Vietnam is a long north-south country with no interstate highways. So if you're from the US or Europe, you'll have to adjust the amount of time it takes to travel. So although a 40-50 mile per hour train sounds kind of slow, the top speed is a car is about that fast, and there's traffic to deal with. And when you're going the ~400 miles between Hanoi & Hue, that works out to about 10 hours. Or you could travel by air. But didn't you sit endless hours in an airplane just to get to Vietnam?
I am not one to throw a lot of money at lodging -- the point of traveling is to not be in your room. But Hong Kong is expensive. So instead of going after budget, I went after value. And our experience confirmed that.
I wanted two things from our hotel in Hong Kong: a view and a great location. Lan Kwai Fong Hotel didn't disappoint. The harbor view from room 2704 you can see above. And it's easy walking to anything in Central, including the Sheung Wan MTR station.
Charming, comfortable and welcoming. Located on a pedestrian-only street, the vibe at La Tonnelle reflected the laid-back feel of Hoi An in general. We stayed in room #3, which was spacious enough so even with our stuff out of the bags it felt large.
Now who would represent that freshman English word dichotomy more than Dr Jeckle and Mr Hyde (ex-wives excepted)? A good Victorian subtitle might be "Wherein the Doctor Made Himself the Monster, Thus Reducing the Cast By One."
We drove from Washington DC to Denver last spring. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. The US is bigger than you think and to experience the flyover country by car can give you an insight that books and pictures simply cannot. But what to see?