PHONG NHA KE BANG  This was Ned and my absolutely favourite town in Vietnam.   Phong Nha Ke Banh contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed 400 million years ago! Not to mention its surrounded by mountains, tropical forests, underground rivers and caves! Riding around the town on our bikes was absolutely amazing, the locals are the friendliest I've ever experienced, we would love to go back one day and spend more time exploring.
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 In awe of 'Paradise Cave'
 THE DARK CAVE. Upon entering the park there are some extremely fun activities on the lake, rope swings, kayaks etc but the challenge was The dark Cave itself. I should mention, in my early twenties I developed a fear of confined spaces due to circumstances at the time which would cause crippling anxiety/panic attacks. I learned that to enter the Dark Cave you first use a flying fox over the lake to the entrance (fun!) you then swim to the entrance equipped only with a bikini and a helmet torch to find the natural mud bath inside. In my head, i had already talked myself out. Luckily I had my amazing boyfriend and new Busabout friends helping me through, singing, cracking jokes and pushing me to make it to the end... and I DID IT! After a 20 min walk weaving in and out of the muddy cave walls, falling into mud holes we made it!! I floated with our group in the dark, inside a cave in mud and it was amazing! Im so grateful to have conquered a huge fear! Unfortunately due to falling over so much our Camera lens was pure mud, so not the greatest photos inside!
 HUE  This was once the capital of Vietnam and it wasn't hard to see why! Hue is over flowing with culture and history!  We stopped for a few hours and were able to go inside/learn the history of the Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of Khai Dinh. The most emotional moment was seeing the car of the famous burning monk, Thich Quang Duc. For those who are not familiar, please google him. This man sat in a busy intersection while he burned to death in protest. 
 Beautiful Lily Pads surrounding the Imperial City
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 The Imperial City
 A child, learning the ways of the Monks at Thien Mu Pagoda.
 Thien Mu Pagoda, The tallest religious building in Vietnam.
 Entering the Tomb of Khai Dinh.
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 The Tomb of Khai Dinh.
 HOI AN  We hopped on bicycles and went for a ride through the city and out to a local village. It was so peaceful and colourful its hard to imagine all those waterholes were created from bombs during the war. Our local guide took us into his home and he and his wife gave our busabout group a Vietnamese cooking lesson... We made Rice paper rolls and Vietnamese pancakes, Delish! Our group then went with our guide and local fisherman as they showed us how they caught crabs and raced each other in little boats made from bull poop! I love Hoi An!   
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 This water hole was created by a bomb from the Vietnam War
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 This boat is made with... BULL POOP! fishing with a local (Don't worry vego tegan didn't allow and animals to die lol)
 Quick dip in our hotel pool!
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 Local markets, so colourful and fresh!
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 NHA TRANG  Nha Trang is a beach city, filled with every water activity imaginable and SO MANY MARKETS! We hopped on a boat out to Mun Island for a snorkel with  our group, before jumping back on the boat to a yummy vietnamese lunch with lots of swim stops and entertainment... the Lady boy was my personal fav hehe! The second day in Nha Trang had us visit the beautiful Po Nagar with an incredible view of the city.
 Crew on POINT!
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 DALAT  Dalat, also known as 'The City of Eternal Springs' was original developed by the french as a resort in the 1900s. The city is full of french colonial villas, cafes, Markets and shops.  We strolled around the local Markets and visited the famous Crazy house (getting lost numerous times) Linh Phuoc Pagoda and the Datanla Falls.
 Linh Phuoc Pagoda, feeling like a princess.
 The Crazy house, a must see in Dalat! Spot me?
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 Datanla Falls
 On a mini roller coaster down to the waterfall!!!
 HO CHI MINH (AKA SAIGON)  The perfect city to end our Vietnam Adventure! Unfortunately Ned got extremely sick during our last day so we didn't get to see a huge portion of the city, we did however make it out to the famous Cu Chi tunnels! So hard to believe that during the war these people lived in these incredibly small tunnels! We spent our last evening at the markets before ending the trip with drinks, food, dancing and laughter.  VIETNAM, WE LOVE YOU!
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