Last New Years Eve, we rented a house in Zuoz in Switzerland with a lot of friends. We drove down there end of December, stayed there a couple of days.
Zuoz is a very small but very beautiful village close to St. Moritz. Very old but nice buildings…
Time to take the train…
As you can see, it’s not any train, it’s the Bernina express.
Fireworks in the valley between some mountains are very special, loud and impressive. Time to book another destination for New Years Eve 2017 / 2018 🙂
Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam is close to Saigon and you can reach it from Saigon within 2 hours.
The easiest way to discover Mekong delta with its amazing canals is a boat trip. It takes some time, but you should take the time, enjoy the silence and relax at 42°C 😉
There are many things to explore in Mekong Delta; the canals for sure, but also the swimming market, coconut industry, fruit fields and many friendly people. Enjoy…
That’s the last day in Vietnam – so we are heading back to Thailand and finally to Frankfurt.
After a short flight from Da Nang to Saigon, we arrived in the south of Vietnam. Saigon is absolutely where the heart of southern Vietnam beats – day and night. All the life during day and night is on the street; people sitting, walking, relaxing, talking, redaing, eating and sleeping.
That’s typical for Vietnam; people meeting on the street, playing with each other, talking and smoking.
In Saigon or Ho-Chi-Minh you will find European-style and American-style buildings as this comes from colonial times in the past.
From Saigon it’s very easy to go down to Mekong Delta as this is only 2 hours by car. You will find some pics of that in the next blog post.
If you ever plan to travel to Vietnam, take at least two days in Hoi An. I have seen a lot of citys in Asia, but Hoi An is one of the nicest towns I have ever seen; it is comparable to Suzhou in China.
As Hanoi is very busy and dirty, Saigon a very big town as well, Hoi An is calm, quiet, clean and very friendly people. You will find a lot of small shops, cafés, tailors and restaurants.
If you ever plan to visit Vietnam, come to Hoi An and stay there for a couple of days.
From Hoi An we drove back to Da Nang and flew down to Saigon and Mekong Delta.
We arrived at Da Nang, drove down to Hoi An and – guess – rented a motorbike. So we started to drive around towards My Son, close to Hoi An.
First you need to refill you bike as the rental bikes are damn empty when you get it.
My Son; the most impressive time to see that temple is – guess – 5 o’clock am. And you’ll drive an hour to My Son…
This was one of the most amazing temples we have seen during this journey. We were the first people and it took more than an hour before the busses with masses of tourists arrived. So from a photographic perspective, you should be there during sunrise.
We started around 9 o’clock pm with this train ride in Hanoi. So after a couples of Vietnam beer, we fall asleep and woke u quite late, something around 7-8 o’clock. That was actually the longest sleep we had during that journey 🙂
So nice 🙂
As it seems like Asian people are a bit smaller that Europeans, the beds, trains, walkways, doors, seats – nearly everything is smaller than in Europe. So imagine how much fun it is to be in a toy train for 17 hours (ok – actually it wasn’t as bad at all)
From Hanoi, Tam Coc is not that far away; that means, you can go there by bus, which means a couple of hours one way. And that means, getting up early again…
Funny to immolate beer cans 🙂
Rice fields are so beautiful.
We took the bicycle to explore the rice field area. The easiest and best way to get around here.
Time to leave the northern parts of Vietnam. Time to say goodbye to European temperatures. Time to take the train down to the middle of Vietnam, back into the heat of 42°C, driving the train for 17 hours…
Sounds awful, but it was actually a very good experience and the only night we could sleep until 8 o’clock in the morning as all other night ended far more early…