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Oct 7, 2008 - Leaving Dong Hoi For Dong Ha

Where do I start with today's goings on?? At the beginning no doubt you are saying. Seems a very long time ago now when I got up at 4am to get the bus to Dong Ha. It had all been arranged that I would wait by the side of the road for the bus at the Dong Hoi Travel Centre. Not an ideal arrangement but seems normal here. So the hotel owner took me to the pick-up spot himself on his motorbike. So me and my 3 bags plus a few supplies got on the back of his bike. He had done this loads of time so I was happy enough we would make it in one...

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Feb 4, 2008 - back to Danang, Vietnam

I left early Monday for Danang. I walked from Tony's almost to the bus station, which is on the outskirts of town. I was nearly there and a motorcycle guy talked me into letting him take me instead of riding the bus. I am really glad I did, as it was a scenic ride. It was about 45 minutes of riding the entire length of China Beach. I got a hotel room in Danang then went out looking for a bike to buy. After finding the perfect one, a 12- speed tourer, I couldn't make up my mind whether this was what I really wanted to do. I walked a block...

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Dec 17, 2007 - Dong Ha

La qualita' delle foto e' scadente perche' mi tocca rimpicciolirle con 'paint' e non e' decisamente il programma migliore. Il sito non mi permette di caricare altre foto per qualche giorno, ne ho caricate troppe ultimamente, dice :( Intorno a me, come sempre, i bambini dai 5 ai 15 anni affollano l'internet cafe. Giocano giocano giocano... a quanto pare passano tutti i loro pomeriggi qui. Appena finisce la scuola fino a chiusura.

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Dec 12, 2007 - Hoi An to the DMZ

Sometimes, just when you are at your wits end traveling and are about ready to throw a young local Vietmanese into traffic, you have an experience that makes it clear why it is all worth while. One thing you don't see on the postcards for Vietnam (check your collection) is the persistent, annoying, aggressive touts. Most Vietmanese are polite, level-headed people, but in tourist towns you are seen as nothing more than a walking dollar sign. A Dollar Sign that they apperently believe will be persuaded to purchase mangos or engraved...

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Jul 14, 2006 - Hue

Wasn't planning on stopping here, but after spending the first hour attempting to sort out transport to Hanoi that evening, and it all being full or too expensive, I am forced to wait a day, but really glad I did... This seems to be the least touristy place I've visited in Vietnam because everywhere I walked I got the strangest looks, one little boy saw me, looked horrified and ran away crying! The rest just stared, some smiled! Chill out for the afternoon after the sweaty bus journey in luxury, but oh dear, don't start that in style...the...

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Jun 4, 2006 - Hue and Vinh Moc Tunnels

Weary from the over-night bus, we stopped for breakfast in Hong Ha, just at the northern tip of Southern Vietnam. While I was unsuspectingly sipping my morning coffee I was talked into joining a tour to learn all about Vietnam's history surrounding the Vietnam War. Keen to learn about this sometime I turned out to be the only person on the tour so learnt loads - especially as my guide Hua, couldn't stop talking! This was good as he was very passionate about his subject, though some facts do vary to those I have since read, so some of the...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Hue

7 March SUN It was very sad to leave Hoi An but we had no time to lose, our schedule became very tight.. We took a bus to Hue in the morning, it was the usual horrible, slow ride we had started to get used to. The Vietnamese drivers are one of the worst we experienced, extremely slow and absolutely reckless. What's more it was an „open ticket" bus which was organized by a travel agency for backpackers. I wonder what the local buses could look like... HUE This citadel city on the bank of Perfume river (Song Huong) was the royal capital and...

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Feb 25, 2006 - Dong Ha

. . . . We were unloaded in the centre of Dong Ha have no map, no money and no idea where we were or where we needed to go (and in badly need of a shower!!)Money was first on the agenda so we found the only bank just as the shutters were coming down (with it being sat lunch it wouldn't open till monday!!)But what a result an ATM outside which decided our nightmare should prolong!!! It didn't like international cards. Temper slightly fraying we trudged round the town with no westerners (as it wasn't a touristy area) very dirty, both with the...

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Feb 9, 2006 - The DMZ...In the Pouring Rain...On Motorbikes

Dong Ha, VietNam On the 17th Parallel Getting out of Hue couldn't happen soon enough, but even that was wrought with frustration. Protracted -but friendly bargaining and an immense amount of (Bozick) stubbornness finally got us a fair shake on a local taxi to Dong Ha. This is a small town right on the fringe of the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divided north and south between the time of the French exodus and the ultimate northern victory. The DMZ was no more than a thin strip of land along the 17th Parallel that stretched from the...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Day 119-120 Peace Trees Vietnam Dong Ha

We have experienced a wonderful couple of days here in Dong Ha including some monsoon style weather. Finally we also have the opportunity to see our really good friend Jerylin's non profit program in action here in Vietnam. Peace Trees Vietnam assisted with Nike and the womens organisation of Vietnam to clear landmines, build a school, and plant trees. We timed our trip to be at the opening ceremony of the school. Definately a special experience the local children of the school prepared a few traditional dances and songs for us. Later that...

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May 14, 2005 - A visit to the DMZ

Dave May 14th The DMZ Today we booked a car and driver to tour the former demilitarized zone that seperated North and South Vietnam, and the centre of the most intense fighting of the Vietnam War. It was remarkable to see the craters and bombed out remains that remain all around this area, as well as to walk inside the tunnels and bunkers that had been used by the Vietcong. Seeing how rugged an unpassable much of this terain is it is easy to imagine how difficult the fighting here would have been. The most interesting stop of the day was...

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Mar 7, 2005 - Last day of the ride :-(

Today we rode through the DMZ. It's interesting how the people are not as friendly here. it's definitely a different vibe from all the places we've been to so far. We visited some Viet Cong Tunnels (I wish I remembered the name of the place), and it was a very eerie experience. And to keep with the contrasts that have been such a strong experience on this trip, the tunnels exit into this wonderful beach, so peaceful that it's impossible to imagine what it was like during the war. After lunch we rode into the Kids First Rehabilitation...

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