Vietnam Photo Gallery 2

Visiting Vietnam was a wonderful experience, and a true challenge/eye opener for my first ‘real’ travel experience. Cruise ships, and crossing the border don’t count. I particularly enjoyed the northern parts of the country – the City of Hanoi, the northern mountain region of Sa Pa and surrounding communities, and Cat Ba Island. Even in winter, beautiful and unique flowers could be found blooming everywhere – a dramatically different type of winter than I am used to, coming from Central Ontario.

After releasing my first set of favorite images from Vietnam, I decided the time was ripe to give you some more! Traveling for many is becoming a way of life, and many people ask me about my time there. Please enjoy – your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

Advertisements

Moments from Vietnam – A Photo Gallery

Where has the time gone… it seems impossible to believe that I have been back in Canada for two months already! That is the length of time I spent traveling in Vietnam and Indonesia, and I have done not even half as much activity!

Lately, I have been thinking about the trip, and reliving some memories through photos. Here are a handful of my favorites from Vietnam – Enjoy!

Vietnam – Travel Log: Hanoi, Sa Pa and the Hmong People

It’s hard  to believe we have only been in this beautiful country for a week – there is so much to see! Writing this, we are sitting on a sleeper bus headed south, back towards Hanoi, and onwards to Cat Bah Island and Halong Bay.

image

Sleeper bus.

Although not unexpected, my first few days in Vietnam have had their ups and downs. A combination of jet lag,  a nervous stomach and really different food means that eating has been tough  – especially  the local dishes that I have been dying to try out! But the theme of the week is ‘mind over matter’ and I am persevering. Some of our favorites so far include delicious Bun Cha – noodles with grilled pork, and a sweet, rich broth – and Bahn My – a type of snack sized sandwich, loaded with herbs and other condiments. Apologies for the complete lack of proper accenting!

Besides eating – which we have done a lot of – we have also visited the city of Hanoi, and the town of Sa Pa, which is a trekking hub in the north of Vietnam, near the border of Southern China. How did we get there you ask? You guessed it – sleeper bus!

image

Our view of the Old Quarter in Hanoi.

image

Horse races and 25 cent beers in Hanoi.

Sa Pa is a beautiful place with lots to keep you busy. If you get lucky with the weather like we did, rent motorbikes and explore the mountains on your own! The views are incredible – just don’t forget to put sunscreen on your face like I did.

image

One of the many views along the road from Sa Pa.

image

The water buffalo know when to get out of the way. Tourists coming through!

If you prefer to use your own two legs, arrange a trek into the mountains and visit the Hmong tribes that live in the hills. There are multiple ways to do this, from arranging tours to finding your own guide, which we did. Talking to our hired guide, Dom, we arranged a ~13km  hike. On top of being our guide, she fed us and took us in for the night, letting us explore her village and home, and meet her family. The walks there and back were well worth it! Don’t forget your hiking boots.

image

Sharing pictures from home.

image

Rice terraces in Dom's village (proper name to follow).

From the villages we brought back pictures, some handmade Hmong goods and a pack of head colds. So far, only Matt seems to have escaped.

And so it’s been a week in Vietnam! Already we have seen so much, despite only scratching the surface of this wild country.

I won’t lie, I am a bit homesick. Feeling sick all week has turned me into a bit of a baby, but the time is meow to suck it up and keep going! Coming up: Halong Bay, Cat Bah and warmer weather! Bring it on.

Officially on the Road – En Route to Hanoi

Packed up and ready to ROCK!

Packed up and ready to ROCK!

It’s finally happening! The South East Asia trip of 2015 is finally here – we fly out tomorrow morning from Pearson at 7:55 am. Our first stop? Hanoi.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, finishing up

– last minute packing and purchases

All of this fits into the two packs in the back corner! It doesn't look like much for two weeks to me.. but I bet a seasoned traveler could see lot's of things that don't need to be here!

All of this fits into the two packs in the back corner! It doesn’t look like much for two weeks to me.. but I bet a seasoned traveler could see lot’s of things that don’t need to be here!

– last minute medications and prescriptions

– and last minute travel insurance.

When you’re me, everything is last minute! I work best under pressure.

Although I have ‘left home’ before, it’s never been like this. Never before have I left for so long, into such a great unknown, with the feeling that I am leaving so much behind! However, all of these sad/scared feelings of leaving have put into perspective just how fortunate I am to have a home life that I am reluctant to say goodbye to.

The cat thought she was coming, too.

The cat thought she was coming, too.

Anyways, the hardest part is over now: saying good bye to everyone and leaving home! Bring on the adventure. Meeting up with the boys tonight before heading to the airport tomorrow!

So look forward to some brand spanking new photos from Vietnam sometime over the next couple of weeks guys! Since I am not taking a tablet or laptop with me, my postings may be a bit sporadic but there is nothing new there. 😉

Wish me luck! xo