love you long time.


my last 14 days of my 4 month holiday were spent in this country. thinking back, i wish i was still there basking in the sun, not running inside from england's cold weather.

itinerary:  hanoi, ha long bay, hoi an, nha trang, dalat, mui ne, ho chi minh city


thien cung grotto//ha long bay
ha long bay
train time//overnight hanoi to danang (hoi an)

hoi an

vinpearl land//nha trang
cable cars to vinpearl land
paddling our swan in dalat
leaving dalat
kite surfers GALORE//mui ne
the best way is the scooter way//ho chi minh

street grub.
jackfruit tree. such an interesting fruit.

cu chi tunnels//ho chi minh city

"The tunnels of Cu Chi were built over a period of 25 years that began sometime in the late 1940s. They were the improvised response of a poorly equipped peasant army to its enemy's high-tech ordnance, helicopters, artillery, bombers and chemical weapons...The tunnel network of Cu Chi became legendary during the 1960s for its role in facilitating Viet Cong control of a large rural area only 30km to 40km from HCMC. At its height the tunnel system stretched from the South Vietnamese capital to the Cambodian border; in the district of Cu Chi alone there were more than 250km of tunnels. The network, parts of which were several storeys deep, included innumerable trapdoors, constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. The tunnels facilitated communication and coordination between the VC-controlled enclaves, isolated from each other by South Vietnamese and American land and air operations. They also allowed the VC to mount surprise attacks wherever the tunnels went - even within the perimeters of the US military base at Dong Du - and to disappear suddenly into hidden trapdoors without a trace."Lonely Planet

diagram of cu chi tunnel system//complete with underwater entrance
normal tunnel size.
i'm just over 5 feet tall...and it's a tight squeeze
war remnants.
fried jellyfish anyone?

crossing the street//ho chi minh city



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plain of jars.


behold the plain of jars.

according to my tour guide and wikipedia, the plain of jars is dated to the iron age (500 bce to 500 ce). since the 1930's archaeologists have discovered human remains, burial goods, and ceramic items around the stone jars. all of which leads scientists to believe the jars were apart of certain burial practices. it was interesting to say the least. if i were to do it again, i would only go to site 1 (it has the most, and biggest jars).  

i found a silk worm...or at least that's what i think it is...
plain of jars//site 3
don't stray outside of these markers. you're likely to get blown away from land mines!
plain of jars//site 2
plain of jars//site 1

plain of jars//site 1 cave
the people used this cave for cremation. the hole on the left is natural, the next two are manmade.
onward home.

vang vieng.

vang vieng//before the tubing madness started.

river nam xong//vang vieng.

kouang si waterfall.

one of the sights to see in luang prabang is this waterfall/bear rescue facility. 

kouang si waterfall.


view from the top of kouang si waterfall.


into laos i go.

border xing at huay xai.

the mekong river at huay xai.

i'm finally a millionaire!!
one million kip.


white temple//wat rong khun

this obscure buddhist temple resides in chiang rai. i'm glad we stopped here on our way to cross into laos, i would never want to miss feeling like i was some sort of snow princess. in all honesty, stanford and anthony from sex and the city should have gotten married here " )

wat rong khun