Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


Vietnam is primarily known through the cruel war that has raged in the seventies of the last century. The country is run by a communist regime since the victory of the North over the South. However, you can see, apart from the red flags with the yellow star and a number of slogans, none of it. Each goes after his own business, it is incredibly loud and 24 there is activity. As a tourist you will mostly ignored, unless one is interested in one of the many goods that are offered on the roadside. Actually, everything can be bought, department stores are almost inexistent. Somewhat unusually for Western travelers might be the rooms in the hotels. Only by luck you get one with a window. And, in late May, it is oppressively hot in Southeast Asia. For travelers which have problems with 35 degree Celsius and 100% humidity, the summer should be avoided for a trip.
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters.
Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Nội), is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. It was eclipsed by Huế during the Nguyen dynasty as the capital of Vietnam, but Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is located at 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City.
Many impressions can be collected. Whether positive or negative, it should remain entirely value-free. However, it is even more unusually for us, when on the street side grilled dogs for sale are offered. The absence of all wild animals has struck me. On the river banks there are not even birds, all seems to be dead. I never experienced such a massive abundant of wild live ever. In comparison, millions of busy people rushing around. The country is overpopulated, most are young, and everyone has to do something (this in contrast to African countries). I have imagined the land differently, but I have to say, I spent just a week in the northern part. Maybe there would be areas that are different like Sapa.
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