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Jan 13, 2012 - PM 1 Road to Mai Chau Valley

We headed towards Hoa Binh province from Hanoi, our destination was a Muong village, people who had migrated to Vietnam from South China 1000 years ago. Our 1st stop was at Ziang Mo village in the Binh Thanh community, part of the Cao Phong district. Our teacher was 14 when she learned to weave from her grandmother. She is now 46 years. Two years ago she participated in a class of 30 to learn their traditional weaving from their elders. Of the 30 in the first class only 5 students still weave. Bui Thi Luu was eager to show us her new...

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Apr 27, 2006 - Back to Hanoi

After a short 1 1/4 hour flight I arrived back in Hanoi. It was very strange being back on my own, having to find my own transfer and do things for myself again! After asking the taxi driver 3 times to use the meter and then him trying to take me to a different hostel (so he'd get some commission) I finally got to my hostel! Seeing as I hadn't stayed in a hostel for over 2 months I so was pleased it was so nice! Owned by an Australian, very modern, clean and friendly and set down a pedestrianised street in the old quarter. I'd seen most...

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Apr 11, 2006 - Hanoi - the capital

After a 4 hour minibus journey we arrived in Hanoi. This city is mad! I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life and constant tooting of horns! The population of this city is 4 million and is the most densely populated city in the world! Crossing roads here was very interesting to say the least! There aren't many cars or buses and you just kind of have to walk out across the road and keep walking and the bikes go around you! Sounds stupid, but that's how it works or you'd be stood on the pavement for ever! There are very few pedestrian...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Mai Chau (01/03/06)

Première étape de notre tour à moto. Un peu difficile d'apprivoiser les motos, qui sont moins évidentes à manier que les Hondas Dream car l'embrayage est manuel. Il s'agit de motos Minsk, de fabrication russe (du temps où les Russes étaient les alliés exclusifs du Vietnam), et qui sont très répandues dans les montagnes du Nord-Ouest. Nuit et dîner en "chambre d'hôte" dans une maison sur pilotis, dans une famille Thai très accueillante. Erste Etappe unserer Motorradtour. Es ist ein bisschen schwer, sich mit den Motorrädern vertraut zu...

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Nov 25, 2005 - 3-day trek through hill tribes

By the end of our week on our own in Hanoi, we were ready to meet the new group! (We were starting to repeat jokes and conversations with each other...ho hum!) There were 18 in our new tour group - 3 more than expected but our guide was up for it!!! It's a good mix of cultures again with a Kiwi (ex pro rugby player for the English Rugby Union Team called the Wasps); 3 Aussies, 2 Germans and 2 Swiss (with mixed levels of English); 7 from the UK; 1 from Slovakia; and 1 from Antrim Road, Belfast! Yee...what a great accent he has! He practises...

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May 27, 2005 - Vietnam - Tam Coc

Xin chao!!! We had another day in Hanoi inbetween Halong Bay and Sapa, so we decided to go to Tam Coc, where huge rock formation ut out of rice fields making the whole place look like 'Halong Bay on the rice paddies'. We started off by visiting the Temple of the Two Kings (Dinh Dinasty) which we endured under the strongest of heats ever. After lunch, we reached the Ngo Dong River by bycicle (my mother and Kontxi went by motorbike because it was really too hot to make the slightest effort) and there we took a rowboat along the river and...

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RTW 2005

Mar 30, 2005 - Hanoi

Back in Hanoi today. We move to another good hotel ($14/ night) situated in the old quarter. Everywhere we go in Hanoi we met people we have met earlier in our trip. In the afternoon we went to the famous water puppet show here, it was really good. Out for dinner for our last night in Hanoi and Vietnam. Sorry this part has finished but reaaly looking forward to seeing out family in China

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Mar 13, 2005 - Mai Chau, Viet Nam

Written by Karen, including Ted's notes: On March 13th, we departed on an overnight trip/tour to Mai Chau, west of Hanoi. We booked the tour through Kim Cafe, and the office salesgirl had told us that the tour involved trekking to several different ethnic minority villages, for a total of 15 km of walking over two days. However, on the way to Mai Chau, we were surprised and annoyed to find out for the guide that the tour we were actually on was simply a ride to one village where we would be on our own with nothing to do until being driven...

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Dec 2, 2004 - Hanoi 4

Oye oye bonnes gens : MON PAQUET EST ARRIVE !!! Tout a coup j'adore Hanoi. Je ne dois plus aller a la Poste. Je suis reposee. Il fait bon, ni trop chaud ni trop froid. Je passe les 2 dernieres nuits dans un chouette hotel dans le quartier francais a 35$ la nuit au lieu de 10 dans les Guesthouses mais au moins je pourrai dormir sans les klaxons, les cris, les chiens, les oiseaux en cage, les coqs (si si), et tout le tintoin... Sophie ne t'inquiete pas, si je n'ai pas trouve un hotel avant de partir, je viendrai te chercher a l'aeroport,...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Hanoi, Vietnam

Hei alle sammen. Naa har vi kommet oss videre til Vietnam. En nytt bekjentskap for baade Rosanne og meg. Nytt bekjentskap er da selvfoelgelig ogsaa Hanoi, hovedstaden i Vietnam. En utrolig vakker, spennende men ogsaa intens by. Bangkok blir rene fiskelandsbyen sammenlignet med Hanoi og det selv om Bangkok er dobbel saa stor i befolkning. Tusenvis av mopeder gjoer stoeyvinaaet helt enormt. Med livet som innsats hver gang krysser man veiene. Vi har naa vaert her i tre netter og faatt sett en hel del. Rett ved der vi bor ligger Hanoi sin...

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