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Joy Ride (Ho Chi Minh Trail)

Day 8

On the road, while riding on a motorcycle I feel the sweat and the heat is burning my skin. I have to ask Heather, Alex and our Vietnamese guide to make a stop. I notice Heather and Alex are turning red so we have to put a lot of sunscreen on and drink a lot of water.

We reached our first destination spot, which is the City of Vinh. Vinh has a unique position to which captains of any age pay attention to. It is surrounded by rivers and mountains, close to the East Sea. We will spend a night here in Vinh.

While in Vinh City, we visit the Hong Son Temple. We visit this temple because it offered tons of history and is very unique architeturally. Hong Son Temple is an excellent architectural relic influenced by Nguyen Dynasty's architectural style. It still holds a valuable collection of statues. The temple was classified as a national cultural historical site.

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After visiting the temple, our stomach are demanding for food. We dine in a local restaurant located near vinh market place. It was a great feeling after a long track of highway and visiting the temple. We end up with amazing cold and fresh coconut juice with a special oriential foods.

Its seems after that big heavy meals and refresfments I felt a little bit sleepy but forget it we are continuing exploring Vinh city. We are now headed to a place called Can Linh Pagoda. This Pagoda is one of the most famous temples in the Nghe An province. Dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha, it is recognized as a national heritage site.

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After we visit the Can Linh Pagoda. Its seems that we need to go to the hotel to check-in. We arrived in a local hotel that is very affordable, convienent and 5 minute walk to the Vinh Market Places. While in the hotel we decided to freshen up. Our Vietnamese guide, named Vhan Nguyen went to buy a gas. So the three of us had a quick snack after a cold shower. So Vhan finally arrived and Alex wants to go to Vihn Market Place. Of course it will be shopping time for us!

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We enjoy the night visiting the Vinh Market. Vietnamese People are very hard workers. This Market has lots to offer. We saw beautiful man made handicrafts, fresh seafood, flowers and many more unique products. We bought a lot of souvenirs like vietnamese hats, charms bracelets, key chains and blankets. We also created many memories with some of the Vietnamese vendors who sells foods and clothes on the streets.

Thats it for Vinh City. Tommorow we will start early in the morning, heading to Mai Chau and will end up in Hanoi..
See you bright and early!
Downnie

Posted by HAD2010 16:00 Archived in Vietnam

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