RTW review – a year on the road

Wow, a year of continuous travel! And not a single mile flown. That’s quite an achievement. For my month 12 review I am going to do something different, especially since I just recently posted a lengthy review of South East Asia and also updated the post on the travel worries I had before I left. So that’s 12…

RTW the best and worst of SE Asia

Five months in South East Asia, what a ride! Now that I’m moving onward and northward to China, it’s time for final review of the very best and the few worst things of South East Asia. There will also be a souped up monthly review later, as the next one will mark one year of…

RTW train from Hanoi to Guilin

Well, it’s been a day and a half! Today has been a hard lesson in being better prepared than I was. Good grief! The night train from Hanoi to Nanning, China, went actually quite smoothly. The train was fine, the bed quite comfortable, the toilets dire as is so often the case. No toilet paper, and…

RTW a few days in Hanoi

I have already posted the preview for China, mainly because it was time to post something, and that post was ready to go. But there are still a few posts to come about Vietnam and SE Asia, this being the first. The main reason I went to Hanoi was to apply for the China visa, so…

RTW how to get a Chinese visa in Hanoi

I was quite nervous about this.You see, last I heard was that officially you can only apply for a Chinese visa in your country of residence. As I had been traveling non-stop for almost a year by the time I arrived in Hanoi, that wasn’t possible for me. If I didn’t get a Chinese visa,…

RTW night train from Hue to Hanoi

I had traveled by bus and minibus so far in Vietnam, as Da Lat was not on the train network, and Hoi An to Hue with a bus meant a ride over the mountain pass, so I was delighted to give trains a chance. I had booked my train ticket about a week in advance, just…

RTW a half a day tour in Hue

It’s been such a busy few days that I have fallen behind on my actual travel descriptions! For some reason I had been procrastinating on booking what I needed to book for China, in order to apply for the visa, so I had to spend a day in frantically researching where to go, where to…

RTW a happy day at Hue Citadel

Hue used to be the capital city of Vietnam, until the second world war. The Nguyen emperors had their walled city there, and much of it still stands today. It’s a little confusing, though, what to call it, or even what “it” is. The Citadel refers to the large area inside two moats, within which…

RTW a short hop from Hoi An to Hue

The road over the mountain pass from Hoi An to Hue may have been my favorite South East Asia journey so far. The trip only took about three hours, plus time to pick up everyone in Hoi An. I was fortunately ready a little early, as they came for me at 7:15 am. There were…

RTW enchanting Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the loveliest towns I have visited so far on my long journey. Fun fact: it was previously known as Faifoo by the Europeans mangling the original Vietnamese. It has stood on the river Tho Bon since the late 16th Century, and was established as a port town, located as it is…