S: Inside Vietnam, October 2010
FC: Bobby & Donna Calvary | Our Travels to Vietnam | October 8th to October 26, 2010
1: Bobby and Donna discover Vietnam with Overseas Adventure Travel Group Hanoi is the capital and second largest city in Vietnam. October 2010 marked the 1000 year anniversary of the city.
2: Visit to Hanoi's French-influenced Old Quarter via cyclo-rickshaw
3: Toured the Temple of Literature known as the temple of Confucius in Vietnam | Happy 1000th Birthday to Hanoi
5: Ho Chi Minh's preserved body lies in a refrigerated viewing chamber in the marble mausoleum at Ba Dinh Square
6: Yee, our efficient trip leader was very entertaining & funny
7: Our tour of Bac Thao included the Presidential Palace (top left) completed in 1906 was too grand for Ho Chi Minh. He preferred the Stilt House (bottom left) where Uncle Ho lived until his death in 1969. Both are of French influence. We thoroughly enjoyed the sights, sounds and markets of Hanoi.
8: Ho Chi Minh preferred the simplicity of the Stilt House | Beautiful Vietnam
9: Water puppetry, a thousand-year-old Vietnamese performance art has deep roots in the wet rice agriculture of the Red River Delta.
10: Motorbikes are the primary form of transportation in Vietnam | Top right - typical funeral procession | Airmail from Vietnam
11: Our learning and discovery included working with the locals in the rice fields
12: Halong Bay and OAT's Hai Au Junk | Halong Bay, a popular travel destination within Vietnam
14: Bobby relaxes on-board our junk | Small but comfortable room
15: Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 2000 limestone monolithic islands formed over 500 million years. | Great food and service for our one night stay | Hai Au Junk is a traditional wooden junk sailboat | Discovering the World Together | Also referred to as the "Descending Dragon Bay"
16: Good fortune came our way with picture perfect weather | Limestone islands dotted with caves of all sizes and shapes | Stunning views at sunset and sunrise with clear skies | Floating villages of fishermen & their families span the horizon.
17: Views of floating village. Men's long nails signify that person does not have to engage in manual labor.
18: Hang Sung Sot opened in 1995, a "grotto of surprises" is one of the most beautiful caves in the bay.
21: Vietnamese royalty once lived in the walled Imperial City of the Hue Citadel | Our OAT group of 14 never let a little rain detour our discoveries or fun. | Hue Citadel is an Asian wonderland of palaces, gardens, temples, gates & halls.
22: Hue, formally the imperial capital of Vietnam, is divided by the Perfume River. | Our visit to Hue and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Thriving flowers and greenery throughout the land.
24: Lunch with Buddhist nuns followed by visit to Buddhist orphanage.
27: Our trip leader, Yee, challenged us to purchase the correct food items from the local market - great fun. | Brides come to Hoi An to purchase materials for the bridal party. | Hoi An - known as shopper's paradise | Hoi An in Central Vietnam has developed a reputation for its silk and tailoring.
28: Traditional Vietnamese fishing boats along the lake
29: Bobby gets a turn | The water buffalo is the traditional symbol of Vietnam. It represents bravery, happiness & prosperity. | Doug enjoys his ride on a water buffalo
30: Yee determined that maneuvering the small, circular boat was no easy task. | South China Sea & China Beach | China Beach is where American G.I.s spent their leave surfing and swimming during the Vietnam War.
31: OAT group helps the local fishermen
32: Hoi An, an Ancient Town on the coast of the South China Sea, was declared by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries.
33: Hoi An combines a unique blend of local and foreign influences
34: Hoi An is referred to as the Mecca Of Vietnam when it comes to silk. We stayed at Phuoc An River Hotel which included bike rental. We enjoyed shopping along with a bike ride to China Beach. | Hoi An is high fashion! | Fabulous Fashion
35: Beautiful lacquerware for sale in the local markets. | Colorful lanterns along bridge in Ancient Hoi An | First Class Fun!
37: From death to a new life together, we viewed both a funeral and an engagement procession . | Experienced a cooking lesson in Hoi An
38: My Son Sanctuary, located on the central coast of Vietnam is an amazing site of Champa ruins influenced by Hinduism. | The sanctuary was built to honor their gods and to bury their kings. The temple complex was rediscovered by the French in 1898.
39: Beautiful Apsara dancers at My Son Sanctuary wear colorful traditional costumes and pyramid-shaped hats.
40: Donna looks forward to shopping at the local markets throughout the country. | We purchased a vase made from a re-cycled weapon. | Brave man! | Decorative items made from weapons | Passport to Travel | Calvary Travels
41: We had five inter-country flights aboard Vietnam Air. All were on-time with the exception of one hour delay.
42: We traveled aboard a luxurious bus | Baskets made by the locals | Learning and Discovery to a local village | We enjoyed lunch and visit at a local village
43: OAT trips have a unique day of "learning and discovery"
44: Beautiful people throughout the world | Delicious dragon fruit - top left | Beautiful faces | Precious children | Vivid Colors
46: Making Memories Together
47: Vietnam - land of natural settings, religious monuments, and local markets | Love
48: Overseas Adventure Travel friends
50: Dalat's Crazy House is a 5-story little wonder designed by Hang Nga.
51: Weasel Coffee, a specialty of Delat, has a unique chocolaty & earthly flavor is a favorite of many coffee lovers.
52: Market Exploration
54: Visit to Dalat University and visit with students. Vietnamese women are hard working.
55: Traditional dance performance at local village. Fun drinking rice wine and joining the celebration. .
56: Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Siagon | Siagon
57: Visit to the War Museum related to the American phase of the Vietnam War.
58: Beautiful parks on city tour. Iced coffee - Drip coffee served over condensed milk. Motorbikes crowd the streets of every major city in Vietnam.
59: Enjoyed walking tour of Saigon with Sue, our OAT friend
60: Fun shopping at Ben Thanh Market and exploration in Ho Chi Minh City | Quest for light skin inspires women to cover- up in Vietnam.
61: Fish Therapy - Feeling described as somewhere between pleasure & being vigorously tickled. | Bobby thoroughly enjoyed his fish therapy experience. He said it felt like a mild electrical shock.
62: Visit to the Mekong Delta - cruised the narrow canals aboard a sampan
63: Visit to a bee farm, coconut factory and local scenery. Eyes of the boat ward off demons.
64: The boat is the most convenient method of transportation | Vietnam's "rice basket", the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, crisscrossed by brown canals fed by the mighty Mekong River. | Produces half the country's agricultural production
65: Life on the delta | Mekong Delta is a prosperous region of rice fields, orchards & canals where water & earth are interlaced. | Harvesting coconuts
67: Famous as a large rice growing area - hard work for many. | Mekong River is the third longest river in Asia. | Insight to a completely different way of life. | Final full day of touring before farewell dinner & travel home.
69: Good morning Vietnam! | Homeward bound via United - good flights | Farewell Dinner