AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Goodbye Vietnam, Hello Cambodia


Posted on Dec 20, 2013

It is 7 weeks since we left the UK and  today we left Vietnam exactly three weeks to the day since we entered. We have reached Cambodia and country number 10. Vietnam was a huge surprise. When we entered in the north it was cold and wet and didn’t feel much different to the UK. They have four seasons and could only grow one crop of rice per year. By the south of the country (over 2000km if you follow the curve of the country)...

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Hoi An: Hai Van Pass

Hoi An: Hai Van Pass


Posted on Dec 15, 2013

Today was a real highlight in the trip and something I had looked forward to for the last week or so. We hired a motorbike (moped really) and rode to Hai Van Pass the highest road in the area. This was the first time I had ever ridden a motorbike of any type and Vietnam isn’t the most forgiving country towards novices. As a pedestrian it’s easy (ish), you step into the road and the bikes will somehow avoid you (although...

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Hue: Day Three


Posted on Dec 12, 2013

We both had high hopes for this day. We booked a full day tour, starting at 7am from our hotel and ending at about 7pm. We knew it involved plenty of driving, but we were heading north to visit the DMZ around the border between what was North and South Vietnam during the middle of the 20th century. The tour started with a three hour drive to see a bridge crossing a river. On the way we were shown The Rockpile from the road; A high...

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Halong Bay


Posted on Dec 9, 2013

We booked a tour online to visit Halong Bay and this has been the highlight of the trip so far. The bay is huge and has almost 2000 islands, very sharp cliffs of limestone rising a fair height out of the water and usually covered in trees. We found some huge differences in prices between one company and another. Our hotel was offering two days one night for $150, some websites offered this for well under $100. Annemarie went hunting...

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Hanoi: Helpful Hotel?


Posted on Dec 3, 2013

As soon as Annemarie had booked this hotel she emailed to enquire about picking us up from the train station (we expected to arrive in Hanoi at 5:15am). They emailed stating they couldn’t but told us what taxi company to look for and how much it should cost. Quite helpful we thought. Upon arrival (the train was 2 hours late) it was still before 8 am, but we were given a room (not made up) for us to drop our bags, quick shower...

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