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A whirlwind tour of North Eastern Vietnam

CAO BANG, BAN GIOC WATERFALL, AND BA BE LAKE W e are back in Hanoi now, catching some downtime at a peaceful AirBNB overlooking one of the lakes in Tay Ho, near the West Lake. For all its craziness and unrelenting energy, arriving back in Hanoi felt like coming home....

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5 days in Hanoi

by Goldie | 17/9/17 The first five days of our adventure, in the Hanoi Old Quarter, were an amazing experience for us all. Hanoi is an incredible place, non stop, but no-one is in a hurry. The whole city is a ramshackle, colourful, crazy place. Everywhere you look...

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Hanoi – day 1

by Goldie | September 10, 2017 As we drove into Hanoi from the airport, we got our first taste of Vietnamese traffic. There seems to be some logic, some rules of conduct, but it was nothing like anything I understand. Our driver swerved all over the place, taking any...

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Vietnam – taking the plunge

About 4 months ago, Kate and I started thinking about going on a holiday that was just for us. For the 9 years we've been together, and particularly since the kids turned up on the doorstep looking for somewhere to live, we've been heading back home to see my whanau,...

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