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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang June 16th 2005

Well Vietnam has been pretty low-key so far, but I'll fill you all in what I can. The tourist bus we were holding out for in Savanakhet turned out to be just a van. Of course it was overbooked it so we were jammed in there like sardines. But it got us across the border into Vietnam just the same. We were taken to a city called Dong-Ha, which is about 4 hours north of where we wanted to be, so we arranged a mini-bus to Hoi An. We were told that it would be direct, and that it would just be the five of us and three others. Well, direct actually meant stopping every couple kilometres to let more people on, and three other people quickly turned into 12 Vietamese people, 8 Vietamese ducks, and ... read more
Nha Trang Boat trip
Hoi An
the ducks

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang June 8th 2005

Sitting in Hoi An, just about to do my last fitting for (yet another) tailor made item. This UNESCO world heritage town is best known for its gorgeous french architecture (reminds me of southern France) and its 200 plus tailor shops. These tailors can recreate ANYTHING you point out in a designer catalogue....for a fraction of the price... and in about 3 hours. I heard about all of this, but didn't believe it until I actually arrived. Now I feel like some character out of a Bridget Jones type novel, bouncing from shop to shop, getting measured for beautiful new digs... I've never had anything tailor made before (except for bridesmaids dresses, but they don't count!) and it's AMAZING!!!! Made just for me! More about this later... I'll write in chronological order. Last time I wrote, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang May 16th 2005

Day 14 in Vietnam Are we in Cannes or Costa Del Sol??? We arrived in Nha Trang after another night of traveling in the bus. We had heard great things about the beaches by this city from both tourists and locals. We loved Hoi An, but felt we were missing out on the legendary Vietnamese beaches yet to be discovered. There is a Buddhist saying that you only get disappointments from having expectations. Well, we were pretty disappointed with Nha Trang, to say the least. It was really like Costa Del Sol - just change the signs to Spanish: or like Cannes and its famous Croisette. There was another kind of vibe there, we didn't find the locals or tourists that friendly either. It wasn't a backpacker place (although it doesn't have to be!) but this ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 5th 2005

I know I know the title makes for a negative article, but the realtity of this place, is they hate the American people and ritfully so, but they LOVE they American Dollar. Everything has a price and here was our first example....we were calmly strolling down the street and happened to witness a man getting his haircut on the street by a barber, kind of novel idea and neat thing, so we took a picture right....well the barber throws his hand out for dollar because we took his picture, he is getting paid for his job that he is doing and getting business because it is a neat idea and yet he feels so special that we should pay him for a picture, like he is Celine Dion or something!!! That is the tip of the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 1st 2005

Drinking games aren't very complicated here in Vietnam. Everytime you want a drink, just hold up your glass and make everyone say Mot, Hai, Ba... Yoooo! (1, 2, 3... GO!!), but with the right crowd, you still get the desired result. An added benefit is you learn to count. I proudly announce that I can count to 3 in vietnamese! I've continued travelling with the Police group from Sydney, firstly to the central coast town of Tuy Hoa, famous for being the home town of my good friend and tour guide Luc Nguyen. Luc left Tuy Hoa as a boat person in 1979, and went on to become Australia's first Vietnamese cop. Now a detective, he was proud as punch bringing his Police mates back to his parents house for a party, but I think they ... read more
Luc (right) and family
Some inquisitive kids with Sean
Nha Trang hinterland

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang December 24th 2004

As I was saying.... After that legend feast of Shark etc, we went for drinks and the obligatory Jenga (which we are now all experts in!). That bar closed at midnight but we got wind of some dodgy place a few KMs outside town so 5 of us went there until 4am. Tuesday was hazy, but managed to send out clothes safely, and board a bus to Nah Trang at 6pm. Bus journey had a bit of a problem.......at 11pm we made our scheduled 30 minute stop to 'freshen up' in some little cafe in the middle of nowehere.....however, we were still sat there on the bus at 12:30am and the drivers and some locals were chatting away in the cafe so I went and asked how long before we left....."Soon"....at 1am after being there 2 ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang November 12th 2003

My first impression of Nha Trang wasnt very good. I constantly had the word 'cockroach' in my head. We got to our hotel, and were shown to our rooms. Outside of each room was a shared balcony. It gave us a view of a few streets, which was quite nice as the sun was going down. As soon as we opened the door of our room, I walked over to the bed, and a cockroach the size of a rat ran across the bed. Well, I was out of that room pretty fast, and ask for another one. There was no cockroaches there, or at least that I knew of. We all got up early on our first full day in Nha Trang, and headed down to the beach. We boarded a boat, and went for ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang September 12th 2003

Jesse has left for the UK so I am now wandering around Vietnam by myself. I am at Nha Trang which is 10 hours north of Saigon, on the East coast. Yesterday I went on one of the boat trips around the islands. The only way they make any money is by selling beer (the day trip was US$6 including a huge lunch, snorkelling gear, taxi there...) so they encourage drinking to excess. They tally your beers and you pay at the end, according to the hosts I got the biggest score and "won". I went on "Mama Hanh's" tour. She is a legend around here, and used to go out on the boat 7 days a week and drink all the western boys under the table (she is about 70). Unfortunately she went to prison ... read more
On Mama Hanh's boat trip
On the train to Hue
Shot up church in DMZ

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang February 18th 2000

Geo: 12.2453, 109.199We haven't been doing much lately. We arrived in NhaTrang on Tuesday (I think) and have been relaxing fora few days. Taking time out from our busy schedule.Nha Trang is a city of about 200,000 people so its notexactly remote like the small islands in Thailand. Itsnot quite the atmosphere we were hoping for. At leastits winter and the low season so its not teeming withtourists.... read more




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