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Hanoi and Halong Bay

We ended our month in Vietnam with a couple days in Hanoi, and a couple days in the famed Halong Bay. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political center of Vietnam, and it served as the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. From 1954 to 1976, it was the capital of North Vietnam, and it became the capital of a reunified Vietnam in 1976, after the North’s victory in the Vietnam War. We found it to be less frantic and more orderly […] Read more

Sa Pa and Northwest Vietnam

We took the Reunification Express train from Dong Hoi to Hanoi, a 10-hour trip lined with rice fields and low-lying plains next to the East Vietnam Sea. It was nice to have a little downtime for loading pictures and reading since our next adventure started early the next morning from Hanoi. The Red River flows from China through Vietnam and creates a network of rivers, tributaries, canals and dikes in an 180-degree arc north of Hanoi. Sapa, or Sa Pa, was high on our list of places to visit, in the north of Vietnam. It is well known among tourists […] Read more

Jungle Trekking and Caving

We ended our motorcycle trip through central Vietnam by coming in the ‘back door’ of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, our jumping off point for an overnight trek/cave exploration adventure (yes, Mark agreed to go in caves!). ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was partially filmed here… Shauna looked for him, but only found this creature (video). The park was created to protect one of the world’s two largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes.  Karst topology generally refers to a landscape shaped by the dissolution of layers of soluble bedrock, in this case, limestone. Karsts are found all over the world, but this area is […] Read more

Central Vietnam by Motorbike (Part 2)

Our 2nd night of the motorcycle trip was spent in Huế, a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and was the Vietnamese capital from 1802–1945. Hue’s 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls, enclosed the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; and the Forbidden Purple City. More amazing than the buildings even were the tales of 1,000 concubines and dozens of children supposedly attributed to the various emperors. Busy bees. Vinh Moc is a tunnel complex located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built by local […] Read more

Central Vietnam by Motorbike (Part 1)

We flew from Siem Reap, Cambodia into Danang, in central Vietnam, but immediately drove the short distance to Hoi An for our departure on our motorcycle trip, which turned out to be the highlight of our month in Vietnam. Hoi An We spent a couple of nights, but sadly only one day in Hoi An, a quaint old trading port that has become a bustling tourist destination. Renowned for its timeworn merchants’ homes, riverfront streets and Chinese assembly halls, Hoi An was shaped over time by Chinese and Japanese settlers, and hosted a myriad of European traders in the 15-1600’s. […] Read more

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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