Vietnam | 01

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Summer is here. I had a reminiscence of Vietnam the other day and decided I should get my Vietnam post going.

Vietnam is a  place which offers many unparalleled rural views and also sadly, a post war experience.  For the price  you pay, the  food and lodging can come close to being one of the most value for money as far as visiting a country.

The 2 largest cities in Vietnam is the capital formally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, which resides further up north of the country. Seems to me that Hanoi and HCM are like polar opposites, which sort of reminds me of  how people who love the States generally tend to  dislike Europe or vice versa.  I digress. I personally love Hanoi. Its a culture wonderland with and is overflowing with the art and identity. Just an hour away from Hanoi are theses luscious landscapes that can qualify as a hidden gem. Amongst them are Tam Coc, mountainous landscapes and an interesting self discovery bike path. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can also try the over trip just north of Hanoi to Sapa Valley.

This will be a 2 part series as I cover Vietnam from different aspects. The 1st theme would be Landscape & Scenery.

01 | Landscape & Scenery

02| People & the Streets

Halong Bay

Increasing number of digging works have affected the natural beauty of Halong Bay

A view from one of the floating homes in Halong Bay

Docking to visit the cave of Wonders

Nature at work. Many stalactites and stalagmites (Formation of Limestones)

The docking area in Tam Coc

Rowing across Ngo Dong River

Luscious green surround the river

Passing through a really short cave

Serenity and Peace

An endless road to cycle & explore

A water buffalo grazing by the road

A farming working on his ricefields

The landscape of Tam Coc, not too far away from Hanoi city

A view of Halong Bay before the Sunset

Sunset at Halong Bay

Along China Beach

A sweet taste of Bali

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Bali took my breath away.

There, I said it. My expectations have been met. My research has paid off. I am a happy man.
My wife and I decided to go on a scouting trip for potential wedding venues in Bali and we’re so glad we did! The guides and reviews about mystical Bali are completely spot on and there is just something surreal about this little island. The place pretty much reflects the result of a booming tourism industry, seeing how it has shaped the majority of the island. Yet, the tradition and culture is etched deeply into the island. And there is just so much to understand and absorb about the Balinese way of life. Parts of the island that remains almost untouched. The roads leading to some of the grandest and stunning villas are often bumpy, narrow and paved with brown cows grazing by the sides. I can stay and watch the waves all day, just watching them crash against the cliff over and over again.  I can’t wait for the wedding to be held on the acclaimed “Island of Gods”. You can find the list of resorts and villas that we visited at the end of the post.  All photos are taken with an x100s and Sony a850. Enjoy!

Bvlgari Resort

One of the many Villas & resorts in Bali for a breathtaking wedding

Inside the resort

A spectacular view of the ocean

List of places visited (in order of pictures shown)

1. Bvlgari Resorts
2. The Semera Villa
3. The Edge Villa
4. The Sanctus Villa
5. Latitude Villa
6. Ayodya Resorts
7. Uluwatu Temple