dan murphy

dan murphy

dan murphy

Married with 3 kids and traveling to Vietnam in Dec 09.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 13th 2015

The Murphy family are off on another month long journey to far away places, this time Dubai, Spain and Italy! We kick start the trip with 3 nights in Dubai visiting Kylie's sister Annie, her husband Mark and baby Henley. From there it's onto Spain for 2 weeks and then Italy. Currently at the airport in Brisbane, very excited about the trip and ready to go! Stay tuned for the adventure that awaits.... K... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi January 1st 2010

We spent our final days in Hanoi shopping, eating, resting and organising ourselves for the long trip home. We were so ready for home by this stage to. Dan and I would have killed for a roast or mashed potato and the kids were hanging out for a decent sausage. Plus we were longing for a swim and some sunshine (quite cold and smoggy in Hanoi). Our 3 flights went as well as can be expected and we arrived in Brisbane New Year's Eve safe and well. It was a cracking holiday, Vietnam is an amazing place and we loved everywhere we visited. Dan and I would definately go back (less children) to explore some of the areas we didn't get to, and sun ourselves on Nha Trang beach again for sure. Camera played up last ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi December 27th 2009

Hi All, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! After our plane to Hanoi was delayed, we arrived just in time for peak hour traffic which was hectic in every sense of the word. Then we checked into our hotel, went out for a great dinner and home for bed as we had to be ready for our transfer at 8am the next morning. After holding our driver up 30 minutes (we got up late and couldn't miss breaky), we set off on the 3.5hr journey to Halong City / Bay. Not sure if the driver was sh#tty about holding him up at breaky, but his driving was scary - even Dan commented when we finally arrived (with worn teeth and high blood pressure), thank Heavens the car had seatbelts. ALL ABOARD! We were greeted on board Byaha II with ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué December 22nd 2009

Hi all, The internet access is not great here so photos might have to come with the next blog. Took a private (no Mum, we didn't drive) minivan to Hue yesterday and went the scenic route. It was lovely- stopped at Marble Mountain which had amazing caves and of course marble. Bought a jade marble braclet for myself and a few other trinkets for the kids. Lots of budha statues / dragons etc made out of marble and heaps of caves and steps leading to great views. Check out pic (when posted) of a naked Dan in front of a statue....... Then it was up the mountains and through the Ha Van Pass. Great views, narrow road (finger nails in seat) and the climate changed instantly. Got out on top of the pass and it was ... read more
Crazy and dangerous caves
top of Marble Mountain(s)
Mandarins guarding the tomb

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An December 21st 2009

Not sure what day it is, but think we still have 9 days left of our trip. It has rained since arriving in Hoi An and plans of a boat trip along the river, a tour to My Son and various other activities have faded. We did however manage to visit the Tra Que Vegetable Village, fully organic and the farmers still work the fields manually. Enjoyed a basil seed tea and watched a tour group doing an impressive cooking class. Dan and I thought it was amazing how they grow beautiful herbs, veges etc with seaweed, water from the well, soil and that's pretty much it. Met an Australian couple at lunch yesterday, who are travelling with a 9 (India) and a 2 year old (Ruby), and a Canadian couple with a 4 (Taylor) and ... read more

Asia December 19th 2009

Arrived safe and well in Hoi An, which is very different to where we have previously been in Vietnam. Our hotel is good and cheap (Phuoc An River Hotel) and has great views of the neighbouring rice fields, fully equipped with ducks, buffallo and geese. Went into the old part of Hoi An yesterday and did the tourist thing - ate the local dish, looked at the Japanese bridge (circa 1750), went to a 300 year old house which is still occupied by the 7th generation, and got measured up at the market tailor. Dan's getting 2 new suits and 5 business shirts, I'm getting a few pairs of shorts and tops and the kids are getting a winter outfit each. We were poached from the place we had lunch by a fun ny and friendly ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang December 17th 2009

Our last full day in Nha Trang was a busy one, so much so that we might all be in bed by 8pm! I (it's Kylie here) started the day at 6am with a trip around the local food markets with the hotel chef. It was very interesting and I sampled and saw lots of great, fresh produce - the pork belly this morning was piping hot and unbelievable as were the freshly made fish patties. Fish, frogs, eggs of all kinds, beef- the darkest coloured beef I have ever seen, it looked a bit like venison, wonderful pork, amazing yellow chickens, ducks, prawns, and the fruit and veg that mainly comes in from Dalat was all so appealling to me. Would love to buy from the markets and go home to cook all day here! ... read more
Kids in the spa

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang December 16th 2009

Day 11 began with an early morning swim before a wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel. Then it was onto have a Mud Bath at Thap Ba Hot Spring Centre. Fred is the only boy I know that doesn't like dirt / mud etc as he refused to get into the bath, even though the rest of us sat in the glorious bath for 20 minutes. Fred stood outside the bath and when we splashed mud on him (and especially when Kylie hugged him), he screamed and cried. Go figure. The whole thing was great yet strange, not as thick or coarse as I expected and you are amazingly bouyant in the water. After 20 minutes of covering ourselves in watery matter, we showered off (comes out of your togs with ease) to jump into the ... read more
The girls loved it once in and coated.

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang December 14th 2009

So it must be day 10 now (feels like a month already though). Spent yesterday at the beach, a private bar / club beach where hawkers had to yell their wears from beyond the 'No Hawking' signs lol. Kylie had her hand and toe nails manicured and painted and a foot massage which even though it cost about $15 she thinks she could have got it cheaper. A local lady selling fresh lobsters, cooked on a tiny bbq-thing right in front of you, was yelling out to us and the temptation to have a whole, fresh lobster and 8 scallops all cooked with sauce and presented to you on your own tarp for 200,000 Dong ($12) was too good to pass up. Kids thought it was great too. We literally swam, ate, drank, swam, got sun ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang December 12th 2009

Yesterday we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels which pretty much took up the whole day. We engaged our own driver for the day so there was plenty of flexibility with toilet and food stops for the kids and they could be as loud as they liked. It worked out well as when we arrived at the tunnels, a guide took us around (with another group from Mt Gravatt can you believe) free of charge. I have to admire the ingenuity of the Cu Chi people as the underground system they constructed was amazing, and what's more, it clearly worked for them. They have made the tunnels a bit wider and higher for tourists to go through (see pics), so I can't only imagine how cramped, hot and dark they were during the war. Of course, I ... read more

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