Trip To Vietnam
Posted Date: 3/7/20132:23 AM


On June 30th, Andrew and I flew from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Vietnam - the capital of Hanoi.  We met up with our pal Jan Simon at the Hanoi airport on the 30th.  Jan Simon finished working in Cambodia in May, and had been traveling in Laos for three weeks previous to meeting up with us in Hanoi. The three of us spent the new few days checking out Hanoi sites such as the Temple of Literature, the old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Opera House, and the History Museum.  Hanoi is a beautiful city and very busy, although not as busy as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)!!!  Over the next few days, we walked all over the city to see these sites, we had a great time.  Hanoi was the former capital of French Indochina, and one can see the influence of the French in many beautiful buildings around Hanoi.  In some streets in Hanoi, you would think you were in Paris!!! No kidding!!

Jan Simon, Andrew and I organized a 3 days tour of Halong Bay. There was a couple from Germany on the boat for the first night and two brothers from Ireland on the boat for the 3 days journey.  Luckily, we all got along fine and the captain took us to places in Halong Bay where we didn’t see other tourist boats.  It was paradise!!! We ended up all sleeping on the roof of the boat which was a bit of a tight squeeze, but was fun to sleep under the stars.  The captain of the boat stopped often so we could swim from the boat, do a bit of kayaking to Halong hidden parts, and explore a few caves.  It was heaven!!

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After 3 days of touring Halong Bay, it was time for us to head back to Hanoi.  We ended up spending one more day in Hanoi touring the city sites, and the next morning we flew to Saigon. As Saigon is only a 6.5 hour bus journey to Phnom Penh, we decided to save some money and take the bus back to Phnom Penh, instead of flying.  We were pretty knackered when we arrived back in Phnom Penh, but no rest for the weary.  Andrew and I had to return to work the next day.  We wish we were still on vacation!!!! 

Jan Simon spent the next 5 days with us in Phnom Penh saying final goodbyes to his pals, and he flew out to Bangkok on July 20th.  Andrew and I were very sad to see him go; he has been a great friend to both of us in Cambodia.  Phnom Penh will not be the same without him here.  After spending a few days in Bangkok, Jan Simon will be heading to Kenya for a few weeks to visit his sister who lives there and just had a baby.  He will be returning to Amsterdam in mid August.  We’ll miss you Jano!!!

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