Indochina Adventure (Part 8) – Up the Mekong Delta

A traffic-jam of Sampans along The Mekong Delta

When visiting Vietnam there are certain musts and a trip to The Mekong Delta is one of them!

Now back in Saigon having flown south from the dreary and wet north central area we were more than ready for a hot and sultry trip by boat up this famous river delta. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 8) – Up the Mekong Delta”

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!”