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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Laos – Vientiane – not another Asia Trip

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After 22 hours of flying thousands of miles and a stop in Bangkok, we arrived finally early in the morning in lovely Vientiane, the capital of Laos. We checked a guesthouse with tripadvisor; to feel a bit like in Germany, we decided for the Bayern Guesthouse.

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As we didn’t have so much time in Laos, there was no time for a rest and we had to find a TukTuk to see the „must-have-seen“-sights in Vientiane before to had a chance to come together with some local people. At the end, this was a horror trip, 19 people in a MiniVan for 7,5 hours, partly without AC, bumpy road and absolutely no space to move anywhere…

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The most impressive thing to see in Vientiane (close, but 30 min outside of Vientiane) is the Buddha Park. This one is quite famous and if you only have time for few things, go there…

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Finally after Vientiane, we took a MiniVan with 19 other people in it and drove up to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos.

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Dublin Ireland Trip

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Another weekend trip was in early May to Dublin in Ireland. The idea for that trip was already quite old, but we needed some time to get a perfect flight from a time perspective.

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Arrived Friday night we straight went into pub area for some food and drinks. The beautiful thing in Dublin is, that you never walk more than 5 min to find a suitable pub.

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Also nice old in Dublin are the old buildings like the Dublin castle, various churches and the old town with its pubs in general.

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Maybe for people from Dublin or UK as well, it is nothing special, but from a German perspective, it’s obvious that Dublin people have nice colorful doors and entrance areas in general.

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Lissabon and Portugal weekend trip

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Early March we spent a weekend in beautiful Lisboa. As weather was still not nice in Germany, we had a windy but very sunny sky in Lisboa. It was already around 20° C and clear sky.

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As this weekend trip was a present for a good friend of us, we spent the weekend together – all three of us.

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Again a very good experience with Airbnb and Uber. Hopefully Germany is able to catch up here as well.

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Last day before heading back to Lisboa airport, we spent at the beach in the south west of the city. Still windy but sunny.

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Venezia Carneval

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Planned already some years ago, we did it finally this February: Carneval in Venezia 🙂
Well, the total trip was 36 hours; 12 hours to drive down to Venezia, 12 hours to celebrate the Carneval and 12 hours heading back home again. But it was absolutely worth to take this experience as this show at Marcus place was incredibly amazing. Enjoy the pictures, nothing more to say…

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