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Vietnam, March 2012

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A long flight to Doha, Bangkok, Saigon and Hanoi. Then we went up with bus and boat to the famous Ha Long Bay that was masked by the fog (at least we were lucky to board as later on the authorities stopped the boats and the tourists had to return). Returning to Hanoi we took the night train to Hué where we visited interesting tombs. From there a bus (with sleeperettes vietnam size... meaning that you're stuck if you're over 165 cm) to Hoi An (30 km South of Da Nang). Then taxi to the airport to fly to Nha Trang where we took an 85 km taxi drive to reach the beach of Doc Let. Then back to Nha Trang to fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Min Ville) where we spent the last days including the Reunification Palace that was the government building until 1975 and the War Remnants Museum that shows the atrocities of the Vietnam war.

If anybody can bring me back one kilo of their Blue Mountain coffee (different from the Jamaican one, but so good too), please let me know. I'll pay full price for it. Thank you.
vietnam.gif I guess some wishes hooked on trees.

I guess some wishes hooked on trees.

Hanoi, its little lake and many cables.

Hanoi, its little lake and many cables.

_DSF2450.jpg from a cafe terrace overlooking the lake.

from a cafe terrace overlooking the lake.

_FS25237.jpg _FS25245.jpg The Ngoc Son tample on the Hoan Kiem lake.

The Ngoc Son tample on the Hoan Kiem lake.

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_FS25459.jpg _DSF2519.jpg The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in a typical communistic style.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in a typical communistic style.

Next to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum the One Pillar Pagoda.

Next to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum the One Pillar Pagoda.

Tha ancient governor's palace.

Tha ancient governor's palace.

_DSF2650.jpg _DSF2718.jpg One way to show how a bicycle can be loaded.

One way to show how a bicycle can be loaded.

These 2 pictures inside the museum for ethnography.

These 2 pictures inside the museum for ethnography.

There is also another staircase without tits on the left.

There is also another "staircase" without tits on the left.

_DSF2733.jpg The 3 last pictures show the outside of the museum of ethnography that should not be missed. Not only is it important for understanding the various populations of Vietnam, but in the outside they have rebuilt some houses in various styles.

The 3 last pictures show the outside of the museum of ethnography that should not be missed. Not only is it important for understanding the various populations of Vietnam, but in the outside they have rebuilt some houses in various styles.

A typical cafe or restaurant with the standard seats. I have to mention here that according to elevators the standard weight of a vietnamese person is 66,66 kg (against 75-78kg in Switzerland)!

A typical cafe or restaurant with the standard seats. I have to mention here that according to elevators the standard weight of a vietnamese person is 66,66 kg (against 75-78kg in Switzerland)!

Ha-Long Bay, famous since James Bond films. 4 hours bus from Hanoi, then one to several days cruise.

Ha-Long Bay, famous since James Bond films. 4 hours bus from Hanoi, then one to several days cruise.

Visiting the largest cavern.

Visiting the largest cavern.

The lion's head.

The lion's head.

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Fog, mist, etc. everywhere.

Fog, mist, etc. everywhere.

_FS25888.jpg The captain put two men on various decks, then he lit incense, and with loads of stress he passed by boats like this one. Not to mention the island just behind.

The captain put two men on various decks, then he lit incense, and with loads of stress he passed by boats like this one. Not to mention the island just behind.

This and the next one are winks to H.S. with full respect.

This and the next one are winks to H.S. with full respect.

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Back to Hanoi: the Theatre Thang Long Water Puppet, recognized by Unesco. Check for instance this blog: http://niiniii.blogspot.com/2011/07/thang-long-water-puppet-show.html .

Back to Hanoi: the Theatre Thang Long Water Puppet, recognized by Unesco. Check for instance this blog: http://niiniii.blogspot.com/2011/07/thang-long-water-puppet-show.html .

Hué. The guarding statue inside the forbidden city. On the same model as in Beijing.

Hué. The guarding statue inside the forbidden city. On the same model as in Beijing.

Check this: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/vietnam/hue/imperialcity.php .

Check this: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/vietnam/hue/imperialcity.php .

One of the many cauldrons. And a tourist wanting to drown his wife.

One of the many cauldrons. And a tourist wanting to drown his wife.

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_FS25953.jpg _DSF3105.jpg _DSF3132.jpg Many statues and sculptures in the parkls along the river shore in Hué.

Many statues and sculptures in the parkls along the river shore in Hué.

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Among the 8 major tombs around Hué we visited 3 (just rent a taxi). The first one, also the most interesting one is the Tu Duc Tomb.

Among the 8 major tombs around Hué we visited 3 (just rent a taxi). The first one, also the most interesting one is the Tu Duc Tomb.

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_DSF3264.jpg Then the most majestic Minh Mang tomb. Also the farthest.

Then the most majestic Minh Mang tomb. Also the farthest.

_DSF3283.jpg Finally the one of Khai Dinh who deceased when he was 40. As he lifted the taxes by 30% to build this tomb, people did not regret his death.

Finally the one of Khai Dinh who deceased when he was 40. As he lifted the taxes by 30% to build this tomb, people did not regret his death.

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_FS26152.jpg He was also a bit megalomaniac.

He was also a bit megalomaniac.

_FS26183.jpg _FS26159.jpg Durians! Mmhhh! (you have to taste). Don't smell, just eat. Then learn to smell.

Durians! Mmhhh! (you have to taste). Don't smell, just eat. Then learn to smell.

_FS26045.jpg The bicycle bridge between our hotel and the market.

The bicycle bridge between our hotel and the market.

Again the statues along the river shore.

Again the statues along the river shore.

On our way to Hoi An.

On our way to Hoi An.

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One of the many small and nice coffee shop in Hoi An.

One of the many small and nice coffee shop in Hoi An.

And the evening market across the bridge (not the Japanese one, the one that is supposed to be a toll-one).

And the evening market across the bridge (not the Japanese one, the one that is supposed to be a toll-one).

And sometimes we remember that, yes, we are in a communisitc country. But you really have to look around to spot it.

And sometimes we remember that, yes, we are in a communisitc country. But you really have to look around to spot it.

One of the house that we could visit by buying a booklet of five tickets.

One of the house that we could visit by buying a booklet of five tickets.

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Inside one of the Hoi An houses that we can visit. The most important aspect of religious is a true respect for the parents and ancestors.

Inside one of the Hoi An houses that we can visit. The most important aspect of religious is a true respect for the parents and ancestors.

Some example of the rich (barocco? kitsch?) decoration of a temple.

Some example of the rich (barocco? kitsch?) decoration of a temple.

In Europe you light candles, in Vietnam it's incense rolls.

In Europe you light candles, in Vietnam it's incense rolls.

The small Japanese bridge that miraculously escaped destruction during the war.

The small Japanese bridge that miraculously escaped destruction during the war.

A tourist lost in front of the Japanese bridge.

A tourist lost in front of the Japanese bridge.

The bridge from inside. Can't believe it was empty!

The bridge from inside. Can't believe it was empty!

Here you see not only that it's a school, but also what they recommend for eating. You may wish to compare top the one pyramid from Nestlé, for exampole http://www.buitoni.com/Italian-Living/The-Mediterranean-Way-of-Eating.aspx .

Here you see not only that it's a school, but also what they recommend for eating. You may wish to compare top the one pyramid from Nestlé, for exampole http://www.buitoni.com/Italian-Living/The-Mediterranean-Way-of-Eating.aspx .

Local craft industry. Watch the usage of the foot to hold the wood.

Local craft industry. Watch the usage of the foot to hold the wood.

Carrying is not only to show for the tourists, it's a true way of living.

Carrying is not only to show for the tourists, it's a true way of living.

A young bride and an happy groom.

A young bride and an happy groom.

After this last picture of Hoi Han 6 pictures of people in Nha Trang's Doc Let beach and nearby market. Otherwise I didn't want to post the usual beach pictures. I'ts superb but not clean. Go and check by yourself.

After this last picture of Hoi Han 6 pictures of people in Nha Trang's Doc Let beach and nearby market. Otherwise I didn't want to post the usual beach pictures. I'ts superb but not clean. Go and check by yourself.

A young boy who walked with us for a moment when we were visiting the area around Doc Let Beach. We saw some interesting private tombs there.

A young boy who walked with us for a moment when we were visiting the area around Doc Let Beach. We saw some interesting private tombs there.

Soup, sticks, helmet and the smile: This is a good summary of Vietnam.

Soup, sticks, helmet and the smile: This is a good summary of Vietnam.

_FS26443.jpg The butcher counting her money.

The butcher counting her money.

_FS26481.jpg Probably students. They were advertising for a new soda.

Probably students. They were advertising for a new soda.

Bitexco Financial Tower : Tallest Skycraper in Saigon. Cool when you travel by helicopter.

Bitexco Financial Tower : Tallest Skycraper in Saigon. Cool when you travel by helicopter.

_DSF4204.jpg So many mopeds. You have to see them driving and crossing!

So many mopeds. You have to see them driving and crossing!

Saigon Central Post Office constructed by Gustave Eiffel.

Saigon Central Post Office constructed by Gustave Eiffel.