Good morning Vietnam!!!!!!! ha ha ha
Ok so i finally left Hanoi!!! After nearly 5 weeks i felt really sad to be leaving what felt like my home away from home. I had my final barbie on the roof, drank a few beers with my boys Mick & Max (legends who run my hostel), said goodbye to all the staff, and headed out on a motorbike taxi (beers and backpack in hand!) I also had to say goodbye to my girl in Hanoi which was pretty sad to do as im sure you can imagine (life of a traveller i guess).
I have an open bus ticket to get me down through Vietnam which means i can hop off or on whenever i want, and for only 28 US Dollars! I got my first bus which was a 13 hour overnight ride to Hue, which is a town located in central Vietnam. I must say i am not the best with sleeping on the bus, so when i arrived into the blistering heat of Hue i was REALLY missing Hanoi! I ended up at a pretty nice hotel however which only cost 3 quid a night so it's all good.
Hue is a pretty laid back town it has a citadel which was the scene of a famous battle between American & VC troops during the war. It is also the town closest if you want to visit the Demilitarized Zone which is an area which divides North & South Vietnam, and was the scene of some of the biggest military build ups every seen. I only spent a few days here in Hue as there is not really much to see or do. I went on a tour of the DMZ and some of the areas where heavy fighting took place. Although there was not much to see as all of the leftovers from the war has been taken away by the locals and sold as scrap metal, it was very interesting to see how such a beautiful and peaceful landscape, could have been the stage for some of the bloodiest combat of the last century. I also visited Khe Sanh combat base which again, was hard to take in how this place could have made the cover of TIME magazine, and been the subject of constant attention by the western media during the siege that took place here. All that was left was a few pieces of military hardware, and a lot of pro-VC propaganda pictures on the wall.
I ended up spending 3 days here, and today i head out again on the bus to Danang (site of the famous 'China Beach', and the location where US Marines first waded ashore in 1965). I will be there only one night, before i make the short trip to Hoi An, to spend another 4 or 5 days, and finally try and take advantage of the blistering heat and hit the beach!!!!!
My Visa expires on the 26th April, so i will attempt to position myself somewhere along the Mekong Delta at that point, and make my entry into Cambodia.
Check out my pics site (link on the front page), i really had some good time in Hanoi to update a lot of snaps, and i hopefully will be able to update the last 80 pics i have from China in the coming days.