Vietnam round-up

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15th Century Japanese covered bridge in Hoi An

15th Century Japanese covered bridge in Hoi An

The most important thing I will take away from our visit to Vietnam is to always listen to that little voice inside telling you to explore, regardless of what anyone else says. I lost count of the number of people who said we wouldn’t like Vietnam and I’m incredibly glad we were able to prove them wrong.

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32 travel adventures

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Does it get any better than this? The beautiful Aurora Borealis

Does it get any better than this? The beautiful Aurora Borealis

         Photo credit: Beverly

We’ve been so fortunate to visit an incredibly diverse list of countries on this trip and we feel that by the time we head home we’ll have maximised our time away without killing ourselves trying to pack too much in. We’ll have visited 18 countries which sounds like a lot but when I had a look at this I realised that by the time we head home I’ll have visited just 16% of the countries in the world. It’s crazy that there is still so much out there to explore!

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Tips for successful shopping in Hoi An

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Choose any dress and then pick any colour from around 40 options - the choice is endless

Choose a dress and then pick any colour from around 40 options – the choice is endless

I’m a self confessed former shopaholic. I used to have bags full of new clothes lying around the house that hadn’t even been opened. I would go clothes shopping at least 2 or 3 times per week and had a ridiculous amount of stuff I didn’t need. I stopped cold turkey when we started to save for travel and have only bought absolutely necessary things since then. However, when I started reading about the tailors of Hoi An and how you could have custom made clothes produced in 24 hours, I felt the twinge of shopping mania starting again.

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A little bit of luxury on Halong Bay

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Stunning Halong Bay

Stunning Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a place that conjures images of towering limestone giants, remote floating fishing villages and traditional Vietnamese junk boats sailing elegantly amongst it all. It was somewhere that inspired us to visit Vietnam and right at the start of our RTW trip I announced to Paul that when it came to experiencing Halong Bay we were going to do it in style.

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How a gecko cost us $110

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This isn't Gordon but possibly a distant relative

This isn’t the culprit but possibly a distant relative

All long term travellers have stories to tell about misplacing or breaking belongings during their time on the road. The number one item that bites the dust is probably sunglasses due to a variety of mishaps that occur whilst lugging your life around in a backpack. We have gone through our fair share (9 pairs between us and counting!) and aren’t too concerned about something that can be replaced for a couple of dollars. However, we may just be setting a new standard in managing to destroy anything of a technical/electrical nature.

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Laos round-up

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Buddhist statues on Mount Phousi

Buddhist statues on Mount Phousi

We made the deliberate choice to stick fairly firmly to the tourist trail in Laos. We wanted an easy few weeks and made the decision to primarily stay in only 3 areas during nearly a whole month. Laos is a beautiful country and the destinations are endless. You can jungle trek in the north, marvel at the bizarre Plain of Jars, motorbike through the Bolaven Plateau or relax in the 4000 islands.

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