Hi all, I’m sharing some photographs and highlights from my recent trip to Asia. I visited Beijing, China in late May, then we traveled to Hanio, Halong Harbor, Danang and Hoi An in Vietnam. Asia was not necessarily on my bucket list, but I loved it and would love to go back someday. I found the people gentle and warm, the food fresh and good and the shopping fantastic! It was hot, so I’d recommend going at a cooler time of year, but we had a great time anyway.
- Transport – Cars and scooters and everything in between! Lots of electric vehicles, so it’s quiet.
- Metro/Underground – The people all dress nicely, trains come every 2 minutes, there is always a bike waiting at the other end.
- People – gentle and respectful
- Food – incredible variety, fresh ingredients
- Shopping – OMG, you can buy anything! We both had glasses made in about an hour for less than 10% of what we usually pay.
- Forbidden City – Wear comfortable shoes – it’s bigger than you think!
- Beautiful lake and parks
- People – Very hard working – they eat and nap at their stalls. They are friendly and amazingly have “moved-on” from the Vietnam war which they call the American war.
- Transport – The motorcycles are loud! Miraculously, they don’t hit you when you cross the road!
- Shopping – Even less expensive than China.
- Must visit – Vietnamese Womens Museum – This covers the war, modern day working women, religious sects and traditions (many seem quite primitive but are practiced today).
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay Highlights:
- Must See – Take a higher end cruise – it’s worth it!
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An Highlights:
- Shopping – Bring photos of an outfit and have it made for a fraction of the cost at home. The seamstresses are VERY good! Prices are LOW on almost everything – clothing, luggage, camping gear, etc.
- Eating – The indoor market is a great place to get fantastic smoothies and other fresh items
- People – Very friendly
- Resorts – Beautiful, new and a great value
- Beaches – Beautiful but can be mixed areas that are not as cleaned up.
Must Read: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace, the diary of Dang Thuy Tram
This is a diary of a young female Vietnamese doctor, Dang Thuy Tram, who went to the south to run a clinic to support the war effort. It took her months just to get to the south. This is her actual diary and has heartfelt prose that communicates very different perspective of the war.