Blogs from South Central Coast, Vietnam, Asia


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

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

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

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang April 7th 2019

Loyal readers will have noticed there’s one person in our party who’s been a little low-key in our recent adventures. Alas, Wendy’s been a little under the weather and although still game, has found the going a bit tough over the last few days. Yesterday, Wendy decided to take a little time to chill out and catch up on some sleep. Don't worry, she’s on the road to recovery and raring to go as we travel to Hue to look at this iconic city and its historic citadel. We’re going to learn a little more about one of the most infamous battles of the American War and some of the distinctly unsavoury stuff that was done in the name of so-called peace. Brace yourself; it’s going to be a bumpy ride in more ways than one! ... read more
Living the Hai Van Dream.
Hai Van Views In Orange
Hai Van View

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam April 6th 2019

My Son or ’beautiful mountain’ is a UNESCO world heritage site a one hour drive from Hoi An. We heard about it on our last visit to Vietnam but couldn’t fit in a trip to see it. That's why we were uniquely determined to pop by this time around. It is a sacred site built by the ancient Cham people. They are a distinct ethnographic group in Southeast Asia with origins in Indonesia. From the eighth to fifteenth centuries they built their Hindu shrines deep in the Vietnamese jungle. Each temple is dedicated to a different god including; Ganesh, Shiva and Vishnu. The temples lay hidden for nearly six centuries before their rediscovery by French explorers in 1895. Then began the not inconsiderable task of clearing a route to the site and making it available to ... read more
Cham Hindu Temple
A Lingum
Traditional Cham Crafts

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang April 2nd 2019

Arrived here 28 March for a few days R'n'R for Lyn after10 straight days of meetings, fairs and agent visits including weekends and night events. She was ready for a break. We hadn't been to Da Nang so didn't know what to expect except that we knew there was a long coastline of sandy beaches and we had booked a hotel on the beach, or across the road from the beach. Sure enough, there was the beach stretching for kilometres and our hotel was right there. All the hotel staff have name tags with an English name on it - Martin, Lucy, Annette, Jonathon and so on. Our young guy at reception was Elvis but when I burst into the opening lines of "Heartbreak Hotel" on arrival he had no idea! I think he thought he ... read more
Da Nang beach
Da Nang Dragon Bridge

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast January 12th 2019

Dernière étape avant de retrouver nos petits enfants !!!! Noël approche à grands pas... cela se sent dans la quantité de touristes qui augmente de jour en jour.. Peu de français cependant... mais beaucoup de chinois et de coréens... Ce blog est surtout destiné à donner un petit goût à la vie à qui se reconnaîtra, qui aime tant Hoi An et qui a de gros soucis pour le moment... : "Photographier : c'est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur, c'est une façon de vivre"... tu mettras donc dans ton coeur toutes ces images pour t'aider à passer le cap de la semaine.... Arrive Hoi An !!! On est impatients d'y arriver car on nous en a dit tant de bien !!!! et en effet c'est charmant... peut-être un ... read more
Hoi An nous dit bonjour...
notre hôtel... très sympa
un bon lit

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang January 3rd 2019

Me revoilà... Avec ce souci de Travel Blog j'aurai au moins pu apprendre certaines choses : convertir un fichier excel en word... faire des groupes avec vos adresses, ajouter à chacune d'elle un ; et un espace... faire un copier coller dans le Cci du message que je souhaite envoyer et l'affaire est dans le sac... tout se fait en un tour de main ! comme quoi les voyages forment aussi l'esprit et que mon disque dur WindowsZ (pour les intimes...) tourne encore bien ! Continuons donc par ce voyage qui d'Hanoi nous mène en avion à Hué... Notre chauffeur Shanti Travel nous attend à l'aéroport et nous mène à l'hotel... Un repas vite pris au sein même de celui-ci car mine de rien... le soir on est contents de retrouver un bon lit ! les ... read more
Hué, notre chouette guide
la petite boutique des proriétaire de la barque

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