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December 2017

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First of all, let me tell you how the Hai Van Pass drive came on my radar during my travel in Vietnam. I love driving motorbikes. I hate the traffic and also cars, but I don’t mind them as long as I am perched on a motorbike. When I had to drop my initial thoughts of traveling entire Vietnam by renting or buying a bike, I opted for renting motorbikes in every place. I was…

‘I have had bad bus rides during my travels, but this is the worst bus ride I have ever had!’ frowned Jessica, the girl from Amsterdam next to me on the bus, headed from Mui Ne to Dalat on a rainy afternoon. I smiled listening to her exasperated rant about the drive, as our laggard driver rode the bus on a road that was similar to her mood. Even a seasoned traveler can be put off…

I had only seen the bright red murals, walls and series of dragons with many heads with intimidating large heads only in pictures, and its closely replicated forms in some Chinese restaurants that I had visited. But here I was, standing in front of one of the large dragons that flanked the stairs in Hue (pronounced Hu-way), Vietnam, and I was sure of only one thing – That these imperial characteristics looked beautiful in person,…