100 Decades Ago. Vietnam’s Ancient Capital: Hoa Lu

HOA LU. Home to Vietnam’s First Dynasties

I was up early. I’d eaten my breakfast and had packed the backpack before the travel alarm had sounded that morning.

This was going to be a full day out and the first stop was Vietnam’s ancient capital back in the 10th century.

Hoa Lu which is in Northern Vietnam was where the first two dynasties based themselves and was located a couple of hours drive from Hanoi.

Temple dedicated to Vietnam’s first 2 emperors.
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Tam Coc Bicycle Tour Vietnam

Explore the countryside of Northern Vietnam by bicycle. The Tam Coc Bicycle Tour ventures past rice paddy fields with great views of monolithic mountains.

View from a Bicycle Seat

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!

Explore the countryside of Northern Vietnam by bicycle. The Tam Coc Bicycle Tour ventures past rice paddy fields with great views of monolithic mountains.

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) 😊

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Tam Coc Sampan Ride. Hey, Lady! You Bling Good Ruck!

Monolithic Mountains

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.

Tam Coc Sampan Ride
Gliding along the waterway in a Sampn

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!    

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Tam Biet Hanoi

Tam Biet Hanoi. You're Not On My Bucket List.

How hot is it!

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.

Xin Chào Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake bridge

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) 😊

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