Feb 12th – Feb 28th.
Seattle to San Francisco, San Fran to Seoul, Seoul to Hanoi. We leave at 7:45am on the morning of the 12th and arrive in Hanoi at 10:35pm on the 13th. Long flights and time change and before you not, two days are gone. We’re staying at the City Gate Hotel in Hanoi – http://www.citygatehotel.com.vn/index.html. The 14th is all about the Old Quarter of Hanoi and some long anticipated Vietnamese Food! Morning of the 15th we’ll head to Halong Bay – http://www.flickr.com/groups/75667315@N00/ for an overnight cruise on a junk. Back to Hanoi on the 16th, one more night, and then we head south to Ninh Binh. From here on out there are no set plans, only a rough itinerary to guide us to the areas with the greatest draw for us. Day tour of Tam Coc, which is described as ‘Halong Bay on the rice paddies,’& the temples of Hoa Lu on the 18th, with a night train to the old imperial capital of Hue. A couple days in Hue, and then on to the war spared city of Hoi An, followed by the beaches of Nha Trang. If time allows, a stop by the mountain town of Dalat before hitting Saigon for the last few days. We have an 8 hour layover in Seoul, so it’s possible we’ll day trip into the city center. We’ll eventually make it home on the morning of the 28th. Straight to work for me! That night let the photo editing begin!
Expectations: I try to keep them to a minimum as I’ve learned throughout my travels. Just see what Vietnam has to dish out, and do my best to take it all in. But… I do expect fantastic food and vibrant street life. That’s about it. It also would be fantastic if the natural sites deliver!