Our stay at the Topas Ecolodge in Sapa, Vietnam in the Hoeng Lien Son mountains stunned us with beauty.
After our zenity serenity float through Ninh Binh's grottoes we asked our guide to take us to the long-hunted spot that I had seen photos of months before. He added a bonus stop first, at the Hoa Lư temples. We learned from him a lot about these ancient spots, now just few ruins in a large cement park, but only a few tidbits of knowledge remain with me here, 3 months later. One was that one of the temples had shorter doors to signify that the army general who became emperor was not as…
Our boat journey through the Trang An complex in Ninh Binh took us through caves and pagodas.
Our visit to Hoi An was filled with lanterns and coconut ice cream and festival games!
We visited the Thuy Son caves of the Marble Mountains, a few minutes from Da Nang.
Our drive out to the end of the Son Tra peninsula included a stop at the Linh Ung temples, the banyan tree, and rich amounts of natural beauty.
We flew to Da Nang for a weekend at the beach at the Furama Resort.
Hanoi's Old Quarter, with it's thick motorbike traffic and temples, mesmerized us from the first moment in the Ngoc Son Temple.