Quy Nhon; Vietnam's Best Kept Secret

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February 28th 2011
Published: March 3rd 2011
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Quy Nhon beach is a 4-mile long crescent of fine amber-colored sand. The harbor is sheltered by a bowl of green mountains. On their slopes you can see faint dimples that were created by the 2,000 lb bombs dropped by B-52s during the Vietnam War in this strategically important area. The now calm waters are laced with fish nets, traps, squid shacks and round rattan boats piloted by small, sinewy, ... Read Full Entry

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Music Video ShootMusic Video Shoot
Music Video Shoot

Watched this crew move around the promenade shooting from different angles while the singer lip-synched along to a boom box.

View from our room.
Beach CafeBeach Cafe
Beach Cafe

The promenade is lined with spots like this where you can get an iced coffee or a fruit shake for 10,000 Dong or less.
Squid ShackSquid Shack
Squid Shack

One of the hundreds that flood the bay with light after nightfall.
Kiddie LandKiddie Land
Kiddie Land

One of the many small amusement parks along the beach.
Playful VietnamesePlayful Vietnamese
Playful Vietnamese

They are a fun loving people who enjoy games, contests and eating and drinking for hours with friends and family.
Vietnamese BudweiserVietnamese Budweiser
Vietnamese Budweiser

333 is pronounced Baa, Baa, Baa. That's right! Just like the sheep says.
Hoang Yen RoomHoang Yen Room
Hoang Yen Room

Mike's first flat screen television.
Breakfast in VietnamBreakfast in Vietnam
Breakfast in Vietnam

Chicken noodle soup with a kick.
Evening CocktailsEvening Cocktails
Evening Cocktails

Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice on crushed ice with a sprinkle of ginger flavored salt. I know. I thought the same thing but then I tried one and another and another. They're kind of tasty.
Mike with camera.Mike with camera.
Mike with camera.

Wondering yet again why he never packs the manual with him.
Quy Nhon PagodaQuy Nhon Pagoda
Quy Nhon Pagoda

The largest in Quy Nhon
Was A Sunny DayWas A Sunny Day
Was A Sunny Day

I hear that Miami Beach looked like this back in the 1950's.
Leper Colony BeachLeper Colony Beach
Leper Colony Beach

Located 4 miles south of Quy Nhon this beach, adjacent to the leper hospital, is open to the public. The admission fee is 5,000 Dong. Pretty beach with three cafe's and a small restaurant. Once again we found ourselves to be the only visitors. Karen while walking saw a single leper out and about.
Leper Beach TableLeper Beach Table
Leper Beach Table

Set under some shady pines the cafe's offer a full range of beverages and hammocks.
Leper BeachLeper Beach
Leper Beach

Just a beautiful place to rest and relax. It's walkable from Quy Nhon but strenuous. We walked in and hired 2 guys with scooters to run our elderly bones back to the hotel.

3rd March 2011
Was A Sunny Day

Unbelievable - I would love to see what you two are seeing!! How exciting - this was a little less scary and intimidating than some of your other posts! Interesting to hear how you handle the language barrier. Very cool and VERY beautiful!
3rd March 2011

Enjoy your VN blog...
Hi Mike and Karen, Enjoy your travel blog immensely. Felt like I was right there with you. Look like you have a good time in Vietnam. Following your VN travel blog, you've already travel VN more than I am (which is a native but living abroad). Keep up your blog... Look for it everyday. Thank you and enjoy your stay.
3rd March 2011

Hello Ngoc
Thanks for your kind words. It's encouraging to hear them from a Vietnamese native.
3rd March 2011

Glad you enjoyed it. Our next stop is My Lai so I assume the resulting Blog entry will be less upbeat. Just giving you a heads up.
30th August 2012

Quy Nhon: Vietnam's BestKept Secret
You just changed my mind. Nice interaction with people. Great description of food - yummmy...will be there to enjoy it.

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