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Hoi An

October 3rd, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 06-Vietnam | UNESCO World Heritage Sites - (1 Comments)

Hoi An is a breath of fresh air and most certainly the highlight of our trip to Vietnam so far.   Oozing with charm and history, having largely escaped the destruction of successive wars which has ruined most of the towns and cities we’ve seen. Hoi An is exactly what we had expected of Vietnam with its cobbled streets and character buildings.

We arrived early yesterday after a 14hr ride on a sleeper bus from Nha Trang, a new experience but very exhausting. After checking in we went for a beer, I had a much needed haircut and had a beautiful meal in Cafe 96, a riverside restaurant recommended by the bible.  It might look like a prison from the pictures but the decrepit look of Cafe 64 is one that many western interior designers would spend a fortune trying to create.

While we were there a table of customers received a fish cooking lesson which lended a great atmosphere to us spectators.

We’ll have some more of this place for sure.

Update: before you ask, I’ve now shaved the beard or what was left of it following my visit to the barber.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #7

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Nha Trang

October 3rd, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 06-Vietnam - (0 Comments)

Beach culture to the max, this is the place to chill out, party hard or dive into the turquoise depths (Lonely Planet).

Nha Trang is rather lacking on cultural stuff or anything really interesting – a bustling Vietnamese city humming with commerce and blessed with access to a beautiful beach – but for us it was a little boring, over-hyped by many backpackers and that of the lonely planet. 

True to form we spent a couple of days chilling out at the beach and one on a day trip around the islands, other than that, not a lot to report. The day trip was as the pictures show with the karoke and floating bar serving cheap plonk a little cheesy at times but somewhat funny.  That said, at $7 a head including food we would do it again at a heartbeat.

Nha Trang, in our opinion, is no more than a stop over when visiting the many more interesting places of Vietnam.

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Steve and Jess

September 30th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 06-Vietnam - (0 Comments)

Yesterday we said goodbye to Steve and Jess who we’ve toured with for the last three weeks – with different itineraries it was inevitable at some point. A great couple and we’ve had some great laughs along the way. 

As expected, we had a fair skinfull on our last night, to the point where Steve and I were climbing the palm trees – enough said.

I know you will be keeping an eye on our blog, so all the best and we hope to meet up again when we finish.

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Mui Ne Beach

September 29th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 06-Vietnam - (0 Comments)

Action or inertia, take your pick: this place is made for surfing (wind, board or kite) or blobbing on the beach (Lonely Planet).

We’ve been here three nights in a great hotel jut chilling, swimming and touring. The waves on the first day were absolutely amazing – some as high at 10ft – it got so rough at high tide it was dangerous so we had to get out. The day we had scheduled in for surfing there were no waves – just our luck. 

Today we move up the coast to Nha Trang  yet another beautiful beach but no surfing, just snorkeling and, if the price and visibility are right, diving. I’m gutted we couldn’t try our hand at surfing but I’m sure the opportunity will arise again at another location.

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Ho Chi Minh City

September 28th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 06-Vietnam - (1 Comments)

Not a lot to report from Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) I’m afraid to say, Sam and I have been laid up for a few days with ailments.  Sam developed an infection in her ear, which she gets from time to time as a result of the sea salt water and I had a large blister on my foot which got infected leaving me unable to walk any great distance.  We took some courses of anti biotics and some ‘time out’ and have now fully recovered.

You can fill your boots here in Vietnam for just a few pounds a day, the local beer is 16p and a typical lunch consisting of noodle soup costs around 50p.  Needless to say, we are living like kings for about £10 a day.

Just a few snaps of the city, pictures of the War Remnants Museum were too disturbing to show.

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