Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Motorcycle tour of Vietnam countryside

Today we went on a Motorcycle tour into the countryside through villages and little dirt track roads. We visited a waterfall and ended up in a fishing village.  
Today you will be treated to few words and many pictures.


Starting out pass buffalo. 


This bridge looked safe?
(We got off and walked across)


View from the bridge


Stopping in and leading a hand at a grass mat making house


Wide roads 


Palm lined roads

     

 
Stopping in to give sweets out at a school our guide knows



Gareth trying to make some rice paper (failing)


Village market


Jungle countryside


Everything gets transported by bikes including all these birds


The Ox is still vital farming equipment


Rice fields


The mountains


Traditional housing outside the towns/cities




Lunch at a small table with a tiny chair

Michelle relaxing on the bike



Huts by shrimp pools


The countries main railway




The start of clouds rolling in


Cooling down in a pool



Waterfall


Very deep plunge pool


Michelle jumping off the rocks


Gareth jumping


Chilling out


Pretty waterfalls Us at the bottom


Local kids who were great swimmers and jumped off much higher rocks then we did


Big black clouds looking threatening 


Fishing village

       

 Fish and Ice
           

More Fish



Gareth on the bike 


Michelle's confidence on the bike had risen significantly by the end of the trip!

Our thanks to Owen (find him at www.owee58.com and at the Tide Hotel in Nha Trang) for taking us on this unique trip off the beaten tourist path. 



Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Nha Trang Hostel view

We arrived safe into Nha Trang last night. Bit late, every train in Asia has been late so far. It was dark when we arrived but I am very happy with the Hostel's view this morning.

Our Hostel owner writes a very interesting blog about Vietnam. http://owee58.com/


Saturday, 26 May 2012

My Son and Hoi An at night

We went to My Son which was a large temple complex built around a 1000 years ago. Similar to Angkor Wat but much smaller. Sadly like other things we have visited in Vietnam. It has been badly damaged by the recent military action. One of the main temples was so strong that they Americans couldn't destroy it with air raids and artillery. So their solution send in a helicopter sapper team. to blow it up. Sad to see so much destruction in such a pretty landscape. 






We also meet some wildlife. These cheeky Lizard


Loads of Butterflies. 


In the evening we went into the Town centre which is turned into a pedestrian only zone and light by hundreds of lanterns. So far Hoi an has been the nicest place to be in during the evening. Very pretty French colonial buildings and lamps reflected in the waters of  Rivers.