13.11.2014 - 13.11.2014
The ancient town in the Ninh Binh province, lies approximately 90 km outside Hanoi, takes about two and half hours by bus. The roads in Vietnam is not bad but the speed limit is 80km/h and it is quite an adventure driving on the road. Don't try and drive in Vietnam, especially not in or close to the bigger cities. APT travel agency was brilliant. We had two guides, Tahn (sorry not sure I spell your name correct) and the training guide Kien. Both are very good and I would definitely recommend them to anyone. Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. In the late 10th century, Hoa Lư was the capital as well as the economic, political and cultural center of Đại Cồ Việt, an independent Vietnamese polity founded in 968 A.D. by the local warlord Đinh Bộ Lĩnh (Dinh dynasty which lasted only 40 years). This was also the capital of Vietnam until 1010, after which the capital become Thang Long, which is today known as Hanoi. This place is known as the Halong Bay on ground. It is breathtaking. Halong bay has approx 1600 islets where Hoa Lu has more than 3000 of these limestone mountains.
Tanh, the guide.
Kien, training guide and father of new baby girl.
Our lunch, Spring rolls, chicken, goat, rice, corn pancake
All over Vietnam houses are build like this. Usually just one facing (room ) but sometimes up to 4 or 5 levels high. The reason for this is the tax on the land that is very high as well as you pay for the facing (width) of the house. Which means, you can build as many levels as you can, the tax will stay the same.