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May 31, 2014 - Northern Vietnam: A World Above and Beyond

Vietnam is not Malaysia. I'm sure you're thinking no shit Cory; if this is a surprise then you're in biiiig trouble the next four months. But with my only experience coming from two countries which share similar language, food, religion and culture, it was like being doused with cold water to enter a realm where absolutely everything was different. From the moment I stepped off the plane I felt like an infant-- shocked, helpless and confused by this unrecognizable world I'd suddenly been thrown into. Getting into Hanoi itself did nothing to...

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Jan 1, 2006 - Market Day

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!! Day started at 7am this morning, so another early morning! I thought you could sleep in on holiday! Today we headed to a place called Bac Ha, which was about 4 hours drive from Sapa. Here there was a traditionally BIG sunday market. It was amazing, the main trible group here was the flower h'mong people, and as there name suggests they were very colourful! It was such a busy market with so much going on, one thing that stood out for me was the selling of dogs :( they were so quiet and sad looking knowing where...

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Apr 12, 2005 - More trekking in Bac Ha

Anna reporting: Only the photos can really do justice to what we have seen today. But you will have to wait for those a little longer. Danny and I trekked to some more minority villages with our buddies from Seattle Corey and Mary Anne. The first village was populated by Thai people and the second by the more colourful H'Mong "flower people." As we walked though the beautiful landscape we were greeted once more with the shy smiles of small children. Adults and children alike called out "Hello" as we passed. The braver children came right...

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Apr 11, 2005 - Travel North to Bac Ha

Anna reporting: Awoke to the tremendous noise of our train as we continued to grind northwards towards the border town of Lao Cai. When we finally arrived the four of us determinedly rebuffed all the touts offering to take us to our final destination of Bac Ha. Instead we put faith in our guide books and headed for the Public Bus station - this has now moved and is right near the train station - we wandered around town for at least an hour with our packs much to the bemusement of the locals. For most of the bus journey we were harassed by...

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