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Apr 11, 2013 - Vinh City

Well that took me back 12 years to the chaotic roads of rural Vietnam, where looking out of the window is not a sensible option if you like to keep your underwear clean. Somehow we survived and live to tell the tale. Suffered a corporate kidnapping in the evening, taken straight from sweaty factory to their favourite restaurant in the city and force fed food you would generally prefer to avoid. Managed to change flight to first flight out in the morning and now back in the civilisation of HCM. Still the weekend is here and Honk Gong beckons.

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Dec 13, 2012 - Night train to Danang

Short and sweet update today. We spent the day visiting the Museum of Ethnology and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The former was very interesting showing how the 53 minority groups lived and there are some reconstructed houses in the grounds of the museum. The Ho Chi Minh Museum was interesting and gave us an insight into how he ruled his people from 1941 when he established the Viet Minh to repel the French and Japanese occupiers to his death in 1969 aged 79. Took the evening sleeper train to Danang halfway down the length of Vietnam. A bit of a...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Vinh

March 2 Vinh We crossed the boarder from Lao and met our new guide Khanh. Within 1 hour we got more info from him than we got from on our whole Lao trip. We stopped at a remote rice paddy and the locals there never see tourists so they were thrilled to see us and say hi. We also stopped at a monument along the road for the Ho Chi Minh trail, which is an iconic trail system used during the Vietnam war to chase the Americans away. The port city of Vinh was the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh, an iconic leader who lead the Vietnamese to victory over...

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Feb 19, 2009 - Vietnam!! Vinh(but only for a second)

The 11 hour bus ride from Laos to Vinh, Vietnam was a fairly easy one with no twists and turns and about an hour stop at the border crossings. Jamie and I had a dispute on what we wanted to do, so he checked into a hotel for the night and I hopped on the last 11pm bus and headed north to my first main stop in Vietnam.

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Feb 15, 2009 - Entering Vietnam

Sharon Hello Vietnam! I don’t know anything about Vietnam. I always thought it was really clean and civil like Europe, but I don’t have any reason to think that. I am a bit worried because my dad has been reading a lot that says people steal your bags and other stuff. I really hope none of that stuff happens to us. Randy “…another hazard is children throwing rocks at the trains. Passengers have been severely injured….thieves have become proficient at grabbing packs through the windows as trains pull out of stations….con artists and thieves...

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Dec 3, 2006 - Still in Hanoi Hopefully heading to Laos tonight

We didn't do much to today, apart from entertain ourselves with our books and cards, staying around the hotel for the day - using their free internet access, although the staff seemed to be very accomodating. We had to go back to the travel agency and confirm our tickets for the bus tonight, which was met in not the nicest of ways, i wish we could just get a refund from them and go with another company.

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Rosie and Ben

Jan 13, 2006 - To Vinh

13 January - To Vinh It was with reluctance that I left this morning as could stay here longer. However, I told Luong that I would try to return in April as wanted to go to Sapa and would come back to Ninh Binh. There are still a few places I haven't seen in the area. I got a train, the station being only about 100 yards from the hotel, which left promptly at 0921. The train to Vinh takes longer than the bus, but figure it will be less of a heart-attack inducing journey. The ticket cost 44,000 dong (about one pound 60p). The train had hard...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Cold!!!!

Today we rode another 45 miles to the beach. It's overcast and VERY cold! The head wind when we got to the coast was brutal, but we all made it. We stopped at another school today, and had about 600 kids going nuts!!!!! Everyone of us that pulled out a camera, the kids would run to, it was quite amazing! I can't get over the reacion we get everywhere we go! The lanscape has been amazing, I've taken about 250 pictures! Our group is so amazingly cool! We've had enough time together to be pretty comfortable around each other, sometimes too...

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Lenah/Vietnam 2005

Mar 3, 2005 - Travel Impressions - Viet Nam to Laos

This is a little rough around the edges. Bare with me, it took a long time and I never have enough time online. Read at your leisure, it's a long one. We had grown used to the way that things work when booking buses and tours in Viet Nam, so when our bus to Laos was 45 minutes late picking us up, we really didn't think very much of it. It didn't even seem like a big deal when a random guy on a motorbike showed up at our hotel and said he was there to pick us up for the bus. Obviously the two of us with our backpacks were not going to fit on...

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Feb 15, 2005 - Welcome to Vietnam!!

Okay, we left on the 15th of February to come to Vietnam and it's a good thing because our Visas' ran out that day.................The ride to the border of Vietnam was fine-the usual twisty and turny roads, but once we got to the border we were in for a bit of a shocker.................But first the Border: When we got to the Border we had a bit of trouble because the guy in Laos' Vietnamese Embassy made an error on the Visa, which we questioned, but he told us we wouldn't any problems, but guess what??? HE WAS WRONG!!! The first thing the...

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Nov 24, 2004 - Vietnam / Vinh

Met een aantal andere reizigers hadden wij een busje geregeld van Phonsovan naar de grens met Vietnam. De grensovergang die wij genomen hebben is pas sinds zeer kort open voor buitenlanders en dat is wel te merken nog. Er werd nog volop gebouwd en deze grens zijn wij lopend overgegaan. Eerst konden wij ons paspoort afgeven en daarna konden we met volle bepakking een paar honderd meter lopen naar een ander kantoor om een formuliertje te halen. Daarna weer terug naar het eerste kantoor en wachten op de paspoorten. Vervolgens dachten wij...

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