June 16, 2005

Hell - Laos to Vietnam border crossing

Warning-this travelogue may cause heart palpitations in our parents. Best read while sitting down or while consuming mass quantities of booze. Very long post.** Today we make t... continue reading

June 17, 2005

Quan Son - Getting out of dodge

After about 4 hours of interrupted sleep we woke up at 3:30 am to catch the first bus out of this sketchy town. There wasn't a single person up at this hour and since there were o... continue reading

June 18, 2005

Hanoi - Relaxing in Hanoi

Today we took it easy exploring the Old Quarter area of Hanoi. We walked several laps around Hoan Kiem Lake to get some exercise. We talked with several other Westerners who compla... continue reading

June 19, 2005

Hanoi - Temple of Literature

Today we explored Hanoi some more which included a tour of the Temple of Literature. We also our train tickets for Sapa. ... continue reading

June 20, 2005

Hanoi to Sapa - Train ride to Sapa

Today we had to check out of our guest house in Hanoi by noon. As we checked out the guy decided to slap on a 10% tax on our bill. We knew this tax was going directly in his pocket... continue reading

June 21, 2005

Sapa - Arrival to Sapa

Our train arrived in Lao Cai at 7:00 in the morning. The two guys in our cabin disappeared too quickly for us to even say goodbye. They booked a 3 day trekking tour and had transpo... continue reading

June 22, 2005

Sapa - Relaxing in Sapa

We spent the next couple days just relaxing and walking around this beautiful area. It rained almost everyday so we spent a lot of time watching really bad movies in our hotel room... continue reading

June 24, 2005

Sapa to Hanoi - Hard Seat on the Train to Hanoi

Today we woke up early to catch the 9:00 am train back to Hanoi. The day trains didn’t include a soft sleeper initially so we bought the hard seat for the 10 hour trip back to Ha... continue reading

June 26, 2005

Halong Bay - Cruising the high seas

After hearing rave reviews of a boat tour to Halong Bay we decided to book a 3 day/2 night tour. We left Hanoi around 8:00 am and while we were picking up the others we saw our bu... continue reading

June 30, 2005

Hoi An - Arriving in Hoi An

We arrived in Hoi An on the 30th after a 15 hour train ride. We accidental booked a hard sleeper but it truly wasn't that bad. The beds all come with comforters so we used that f... continue reading

July 1, 2005

Hoi An - Shopper's paradise

Today we were in heaven. As you may already know Hoi An is renowned for its tailors and they are everywhere. For pennies you can have an entire wardrobe made which is customized ... continue reading

July 2, 2005

Hoi An - More shopping

Today we got our first round of clothes back and we were pleased overall. There were only a few slight alterations that needed to be fixed but our suits and my wool coat turned ou... continue reading

July 3, 2005

Hoi An - Chillin at the beach

We started our day today meeting Danny outside our tailor shop so I could help him pick out a couple of shirt ideas for his 18 year old sister. What a nice guy. After deciding we... continue reading

July 4, 2005

Hoi An - Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th everyone!!! Today we got our first and second round of clothes and headed off to meet Selena and Cory at their tailors. After trying a couple of tailors out each Selena... continue reading

July 6, 2005

Hoi An - Hells Angels Vietnam style

Today we all got together and rented some motorbikes to visit China Beach and the area around Danang. After checking on the progress of our clothes we all grabbed a motorbike and ... continue reading

July 8, 2005

Nha Trang - Little Vegas

Today we arrived in Nha Trang and were amazed at the development here. Neon lights and karaoke bars were predominant. Usually this would put us off a bit but it was actually refr... continue reading

July 9, 2005

Nha Trang - Booze cruise

Today we woke up around 7:00 so we could grab a quick breakfast before the van picked us up to take us to our boat. We are finding that when they say 8:00 pickup they mean 7:45 so... continue reading

July 10, 2005

Mui Ne - Paradise found

Today we took a 4 hour bus ride from Nha Trang to Mui Ne. Upon entering the town the landscape got very dry and resembled Mexico in many ways. We noticed the sand dunes as well w... continue reading

July 13, 2005

Mui Ne to Saigon - Leaving Mui Ne

Today we woke up around 9:00 am to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. Of course our last day here the sun decided to shine. We took off right away for a nice hour long ... continue reading

July 14, 2005

Saigon - Saigon Tour

Today we did our small tour of Saigon. This included a trip to the American War Museum. First thing we did was call our parents about 9:00 am our time, 9:00 pm their time using an ... continue reading