Alright ladies and gents, here’s what I’m going to do.
As you all know (because I’ve mentioned it about 80,000 times), I’m still way behind on writing. And I would very much prefer not to be.
As you also all know, my next chunk of travel corresponds to a trip with Peder through Vietnam. This just so happens to be by far the most high-intensity period about which I’ve not yet written: three weeks of round-the-clock tourism and/or partying. And as it more or less fits nicely into a self-contained “block,” skipping it – or rather super-summarizing it – will give me a much better chance of catching up without otherwise affecting the continuity of the narrative.
Note that I do hope to come back and properly document this trip, and I will of course hang on to all my photos and notes until then. But for now, in a desperate attempt to get back to realtime, I’m going gloss over it, saving myself from what would’ve easily taken 30+ posts to complete.
So here we go: three weeks in Vietnam, in a nutshell…
First stop: Hanoi, to pick up where I left off this May with my dad.
Most memorable activity: the weirdest meal of my life, a full multi-course meal based entirely on snake…washed down with a shot of snake blood and another of snake bile. Both drained right in front of me, and still warm.
Second stop: an overnight cruise through the majestic Halong Bay,
including an afternoon kayaking through a floating village
and a quick early-morning swim.
Then it was off to DaNang by plane,
before catching a ride on the Reunification Express
Here, we spent hours biking
to a handful of pretty spectacular tombs
and pagodas and citadels and more.
A few hours farther South, we picked up in Hoi An,
including a sunrise excursion to the incredible Angkor-like ruins of My Son.
Next up was a nightmarish, suicide-like bus ride
to Nha Trang, the sunny beach-party town.
Here we got caught up for a full week, due in part to late nights and later mornings,
but also to take care of some shopping,
a boat cruise,
and even spend an afternoon acting like kids at a nearby amusement/water park.
Then we hopped on my first ever sleeper bus (what a great idea!)
Several more days of tourism
and nights of partying later,
we were ready for a day-trip to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
with a stop at the Holy See of CaoDaism.
And finally, by wrapping things up with a quick flight to Bangkok, I’ve somehow managed to sum up 3 weeks, 1,500 photos, and 33 pages of blog notes – in just one post! 🙂
Note: These posts are behind realtime; the above took place in October, 2011.