• Solo travelling

    5-6th of August – Short trip to Hoi An

    5th of August – Visiting Coconut forest After Da Nang we moved on to Hoi An. We took a taxi. Yes, in Vietnam you either know how to ride a motorcycle or take the taxi or xe om. There are buses but in Da Nang the public transportation system is not well-developed yet (I rarely saw any bus). Also we had children so it was better to take the taxi. Luckily my aunt found a reliable taxi driver so we could leave our luggage in the car before arriving to the hotel and visit places. We went to the Coconut Forest (Rung dua bay mau) near Hoi An. The coconut…

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    2-4th of August – Journey in Da Nang and Ba Na Hills

    2nd of August – Leaving Lang Co and Hello Da Nang Today we left Lang Co and the tour bus took us to Da Nang Airport. From now on only me, my aunt, uncle and their grandsons travelling. We waited for the hotel shuttle bus to come for us. My cousin booked us a 5-star hotel. It was Da Nang Golden Bay. Everything was covered with gold. It was truly amazing. But everything comes with a price. The place is amazing but far from everything. We had to either take their shuttle bus to go to the city center or take the taxi. Da Nang has Han river that separate…

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    29-31th of July – Lang Co, Hai Van pass, Suoi Hoa village, Hue city

    29th of July – Arriving to Lang Co This morning we prepared to leave for Lang Co. This is tour trip organized by the university where my uncle teaches. It was their the end of year meeting and they organized a 4-night trip which I find pretty amazing. Anyone of the family member could go. So I went with my aunt, uncle and their 2 grandsons. We took a plane from Hanoi to Da Nang. Then the tour bus took us to Thanh Tam resort in Lang Co. It’s a beach city near to Da Nang and Hue city. The bus road was around 1 hour. The landscape was amazing.…

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    1st of August – Environment needs to be saved

    Today as the group doesn’t have any schedule I mainly stay at home which bores the hell out of me. I started travelling in Vietnam since the 29th of July with my aunt, uncle and their grandsons. We go with the group of university professors who work with my uncle. To be honest if it wasn’t because of the places they visited I would never follow this group. I had been travelling alone for 20 days, exploring many places so now how could I handle arranged program like this? The hotel is booked, the food is provided and the bus takes us everywhere. Challenge is nowhere. I feel demotivated and…

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    26-28th July – Bye Seoul and Hello Hanoi

    26th of July – Arriving to Vietnam On 25th I checked out of the hostel in Seoul but my flight didn’t leave until 6am on 26th. On 25th I spent the whole day writing at the guesthouse then in the evening I met my friend to have dinner. When I went back there for my belongings I got to talk to the owner of the hostel. We talked until midnight so he had to take me to Seoul station to catch the N6001 bus to the airport as the bus at night runs differently. I arrived to the airport at 2am and fortunately I only had to wait 1 hour…

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    25th of July – Dealing with boredom and loneliness

    Travelling might be fun and thrilling as you visit wonderful, breathtaking places. Hitting the road alone is challenging and you get to know a lot about yourself as well as about the world. But in reality it has never been easy especially when you have nothing to do and feel lonely. This is what happened to me during the past few days. Suddenly I felt 24 hours are way too much for a day. What exactly happened? When boredom hits you It probably started in Gyeongju when the weather turned to be rainy for the whole day so I couldn’t go anywhere. Staying in the hostel the others invited me…

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    24th of July – A day to DMZ

    Everyone knows that Korea has two parts North Korea and South Korea who used to be one country but now they are two. Since they only signed the armistice agreement, the two counties are technically still in war. The DMZ, demilitarized zone is significant symbol of this. The military demarcation line is at the 38 parallel. The joint security area (JSA) is where the two countries’ forces meet. From that line 2 km to North and 2 km to South is the DMZ area. It’s a dangerous area and you can only enter with a group tour and you have to go through a passport control and all. There is…

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    22-23th of July – Shopping in Seoul

    22th of July Shopping in Seoul I arrived to Seoul and the next two days I spent with meeting friends, shopping and eatings. I’m not going to write about what to visit and see in Seoul as last year I have seen almost everything. You can find the posts here (Travel->countries->Asia->Arriving to Seoul -> the posts). This time I didn’t really feel like going around too much as there are too many people and comparing to previous cities it’s busier so I don’t feel like going to many places by myself. Not to talk about the weather. It’s boring and it rains but more important it’s humid. Fortunately the humidity…

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    19 – 21th of July – A day to a folk village before going to Seoul

    Today after breakfast I had to figure out what to do with myself as I was almost out of places. It was raining, fortunately wasn’t a heavy rain. So I decided to go and visit the Yangdong folk village. It took around 1 hour by bus 203. However the bus only run every hour or so therefore I decided to take the bus 200 until the entrance of the village. The bus 203 takes you right to the village. Of course typical me, who always has to make some mistake. I got off 1 station before the actual one. I was thinking walking there since it was just 1 station.…

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    18th of July – Historical sightseeing in Gyeongju

    Today I woke up with an alarm to not miss the breakfast. I guess the mountain climbing and the soju was effective. I went down to have breakfast. The hosts were there too and a girl who later turned out was from Hungary. The host shared with us his story why he quited a corporate job with high salary in exchange of being an owner of the hostel. He said in his 20s he earned a lot of money but he didn’t feel alright. He was worried because he was just a simple part of the company who can be replaced anytime. He didn’t want to live a stressful life.…