Introduction (Click the star on the left for daily updates when possible)

Hello there! I see you have a Yen for travel and I promise not to Hanoi you with any more puns. As you can see by the list of places we will be visiting during our 27 day trip, we will be very busy. This trip is once again an organized tour by the same tour company that brought us to China. Sinorama Vacations specializes in China but have been featuring other trips to Asia including this one called Splendid Vietnam + Japan. I will save some writing here because you can see the entire itinerary by clicking on the Sinorama logo on the left.

We will attempt to update our trip log and pictures while we are on our trip although I am not really sure how good our internet access will be while in Vietnam. I assume it will be better in Japan but we only arrive there on March 9th. Also, I am not sure if the notion of free internet with hotels has taken root there yet. I am meeting with the travel agent of couple of weeks before so I may find out if service will be available throughout our trip.

After our trip to China, some of you may be asking why go back to the Far East. We are not sure why we decided to go back in that direction. Part of it was because I always wanted to visit Japan and we should have extended our China trip but we didn't. Going to Japan only for any extended amount of time was out of the question because of cost. This trip is a good compromise as there are only 6 days in Japan at the end of the 21 day tour of Vietnam. Another reason for choosing Vietnam is that the weather there should be a welcome break from our current treacherous winter. Hanoi is our northern most point in Vietnam and is actually slightly more south than Miami. By mid March, when we get to Tokyo, the weather there should also be warmer as it is at the same latitude as North Carolina.

Although the Sinorama website uses the term Luxurious Tour in its description of the trip, I have my doubts of how luxurious some of our accommodations will be. For example, two of the nights will be spent on an overnight train to a remote part of Vietnam called Sa Pa. We paid $50 extra to have a private berth on the train as we were afraid to share our space with live chickens, or even worse, other passengers. I can sleep on the AMT train into town but I am not sure either of us will be getting our forty winks those two nights. It should be a memorable experience no matter what happens. I can see a post trip video being made out of this part of the adventure.

I am sure we will be in for some surprises along the way and we are looking forward to the trip. That is, once the 24 hours of flying time are over with. Thanks for joining us and stay tuned for updates.

Paul and Myrna