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    Surviving a Typhoon in Hoi An

    Hoi An Temple gate with busy street

    Location: Hoi An, Vietnam

    As we arrived in Hoi An the heavens opened! (you can see our previous post on how we got there using the local bus here.) We decided to walk to our guest house as it really wasn’t that far away from the bus stop, although we did get very wet.

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    24 hours in Hue

    girl walks down a covered walkway in Imperial City Hue

    Location: Hue, Vietnam

    We were told by so many people that you really don’t need long in Hue, 1 or 2 days max. So that is exactly what we did -‘a day in Hue’. A fleeting visit in which we would try and fit in as much as we could. After our night train experience (you can read all about that here) and with no help from the in-coming (unknown to us) typhoon weather we found this harder than expected.

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    Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue

    Train at hue station

    We thought we would put this post together as we hadn’t seen many people write about their experiences about getting an overnight train to Hue from Hanoi. After an eventful week in Hanoi exploring the beautiful busy city and surrounding areas of Ha Long and Ninh Binh we were ready for our next adventure in Vietnam – Hue!

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    You just have to visit Ha Long Bay

    Ariel view of Halong bay Vietnam

    Location: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

    While we were in Hanoi we knew that we wanted to take a trip to Ha Long Bay. This natural beauty has become more an more popular for tourists in the last ten years and we can see why. We have never seen anything like these amazing limestone formations that rise out of the turquoise water.

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    What you must see in Hanoi

    Temp on Hanoi kier lake in Hanoi

    Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Hanoi was the first stop on our big adventure, and what a way to start! This city feels like it never stops and has something new around every corner. Be prepared to be swept away by the amazingly colourful streets and not to mention the speed of life (and the traffic!) If you manage to cross the roads you may want to check out some of these places… Here is what we think you must see in Hanoi!

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    What to expect at university

    Two graduate girls look out over bournemouth beach holding graduation caps expect at university

    It has come round to that time of year again. So many people are off to university and for many of them it will be their first time living away from home. Both of us moved away from home and from our home county when we went off to university many moons ago, and now our little brother is doing the same. It can be a very daunting time so we thought we would put together a little list of what you can expect throughout university.

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    What vaccinations do you need for South East Asia?

    Blonde girl walks through giant plants in greenhouse Copenhagen botanical gardens

    If there is one hidden cost that most people forget about before they travel, it is the price of vaccinations. If you live in the UK these will NOT be on the NHS and you will have to pay as they are not a required for you to have them. Or in simpler terms; You have chosen to go on this trip where you will need these specific vaccinations and it is not an illness that the NHS need to treat. Apart from Tetnus, none of the other vaccinations in this list are required and therefore they are optional vaccinations. AND BOY DOES IT START TO ADD UP. Due to the spacing of some of these vaccinations you should start to think about which vaccinations you want at least two months before you go…

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