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Dalat

sunny 25 °C

Famous on the tourist trail for its drive around a 60km circuit taking in silk worm farms, coffee plantations, waterfalls, temples and flower farms ,lets just say there is lots to take in and no better way to do it than on a motorbike. The town itself is home to one of Vietnam’s largest flower and vegetable markets, just bustling with colours, aromas and local shoppers.

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Mui Ne

sunny 29 °C

We made a quick stop in the seaside town famous by its sand dunes. We ate barbecued Queen Scallops in the night market and spent the day on bicycles exploring the coast.

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Mekong Delta

sunny 25 °C

Stubbornly perhaps, rather than opting for an organised tour into the delta area we thought we would carry on independently. This was a mistake as irregular busses and complicated changes meant that going it alone actually took longer and cost us more. Still, we met two old cronies in the local bus station who tried to help us and even sold us snacks and drinks without adding the customary tourist tax.

We stayed on one of the smaller islands with a family who prepared us a traditional meal of Elephant Ear fish. We took a sunrise cruise the next morning to see some of the floating markets, a local sweet making factory and an orchard.

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Good morning Vietnam

Saigon

semi-overcast 20 °C

Good morning Vietnam! I love the smell of umm… baguettes and fresh coffee in the morning. It was a great surprise to find it all over Saigon. The French got a few things right here before they were kicked out.

We really loved the street food particularly the classic Pho Bo – beef noodle soup-served with piles of fresh mint and Thai basil. The crispy duck was another firm favourite washed down with a Saigon beer costing a mere 20p.

Although it rained occasionally, affording us the excuse to nip into a coffee shop and sample some delicious coffee, it was great just strolling along the tree lined boulevards trying to dodge the crazy traffic. There are around 4 million motorbikes here and …

We visited the War Remnants Museum. It was an interesting way to pass the afternoon checking out the old American machines of war and gaining an insight to the Vietnamese perspective on the war. We also made it out to the Chu Ci Tunnels where we climbed into the foxholes and tunnels that some of the VC lived and fought in. I spent 2 minutes in one of the shallower tunnels and still can’t imagine how they endured the months or days that they did.

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Lake Maninjau

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Smaller than Toba, we were able to hire a motorbike and drive round it within a few hours leaving time before sunset to take out a canoe skilfully crafted from a single tree trunk. Despite the locals gliding around, it is actually an incredibly difficult balancing act, for us at least; several times we nearly ended up in the lake.

On the whole we have been a little disappointed with food in Sumatra but meals in the sweet bungalow guesthouse offered some salvation. Not that we’re complaining – we are off to Vietnam next!

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