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Hoi An – the City that stole our Hearts

Hoi An – the City that stole our Hearts

  Hoi An is one of these places that you instantly like. It’s small, manageable and is dotted with charming old buildings, beautifully preserved and turned into souvenir shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Especially the latter are where we spent a lot of time. Did we mention the Vietnamese coffee is delicious? One of the major advantages of Hoi An is its central Old Town, which has been pedestrianised. Not even scooters are allowed in there, just bikes, and that’s…

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From Hue to Hoi An: Rushing through Central Vietnam

From Hue to Hoi An: Rushing through Central Vietnam

  From Hanoi we took our last train on this journey to Hue, from there on we would continue by bus. A sleeper train, again, roundabout 12 hours. The trains in Vietnam may look old on the outside, but they are actually really impeccably clean inside. It could have been a delightfully calm and relaxed journey, if there hadn’t been these two small children in our compartment that practically cried and / or grumbled the whole night through. They left…

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Beijing

Beijing

Beijing was our first impression of China. To us it seemed more like three cities in one. There is the modern Beijing where people live and work, it’s very alive, a bit scruffy, busy, loud and quite chaotic, especially the traffic. Always watch out for traffic, they’re out to get you. Beijing is not at all as organised as we thought it would be, at least on the outside, can’t really say what its like working there. Public transportation is…

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Seoul – Goodbye Korea

Seoul – Goodbye Korea

  Visiting Seoul was the perfect end to our trip through South Korea. This city is like a melting pot, where all that we’ve learned and seen while traveling Korea, its history, tradition, nature and modern life come together: You find historical sites, temples, palaces located in the middle of skyscrapers and modern architecture, latest technology, great shopping opportunities… And if you’re getting close to a sensual overload you can find more or less peaceful retreat in the nearby mountains, like on a…

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Historic Sites at Buyeo and Gongju

Historic Sites at Buyeo and Gongju

We based ourselves in Daejeon for a history lesson: We went to see some remains of the Baekje Kingdom, around 18 BC to 660 AD one of the three Kingdoms of Korea, in Buyeo and Gongju. In the fortress of Buyeo, Busosanseong, the Baekje Army had somewhat of their own “300”: A Baekje army of 5000 man stood against 50.000 Chinese soldiers in 660 AD, and was only finally defeated in the 5th attack. There is a small shrine in honor of the…

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Templestay at Naesosa

Templestay at Naesosa

  Korean Temples allow visitors to get a glimpse of the life of a buddhist monk through the Templestay program. It’s usually a one-night and two-days schedule, but some temples allow you to stay longer, which is what we wanted. I don’t think you can get a real impression in just around 22 hours. Also, we really felt like we could use some rest and take things at a slower pace than the last couple of weeks. After some research about the different…

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