Tag Archives: Vietnam

A-Z April Challenge – Vinh Moc Tunnels

In the Vietnam War the Viet Cong developed a network of underground tunnels, which was used to launch surprise attacks on the enemy as well as acting as a shelter for the military and civilians alike from the aerial bombardment. I visited two complexes of tunnels at Vinh Moc close to the north/south divide just […]

A-Z April Challenge – Hoi An

I mentioned in my Dalat post a few days ago that our visit to Vietnam coincided with the worst floods there in living memory. This was to lead to probably the worst journey of my life! We had made our way to Nha Trang, a place described as Vietnam’s paradise. Not when it rains incessantly […]

Cyclo Psycho

OK, I said I would share a Vietnam story from my time there in ’98. This was my first experience of the country. Jet lag has a lot to answer for….. Ho Chi Minh City is a wonderful place – vibrant, crazy, intoxicating. I set off for the Apocalypse Now Bar on my first evening. […]

Friday Photo

I took this photo of a mobile fruit vendor in Hanoi in November 1998. It was raining stair-rods and while us soft travellers took shelter, this lady needed to get somewhere and she was not about to let a monsoon stop her! It was the time of Vietnam’s worst ever floods and had quite an […]

X-RATED -MY TWENTY-FOURTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been on a few x-rated journeys in my time. Any overnight bus journey (especially Odessa to Sevastopol 2011), the freezing Nis to Sofia train that I have already recounted on this blog, a car breakdown a few miles outside Ipswich on the way back to Devon, a turbulence ridden flight on a Tupolev […]

REUNIFICATION EXPRESS -MY EIGHTEENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I could happily write about a multitude of rail journeys to count as my ‘R’ entry, but have chosen Vietnam’s Reunification Express. Hamish & I took the train from Hue to Ha Noi in 1998 as part if our tour up Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City. This was an overnight journey on the train […]

THE THOMAS COOK PHOTO CHALLENGE – EXPLORE THE ELEMENTS

The challenge (see below for full details) is to depict four elements in photographic form. I have seen some of the entries and aesthetically there are some awesome entries from extremely talented photographers. I just decided to go wit h the first four images that sprang to mind for each element, so here goes: FIRE […]

Mekong

Originally posted on Wilbur's Travels:
I was enthralled and appalled in equal measure at the BBC’s wonderful programme, where Sue Perkins followed Asia’s greatest river from its delta in Vietnam up through Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar & China to its source in the Tibetan Plateau. Enthralled at some very familiar sights & sounds plus…

My Iconic Travel Moments

My number one travel experience is a very personal one, which involves a site that had almost mythical status during my childhood. You see, on June 8th 1957 my parents were married at St George’s Church, Tanglin, Singapore. I was brought up on tales of how they met in the army, got engaged on Christmas […]

Mekong

I was enthralled and appalled in equal measure at the BBC’s wonderful programme, where Sue Perkins followed Asia’s greatest river from its delta in Vietnam up through Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar & China to its source in the Tibetan Plateau. Enthralled at some very familiar sights & sounds plus other unfamiliar ones, but appalled by […]