Photo journal...July 2011
>>>Travelling the length of Vietnam by train>>>
Cycling > Walking > Snorkelling + Swimming > Trekking > Footy...
Travelling can involve a ton of sport if you want it too...
|The ride from Hue to Da Nang was spectacular with lots of bridges and tunnels...|
|Levi & I bunked together most times..|
Rule #1 – Always travel with a footy!
Keeping skills up is very important
Diving and snorkeling - Beautiful coral and fish life around Nha Trang... Great for keeping up holiday fitness , improves lung capacity and maintains the kids swimming skills over the school holidays.
|Snorkeling off Nha Trang|
|Levi learnt to snorkel and saw loads of fishies!|
Trekking in the mountains and valleys of Sapa.
|..adding a load to your back also increases the challenge!|
|Local hmong lady helping Levi out...|
|The boys loved the excitement of trekking and climbing..they also loved the mud!|
|Ros and Quinn climbing the tracks from 'cat cat' village|
|Lao Chai valley|
|Shay walked around 18kms over the 3 days|
|Levi leads the way..|
|...we saw many beautiful water falls and river crossings|
Cycling... So many places…so many bikes… Vietnam is a cycling heaven.
|'Jungle beach' tandems|
|I borrowed many bikes on the trip - this was bike # 1, given to me by owner of jungle beach resort near nha trang...|
At Jungle beach (60kms north of Nha trang) my daily riding included a stunning 12km climb and descend from Jungle beach to ‘unknown fishing village’… see map.
This is a challenging but very rewarding ride as the village is a very pretty and traditional operating sea weed farming community. It also provided a good place to grab a coffee and water before replaying the 12 km climb-descend.
|This is bike # 2. probably the worst bike I have ever riden...but I was despaerate. Anyway it did the job!|
|..Hit 70km/hr on this descent!|
Cycling and Cyclos are the best way to get around Hue. A morning of temple hoping on the bike is one of the most pleasant things to do in Vietnam. The paths around Hue are made for cycling. Flat, peaceful and beautiful surroundings to observe. I included the 250 year old Thanh Toan bridge, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh and several other ancient buildings on my intinery…..
|Cruising around Hue with the boys in a cyclo...|
|Cyclos are a great way to site see|
|Bike # 3. This tourer was a bit better. I did a beautiful early morning ride to see many temples around Hue. I also came with in 30kms of the Laos border. This is the 250 year old 'Thanh Toan' bridge...|
|Khai Dinh Temple|
|Lao Chai Valley is at around 1200m elevation...|
|Bike # 4 - This was about the best set of wheels I had. A giant hard tail. I climbed from the valley floor at 1200m to the highest road pass in Vietnam at 2000m. The bike held up well untill descending at 70km/hr the brake cable decided to snap.! I have to come down with front brakes only. Suffice to say I lectured the hotel on the art of bike maintenance when I got back to town.!|
...and Thac bac, the highest road pass in Vietnam is at around 2000m above sea level..
|hmong woman walking around the roads of Sapa...|
|...me at 2001m above sea level..|
|Bike # 5. The specially adapted kids seat allowed Levi and I to see all of the old quater in comfort!|
|wild lfe of Hanoi old quater...|
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