping outdoors under mozzie nets, feeling the breeze is a great idea. In hindsight, not such a great idea after getting eaten alive overnight!


Rice.


Saigon traffic.




I saw people carrying all sorts of things on their motorbikes including a dog, a full-size fridge and this complete desktop PC!


Street Food Market.




Sugarcane juice.


War Remnants Museum.






Cyclo city tour with war veterans.




Reunification Palace.


Central Post Office.




Notre Dame Cathedral.


Opera House.


City Hall.


Ben Thanh Market.




Pham Ngu Lao, the backpacker's district.


This funny little man (Dang) was our tour guide in Vietnam.


Looking down on Saigon from the Bitexco Tower.