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Dec 11, 2008 - Tha Khaek

Today was certainly the hardest ride of our trip, the road from Tha Khaek cut through jungle was as you would expect in this part of the world, full of potholes and very dusty but after some 3 hours we emerged onto a road that was in the process of being tarmaced and riding became straightforward. We stopped off on the way to have a look at the lake which is being created thanks to the building of Laos largest dam, the Nam Thuen 2, which was some view. We thought it would be a good idea to spend the night in a small village of Mahaxai...

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Jun 30, 2008 - Vietnam - DMZ (Demilitarised Zone)

From 1954 to 1975 the Ben Hai River served as the demarkation line between the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). On either side of the river was an area 5 km wide that was known as the Demilitarised Zone (the DMZ). Ironically, as the conflict escalated, the DMZ became one of the most militarised zones in the world. Today, little remains of many of the key 'sites'; to fully appreciate the history, to physically find some of the sites, and to avoid getting too close to any of the...

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May 27, 2008 - Going Off The Rails On A Crazy Train

As I write this we are aboard the Reunification Express to Hanoi. The Express runs from Saigon to Hanoi and covers over 1700 kms. We boarded in Hue and our journey is expected to take approximately 13 hours. We have no idea if this is an accurate prediction. Our experience tells us that it probably is not. We are not comfortable. There are 4 classes on a Vietnamese train; hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper. The latter three classes have A/C. Since we decided on a day train (in order to enjoy the allegedly impressive...

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