Dan Nang, Hoi An and My Son in Vietnam / Asia

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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.

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First you need to refill you bike as the rental bikes are damn empty when you get it.

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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…

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Enjoy

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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.

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Train ride from Hanoi to Hoi An – Another awesome experience in Vietnam and Asia

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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 🙂

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So nice 🙂

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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)

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Tam Coc rice fields in Vietnam – a hidden part in Asia

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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…

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Funny to immolate beer cans 🙂

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Security fence…

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Rice fields are so beautiful.

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We took the bicycle to explore the rice field area. The easiest and best way to get around here.

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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…

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Cat Ba and Halong Bay – the seaside of Vietnam in Asia

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After having spent some time in Hanoi, which is not nice but interesting to see, we took a bus to Cat Ba. Travelling to Cat Ba Island means, you have to go to Hai Phong first, take the ferry from there to Cat Ba island and get of the bus where all the other travellers jump off.

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After a lunch at our guest house, we started to explore the island by feet; that means we walked into the jungle to with some other crazy dudes to get some jungle feeling.

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After some hours of driving and walking, we finally arrived at the Cannon Fort.

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A nice place to eat are the swimming restaurants. Very quiet and beautiful.

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The next day was an early one as well; Get up early, get a poor breakfast to get a place in an overloaded bus to finally get on board of a old, poor and dirty boat called something like „Vietnam cruises“ or „Paradise Boat“ 🙂

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Looks like paradise, right?

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Hanoi and North of Vietnam – beautiful Asia

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Time to leave beautiful and awesome Laos for another amazing country: Vietnam. Late at night, we arrived in Hanoi via plane and took the first hotel we found.

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We have not been very long in Hanoi as this city is very dirty, lots of traffic and jams and loads of people. Not that much to see, but still a interesting experience…

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During that visit in Hanoi we spent some time in Cat Ba / Halong Bay and Tam Coc as well. You will find the pics in the next few posts.

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Luang Prabang – Laos – The Asia trip goes on

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After 7,5 hours in that small Mini Van (it IS a MINI Van) with 19 persons, we finally arrived Luang Prabang. Please enjoy the pics below and I hope for you, that you never ride in a Mini Van with 19 persons…

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So arrived at Luang Prabang after that horror trip, we decided for a guest house, which actually was a bit above Asian standard…

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Asia for us means renting a bike. To be honest, everytime when we have been in Asia like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, whatever, we rented a motorbike. The reason for that is that it’s much more enjoyable to drive a motorbike in Asias as it’s a fast way to drive, you get the smell of Asia, the sun on your skin, the dirt from the road and alway a place to park the bike. So here you go:

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Here is the bamboo bridge, which is rebuilt a few times er year as this goes down quite often…

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Another reason to wake up early is to watch the monks go through the streets and pick up some rice. Early means to get up at 4:30 am.

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Very nice temples in Luang Prabang

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And a fresh market:

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Construction sites are alway worth to visit as there are different views of safety policy.

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Another beautiful place to see is the Tad Sea Waterfall. You need to drive the boat there.

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Tad Sea Waterfall. No water. Dry period.

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Again some temples of Luang Prabang

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And again the trustful bamboobridge. You should try it 🙂

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After that beautiful city, that amazing culture and that beautiful people, we headed down to Hanoi in Vietnam, which actually was our next step in that Asia tour

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