Canada, Taiwan, Vietnam · 16 Days · 44 Moments · February 2018

Shan & Sandy Trip to Vietnam

12 March 2018

What to do with an eight hours layover in Taipei? Go and see the town (actually just somewhere close to the MTR rail line),we decided to stop at Ximen district (was told to check it out by the airport information booth guy).

11 March 2018

First actual bowl of Pho in Vietnam (excluding all the bowls of pho at the hotels) on our last day in Hanoi.
Had lunch at the “Obama Bun Cha” restaurant as referred by the locals.
The famous “Hanoi Hilton”.

11 March 2018

Cat Ba Island

8 March 2018

Temple built in the 17th century to honor the first emperor of Vietnam. Located in Troung Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh.
Ninh Binh - Tam Coc continues
Tam Coc - in the North of Vietnam, a beautiful natural setting in the province of Ninh Binh (where the movie Skull Island was filmed) is where these photos were taken. Is located about 90 km from Hanoi and about 7km West of the city of Ninh Binh. The river is called Ngo Dong River and is surrounded by karastic rock formations and limestone caves with open patches of rice fields.
Hanoi Street foods tour. Great foods with great people on the tour.

8 March 2018

Just another day in Hanoi. Sandy and I will were waiting for the local train to run through town but it never came.
After seeing the site we decided to stop at the Center of Scientific and Cultural Activities. Is the center for smart people in the old days.
After breakfast, Sandy and I decided to check out some sites recommended by our hotel. The first stop was at the Tran Quoc Pagoda but couldn’t go in because it was their lunchtime. On our way back we noticed many sellers on their mobile pop up store (their bike) selling flowers.....we were told it was International Women’s Day. Next we stopped to see Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda. BTW, have to take a picture of this crazy looking chicken that jumped out as we were walking back towards our hotel.

7 March 2018

Finally checked into our hotel and the first thing that Sandy wanted was the famous Hanoi “egg coffee” at the place that started it over 60 years ago. Dinner afterwards at BunChaTa.
Time to leave Nha Trang for Hanoi.

6 March 2018

Relaxed at the hotel and spend some time at the pool and got some sun. BTW, the hotel will charge customers $100us for bringing “questionable” fruits (Durian and Mangosteen) into their room.

5 March 2018

Took a flight from Hue to Saigon and them another flight to Nha Trang. After landing in Nha Trang, Sandy and I took a 35mins taxi ride to our hotel near the sea side resort of Nha Trang. A lot of mainland Chinese and Russian....way too many for our liking.

4 March 2018

Hue night market during the weekend next to the perfume river.
Our last site tour at Hue was the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady. The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady is a historic temple in the city of Huế in Vietnam. Its iconic seven-storey pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city and is located next to the perfume river toward the end of town.
Next stop was the citadel - The Imperial City is a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.
Tu Duc Tomb Visit
City of Hue and our first stop after checking into our hotel was to site see the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Emperor Tu Duc enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty, ruling from 1848-83. Although he had over a hundred wives and concubines, he didn’t have any children.
Hai Van Gate, which sits at the top of its namesake mountain pass in central Vietnam separating Da Nang City and Thua Thien Hue province. The relic was build in 1862 under the order of Emperor Minh Mang.
Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains - On our way to Hue our driver stopped at Marble Mountains for us to visit. The mountains are a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. Named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth. BTW, paid $15000VND ($1.00 CAD) to take the elevator 1/2 way up the well worth it.

3 March 2018

The famous An Bang Beach
Got Banh Mi from the famous Banh Mi shop in Hoi An. This is where Anthony Borden had the famous Banh Mi in his show Parts Unknown.
Today (March 3) is also prayer day where all the locals goes to the various temples to pray for good fortunes.
Hoi An new town market where the locals pickup their daily groceries for the day.

1 March 2018

Hoi An Lantern Festival
Old Town of Hoi An
Hotel In Hoi An (Allegro Hoian). Just opened a few months and the staff was wonderful.
Leaving Saigon to Na Dang on Vietnam Airline and them getting pickup to Hoi An.

28 February 2018

Last night in Saigon and we decided to Have dinner at Secret Garden (recommended by Dan). Wonderful meal, Sandy said it was the best meal so far in Saigon. Afterward we got ice coffee with condense milk with coffee jelly (in fact it so good that Sandy got a second one).
MeKong Delta river travel (Coconut Candies Factory and upper river for lunch).
Temple on our way to MeKong Delta. Built in 1849 with the three giant statues of buddhas (past, present and future).

27 February 2018

Hotel Nikko Buffet photos - New Zealand Lobster, blue crab, mud crab, soft shell crab, shrimp and 2 types of oysters from France (Normandy and Cadoret) and all your typical high end buffet foods.
Saigon cathedral and main postal office building
Lunch after the Cu Chi Tunnels at Quan An Ngon 139.
Cu Chi Tunnels about 2 hrs from.Saigon city.

26 February 2018

First night in Saigon and had a great time with XO Tour. Our scooter drivers Dang2 and Nhung were great. Great foods and great people. BTW, the green plate is BBQ frog (with and without skin).....Yum!!!
Lunch on EVA Air to Saigon (Soy Chicken with rice) and it was actually okay compared to the meals from YVR to Taipei.
Waiting for our connecting flight to Saigon. The Taipei Airport is pretty cool. Had a quick bite before boarding.
Waiting to board 12:50am flight on EVA Airline to Taipei