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Mui Ne

More beaches

rain 30 °C

We bought an open bus ticket in saigon which will take us from Saigon - Mui Ne - Da lat - Nah Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi whenevr we like for only $38. So we left Saigon and arrived at Mui Ne beach expecting something similar to what we experienced in Sihanoukville. There was not a tout or hawker to be found on the beach at all! Couldn't beleive it! We stayed in a nice beach bungalow for two nights and enjoyed swimming and reading mostly.

We also visited the red and sand dunes, a fantastic fishing market and the fairy spring which is a stream that flows through a patch of dunes with pretty nice rock formations.

Chris decided to get artistic with the camera :)

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...and here's the national geographic shot that I took...

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The fishing market was huge and extremely busy. Cjhris even got grunted and yelled at a couple of times for being in the way. the ladies carry very full and heavy loads of fish from the boats and up the bank so you can understand why!

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Posted by nzchris 01:51 Archived in Vietnam Comments (5)

Mekong Delta

Living off the land

rain 30 °C

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We spent 2 nights and 3 days traveling around the Mekong Delta visitng the towns of My thom, Can Thom and Chau Doc. We were able to watch people living off the land - loads and loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh seafood and of course rice. We saw floating markets and floating villages and even stayed with a local family on a homestay for our first night. They were a huge extended family of grandparents, aunts and Uncles and young children. When we arrived they had a huge meal prepared for us, fish, rice paper and noodles and vegetables to fill it with, rice, spring rolls and fresh fruit. We were so full but the Grandmother kept coming back to us and turning over the fish or pointing out bits we had missed! We played games with the girls and they practised their English and laughed at my terrible vietnamese pronunciation! The next morning the Uncle took us in his boat the meet up with the rest of our tour group.

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These are three of the girls living at the home we stayed at for a night on the Mekong Delta.

On our trip we tried heaps of local fruit, learnt how to make coconut candy (which is sooooooooooooo good!), and learnt how to make rice paper.

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We haven't really felt the rainy season until we arrived in Vietnam. Here is rains and rains then rains some more!

We also had plenty of what was going to be our most eaten meal in vietnam - pho - noodle soup!

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Gotta love those cone hats!

On the way back to Saigon we visited cham village which are a group of Muslim people. Here we watched them weave silk scarves and Chris bought a monkey made from a coconut shell that he took a fancy too.

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Three girls from Cham village waiting to sell us coconut buns!

Posted by nzchris 01:28 Archived in Vietnam Comments (2)

Saigon

The city of 5 million motorbikes!

rain 24 °C

We spent 4 days in Saigon and by the end of it I was 20 % confident that I could cross the road without being flattened by a moto - a huge improvement from my intitial reaction which was to grab chris' arm and scream the whole way across.

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We spent our time looking around, visiting museums and avoiding motos.

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For a day trip we went to the 250km long Cu Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong lived, hid and fought. The network of tunnels includes living areas, kitchens, weapons factories and command centres!

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Chris was brave to go right through but I took one look in, breathed the dusty air and that was enough for me.

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Chris had a go at firing a ??? Forgotten and Chris is getting his hair cut so can't ask!

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We were shown various trap doors that they used.

The trip was interesting....loads of tourists and all from a communist perspective.

Posted by nzchris 00:57 Comments (1)

The Cameron Highlands

A few days of relief

all seasons in one day 20 °C

its even not to hot for me to actually write something...

Have spent four nights in the highlands where it is cold; we are actually at about 1500m above sea level. lots of tea plantations. We kicked off with a bit of a trip around the area where we went to the highest peak (about 2k) - drove up there of course. Next went on a wander through a 'mossy forrest' where there was a lot of moss. The guide was great and showed us what all the stuff we eat actually looks like in the wild. Saw cinamon and deep heat and i cant remember the rest. We also watched the people picking tea and then went to the tea factory and had a nice cuppa.

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Chris picking tea at BOH tea plantation. Didn't get paid for it though :)

Did a bush walk the next day which was all downhill - which meant we had to go back uphill at the end so we got a taxi home instead.

Today we played golf and that was nice. There are malaysian ball hobits hiding in the bushes though, and if you hit your ball in there they take it - and then try to sell it back to you. Just as well I had six golf balls - played the last 5 holes on one i found once the others were 'lost'

Tomorrow we bus back into the warmth for a few days on the island of penang before heading north into thailand. We have booked a 3 day stay learning to become elephant handlers later in june so that should be good

Posted by nzchris 03:33 Archived in Malaysia Comments (5)

Some Itinerary details...

For Mums and Dads who worry and want to know where we are!!

kiwi.jpg21 April - 25 April Singapore
We are staying at: http://www.the-inncrowd.com/

25 April - 27 April Rome
We are staying at: www.kennedyhotelrome.com (For 2 nights free with our flights!!)

27 April - 29 April
We are staying at: http://www.pensioneottaviano.com/index.htm

29 April - 03 May Florence
We are staying at: http://www.bbplanet.it/apartment-tosinghi-florence_s13304/en/

3 May - 10 May Positano (Amalfi Coast)
We are stying at: http://www.summerinitaly.com/eng/rent/detail.asp?codcasa=0477

10 May - 11 May
Back in Rome

12 May Melaka (Malaysia)
We are staying at: http://machinta.com.sg/kancil/history.html

13 May - 17 May KL
We are staying at: www.redpalm-kl.com

That's all we have got so far and it is likely that this will be it! The rest we will work out as we go!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Posted by nzchris 13:13 Tagged preparation Comments (3)

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