Category Archives: Vietnam

Travels With Sheila’s Fast and Easy Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is an exciting city with an abundance of sights, excellent restaurants, and hotels that range from Backpacker Hostels to 5*****. If a super-cheap airfare materializes, it could be just the spot for a whirlwind 5-day trip! Hanoi is also

Northwest Vietnam: Hindsight is 20/20

A bit of hindsight pertains to the dynamics of this particular tour. The fact that only four people were on it created a developing problem. It’s always been our practice not to travel with good friends and/or acquaintances. What begins

One Last Day in Hanoi Was Not Enough, Vietnam

Off the train and back to the Hoa Binh Hotel at 5:30 am, everyone was exhausted. The front desk staff promised room by, perhaps, 9:30 am. A few cups of coffee before disheveled ex-Marine and I set out for an

The Overnight Train From Lao Cai to Hanoi, Vietnam

There are approximately five trains every night from Lao Cai to Hanoi leaving at different times for the nine hour train ride. Hard class with wooden seats, Soft seats, trains with 6-berth compartments, trains with 4-berth compartments and the deluxe

Lao Cai is A Chinese Border Town in Northwest Vietnam

Lunch at one of the big tourist restaurants on the square at Bac Ha before driving back to Lao Cai where we’d take the 8:15 pm overnight train to Hanoi. Haven’t a clue what restaurant it was but if you

The Famous and Colorful Bac Ha Sunday Market, Northwest Vietnam

We missed Bac Ha Market in 2001 because of abominable weather. So much rain and mud, the roads were impossible (and impassable) and ex-Marine and I were really looking forward to finally getting here. The Bac Ha Market has a