Vietnam-Hue City Bus Tour

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam with many tombs from various Emperors spread about the countryside. We wanted to see some of them and they are fairly spread out so we booked an 8 hour city bus tour for $13 each. Lunch and an English guide were included, entry fees were not. We wereContinue reading “Vietnam-Hue City Bus Tour”

2020 Bouge Bouge Ottawa Race Report

I have to confess that I am kind of an old school runner. I don’t do colour runs, or foam runs or other strange runs.  I like my runs correctly measured (5K is 5K not 4.8K or 5.1K), with accurate timing and a well-marked course. I have two sisters and they suggested doing the BougeContinue reading “2020 Bouge Bouge Ottawa Race Report”

Vietnam- Hue-Thien Mu Pagoda

We took a tourist bus from Easy Tiger in Phung Nha to Hui for 130, 000 VND.  Our hotel staff got up early and made us breakfast which was very nice of them.  There was a security man at the hotel who slept in a cot overnight by the bar. We was asleep when weContinue reading “Vietnam- Hue-Thien Mu Pagoda”

Vietnam- Phong Nha Ke Bang- The Search for the Pub with Cold Beer

We rented bikes for the day in San Trach from the same place we had used for the last two days. We only paid 60,000 even though the posted rate was 80,000 I guess we were getting to be frequent customers. Many of the hotels in San Trach had free bikes ours did not. IfContinue reading “Vietnam- Phong Nha Ke Bang- The Search for the Pub with Cold Beer”

Vietnam- Paradise Cave, Dark Cave

We took a tour for $60 US per person to the Botanical Garden, Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. We started at the Botanical Garden which was not that exciting. But maybe we picked a bad day. We saw monkey dots and the top of a waterfall. It was raining and rather muddy and slippery. NextContinue reading “Vietnam- Paradise Cave, Dark Cave”

Vietnam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – Son Trach

We arrived in Dong Hui by train. Dong Hui is north of the DMZ and it does not get many tourists. Most tourists who do go there are there for the same reason we were, to get to Pong Nha-Ke Bang. As soon as we got off the train we were accosted by taxi driversContinue reading “Vietnam – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – Son Trach”

Vietnam- Mui Ne to Phing Nha-Ke Bang National Park by bus and train via Nha Trang

When we plan these trips from home we book the accommodations and flights before we leave Canada. We have a plan for traveling from one town to another but we generally book buses, trains and transfers once we arrive in the country. It’s generally cheaper and some options are not available from outside the country.Continue reading “Vietnam- Mui Ne to Phing Nha-Ke Bang National Park by bus and train via Nha Trang”

Vietnam Day Trips from Mui Ne -The Fairy Stream, The Red and White Sand Dunes

We took a basic tour to see the Fairy Stream, the local fishing village and the Red and White Sands. After taking the tour we discovered that the Fairy Stream was actually walking distance from our hotel and we later went back on our own. The Fairy Stream is actually a small water fissure whichContinue reading “Vietnam Day Trips from Mui Ne -The Fairy Stream, The Red and White Sand Dunes”

Ho Chi Minh City & Open Ticket Sleeper Buses

Having done the major sights close to our hotel the day before we powered up with another amazing breakfast from our hotel and decided to walk to the Chua Phuoc Hai or Emperor Jade Pagoda . It was 4.7 km away and we would definitely have to cross the road to get there but weContinue reading “Ho Chi Minh City & Open Ticket Sleeper Buses”