As planned, I took the night train that took me from Hanoi to Hue city. The tickets were reserved ahead in a special carriage. I wanted to experience something different. The carriage had different and fancy (for oriental style) Violette ornaments and the departure was scheduled for the end of the day, around 19:00.
I flew from Bangkok to Hanoi and arrived at night. Stayed at a backpacker’s hostel in the old quarter, close to the market. This is a golden rule for me – Always be close to the city centre to avoid the mess over transportation. Wake up with the mix of confusing noises coming from the market, people, motorbikes… a chaotic city with frenetic rhythm.
To get to know Vietnam, I decided to give a deep dive into the country, making a 1700km north-south travel by train, starting in Hanoi (official capital) until Ho Chi Minh – ex-Saigon (economic capital), visiting Halong Bay, Hué (imperial city) and Can Tho (floating markets). Check the dedicated posts.
Sri Lanka South Coast is a fishermen area with both history and paradise beach for surf lovers: white sand, warm water, waves, palm trees…
I travelled from Tangalle to Galle in a few stops along this looooong street near the sea: Tangalle » Hummanaya » Matara » Unawatuna » Galle. Unforgettable!