The end of the wet season

…is more wet than you would expect.

Just arrived in Vietnam today and there is an incredible amount of water everywhere. Water in the fields for the rice crops, everywhere around Hanoi, water in the various lakes and rivers, plus some new water pouring down on the streets. I’ve been told that when the wet season ends the amount of rain is actually the highest.

It’s been raining for the last week or so. Bad weather during my entire stay in the beautiful Yangshuo area and bad weather all the way to Hanoi. Here, a typhoon just passed, I think the same I missed in Hong Kong, and another storm just came in. So, the forecast doesn’t look so good for the next days. Still, I will try to stick to the original plan and go from one extreme to another: from a boat trip in the next 3 days to a mountain trek right after that.

Vietnam is an interesting change coming from China. The vegetation changes significantly and the architecture and people as well. Also the level of organization and the general order and cleanliness are quite different. On the negative side, unfortunately. But at least the numbers of tourists will radically drop and also theĀ  locals here are less pushy and don’t insist that much on selling you things.


The image above is a sunrise captured in the small village of XingPing during the only few minutes when I could see a bit of sunshine. Never saw the sun itself…

(reminder: mobile photos for now; the others after I get home)

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