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48 Hours In Da Nang, Vietnam

48 Hours In Da Nang, Vietnam

The fifth largest city in Vietnam.  Being located on the coast of the South China Sea makes it a very important port city.   With it's central location it is a great hub for transportation.   It's a bustling city that is growing and changing all the time.   There's...

Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge- Da Nang, Vietnam

Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge- Da Nang, Vietnam

  I spent the morning before I moved into Loc Phat Hoi An Garden Villa at a coffee shop working on the blog.  I was nearly ready to leave when an older Australian guy sat down next to me.  He introduced himself as Pinto and started chatting with me.  I'm always...

Hoi An, Vietnam- The City of Lanterns

Hoi An, Vietnam- The City of Lanterns

I had a feeling I was going to love Hoi An.  Every thing I had read online made it sound like my kind of place and every traveler I met raved about it.  I was actually getting sick of hearing "oh my god, have you been to Hoi An yet?"  There's something so captivating...

Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat is known as the city of eternal spring.  Its temperate climate is far different from the otherwise tropical parts of Vietnam.  With its year round cool weather it is a major producer of vegetables and flowers.  Its architecture is predominantly French...

Motorista On The Loose-Phu Quoc Island

When I got to Phu Quoc Island, located in the Gulf of Thailand I was more than happy to be in Vietnam.  The Island is 222 sq. miles, making it the largest island in Vietnam, and has a permanent population of 103,000.  Their economy is fishing, agriculture and a...

Hai Van Pass- Solo Female Stories

"A deserted ribbon of perfection- One of the best coast roads in the world" -Jeremy Clarkson- BBC's Top Gear Presenter The Hai Van is a 13 mile stretch of mountain pass in central Vietnam that twists, turns and cuts through the Truong Son Annamite range as it juts...

Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho was my first city to stay in on the mainland of Vietnam. I simply went to see their famous floating market but was shocked at how much I enjoyed the city. Can Tho is the 5th largest city in Vietnam and is situated on the Hau river, which is a distributary of...

The Sadness That Is War

I've never been a fan of any war.  I'm a very simple person and I know it's naïve but I think that we should all just live in peace and harmony.  I know, I know shake your head and maybe don't even read this post.  It doesn't bother me one bit.   I have never...

Diaries of a Hoi An Ex Pat- Entry #4

There are 2 main beaches that must be visited when traveling to Hoi An, Vietnam.   I had been to Cua Dai beach with my lovely friend An, but I hadn't been to the more popular An Bang beach.   In my blog about Ba Na Hills (it's here, if you missed it), I wrote about...

Things To Do In Hue – A Complete Guide to The Imperial City

Hue is a city full of history and culture on the central coast of Vietnam.  It was the former capital and is most known for its 19th-century Citadel that housed the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945 and is protected by a moat and thick stone walls.  Within the gates...

Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is a coastal fishing village in the South of Vietnam.  I believe the population is around 25k.  It's quite small now, but it used to be even smaller.  Back in the early 1990's someone declared Mui Ne to be one of the best spots to watch the solar eclipse. ...

Diaries of a Hoi An Ex Pat- Entry #3

I had been working at the homestay for about 2 weeks when the owner, Rocky, asked me to join him for a breakfast.  Besides a few business meetings, I hadn't spent much time with Rocky, so I was excited to get to know him better.  He didn't give me any details about...

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I left Can Tho, South Vietnam on a very ugly, rainy day.  I had a shuttle that picked me up from my hostel and was driven down to the bus station where I was directed to my bus.  It was 11am and my ride to Ho Chi Minh City was supposed to be about a 4 hour ride. ...

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang is a popular beach destination in central Vietnam.  It's popular not only to tourists but for locals as well.  It's a fairly large city with ample amounts of beachfront resorts and more being constructed all the time.  There are two main beaches, both of...

Diaries of A Hoi An Ex-Pat- Entry #1

I'm a review reader, I love to hear what other people have to say about their experiences in a place.   I enjoy the pictures and the stories and peoples points of view.   However, I'm never captivated by a review and a photo can be altered to change its reality. ...

How To Get To Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is a peaceful tropical island off the southern coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand.  It's said to have some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the world.With a vastly untouched natural environment, super laid back atmosphere and stunning...

SuperDong to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

It's true people I took a SuperDong to Phu Quoc (Foo Cock) Island in Vietnam.  If this doesn't make you giggle, well then you're a lost cause.  I've been saying it, probably too many times, to anyone who would listen.  I think it's hilarious and I bust up laughing...

Maze Bar Picture Book- Dalat, Vietnam

The Maze Bar in Dalat, Vietnam is hands down the most unique bar I have ever visited.   As you follow the maze up, down, left and right, there is an eclectic mix of art, colors and sculptures.  It was quite hard to capture this experience in a picture and due to...

Where To Stay In Phu Quoc

Finding a decent place to sleep and store my things is pretty important.  I feel like most people share this value.  With that being said, I've stayed in some pretty horrific hostels. Obviously, I'm a budget traveler so I anticipate that most of the time.   When...

Crazy House Picture Book- Dalat, Vietnam

The Crazy House in Dalat is just that, CRAZY!  It's a hotel that is open to the public during the day where you can wander through this wild maze of color, windy stairs, sculptures and decorations.  I had an over abundance of photos so I decided best to make a...

Things To Do In Hoi An – Your Ultimate Guide

I had a feeling I was going to love Hoi An.  Everything I had read online made it sound like my kind of place and every traveler I met raved about it.  Honestly, I was getting sick of hearing “oh my god, have you been to Hoi An yet?”  There’s something so...

What To Do In Da Nang- Solo Female Stories

    Da Nang is a charming little town on the central coast of Vietnam just north of Hoi An.  I had read about many fun things to do in Da Nang and I was excited to check it out.  I had been in Hoi An for a month, which is a really long time for me to stay...

Still Not Ready To Work

I typically don't like the big cities.  I'm more of a small, remote village type of person.  I like places where I can walk from one end of the town to the other in one days time.  Ho Chi Minh City shocked me.  I completely fell in love with it.  It's clean,...

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