Vietnam Vacation: Crossing into North Vietnam

13 04 2012

Since the last post, we have completed two more stops on our journey through Vietnam: Hoi An and Dong Hoi. For now, here’s an outline of those two places.

Hoi An

Population: 131,000

Fun Fact: Despite a strong connection with both the Japanese and Chinese, Hoi An was the first place in Vietnam to be exposed to Christianity

What we did: Went on a street food tasting tour; rode our bikes the nearby beach; admired the customized tailored clothing for sale; strolled through the ancient city

Loved: The avocado smoothies; the regional specialties, including a hearty noodle dish referred to as Cao Lau; the beautiful colonial architecture; the Chinese lanterns throughout the streets

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Colonial buildings line the streets

Mi Quang: One of the delicious dishes we tried on the tour

Beach time

Dong Hoi

Population: 116,000

Fun Fact: This was our first stop in what used to be North Vietnam

What we did: Took a tour of Paradise Cave, the longest dry cave in the world; rode bikes through the hills and the rice paddies; caught up on sleep and email (both very important things on a three week trip!)

Loved: Paradise Cave (of course); the remains of the Tom Toa Church, which was bombed in 1965; the breathtaking views of the nearby countryside; getting a little further off the tourist track

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Caves are so cool

View from my bike

Tam Toa Church

Next up is Hanoi, a stop that we are particularly excited for. We’ll be spending four or five days there, plus a couple of days gawking at the limestone islands of Halong Bay. One week from today, we will head back to the ‘bode.

Katie

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31 12 2012
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