We began our Round the World 2018 travel adventure in Vietnam, arriving in Hanoi in January. We spent a couple of weeks in the northern zone (Hanoi and Cat Ba), but then headed to the mid-section of Vietnam for warmer weather (Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park). We were surprised just how cold northern Vietnam gets in January! We were in winter jackets and gloves. We found the heat in Ho Chi Minh City and enjoyed the ocean breeze and perfect temperatures on Con Dao island. As the weather warmed up in the north, we headed back to Hanoi for trips to Ninh Binh National Park and a motorbike tour of Ha Giang province. When traveling to Vietnam in January/February, a South to Northbound itinerary may be preferable if you want to avoid the cold season in the North. This is a great time of year to be in Vietnam as the entire country gears up for and celebrates the Tet holiday. The cities and parks are cleaned and fresh colorful landscaping installed.
The temples in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province, have exceptional characteristics, which is why they are a popular pilgrimage destination during Tet. Happy Year of the Dog!
Our motorbike tour through Ha Giang province in Vietnam's northern highlands was the capstone of our two months in Vietnam...
Con Dao is a perfect couple's retreat for those who love a quiet beach, an eye-opening dip in the salty bay after a hot morning run, and long stretches of simply staring in amazement at nature's glorious beauty.
The main attraction in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam, is CAVES! Each cave offers a unique and completely different experience, but the highlight was...
Hue is a beautiful, modern city with a sordid past. From unifying the country to eventually selling-out to the French, the political events in Hue nearly 200 years ago altered the trajectory of the country.
Most tourists to northern Vietnam book a fast-paced, one-day excursion to Halong Bay only to post disappointed reviews later. Do yourself a favor: ditch the crowds and enjoy a little slice of Eden in Viet Hai on the island of Cat Ba...
Nothing attracts kids like a flying camera! Caffrey making friends in Viet Hai, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam while flying the DJI Mavic Pro drone.
We were in Hanoi Vietnam for a week and it took about that long to get used to the noise, dirt, and chaos. There is an order, but don’t expect to articulate or quantify it. You just have to surrender to it.
The best food is shared food. This evening, our small party of three dined at The 1946, where I discovered why the rich tasting, slightly-sweet Field Crab Hotpot (lẩu = hotpot, riêu cua = fresh water crab) is such a well-loved dish in the northern region of Vietnam.
This 5.5 mile course is a mix of dirt road and pavement, almost entirely past rice paddies and karst mountains. Pancake flat. The loop extends from Bich Dong temple to Thai Vi temple through Tam Coc.
This 5 mile-ish route in Hoi An Vietnam assumes that you will begin and end your run before 10:00 a.m. to avoid the tourist mob.
Hue is a perfect city for running! This scenic 10 kilometer route loops around the Perfume River, passing the Imperial Citadel, with a round-trip extension onto Kim Long avenue to the Thien Mu Pagoda and back.
You do not really need a map to run this course, if you find yourself in the remote farming commune of Viet Hai on Cat Ba Island, Vietnam. But check out these course photos!
Running in Hanoi presents a myriad of challenges, from chickens to scooters to pollution. After attempting a few different courses, this route on the banks of West Lake (Tay Ho) proved to be safe(r) and quite enjoyable.