Category Archives: Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu and the Bitter Taste

Where is it? North West Vietnam. What is it? A medium-sized town in a valley not far from the Laos border. The name literally translates as “Big Frontier Administrative Centre”. Not very prosaic so we’ll stick to Dien Bien Phu. … Continue reading

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Hoi An

Hang on there is something wrong here. This isn’t Vietnam surely. The streets of this town are quiet and clean and much of the old buildings well preserved. I had arrived in Hoi An and there was a remarkable contrast … Continue reading

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Fanxipan Roof of Indochina

Fanxipan  is located within view of the hill town of Sapa in Lao Chai province in north-western Vietnam. As the sobriquet suggests Fanxipan at 10,312 ft is the highest mountain in Indochina and the last major peak in the Himalayan range. I define Indochina … Continue reading

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