S: Vietnam 2012
BC: Gahm uhn
FC: Vietnam 2012
1: Intrepid Tour Scenic Vietnam Singapore 30/3/12 then: Day 1 :-31/3/12 Hanoi- arrival day meet group at 6pm Day 2 : 1/4/12 Hanoi Ho Chi Minh's complex tour, cyclo tour to water puppet show Day 3 :2/4/12 depart to Halong Bay by bus for over night cruise Day 4: 3/4/12 return to Hanoi free afternoon train trip starts at 6 Day 5 : 4/4/12 arrive in Hue, Citadel tour & Royal dinner Day 6: 5/4/12 dragon boat trip to visit Thein Mu Pagoda one of Emperors tomb & motor bike tour Day 7: 6/4/12 Bus trip to Hoi An sight seeing on the way Day 8 :7/4/12 free day to explore Hoi An & cooking class at 6pm Day 9 : 8/4/12 push bike tour & boat trip Day 10: 9/4/12 8.45 train trip to Nha Trang arrival 9:30 pm Day 11 :10/4/12 boat trip snorkeling Day 12 : 11/4/12 free day Brett went diving, overnight train to Hoi Chi Minh city Day 13: 12/4/12 Cyclo tour of Saigon visit war museum Day 14: 13/4/12 Day trip to Mekong Delta, Last group dinner Day 15: 14/4/12 Home
2: Singapore | The famousRaffles Hotel in Singapore named after Sire Thomas Stamford Raffles, founder of the new Singapore Opened its doors for the first time on December 1, 1887 Peter ordering a $28 Singapore Sling at the Long Bar 30th March 2012
3: Singapore Sling Invented around 1920-1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon 40ml (8 parts) Gin 20ml (4 parts) Heering Cherry Liqueur (cherry brandy) 5ml (1 part) Cointreau 5ml (1 part) DOM Bénédictine 10ml (2 parts) Grenadine 80ml (16 parts) Pineapple juice 30ml (6 parts) Fresh lemon juice 1 dash Angostura bitters PreparationPour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into Poco Grande glass. Garnish with pineapple and maraschino cherry.
4: Hanoi Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. A mass of motorbikes swarms through the tangled web of streets that is the Old Quarter, a cauldron of commerce for almost 1000 years and still the best place to check the pulse of this resurgent city. Hawkers in conical hats ply their wares, locals sip coffee and bia hoi (beer) watching life (and plenty of tourists) pass them by. Witness synchronised t’ai chi at dawn on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi was occupied briefly by the French in 1873 and passed to them 10 years later. It became the capital of French Indochina after 1887. The French developed Hanoi industrially, centering railway repair shops and small processing industries there. Occupied by the Japanese in 1940, Hanoi was liberated in 1945, when it became the seat of Vietnam's government. From 1946 to 1954, it was the scene of heavy fighting between the French and Viet Minh forces. After the French evacuated Hanoi in accordance with the Geneva Conference (July, 1954), the city became the capital of North Vietnam. Under the North Vietnamese it was greatly expanded industrially. During the Vietnam War its transportation facilities were continually disrupted by the bombing of bridges and railways, which were, however, immediately repaired. The city remained remarkably intact despite heavy U.S. bombings, although widespread destruction occurred after the massive attacks of Dec. 18-30, 1972, when many nonmilitary targets, including the French embassy and large residential areas, were hit. Much of the civilian population had been evacuated and factories had been dismantled and reassembled in forested and rural areas. After the cease-fire, much of the machinery was returned and functioned again in ruined structures. Hanoi was established as the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on July 2, 1976. | Tai Chi | Zumba
6: Hoan Kiem Lake "Lake of the Returned Sword" the historical center of Hanoi, with The Turtle Tower standing on a small island near the centre
8: A little look at the sight of Hanoi! Motor bikes are used for a family of 4. They also use them for transporting animals to furniture. Its all in the balance!
11: Uncle Ho Ho Chi Minh born 19 May 1890 – 2 September 1969 | He was the president of North Vietnam's & a hero to his people. Saigon, was officially renamed Ho Chí Minh City on 1st May 1975 shortly after its capture which officially ended the vietnam war | Toni , Sue & Peter in front of Uncle Ho's Mausoleum | Uncle Ho's House
12: Brett's haircut
13: The school children wanted to be photographed
14: Food | Morning Glory(\Water spinach) | Coffee
15: Cha Ca Fish with Fresh Dill Imagine a dish so inviting and delicious that it earns a place on the map of a city, and so appealing that it supports a family-run restaurant from one century into the next through decades of war and times of hardship, right on into the new millennium. That legendary dish is Hanoi’s cha ca, made with chunks of freshwater fish seasoned with galanga (a member of the ginger family) and garlic, colored with turmeric to a warm golden hue, and grilled over charcoal for a smoky note. Then it is fried up with handfuls of fresh dill on a tabletop stove and served over thin rice noodles, shredded lettuce, chopped peanuts, and nuoc cham.
18: Halong Bay
19: Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago. "Here is the unfinished works of the Beings...Here is the stones which the Giant played and threw away". Xuan Dieu
20: This is the life! Toni,Peter, Sue & Tracy | This is the life
24: The Vietnam North-South Railway, also known as the Reunification Express, is a railway that runs from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City. The total length of this railway is 1,726 km
26: HUE | Between 1802 and 1945, it was the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty Hue was also the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bao Di abdicated and a communist government was established in Hanoi In the Vietnam War, Hu’s central position placed it very near the border between North Vietnam and South Vietnam; however, the city was located in South Vietnam. In the Tet Offensive of 1968, during the Battle of Hue, the city suffered considerable damage. Many historical areas of the city are still currently being restored. | Citadel- Thua Thien This former site of the old capitol has a moat and ten ornate gates guarding a palace, temples, gardens and tombs.
30: Tomb of Tú úc in Hue A Summer Palace for the Afterlife | This island is reputed to be where the emperor is really buried.
31: ROYAL DINNER!
32: Motorbike tour around Hue took us to markets with fortune tellers to war lookouts & a demonstration of hat making then lunch at a monastery ran by monks!
36: USA Lookout during Vietnam war
37: Dragon boat trip to visit Thein Mu Pagoda one of Emperors tomb
38: Lookout from Hai Van Pass. | Bus trip from Hue to Hoi An
40: Hoi An is on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century
41: The bridge (Cha cu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side | Hoi AN
42: Cooking class at Gioan | Cooking class
44: Bicycle around Hoi An
48: On the way to Nha Trang
49: Nha Trang | is a coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam.Nha Trang is well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving and is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists
51: Brett flying high
54: NA THRANG to HO CHI MINH by train
55: Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. South Vietnam, as an anti-communist republic, fought against the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, with aid from the United States of America and countries including Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Saigon fell when it was captured by the communists on 30 April 1975, bringing an end to the War with its enemy's victory. Vietnam was then turned into a communist state with the South overtaken. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia nh Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Ho Chí Minh (although the name Saigon is still commonly used.)
60: Cu Chi tunnels The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. The tunnels in parts have been made wider & taller to fit westerners as part of tourism, as many as 26,000 people lived in the tunnels at Cu Chi | Now you see them, now you don't
61: AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.6239mm assault rifle, first developed in the USSR by Mikhail Kalashnikov. Also known as a Kalashnikov, an "AK", or in Russian slang, Kalash. | Brett & Peter get in some practice
70: Scrap book