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by: [30 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Kung Foo Fighter

Following on from our previous Photo of the Week of the talent show winner in Chiang Mai I thought I would post a video from the event.  The video below is off one of the contestants at the talent show.  A you can see, this kid just oozed enthusiasm and talent.  Quite why he didn’t win is beyond me.  Check it out and decide for yourself.

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by: [28 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Photo of the Week- Mekong Delta

This little boy showed the adults how to do it on the Mekong Delta tour. When presented with a Burmese Python, this groovy dude jumped at the chance to have a go holding it.
As you can see from everyone’s reaction in the background, everyone was delighted to see him having so much fun with the snake.
He also deserves his prime place as Photo of the Week on Borebags purely for wearing those trousers. He is a real dude!

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by: [26 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Cruising through Halong Bay

Halong Bay was high on the list of priorities on my “must see” list of things to see in Vietnam. Believe it or not, the main reason for this was down to the Top Gear Vietnam special. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should look it up. It shows the beauty of Vietnam perfectly, alongside the usual larking about from Clarkson, Hammond and Captain Slow.
Halong Bay is one of the most iconic places to visit in Northern Vietnam. You can’t visit Hanoi (or northern Vietnam) and not do …

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by: [10 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Crossing the road in Hanoi

Crossing the road might seem like a simple task to many who haven’t experienced the traffic in Vietnam.  “How difficult can it be?” some may ask.  Surely the simple rules “Stop, Look & Listen” can be applied to any road crossing in the world.  Myself and Donna soon found out that this is not true, especially in Hanoi.  If you apply this rule in Vietnam you would be waiting a lifetime to cross the road.

As you can see in the video above, Donna demonstrates that crossing the road in Vietnam …

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by: [7 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Say it like the Vietnamese…

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for weeks now. Four weeks and 3 days to be precise.
I loved lots of things about Vietnam but I have to say the best thing about the country is the people. And my favourite thing about the people is the sayings they come off with…
Here’s a selection of phrases that I know are in every beach seller, shop keeper or motorbike driver’s guide to the English language.
“Buy something……….” – can usually be followed with “now” if you happen to meet a bossy-boots seller.
Ïf …

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by: [27 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments]
Photo of the Week – Mother and Baby

During our visit to Halong Bay (blog to follow soon) we had the opportunity to stay in a bamboo beach hut on an Island known as “Monkey Island”.  Named so mainly because of the monkey population that lives on the island.  After a quick afternoon snooze our guide took us on a bit of a trek over the rocky terrain and onto an neighbouring beach.  We were informed that this was where the main monkey population hung out.  We were initially unenthusiastic about the trek as we were sure we …

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by: [17 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
We love you Hanoi, we do

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of love I have for Hanoi.
I was always looking forward to coming to Vietnam out of all the countries in S.E Asia but Hanoi really won me over from the get-go. Hitching a ride in a taxi from the airport with Dan and Bianca, we witnessed the chaos the country brings from the minute we stepped out into the streets.
Being a non-driver I am usually quite a placid passenger and go over random thoughts floating in my head rather than concentrate on the …

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by: [16 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
Long Neck Tribe

During our stay in Chiang Mai we took the opportunity to take a tour out into the surrounding area and view a number of the Hill Tribes that still live in the mountains of Northern Thailand.
First stop on the trip was a rather uninspiring Orchid farm where they cross-pollinated and grew large quantities of Orchids.  After a quick blast through the farm we were on our way to visit the fist of the hill tribes.  We were informed by our tour guide that this tribe is responsible for crafting the infamous …