So what is the best way of touring the countryside in Vietnam? A motorbike, without question. But this being Vietnam, you need something simple. Sturdy. Reliable. You need the Kalashnikov among motorbikes. A bike that you can ride on mud, gravel or the street. Something you crash with on the street, get up and just continue riding. You need the Minsk! Read More…
Around a year ago I was in Vietnam for the first time . And boy, I was impressed! The food, the people, the shopping. I had to come back. So I did. But this time I visited the North.Since we had a one week break for Chinese New Year I decided to head for Hanoi and the surrounding countryside – on a motorbike! But before we go to the adventurous part, let’s start with Vietnam’s capital.
“Heaven on Earth”, that’s how the Lonely Planet described Angkor Wat. European cathedrals are “nothing compared to Angkor Wat”. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of European cathedrals. Nice to look, but once you’ve seen one you’ve seen pretty much all of them. Unless you’re an architect or church-addict and can appreciate the fine details. I made a similar experience with temples in Asia. Nice to visit, but after a while you’ve seen them all.
So I was skeptical about Angkor Wat. Can it be that good as everyone says? Is it really “Heaven on Earth”?
I went to visit our office in Taiwan last week. On Friday, I took the HSR train and went from Taichung down south to Taiwan’s oldest city – Tainan. The city has always been on my list of places to go since I first set foot on Taiwan three years ago. But somehow I was never able to make it down south. I was always stuck in Taipei. This time, though, I made it.
And boy was I in for a disappointment.