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Reunification Express Overnight Train

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?

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, harbor view from 27th floor

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.

La Tonnelle, upstairs common area

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.

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