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Hello, Nǐ hǎo, and Chào bạn.

My next trip is to Vietnam and China and I am very excited. I will be starting out in Saigon and working my way up north. From Hanoi, I will cross into China either by the International train or plane. This is about the pre-planning, the trip itself and after. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


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When a tiger dies he leaves behind his skin. When a man dies he leaves behind his reputation.
Vietnamese proverb

In Memorium

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam which took place during the Vietnam War between the VC and North Vietnam and 1st Australian Task Force. 18 Australians and 245 Viet Cong soldiers died.

There would have been soldiers on both sides who were only 19.
In commemoration of those who died 50 years ago today. August 18, 1966.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2. Itinerary

Having spent ages working and re-working itineraries, adding this, subtracting that, I think I've pretty much finalised it. But it may still need a bit of fine tuning, especially the Hanoi/Halong Bay/Sapa area. So ... for the moment, what I have is this:

Vietnam Sector
Sat 17 - Arrive KL
Fri 18 - Arrive Saigon 10.10am
Sat 19 - Saigon

Sun 20 - Saigon - Dalat
Mon 21 - Dalat

Tue 22 - Dalat - Nha Trang
Wed 23 - Nha Trang

Thu 24 - Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An.
Depart 2.36 Train SE2. Arrive Danang 11.51am. Or Train SE4 depart 5.38. Arrive Danang 14.30pm
Bus to Hoi An
Fri 25 - Hoi An
Sat 26 - Hoi An

Sun 27 - Hoi An - Hue (8.00am to 12.00pm)
Mon 28 - Hue

Tue 29 - Hue - Hanoi (train) Depart 17.11 Train SE4
Wed 30 - Arrive Hanoi 5.00am

Thu 31 Hanoi - Halong Bay (pickup 7.30am)

Fri 01 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Lao Cai
Arrive Hanoi 17.00pm Train SP1 depart 21.10pm

Sat 02 - Arrive Lao Cai 5.25am
Bus to Bac Ha

Sun 03 - Bac Ha - Sapa
Visit Bac Ha market before catching bus to Sapa

Mon 04 - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Train SP2 depart 20.05

Tue 05 - Arrive Hanoi 4.35am

Wed 06 - Hanoi - Nanning. Train MR1/T8702 from Gia Lam station (Gia Lam station is 6km from Hanoi's main station, across the river) Depart 21.40pm.

Thu 07 - Dong Dang (Vietnamese border)- arrive 02.00am
Dong Dang - depart 03.00am
Pingxiang (Chinese border)- arrive 4.41am
Pingxiang - Depart 6.41am
Arrive Nanning 10.12am (Train fare $38?)

Flight Nanning to Xi'an (to be booked)

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