Monthly Archives: March 2012

Riding the Iron Rooster in Vietnam

Our first train journey in Vietnam lasted for only the duration of 7 kilometres, starting from the atmospheric Dalat Railway Station to the town of Trai Mat. We had plenty of spare time to take in the unusual architecture of … Continue reading

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Thien Vien Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest Zen Monastery)

Thien Vien Truc Lam is one of the largest Zen meditation study centres in Vietnam.  The complex was completed in 1994 with the aim of giving new life to the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen sect, a uniquely Vietnamese form … Continue reading

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Dalat Night Market

Most visitors to Dalat are Vietnamese, and most of them leave loaded with stuff. What they like to take home is dried and candied fruits, strawberry preserves, coffee, green and artichoke tea, local wine, dried venison, orchids, strawberries, avocados, and … Continue reading

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Dalat’s Crazy House

One of the highlights of my trip to Vietnam was a visit to The Crazy House (believe it or not), located in the peaceful alpine suburbs of the city of Dalat, in the central highlands.

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Life on the Mekong Delta

For two magical days, we cruised along the peaceful waterways of the Mekong Delta in south western Vietnam, watching life on the river. We tried local fruit and freshly caught fish on lush island orchards and visited brick, rice paper … Continue reading

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A Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh, Southern Vietnam

Cao Dai (Dao Cao Dai or Caodaism) is a syncretistic, monotheistic Vietnamese religious movement with a strongly nationalist political character. During the war, adherents of Cao Dai formed their own powerful militia and opposed the communist forces. For many years … Continue reading

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Rickshaw Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Old Saigon)

My first ever expedition to Vietnam began with a brief stay in bustling Ho Chi Minh City or what was formally known as and still commonly called today, Saigon. Flying into Saigon city at night is like flying into a … Continue reading

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