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  • Cau May Street, Sa Pa,Lao Cai Province,Vietnam.
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  • Useful tips

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    Traffic in Ho Chi Minh..........I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life, at least they weren't going fast like at home! How to get across to the other side of the road? Mmm, rather daunting with all those bikes, but it can be done quite easily. The trick is to stay aware, and walk slowly and confidently. The motorbike riders are...

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  • Arround the City

    Hanoi Favorites

    Vietnam National Museum of History Address: No 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam 8.00 to 16.30 everyday (Monday to Sunday) Introduction: The Vietnamese national museum of history formerly the Louis Finot Museum, occupies the old archaeological and history research institution of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient in a magnificent example of...

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  • Local Life

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    -- My eighth visit to Saigon was from April 23-26, 1965. I stayed in the Dong Khanh Hotel again, and I remember that I went swimming several times at an outdoor pool that belonged to a formerly very suave French colonial club, now not so suave and exclusive but still very nice. I also saw some films at various Vietnamese cinemas where I was...

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  • Cultural Tips

    Hanoi Favorites

    Four Saint temples protecting Thang Long- Hanoi" Thang Long tu tran”, the four famous sacred temples guarded 4 directions of Thang long Hanoi (the other three are Bach Ma (White Horse), Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) and Kim Lien). Quan Thanh temple guarded North Hanoi Quan Thanh temple has another name Tran Vu Temple. It is a Taoism temple in...

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  • Street life

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    -- My fifth visit to Saigon was from January 31 to February 4, 1965. In a letter from Saigon on February 1st I wrote: Happy Chinese New Year --or Vietnamese New Year, as the Vietnamese call it ("Têt" in their language). Most shops and offices will be closed for the next three days, some for a week or more. The V.C. have put out the word that...

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  • Architecture

    Hanoi Favorites

    Perched on a tiny islet ( Jade Island) in the lake not far from the tower, is the Ngoc son temple . It dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo. The temple came under comprehensive repair in 1865 by Nguyen Van Sieu, an eminent scholar of the old Thang Long Capital. Other projects were...

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  • Sights

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    This tip goes for any city in Vietnam, try and go for a tour out in the countryside as this is where you see villages and people getting on with their daily lives......the further out....the better. Some sights I saw were * Animals on motorbikes.......... * Water buffaloes & carts in the villages......... * I saw a live oxen strapped to a back of...

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  • Out of Hanoi

    Hanoi Favorites

    Dear friend, Kenh Ga is a 10km canal in Ninh Binh province - the South from Hanoi. It take about 2 and a half hours drive from Hanoi. There are not much atraction there, you just sit on a concreat boat and they will take you along to the canal. The sight seeing beside the canal are just only rice fields & grass ... I will send you some images of...

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  • Transportation

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    I like travelling and I am also a tour guide. Many tourists asked me about the service of Jetstar so now I will write a review about it. Jetstar is a popular cheap-flight brand. It has promotion very regularly. The most common one takes place every Friday in 8 weeks, you can buy a ticket with just 199.000vnd. They also have summer promotion...

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  • Architecture

    Ho Chi Minh City Favorites

    Neither in the Cholon (Chinese) District found I the nice old atmosphere I was waiting for. Only in a few corners (like this) you could find the old charming architecture I though was so characteristic in Saigon...

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  • Money and ATMs

    Vietnamese currency is called "Dong" (abbreviated VND). 1$ equals 17,000 VND, 1 Euro 24,000 VND. VND come mostly in banknotes, but a few years ago, coins were introduced as well. You'll seldom come across them, but you should know that they exist. The following banknote denominations are available: 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000,...

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  • Hien Luong Bridge and the tunnels of...

    -- On our DMZ tour in 1995 we also crossed the Ben Hai River on the 17th parallel, which for twenty years until reunification in 1975 was the border between North and South Vietnam.Now it is possible to just drive across the Hien Luong Bridge without even slowing down, though on our tour we stopped briefly to look at the reunification monument at...

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  • scenes of HCMC and Vietnam

    misc photos of my last trip to the country driving and walking is the best combination to see a country, a city etc

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  • some scenes from Da Nang

    some photos to show a bit more of the city of Da Nang a wonderful beach resort with all amenities in all budgets the wonderful pagodas are impressive buildings

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  • Water buffalo

    --Actually we wanted to get some photos of Vietnamese children riding on water buffalo, but they don't seem to do that as much as they used to, or we just weren't in the right place at the right time.Water buffalo are domesticated animals in Vietnam and are often used to pull plows and such. In general seem to be peaceful animals, but in the 1960s...

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  • The Cu Chi tunnels, 1995

    -- On the way back from Tay Ninh to Saigon we stopped at the Cu Chi tunnels, a huge network of tunnels that were dug over a period of thirty years, first to provide refuge from the French army in the 1950s and then to provide protection from American firepower during the 1960s and 70s.Eventually the tunnel system reached a total length of over two...

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  • Hanoi City tour - Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

    We started our course about how to be a tour guide with daily tour " hanoi city" to come the most hightlights places in Hanoi. and our teacher was a professional tour guide who has 10 years experience in his job, Mr The Anh.Built on the former site of the ancient city of Dai La, on the right bank of Song Hong (Red River). Hanoi, the historical and...

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  • Đà Lạt, 1995

    -- The first "new" place we went to in 1995, after re-visiting Saigon, Tân Ba and Phước Vĩnh, was the city of Đà Lạt, a former French hill station or resort station in the southern part of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.My son Nick and I traveled by mini-bus from Biên Hòa to Tam Hiep, which is hardly more that a...

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  • Transporting bulky goods on a bicycle,...

    --Since I always like to document bicycle use in places I visit, Nick was kind enough to take this photo of some boys trying to transport some sort of plastic strips on a bicycle near Đà Lạt.A few days later I toured Hanoi by bicycle, and the following week both of us rented bikes to ride around Hué and vicinity.In the 1960's & 70's...

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  • Cham architecture at Pô Klaung Gerai

    -- After two nights in Đà Lạt we left on a tourist bus bound for Nha Trang, and on the way we stopped at Pô Klaung Gerai, near Phan Rang, to look at some examples of 13th century architecture from the then-powerful Kingdom of Champa.The Cham people once controlled large areas of what is now central Vietnam, but they were gradually pushed...

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  • Da Nang, 1995

    --I took an overnight train up the coast from Nha Trang to Da Nang, a journey which took about nine and a half hours. In Da Nang I stayed at the Hotel Minh Tam II at 63 Haung Dieu Street, but again I won't write a hotel tip about it since this was a long time ago and I don't remember much about it.What I do remember about Da Nang is that I went to...

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  • Hoi An, 1995

    -- From Da Nang I took a day trip on the back of a Honda motor scooter (driven by a young man named Van) to Hoi An, the Marble Mountains and China Beach.Actually Hoi An was a place I had never even heard of up to then, but in Da Nang I was told that it was a very historical town and a popular tourist attraction, so I took up Van's offer and went on...

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  • Da Nang to Hanoi on the Ho Chi Minh...

    --Officially this train was called the S4, but everybody referred to it as the Ho Chi Minh Express or the Reunification Express. This is one of several trains that run daily from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, by way of Biên Hòa, Xuan Loc, Nha Trang and lots of other places along the coast or just a short ways inland.The distance from Da Nang to Hanoi...

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  • Hanoi, 1995

    -- Just being in Hanoi in 1995 was a totally exotic experience for me, since back in the 1960s when I was an American soldier it was the last place in the world I could have gone. The American air force was bombing Hanoi constantly back then, and the only Americans in Hanoi were bomber pilots who had been shot down and were kept in an old prison...

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  • The Hong Ha Theater in Hanoi

    --Besides the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, I also went to the history museum, the Lenin Park and the Temple of Literature, and rode my bicycle out to the Long Bien Bridge on the outskirts of Hanoi. On the Long Bien Bridge there was a metal sign reading: "1899_1902 DAYDÉ PILLÉ PARIS".Also I went to see a water puppet show at the Hong Ha Theater at 51...

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  • By train from Hanoi to Hué, 1995

    -- After three days in Hanoi I took an overnight train, the S3, from Hanoi to Hué. Again I could only reserve an uncomfortable "soft seat", but I slept much better this time because a member of the train crew offered me the use of his bunk for a small fee.Evidently this was something the train crews did routinely to earn a bit of extra...

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  • Cycling around Hué, 1995

    -- My train from Hanoi arrived in Hué at 11 in the morning. I met my son Nick at the Thai Binh Hotel, 10/9 Nguyen Tai Phuong St., as we had arranged the week before.We both rented bicycles and spent our first day in Hué riding around town and around the Citadel.Hué in 1995 was pleasant and peaceful, and it was hard to imagine that a bitter...

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  • Perfume River

    -- On our second day in Hué we took our bicycles with us on a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Minh Mang. After having lunch on the boat we left the tour and continued by bicycle to the tomb of the Vietnamese emperor Tu Duc (next tip), where we spent most of the afternoon before cycling back to Hué, a distance of...

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  • Tu Duc's tomb

    -- Tu Duc (1829-1883), was the fourth emperor of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam. During his reign various parts of Vietnam came under the control of the French. In 1884, a year after Tu Duc's death, all of Vietnam became a French protectorate.In 1993 Tu Duc's tomb and palace, along with other historic monuments in Hué and vicinity, were recognized...

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  • DMZ tour, 1995

    -- From Hué we took a "DMZ-tour" -- DMZ meaning the supposedly "demilitarized zone" along both sides of the former border between North and South Vietnam in the 1960s.This was a day tour in a mini-bus. We went to the Rockpile, Dakrong Bridge, Khe Sanh, Don Ha Town, Hien Long Bridge and tunnels of Vinh Mac.To me, the most interesting thing about...

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  • A Bru village

    -- On our DMZ tour we stopped at a village of the Bru ethnic minority.The Bru are one of over forty ethnic minorities that live mainly in isolated mountainous regions of Vietnam. In the 1960s the American army sent teams of "Special Forces" into these mountainous regions to recruit members of the ethnic minorities (known collectively to the French...

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  • By train from Hué to Saigon, 1995

    -- On August 7, 1995, we took a twenty-four hour train ride on the S3 from Hué to Saigon.I think it was on this train ride that I met a man of about my age who turned out to be a retired general from the (North) Vietnamese army. He was traveling with two of his grandchildren, and when he heard that I was an American army veteran he was very...

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  • Mekong Delta tour, 1995

    -- Towards the end of our Vietnam trip in 1995 Nick and I took a three-day bus tour of the Mekong Delta at the southern end of Vietnam. This excellent tour was organized by the original (and at that time only) Sinh Café, which is now called TheSinhTourist to differentiate it from all the imitation Sinh Cafés that have sprung up in the meantime.As...

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  • Marguerite Duras in Sa Đéc

    -- On the first day of our Mekong Delta tour in 1995 we went from Saigon to Long Dinh and Sa Đéc and then stayed overnight at a hotel in Chau Doc.Sa Đéc is the town where the French author Marguerite Duras lived between 1928 and 1932. Parts of her autobiographical novels L'Amant (The Lover) and L'amant de la Chine du Nord take place in Sa...

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  • Chau Doc near the Cambodian border

    -- On the second day of our Mekong Delta tour in 1995 we took a boat trip from Chau Doc, went to Sam Mountain and then stayed overnight at a hotel in Can Tho.Sam mountain is the highest mountain in the Mekong Delta (230 meters) and has numerous pagodas and temples which are said to be the destination of religious pilgrims from all over Vietnam.From...

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  • Climate change in the Mekong Delta

    -- On the third day of our Mekong Delta tour in 1995 we went to Can Tho, then had a boat trip at Phung Hiep and another boat trip Cai Rang.Climate change was not yet a big issue in 1995, at least there was little or no mention of it on our tour, but since then the changing climate has brought rising sea levels and more frequent storms. For this...

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  • Tay Ninh, home of the Cao Dai religion

    -- On our last day in Vietnam in 1995, my son Nick and I took a day tour from Saigon that went first to Tay Ninh, the home of the Cao Dai religion, and then to the tunnels at Cu Chi (next tip).I was especially interested in seeing the Holy See of the Cao Dai religion because in 1964/65 I had lived for several months in the home of an elderly Cao...

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  • Vietnamese Dong vs US Dollars.

    In Vietnam you will often find that you get prices quoted in US dollars as a tourist and that leads some people to believe that they have to pay things in US dollars but that is not true.Generally speaking you actually save between 2 and 5% if you pay in Dong as they tend to quote a dollar for being 20 000 Dong while you get between 20 600 and 21...

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  • Vietnamese toilet signs.

    If you are going to the toilet in Vietnam then you might encounter a little problem if you are away from the tourist track as you do not always have signs in foreign languages there.Bur if there is no picture and only vietnamese writing then "Nam" means man and "Nu" maeans woman, so please rememebr that if you want to avoid embarrasing situations...

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  • Travel agencies who impress

    We used a number of agents during our Vietnam vacation: in HCMC we were very impressed with the professionalism of the budget travel agency Sinh Cafe (make sure it is the genuine one; check out https://www.thesinhtourist.vn/).We did the 2-day Mekong Delta as well as Cao Dai/Cu Chi Tunnels with them. The guides were very approachable and...

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  • 3-Day Trips from Hanoi

    Very friendly people but, apart from the main cities, language can be a barrier. I have been 8 times and my personal recommendations are Hanoi (and Halong Bay) and the rice paddies in Sapa. For Halong bay you can take the fast ferry out and then rent a fishing boat for a day to return which allows you to do some sightseeing on the way back. Two...

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  • street scenes of Ho Chi Minh city

    while in the city was able to capture some photos and have memory of this quick trip to Vietnam. As a young boy one day thought maybe one day I visit this place that was so vivid for me in those days. Well it has taken a long long time but I can finally say I did it. Country 78 on my list of visited. walking the streets and see all those...

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  • Floating Market on the Delta

    This market isn't at all for tourists, completely different – for the farmers and dwellers along the waterways. Everything is gray, the boats are unpainted - or maybe some had been painted in the past. The wood is mouldy and sun-parched, so are the houses and shacks at the water's edge. Since we were there in very high water, we didn't see the...

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  • The "Ancient house" in the Delta

    The "ancient" house belonged to the French, in Chinese style. We saw the colored patterned cement tiles in many places in the south, the design and production method are from Provence, France. The house belonged to rich people who definitely wanted to show off, cluttering the patterned floor with beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid Chinese furniture...

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  • Making rice paper (food)

    Rice flour is mixed with water to make a gruel (not cooked). The woman ladles and spreads some on a frame covered with a cloth, over a kettle of boiling water. The steam cooks the rice sheet, then it's stuck on the big cane frame to dry. These are for spring rolls, others are mixed with sesame seeds, to be fried for snacks.

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