Why is it that I still haven’t travelled Bali? Is Bali a ‘no-go’ zone for me? I have a keen interest in for a number of reasons and one is because it’s the closest Asian holiday destination for Australians. Besides, I have a huge passion for travel.
I knew so much about this small and interesting island well before I’d decided on a career change to the Travel industry.
As a new Travel Consultant, one of my co-workers listened to me while I was talking to a client about Bali. Later she asked if I’d already travelled there because I spoke about it like I had. I was a wealth of information even though I hadn’t. Plus, my knowledge made for a very happy traveller.
This is the third part of our adventure and it did not disappoint either. With a view from a bicycle seat, my camera was running hot as it was a bonus to be able to stop at anytime when I saw a photo opportunity and because of this I’m giving the Tam Coc Bicycle Tour a thumbs up. It was an excellent finale for the day!
The monolithic mountains looked so dramatic against the water.
I managed to take some fantastic photos one handed as I peddled and bounced along a rocky and dusty road on a rickety old bicycle which was so much fun. It also came with the very important accessory; a handy basket that hung on to the handle bars. (a necessity for every bicycle) 😊
A tasty lunch was waiting when we arrived into Tam Coc, Vietnam and once that was finished it was time for the Tam Coc Sampan Ride. Wahoo!! I was soo excited!!
Sampans are low sided flat bottomed boats designed to use in shallow waterways. This portion of the day tour was the highlight for me.
The pictures in the brochure reminded me of other photos that I’d seen online. These were of people in small boats floating down the Li River in China. It just looked magical with the monolithic mountains surrounding the serene valley.
Wow! My thoughts immediately went to my bucket list as I’ve wanted to experience it ever since seeing it online. Hanoi isn’t far from the Chinese boarder and the scenery looked spectacularly similar so it was close enough for me!
How hot is it?! It’s late October and I’ve just walked out of the air-conditioned Hanoi International airport and the heat and humidity has hit me like a ton of bricks. Instantly beads of sweat exuded across my forehead and the top of my lip. I think I want to get back on the plane – Tam Biet Hanoi.
For a brief moment… I regressed back to my first sauna experience. I’d perspired that much I swear I’d shrunken in size. But then again, maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part.
Having now landed in the North of the country and based on the fact that Hanoi was closer to the North Pole, I expected a little less of both the heat and humidity but no; that wasn’t to be. Silly me.
Xin Chao Hanoi! (That was just about the limit of my Vietnamese) 😊