Plans for the next few days

Today we popped out to My Son and this afternoon we’ll do the Lonely Planet walk around town. More snaps, this time in daylight.

Tomorrow’s plan is to hire two mopeds and head up to China Beach and the Marble Mountains. Time and weather allowing, also possibly Da Nang.

Day after, early train to Hue where we’ll spend one night before getting the bus (or train) back down to Da Nang and hopping on a flight to Hanoi. This bit’s variable – may spend a night in Da Nang, may not.

We do have flights from Hanoi to Bangkok booked for the 1st of August, though. All these details (and changes) will be plotted on the calendar linked to the side of the main page.

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Back in Vietnam

Just a quick post to keep you all on your toes. Full length ones will be posted in due course and once again apologies for the lack of lengthy updates.

We arrived in Chao Doc (I hope I have that name correct) a couple of hours ago by boat from Cambodia. One night here then a long trip up the river tomorrow, and on to HCM City the day after. Plans after that are basic but hazy at present. Likely a flight to Danang, 3-4 days around that area to see the towns and beaches, then another flight to Hanoi.

Both fine and well, more updates when I get the opportunity!

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This post title will be explained in full when I get a full update online. The hotel we’re in currently doesn’t have free internet (rare in Asia) and I have been unable to type for the last day or so.

I do know I’ve got 2 days’ of Graspop, plus London and the trip to Bangkok to get typed up and they should be online in the next few days. We’re shifting hostel shortly and the place we’re going to does have wi-fi (or so I believe). Failing that, I’ll be off to the Bull’s Head to make use of their wireless.

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Fansipan again!

Martin and Peiling on FansipanFansipan seems to be the most popular subject on this site right now. I had another series of emails from Martin and Peiling (not sure where they’re from) asking for information before they made the trip. I’m happy to say they made it to the summit and back again to tell the tale!

As you can see from the picture, the weather wasn’t so great for them and the visibility was about as good as I got when I climbed. At least I didn’t get soaked until I was relatively close to the bottom.

In their own words:

We just got back from Hanoi on Friday and had a great trip. We stayed at the Hanoi Backpacker’s and they arranged our Fansipan and Halong Bay trips. The trek was good, we made it to the summit! (see attached picture) but as you can see the weather was not that great. As you mentioned on your blog, the 2nd day is really the tough one. After the hike to the camp at 2200m, I was thinking this will be easy but the 2nd day was really not easy at all. However, we were fortunate to make it to the top at all, ppl coming the day after us decided to not go beyond 2200m because of constant rain.

Halong Bay was very nice as well.

The Backpacker’s organization was amazing and we also enjoyed the 2 days in Hanoi very much. It’s an amazing and very busy city.

Thank you very much for all your help.

You’re both very welcome and I’m glad you had an enjoyable (and safe, though wet!) trip. Personally I just can’t wait to be back in Hanoi again in June!