Well the time has come to see Vietnam! An idea starts with a spark, the spark grows to a fire. Travelling is the same way, it starts with an idea and things happen from there! Being that this trip was unplanned for the most part and a random adventure, why not make it more random by buying a motorbike and travelling a country on that bike! My great idea led me to some amazing experiences and some dangerous situations at the same time! Upon arriving in Vietnam, I set out to buy a motorbike, my 3rd day in the country I ran across a bike and bought it! I then
Thailand is full of excitement! Never a dull moment in this country, unless you get stuck in the commercialized metropolis of Bangkok and never get out! On a tour of the countryside, I got in a cage with tigers, rode some elephants, and even got picked up by one! The Kanchanaburi war cemetery is quite a site and is a memorial to all the lives lost in Thailand during World War 2. The railway, dubbed the “death railway” due to all the lives lost by POW’s building it is nearby as well. I am honored to have the freedoms I enjoy today and and proud to be able to travel
“Cambodia, why would someone want to go to Cambodia?” said a friend of mine when I was talking about one of my travel experiences. All I could reply with was “Why not?!” To many, Cambodia is a desolate 3rd world country with nothing exciting to offer and nothing to do. This could not be farther from the truth and I am unable to put into words the fun and exciting things that I go to do in Cambodia. Its full of life, history, freedom and utter beauty. Like a book, it’s not recommended to judge it by its cover, read it first – or in this case, see it first! Here is
Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient, City of Life, Asia’s World City – so many names for one city. A large busy city with impeccable public transportation and quite possibly one of the most vertical cities built. The center of trade of hundreds of years, a major harbor, and history dating back to nearly 40,000 years ago, and people from every part of the world, Hong Kong is most definitely a sight to see. First off, before I can even get to Hong Kong I have to leave Vietnam. Up to this point I have not had any issues on my trip, but now as I am going through Vietnam’s immigration to
With as nice as Halong Bay is, it is time to say goodbye and be onwards to Vietnam’s capitol of Hanoi. Located on the Northern side of the country it used to be separate from the south before the end of the Vietnam war. Once the American troops pulled out and the north descended upon Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the separation was cut and the two were merged and reunited to be one country. The road from Halong to Hanoi is pretty boring…not much to see besides other vehicles and small towns. I saw a few more dog/cat meat restaurants but did not feel the urge to stop and investigate
Halong Bay is located on the north east area of Vietnam. It is near China (170kms from the border crossing). It is an extremely popular travel destination for tourists and locals alike. With over 1900 islands and over 1500 square kilometers of space it is not hard to get lost in this bay of dragons! Historians have traced culture back to as far as 18,000 BC to the Halong region, and much more recent history involving China and wars between big clans during the 13th century. As recent as the Vietnam War, there were mines placed in spots in the harbor by the American Military and some maritime personnel still fear
Caves are stunning creations. Rock formations are spectacular. Rock formations in the middle of bodies of water can be even more stunning. This is Halong Bay, also called the “descending dragon bay”. Halong Bay is a series of 1969 islands surrounded by over 1500 square kilometers of water. Its huge. No, its enormous! covered in islands, caves, holes, nooks and crannies everywhere. Because of its sheer size and beauty it is a very popular tourist attraction and has been commercialized quite a bit, so be advised if you do come see it, there will be lots of people to see it, whether at the low season or the high season.
From the beaches to the mountains. From the water to the trees. From wet to, well, more wet! Natural tunnels underground, created by water and millions of years – Caves. Caves are stunning natural creations and quite a site to see. Some of the most spectacular views are found here and also is home to some of the biggest and longest caves ever found. Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (Location Link) can easily take weeks to see all it has to offer. In a day I tried to see two of the more popular locations – Phong Nha Cave and Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave). Phong Nha cave is the more