Indochina Adventure (Part 7) – From the Delta to the DMZ

The Rockpile

Well actually from the DMZ to the Delta! As with most things in my life I seem to do them in reverse order. But here we were in north central Vietnam and it seemed rude not to take a look at the famed (or infamous) depending on your viewpoint DMZ. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 7) – From the Delta to the DMZ”

Indochina Adventure (Part 6) – Hoi An & The Marble Mountains!

Hoi An Street Merchant

Having been thoroughly drenched for what seemed like ages in Huế we had taken the decision to hire a guide and driver for a couple of days to get us out of the city to see some more of the countryside and hopefully get us away from the rain.

First up on the agenda was going to be a drive down the coast southward to Hoi An to visit this favourite on the tourist trail. To get there we we would be driving up and over the Hai Van Pass or translated into english “ocean cloud pass”. This is approximately a 21 km long mountain pass on the National Road 1A. Its name refers to the mists that rise from the sea, reducing visibility. Historically, the pass was a physical division between the kingdoms of Champa and Dai Viet. The twisting road on the pass has long been a challenge for drivers traveling between the cities of Huế and Đà Nẵng. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 6) – Hoi An & The Marble Mountains!”

Indochina Adventure (Part 5) – The Wettest Place on Earth!

Hué

After our mammoth journey of 22 hours aboard The Reunification Express we had arrived in Hué. We’d booked into our boutique classical Vietnamese town house the previous night, unpacked, cleaned up in the morning and were now ready to explore the city. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 5) – The Wettest Place on Earth!”

Indochina Adventure (Part 4) – Riding The Reunification Express

The Reunification Express

Sitting at a sweltering Saigon railway station sweating profusely under the noisy rotating ceiling fans I began to doubt my sanity for the first time on this trip.

I had dragged all my travel companions along with me on this little venture of mine, this personal quest to travel through the night on a famed sleeper train, north across the vast landscapes of Vietnam to the old and ancient royal capital of Hué. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 4) – Riding The Reunification Express”