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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An January 14th 2020

We arrive in Hoi An after a gruelling 16hrs on an overnight train. This doesn't sound so bad in theory, 8hrs or so of that you're sleeping, then it's only an 8hr journey. The truth is, you're confined to an incredibly small bunk bed room with 3 other people and there's no where else you can hang out on the train, it starts to feel a bit like prison. We arrive into Hoi An about 3pm, go for a swim in the pool and then wonder around town. Hoi An's known as the Lantern City - there's lanterns scattered across all the streets and it's truly a lovely place to wonder around. Add to that, there's a heavy French influence (probably from the war), so the architecture looks very Riviera looking. Lots of old yellow building's ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang November 14th 2019

Hoi An har mange områder hvor der vokser vandkokos palmer som omkranser små øer ude i floden. Det skaber områder med mange små vandløb hvor man kan fiske og have dambrug. Ude på floden kan man fiske med større net, enten ved at kaste dem ud og hive fisk ind, eller ved at have nettet liggende nede i vandet og om aftenen med lys tiltrække fisken og hive nettet op med en sindrig mekanisme. Vi gik i land ved et landbrugsområde hvor man dyrkede økologiske grøntsager, salater og urter. En bonde demonstrede hvordan man forberedte jorden og vandede de lange bede. Hoi An er kendt for at lave lanterner. De hænger over alt i byen og lyser op når mørket er faldet på. For et par år siden var der en som havde fået den gode ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang November 13th 2019

Turen fra Hué til Hoi An går over Hai Van passet (skyernes pas). Fra vejen har man udsigt til lange strande og ud over det Østlige hav (Sydkinesiske hav). Fra passet er der udsigt til Da Nang bugten. Hoi An var tidligere kendt som en vigtig handelsby, men handlen flyttede til Da Nang da floden sandede til. I byen er der spor af japanerne og kineserne som var de første til at drive handel i byen. Kineserne har bl.a. bygget et templet til søens beskytter som også virkede som et samlingspunkt for kineserne. I dag blomstrer byen på grund af turisme og er et af de mest besøgte steder i Vietnam. Hver morgen er der gang i det store marked hvor konerne kommer ind fra landet for at sælge deres varer. Kommer man uden for byen ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang September 23rd 2019

Following an amazing solo adventure in Da Lat and Nha Trang that can be read about in another blog post, it was time bring the solo travel to a halt and join up with my parents a.k.a. The Parentals. This was the second time mum and dad had come to Asia to see me, the first time being in 2016 when they came to visit me in China. After a taste of the Asian culture and experiences, they were eager to give South East Asia a go. Fortunately, Da Nang has an international airport so we were all able to fly in from different locations, the parentals from New Zealand and myself, from Ho Chi Minh. It was a glorious meet up in the airport but with all the luggage (particularly my mother) had to carry, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang July 2nd 2019

The Vietnam adventure is really clicking in to top gear, as I commence a second week travelling in this diverse and fascinating country. Just a few hours out of Ho Chi Minh city is the coastal town of Vung Tau, and I thought it worth a visit as this destination hadn't figured in the previous trip to Vietnam. So it was time to climb aboard a coach for the morning and journey on down to the city. Granted It's been several years since my last visit to Southeast Asia (and I'm not sure if it's also a trend in other nearby countries) but the coaches I've been on feature a bizarre reclining seat set up as the only option. I can tell you, as a six foot tall foreigner the configuration is a total nightmare. Travellers ... read more
Vung Tau park
Nha Trang
Nice restaurant

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Dinh » Quy Nhon May 22nd 2019

In July 2017, I travelled with my family back to my father's home town in Central Vietnam. During our week trip, myself and my sister took this opportunity to visit another beach city further south called Quy Nhơn. We spent two days in this city and everyone had a great time. It was my second visit to Quy Nhơn. On my first trip in 2010, I was sponsored by a Vietnamese organisation based in the US (Viettelco). I spent a day in the city and rented a taxi to go towards the countryside as I wanted to see the old Chàm brick towers of the Champa Kingdom. These towers were built during the 11th to the 13th century, and they are scattered around the countryside (about 40km away from the city). On this trip I did ... read more
At FLC Safari Zoo (wall of monkey cages)
A local dish made from rice, prawn and pork skin
Egg shaped stones at Ghềnh Ráng, Quy Nhơn

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang May 20th 2019

Today I woke up in a beautiful hotel. I was only able to enjoy it for a few sleeping hours, but I felt classy staying there! Made me feel better after the plane ride - let's just say that a-holes exist in every part of the planet. I think that's an understated hard part of travel - you are constantly putting yourself out there for public inspection. Rising above can be difficult. Ah well, I'm on an adventure! Today we went to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO site outside of Da Nong. The site was created by the Champa people over a thousand years ago. The French looted the place, Americans bombed it, and yet much if it still exists in its original form. In fact, in places where rehab is present are crumbling much more ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang May 20th 2019

Just a quick stop over in Hue to see what the city had to offer. We saw a couple Royal tombs - Tu Duc and Minh Mang and the Hue Citadel. We also saw the Thien Mu Pagoda, which is a symbol for the city and took a ride on a dragon boat. Lotus flowers were present throughout the city and are the Vietnamese national flower. We stopped at an incense and conical hat making collective and I've discovered a new talent - I'll go into incense making if this whole prof thing doesn't work out!... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Phan Thiet April 14th 2019

So we’re into the final stage of our Vietnam holiday. The bit where we kick back and relax after ten or so days of intense tourism. We’re at The Cliff holiday resort at Phan Thiet about 5 hours away from Saigon. Its a self-contained complex with all the luxury and garnish you'd expect from such a place. With a couple of glistening blue pools, a terraced restaurant for an extensive breakfast complete with an egg bar. There are lush green lawns replete with palm trees and plenty of colourful plant life to enjoy. There’s even a ‘swim up’ bar in the main pool for those who want to enjoy a cooling drink in their cossie! In many ways, a picture postcard example of an idealised holiday paradise. The rooms here are lovely. Spacious, clean and served ... read more
The Cliff Resort Phan Thiet
The Cliff Resort Phan Thiet
Welcoming towel dog thingie




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