Anthony and Erica on the road to Mandalay 2006 travel blog

Fishing village, Ha Long Bay

Tourist junk, Ha Long Bay

Island in Ha Long Bay

Late afternoon kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Vendors circle as we settle for the night, Ha Long Bay

Fishermen's houses, Ha Long Bay

Courtyard at Den Dinh Tien Hoang Pagoda, Hoa Lu

Entrance to Den Le Dai Hanh Pagoda, Hoa Lu

Temple of Literature, Ha Noi

Ngo Mon Gate, Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel

Sampan dredging sand, Perfume River, Hue

Xung Khiem Pavillion, Tu Duc's Mausoleum, Hue

Me at Tu Duc's Mausoleum, Hue

Harem in the rain, Tu Duc's Mausoleum, Hue

Khai Dinh's Mausoleum, Hue

Rain at Minh Mang's Mausoleum, Hue

Gardens of Tu Hieu Pagoda

Nuns and monks at Tu Hieu Pagoda, Hue

Japanese Bridge, Hue

Backrivers, Hue

Pagoda on Marble Mountain, De Nang

Marble Mountain temple, De Nang

Marble Mountain temple, De Nang

My Son in the rain, Hoi An

Lunch in a flooded Hoi An

Flooded market, Hoi An

Cao Daists

Cao Dai worshippers

Jade Emperor Pagoda, Saigon

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Stream of mopeds, Ha Noi

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Leg rowing 2, Tam Coc

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Leg rowing 3, Tam Coc

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Saigon traffic

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Cao Dai worship


Pictures from today's adventures are on yesterday's page. The pictures here are a sort of 'best' of my Vietnam pictures, as a summary, or for the faint-hearted who understandably can't face looking through all of the other ones.

I must be getting used to the drinking, less of a hangover today. I walked quite a long way across town to get to the Jade Emperor Pagoda, checking out various stuff on the way, marvelling at the traffic chaos, and generally absorbing the hustle and bustle of Saigon, which I find very stimulating. The temple was great, very atmospheric, musty and incense filled, and most of the time I was there there was chanting and stuff going on. And then a fairly exhilerating motorbike ride at high speed back home, much cheaper than Alton Towers. And a bit of shopping.

Later, I followed the advice of an American guy in my hostel and had this fairly radical massage. It was like one of those masochistic Japanese game shows. First a steam bath - which is basically a sauna as far as I could tell, then a normal sauna. Next was lying on a massage table under a shower while this guy scrubbed me really hard with a brillo pad, or at least that's what it felt like. Then a short break, transfer to a dry massage table and this tiny Vietnamese woman gave me a severe battering for an hour or so, much of which seemed to involve kicking me. Painful at the time, but I felt much better for it afterwards, and fully prepared for my last night's drinking in Vietnam.



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