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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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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.  I'm...

Paradise Cave, Vietnam- The One Cave You Must See

Paradise Cave is the largest dry cave in Asia and is known as one of the most beautiful caves in the world.   It's truly an unbelievable site that will have you wandering around with your jaw on the ground and your eyeballs bulging. Being inside the cave feels as if...

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, there's...

Mui Ne Easy Rider to Dalat

I have met too many travelers who rave about riding motorbikes through Vietnam.  It's a fairly inexpensive way to travel from North to South or vise versa.  The beautiful coastline, the lush mountains, jungles, countryside and the bustling big cities are something...

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...

Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Quy Nhon is a small beach city in central Vietnam.   It wasn't originally on my list of spots to visit, but my friend Qua had told me that I would like it.   With a population around 300,000 people, it is much smaller than some of the other coastal cities of Vietnam,...

Da Nang to Hue Train Ride- Tales Of A Solo Female

Taking the train is an experience you must have when visiting Vietnam.  Da Nang to Hue on the train was one of my most memorable trips in Vietnam. The train is a fantastic way to see this undeniably gorgeous stretch of coastline and it's affordable. It's relatively...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 colonial,...

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 my...

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...

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 fast...

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.  The...

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...

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