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#lifeisajourney - Found this note in a coffee shop in central Hanoi that was decorated top to bottom with post-it notes.

#visitvietnam #notesontraveling #hanoi

Mua Caves - well, actually this view from the dragon stone πŸ‰ above the cave - to me is the highlight of Tam Coc/Ninh Binh. It's a grueling 500-step climb. But the views into all directions are nothing short of stunning.

Don't forget to check my website for more inspiration for your Vietnam travels: https//:notesontraveling.com/category/asia/vietnam

#vietnam #nomad #travel

So, apparently this is a wedding snack. Still good.

#foodietravel #vietnamesefood
#travelasia

How lucky was that shot? Well, actually not that lucky since I spent half an hour on the roof of the V Hostel in old town Hanoi trying to catch the lightning ⚑⚑⚑ #exploreasia #lightning #travelphotography

Off the beaten path is where fairy tales await the open-eyed wanderer.
This dragon lives in an abandoned waterpark outside of Vietnam's old
capital, Hue. For a change of pace grab a picnic, hop on your scooter,
and head out for a chilled day by the water.

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This wraps up today's #FTBTakeoverTuesday. Don't forget to follow
@notesontraveling to find out: Where in the world is Carola?

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I hate to admit it but even little more than a week after leaving Siem Reap and Angkor behind I'm already beginning to mix up the temples in my head. So I had to search for half an hour just now to confirm the name of Baphuon. I did remember, though, that this temple wasn't only special for the pyramid shape but because one side of it had been turned into a giant reclining Buddha sculpture. A few hundred years after the temple was finished, the people used the stones of a collapsed pagoda on top​ of the pyramid and reshaped them for the sculpture. This is rather unique in the Angkor complex. The Buddha was never finished. But when you go to what must be the Western side (reclining Buddhas tend to have the sun rise behind them) and look closely you can discover the deity's beautiful smile.

#cambodia #travel #angkor #temple #morningwalk #sunnyday
#notesontraveling #traveldiary #passionpassport #athomeintheworld #backpackerlife #exploremore #guardiantravelsnaps #instatravel #offthebeatentrack #sheisnotlost #solotraveler #traveletting #travelblog #wander #wonderlust #travelphoto #traveldeeper

Long Bien Bridge is one of the must-see spots in Hanoi for anyone interested in architecture and engineering. And if you come at the right time, you might even catch the train from Long Bien station.

#travel #vietnam #streetphotography

What are some of the songs that run through your head when you travel?
Ever since I arrived in Southeast Asia, "Buffalo soldier - dreadlock Rasta..." keeps playing in the top left corner of my brain. And yes, I know the song is not about water buffalos... #southeastasia #travel #buffalo

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So, apparently this is a wedding snack. Still good.

#foodietravel #vietnamesefood
#travelasia

Talking about #lifeisajourney - in the West of Hanoi Old Town is a bit of old train tracks that runs through a neighborhood. People living left and right of the tracks will sit in the sun, have a soup, go about their neighborly lives. And when a train comes (approaching very slowly, of course) they'll get up, step aside, let the train pass before resuming their chat.

#vietnamtravel #hanoi #traveldeeper

#lifeisajourney - Found this note in a coffee shop in central Hanoi that was decorated top to bottom with post-it notes.

#visitvietnam #notesontraveling #hanoi

This is another shot from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum/Memorial. When the French left Hanoi, the new socialist government took over the compound the French governor had previously occupied. But Uncle Ho left the governor's villa for official business and instead moved into this wooden bungalow in the park. The upper floor held his bedroom and the ground floor, which isn't walled, was his office. Seeing this simple lifestyle makes you understand why Ho Chi Minh is still so revered in Vietnam.

#notesontraveling #visitvietnam #hanoi

Long Bien Bridge is one of the must-see spots in Hanoi for anyone interested in architecture and engineering. And if you come at the right time, you might even catch the train from Long Bien station.

#travel #vietnam #streetphotography

From what I understand, this turquoise house is not much more than storage for the gardener. But I liked it as the bungalow and the shaded, graveled path express the relaxed, sightly mellow atmosphere inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where you're not allowed to photograph) so well.

#visitvietnam #travel #hanoi

The Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi is not just for women. The exhibition takes the visitors on a journey through different aspects of life in Vietnam. A whole floor is dedicated to the Vietnam War. Another room displays different tools used by farmers and fishers through the generations and through the country. And the top floor is dedicated to fashion - everyday fashion as well as wedding attire, jewelry, and children's clothes. This gallery is a selection of women's clothes, from the fashionable to the traditional.

#travel #hanoi #exploreasia

How lucky was that shot? Well, actually not that lucky since I spent half an hour on the roof of the V Hostel in old town Hanoi trying to catch the lightning ⚑⚑⚑ #exploreasia #lightning #travelphotography

Remember the photo from the top of Mua Cave's Dragon Mountain I published the other day? This is the view in the other direction with Ninh Binh city in the background. It's fascinating, how quickly the landscape changes from jagged limestone rocks to just flat.

#visitvietnam #tamcoc #travel

What are some of the songs that run through your head when you travel?
Ever since I arrived in Southeast Asia, "Buffalo soldier - dreadlock Rasta..." keeps playing in the top left corner of my brain. And yes, I know the song is not about water buffalos... #southeastasia #travel #buffalo

The abundance of juices is one of #my favorite things about tropical countries. And among the juices, avocado is one of my favorites (on par with sugarcane juice). Especially, if it's smooth and sweetened with a bit of condensed milk like the juice in the picture. 😊😊😊 #travel #foodietravel #avocado

In Ninh Binh, I felt artsy and did a photo shoot with myself. In case you didn't notice: it was hot, both because it was July, and because I was riding a motorcycle and take the helmet/sun-protection rather seriously. 🏍 πŸ‘·πŸŒž #notesontraveling #nomad #travel

Mua Caves - well, actually this view from the dragon stone πŸ‰ above the cave - to me is the highlight of Tam Coc/Ninh Binh. It's a grueling 500-step climb. But the views into all directions are nothing short of stunning.

Don't forget to check my website for more inspiration for your Vietnam travels: https//:notesontraveling.com/category/asia/vietnam

#vietnam #nomad #travel

Just because I can: Another one of the numerous restored buildings in Hue's Forbidden City. Note the green glazing of the roof tiles... Do you want to know what else there is to see in Hue πŸ˜‰? Check out my blog! https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#Vietnam #huecity #travelphotography

A visit to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park wouldn't have been complete without an excursion into at least one of the caves. This is Paradise Cave. If you look closely, you can see different colors throughout the rock walls all the way up to the ceiling.

#visitvietnam #phongnhakebang #paradise

I found this Christian graveyard in Phong Nha - on the other side of the river, not far from Dark Cave - fascinating, for the grave stones resembled the church across the road.

#vietnam #travel #phongnhakebang

I had toyed with the idea of renting a motorcycle to go from Hue to Phong Nha via the legendary Ho Chi Minh Highway. But I was dissuaded by the info I found online: Over 200 km of road (in good condition, nevertheless), I would be all alone with just the jungle and the mountains around me, and in case my bike broke down it was likely that my phone would have no connection and it could be hours before anyone would come by. That's how isolated the road is these days.
So I did a minibus tour of the DMZ instead, then took the bus to Phong Nha, and rented a scooter for the day.

#vietnam #roadtrippin #travel

Just because I can, here's another shot from my Phong Nha explorations. Couldn't resist the simplicity of the image 😊

#visitvietnam #travelphotography #phongnhakebang

The Botanic Garden in Phong Nha offers the opportunity to go solo jungle trekking in the relative safety of sort of seeing a path. It was still fairly scary being on my own with the vegetation having encroached on the markers and endless amounts of buzzing mozzies. Fortunately, at the end of the 1h walk was this waterfall. And a 10-minute shortcut to the entrance.

#visitvietnam #travelblogger #travelphotography

After spending the first half of my three months in Vietnam in bustling cities like Hoi An, Can Tho, and Hue, I was surprised that all it took was to go a little further inland to find seemingly untouched nature like here along the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Phong Nha (Ke Bang). #visitvietnam #phongnhanationalpark
#travel

On my first day in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (that's the one with the biggest caves in the world) I rented a scooter to just drive drive drive onto Ho Chi Minh Highway towards Khe Sanh. At one of the stops I got this panorama. That line in the distance is the sea, in-between endless jungle.

#visitvietnam #phongnhanationalpark #roadtrippin

I cannot recommend enough that you go to the Hue Citadel for sunrise. The Forbidden City only opens at 8, but you can people watch Hueians as they do all kinds of sports outside the main gate. Plus, if you're lucky you get this crazy light to catch the reflection of the walls in the ponds and the moat outside.

For more on Hue check out my website: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#reflection #vietnam #huecitadel

Jackfruit or durian? This question gets me every time. Even after months of traveling Asia, I always have to check twice... For more insights on traveling Asia check my blog: https://notesontraveling.com/category/asia

#jackfruit #durian #southeastasia

I heard so many people speak about the Phong Nha caves that I fully expected a medium-sized town and endless tourist offers on the edge of the National Park. Turns out it's a larger village with one main road and plenty of fields.

#vietnam #phongnha #ricefield

The first stop on my DMZ Tour was the Rockpile, a listening post used by the US Army to follow communications in North Vietnam (the communist part). It's not possible to climb up there. Instead, soldiers were helicoptered in and one "shift" would last two weeks.

#vietnam #traveldiary #dmzvietnam

It wasn't easy to find the abandoned water park outside Hue. But eventually, I stood in front of a cow and a giant dragon watching over her. Mission accomplished!

Read my Hue guide here: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#abandonedplaces #dragon #vietnam

The other day, I went for a wander on the other side of the Perfume River and found a park with children flying their kites in the pre-rainstorm winds.

For my 5 favorite Hue sights, check out https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#kiteflying #rainbow #vietnam

Couldn't stop myself: I found more Hue photos... The Forbidden City behind this big old gate only opens at 8, but around sunrise, you can people watch the people of Hue do all kinds of sports on the square in front of it: running, walking, stretching, aerobics, badminton - you name it.
For more on Hue Citadel and other must-see sights in the city check out my website: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#sunrises #vietnam #huecitadel

We entered the Vinh Moc tunnel system in the North of the Vietnamese demilitarized zone in a bamboo forest. Imagine my surprise when half an hour later we alighted to this view.

Don't forget to check out my full review of the DMZ Tour on the blog!

#vietnam #beach #vinhmoc

This Vietnamese couple had come to the old Khe Sanh Combat Base, one of the most famous Vietnam War locations, with a photographer to shoot their wedding photos underneath abandoned planes and in lush green scenery.

#Vietnam #travelphotography #love

This is one of the trenches at Khe Sanh Combat Base, which even today is a rather remote place surrounded by mountainous jungle (remote by Vietnamese standards). Walking around the old airfield it isn't hard to imagine what made fighting in Vietnam a terrifying experience for the US soldiers and their allies, eventually leading to their withdrawal.

For more sights and sounds from Vietnam, be sure to check my website: notesontraveling.com/tag/vietnam

#vietnam #khesanh #travelblogger

Ok, last one from Hue:
Khai Dinh tomb was a whole different ball game from the mausoleum to Emperor Minh Mang. This grave complex is set on a hill with views of the landscape and sweeping staircases to an elaborately decorated main hall the top. The whole ensemble is reminiscent of a French chateau.

More on the blog: My 5 Favorite Sights in Hue - https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#panorama #vietnam #huevietnam

I just love those giant trees in Southeast Asia; maybe you've seen the photo of the 800-year old heritage tree near Danang that I posted a few days ago. This one grows on the grounds of the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang just outside Hue.

To learn more about Hue check my website: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #nature #traveldiary

On the way from the former Imperial City of Hue to the ancient Phong Nha Caves, I decided to learn a little more about 20th-century Vietnam on a tour of the DMZ, the Demilitarized Zone separating Communist North Vietnam from South Vietnam in the Vietnam War.
One of our stops was this war cemetery with hundreds of uniform graves, some unmarked, others decorated by family members to make them look a bit more personal.

#vietnam #history #dmztour

Look at those details! I don't know what the original decorations at the Hue Citadel looked like - most of the complex burned down during a Vietnam War battle in the 1960s - but I love the idea of using shards of porcelain and glass to create elaborate pictures. I've seen this throughout Vietnam. But in Hue, they've taken this art to a whole new level.

Don't forget to check out my blog for more on Hue: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huecitadel #travelguide

The morning light made the contrast between the shadows and the colors in the decorations of the Hue Citadel pop even more.

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#beautiful #vietnam #huecitadel

The Silk Embroidery Museum (and Shop) was one of my favorite spots in Hue. It wasn't very busy when I visited. So I had ample time to take a closer look at the works in progress on the artists' desks.

See my other favorites in Hue on the blog: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huevietnam #embroidery

Am I posting too many photos from the Hue Citadel? Possibly. Naw! I just can't get enough of the colors and the intricate designs... 😍😍😊 To learn more about Hue and the Citadel, check out my blog post on my 5 favorite sights in Vietnam's last Imperial Capital https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#architecture #vietnam #huecitadel

I know bonsais are supposed to be tiny. But in Vietnam, they've taken bonsais to a whole new level - the trees are about a meter high but look like miniature versions of centuries-old giants, complete with landscapes and figurines sitting in their shade.
This one is in Co Ha Gardens in the Forbidden City of Hue Citadel, which is BTW also an excellent spot for a coffee & snack break.

To find out more about Hue and the Citadel, check out my blog: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#bonsai #vietnam #huecity

It's not the best picture - I took it through the scratched train window - but I hope you get an idea of the stunning landscapes that the train ride from Da Nang to Hue offers. And it costs less than $3 if you buy your tickets at the station.

For more tips on transport in Vietnam check my website: https://notesontraveling.com/travel-vietnam-plane-train-bus-motorcycle/

#traintravel #vietnam #danang

So. Many. Fish. The lake at the Tomb of Minh Mang was just teeming with koi. Sometimes they were swimming in a massive swirl hoping to catch some food the visitors would buy and throw in the water.

Read more on Minh Mang Tomb and Hue sights on the blog: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#koifish #vietnam #huevietnam

I loved to just aimlessly wander around the Forbidden City compound in Hue's Citadel. This photo shows not not just a beautifully decorated wall but behind this divider is the entrance to the next inner court of the Emperors dwellings.

To learn more about Hue and the Citadel, check out my blog post on my 5 favorite sights in Vietnam's last Imperial Capital https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#beautiful #vietnam #huevietnam

Once you've traveled a bit in Southeast Asia, you'll come to appreciate the many different shades of water lilies and lotus (i.e., the pretty flowers on lakes and ponds). There are the deep purple flowers - like here in Da Nang - but also the lighter purple ones, the white ones, and Myanmar's Inle Lake has a lot of dark pinks.

For more about my travels in Asia visit https://notesontraveling.com/category/asia.

#waterlily #lotusflower #vietnam

This lovely thing about the Hue Citadel in its current state is that restorations are ongoing. So you can wander the beautifully restored crown halls and temples but also find spots like this gate that have survived the Vietnam War bombings and have not yet been touched by the renovations.

For more info on Hue and the Citadel check out my blog post about my 5 favorite sights in the last Vietnamese Imperial capital, https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huecitadel #travelblogger

The picture doesn't show it but, man, was it hot that day! Even at 10 in the morning, I was sweating like crazy and very grateful for the shade these long walkways - once used by the Emperor's Mandarins to conduct the country's business - provided.

For my 5 Favorite Hue Sights, check out my blog: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huecitadel #travelblogger

This little fellow just wanted to be my friend when I explored the outer buildings of the Hue Citadel at sunrise. So we hung out for a bit.

#vietnam #dog #huevietnam

I rented a scooter for the day and went to Minh Mang tomb on the outskirts of Hue, a park that holds the remains of one of Vietnam's last emperors. And I am totally in love with this pic: the light was great so it came out crystal clear; and how amazing are these ladies with their Vietnamese bamboo hats?!? Read more about Minh Mang and Hue on my website: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huevietnam #travelphotography

I have not been able to figure out what this walkway was used for when the Emperor and his court roamed Hue Citadel but I loved walking in the shade and admiring the intricate carvings and golden details. Plus, at the end of each passage, there were 19th- and 20th-century photographs of life in Hue and Vietnam.

For more about traveling in Vietnam, check out https://notesontraveling.com/tag/vietnam

#vietnam #huecitadel #travelblogger

Confession: I have endless amounts of this type of photo trying to get a perfectly symmetrical view of the temples, halls, and gates of Hue's Forbidden City. Some have been very successful (do I get to praise myself?), others less so.

For more photos of Hue's Forbidden City check my blog: https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#vietnam #huevietnam #forbiddencity

Time for some color! And for my favorite photos from Hue, Vietnam...
The Silk Embroidery Museum not far from the Night Market by the Perfume River in Hue is a magical place: You can not only see how silk embroidery is used in everyday Vietnamese items but also see veritable silk embroidery art making you look twice to see the fine stitches, and to boot you can watch the artists at work.

For more on the Silk Embroidery Museum in Hue check my post on my 5 Favorites Sights in Vietnam's Last Imperial Capital https://notesontraveling.com/hue-vietnam-guide/

#streetphotography #vietnam #huevietnam

🎡 After the sun comes rai-i-in; after the rain comes su-u-un.🎡 And in between: rainbows over a mighty dragon (bridge). For more on Da Nang visit https://notesontraveling.com/da-nang-vietnam-itinerary/

#rainbow #vietnam #danang

Da Nang is for bridge lovers. Not only is there an impressive light display each night along the river (see my post from three days ago), but there's also a fireworks festival going on for a few weekends each summer. And then there's this: a bridge with a winding yellow dragon. πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ‰ For more on Da Nang, check out https://notesontraveling.com/da-nang-vietnam-itinerary

#dragonbridge #danang #vietnam

While one side of Monkey Peak looks down on sprawling Da Nang and the beach dotted with the traditional round bamboo boats (I posted the view the other day), this is the view to the North. And riding along the road, you may feel like you were the only person on Son Tra peninsula.

Read more about my day on Monkey Peak on the blog: https://notesontraveling.com/da-nang-vietnam-itinerary/

#panorama #vietnam #danang

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