The final stop on our whirlwind tour through Vietnam was the island of Phu Quoc. It was here that we were supposed to be able to relax, do nothing and just sit by the beach. But, in classic Stokes fashion, it took us about a day and a half to get restless.Soooo we rented motorbikes! … More “Left! DRIVE ON THE LEFT!”
Perhaps the most bizarre experience of our Hoi An stay occurred when we were out on our bikes, exploring. It was a classic sweltering Vietnamese day and we had just reached the sea. The three of us wandered on to the beach – and all of a sudden we were transported back to World War … More “But how will I get back if you both die?!”
Our escapades in Hoi An took on a new direction when mum and dad spotted a tiny, packed, little ferry just about to take off. Apparently this was their cue to jump on, dragging us with them. Of course they had absolutely no idea where the ferry was headed, how long it would take and … More “So locals only pay 5000 Dong?!?!”
Our life in Hoi An was quite a contrast to the one we had in Hue. Where temples, palaces and tombs had occupied most of our time in Hue, in Hoi An it was all about the shopping. And to the surprise of all of us, it was dad – the ultimate hater of shopping … More But you said you wanted it slim-fit!
After another hectic, whirlwind day in Hanoi, we were due to head south by train to Hue. The journey from the hotel to the station went seamlessly – a stark contrast to the first time. But it didn’t stay that way. Just as I was falling asleep, all of the electricity cut out. Gone was … More “And the emperor had 531 wives…”
After getting over the initial shock of having most moments in the day planned out for you, I discovered that I actually really enjoy being on a cruise. Every single meal was exquisite – a medley of Vietnamese and French fusion food. We always came away feeling like our stomachs were about to explode, no … More “No, you have to eat all 7 courses”
One member of the family – who shall not be named – has a snore that is basically thunder. On holidays we usually enforce a sleeping rota to ensure that everyone gets at least one good night sleep every few days. Last night it was my turn with the snorer. I’m not sure what was … More A night in the bath
The boat pulled into a sheltered area of Ha Long Bay to moor for the night. We were able to enjoy the stunning sunset over the rocky outcrops of limestone. We were blown away. Well, three of us were at least. There was a distinct air of discontent radiating from dad. “I’ve been lied to! … More I should have got an Oscar!
“STOKIEEEEEEEE!! HELP MEEE!!” That was something that we came to hear again and again throughout our first day exploring Hanoi. The traffic in Vietnam is infamous and we found out firsthand. Everytime you crossed the street, it felt like you were putting your life on the line as an army of motorcycles charged towards you. … More Stop fondling my passion fruits!
Train Journey: Hong Kong to Hanoi 7:20-9:30 HK – Guangzhou 11:20-3:30 Guangzhou – Nanning 18:10-05:30 Nanning – Hanoi We knew we were in trouble when mum got caught trying to smuggle 6 boiled eggs into China and got taken aside for questioning. But that was only the beginning. In the race against time between our … More Where can I give my bribe?