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Jan 29, 2016 - danang me

Danang was a good visit. On yet another bootleg tour, we went to Hoi An which was very well preserved. It wasn't a strategic target during the war for any reason so was left unscathed. One could enjoy bridges and buildings from the 1700s retaining their Japanese and Chinese influences. Many of their walls were were still huge teak planks. The river often floods even up to the first floor ceiling back in 64. As with many places back in the day, they had it outsmarted: They have trap doors and ropes to hoist the furniture to the second floor...

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Apr 9, 2015 - Da Nang

On a day at sea we sailed north to Da Nang made famous for the staging area of US troops during the Vietnam War, or the “ American War” as the Vietnamese call it. It is a very popular resort area situated on the South China Sea along the gorgeous “China Beach, a favorite of the US troops, but now a major tourist destination. Forty minutes away is the UNESCO old town site of Hoi An. The old town has many many old homes and building with eighteen open to the public. The majority are turned into shops full of items for sale. The streets are...

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Mar 14, 2015 - China Beach

We are at a beautiful resort on the beach! We can see the South China Sea from our room. We had a wonderful dinner last night. The best we have had in Vietnam. We have heat and sun! A wonderful change from the weather of Hanoi! Da Nang is the 3rd largest city and is in the central area of Vietnam. We stopped at a marble carving factory. They had beautiful works with all kinds of granite and marble of all different colors! We traveled to Hoi An. This is a architecturally divers city influenced by the Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese...

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Dec 11, 2013 - Vietnam

Up at 4.30am to catch flight from Hong Kong to Vietnam via Singapore. Changed planes at Singapore bound for Da Nang which is roughly half way between Hanoi in the north and Saigon ( Ho Chi Min City) in the south. Were a bit worried about our luggage arriving with us but it did. From Da Nang we got a taxi to a place called Hoi An which was about 20 miles south on the coast. Hoi An is a tourist resort like I have never seen before, was originally a sea port used by traders in the south China sea. The buildings must be over 100 hundred years...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Over the Pass and Through the Dell

My trusty driver, Tuan, showed up promptly at 9, loaded my bag onto his dimunitive motorcycle creating a makeshift backrest. We hit the road for Danang over the Hai Van Pass, the highest pass in all of Vietnam and a must see destination for most tourists. The United States used Danang as a major base during the Vietnam War, stationing Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine units there. My how things change with time. Instead of warships and soldiers, now you will find tour buses and and families enjoying the river. The Song Han Bridge would be...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Da Nang Vietnam

The Central Region of Vietnam near Da Nang is visually stunning! The combination of the South China Sea, the lush mountains and the many islands and monoliths that rise straight up from the sea is hard to describe. In addition to the natural beauty of the land, we visited incredible Pagodas, the Imperial Citadel that surrounds and protects the Royal Palace in the city of Hue, and the Royal Palace itself were beautiful on their own. The people of this region are warm and welcoming adding to the enjoyment of the trip. The second day here we...

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Oct 29, 2012 - China Beach at Da Nang

Day 4 & 5 Oct. 29 & 30 (Mon. & Tue.) China Beach at Da Nang After the long night, out guide relented and did not ask us to get up at the crack of dawn. After a quick visit to the beach after breakfast, we drove to Hoi An where we visited a fabric/clothing shop where a silkworm demonstration took place. Baskets of silkworms and cocoons as well as the machine that unwinds the silk and looms for weaving were on the floor of the shop. It was amazing to see the cocoons floating on water and the immensely long silk thread being pulled from them....

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Oct 28, 2012 - Saigon additional due to typhoon Son-Tinh

Day 3 Oct. 28 (Sun) Saigon additional due to typhoon Son-Tinh Our flight to Danang was cancelled due to an impending typhoon. This is a disappointment since China Beach is eliminated from our tour. Now we have another day in Saigon at the Park Hyatt and Classic Journeys came up with a "Plan B" which included an early morning visit to the market where we saw local vendors with their vegetables and other produce including live frogs and other exotics. Then, many of us headed off for an authentic cooking class were we made spring rolls,...

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Sep 5, 2012 - En route to Hoi An

Most of the tour group went on a three-hour motorbike tour of Hue in the morning, but I wasn't feeling so ambitious. Instead, I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast, and then headed out with a friend to take a boat ride up the Perfume River to see a small fishing village. I got some nice pictures out of that excursion, but the boat wasn't air conditioned, so when I got back on land I headed straight for the hotel pool. We left Hue around noon, boarding a bus for the four-hour trip to the small coastal city of Hoi An. To get there, we had to...

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Southeast Asia 2012

Apr 19, 2012 - Vietnam - Day 18 - Coastal Train Ride

We boarded a train bound for Danang around 1:30pm. We met two foreigners at the train station who were teaching English in small villages around Vietnam, they were heading to a town two hours away from Nha Trang, they helped us with ordering our supper on the train before they exited at their stop. Train was packed full of locals, we were the only tourists headed for Danang in our cab. A lot of them were sick from the motion and we had one guy who would come into our cabin, light up a smoke constantly during our trip. There is no smoking on...

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Feb 23, 2012 - "hotellista" hotelliin

tutut rutiinit aamulla, patongit ja juotavaa evääksi, sitten odottamaan bussia, suuntana da nang rannikolla. melkein heti tuli kyyti, joka ois menny ohi ellei paikalliset ois meitä siihen opastanut. ei muuta kuin taas vuoristotielle mutkittelemaan ja kuuntelemaan jatkuvaa bussin tööttäilyä. töötillä saadaan mopot ynnä muut väistämään ihan tien reunaan ja sillä myöskin ilmoitetaan sokeiden mutkien taakse, että täältä tulee iso auto, kannattaa väistää :) maisemat oli tosi upeat: kokonaan vihreän peitossa olevia kukkuloita joka puolella,...

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Jan 11, 2012 - Furama Resort Da Nang

A visit to a neighboring farming village, nestled amid endless rice paddies. We passed the ornate entrance gate and traditional banyan tree. Hoa Chau, a prosperous community, no longer uses a water wheel, now gets its water from a reservoir. We did a walking tour past modest homes, gardens of vegetables and fruit, the village temple and a restaurant where a goat was cooking on the spit, a modern elementary, middle and high school. Even a disaster relief center, a place to go when the area is flooded. There was a shop/house were pho was...

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