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    a couple of days in Hue was enough for us so it was decided to head for Hoi an Via the Hai van Pass for seafood and drunkenness

    Hai van pass offers an impressive landscape of mountains clear blue skies and and deserted beaches and crosses a spur of Truong son mountain range 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in vietnam

    just before the tunnel and pass you come to the small town of Lang co, currently fairly undeveloped but i wonder for how much longer?

    it has a long stretch of beach but the surfs quite often rough for swimming.

    There are some good seafood places tucked along the coves specialising in locally harvested oysters







    At the start of the pass we had to wait for the train to pass which also snakes alongside the mountain


    Old mate took the opportunity to try to sell me something useless









    we went over the pass on the way there and through the Tunnel coming back

    The 25 km long mountain pass is popular with thrill seeking motorcyclists due to its winding roads, sudden curves and blind corners

    The Road has been called a "ribbon" of perfection and was dubbed one of the best coastel roads in the world" by the UK program Top Gear




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    During the Vietnamese American war, the hai van pass was reffered to as the "street without joy" as it connected the 2 war ravaged cities of Hue and Danag along Highway 1

    Hai van gate at the top of the pass marks the border of Danang and Hue


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    The well preserved 1950 french and 1960s american bunkers are at the top of the Hai van pass both used it as a stretegic location.






    The Hai van Tunnel. The longest tunnel in SE Asia at 6.28 km costs 25000 dong and shaves of an hours travel between Danang and Hue


    we used this on the way back






    Feels like your in there forever
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    Great report, you cracked me up with the "wobbly pops" commentary. I was wondering when you'd get around to posting this roadie. Nice views of the coast there.

    While we waited for our flight out of Pakse I met a couple that had just been over that way. They said there is a building boom going on in many places along the coast. I'll have to check it out someday, it looks like it could be alot of fun. I'd have to do some research and planning though as I've never been there.

    That reminds me. You posted a thead a few years back wherein you shot up some stuff over there. I recall a pic with you sporting an AK or something. Mentioned something about cows and RPGs. Maybe that's why the border police were giving it to you. Probably a TD sleeper member and he recognized your safari hat, dark sunglasses and Crocodile Dundee Bowie knife you madd Australian you.

    Next time we are in town we'll have to get together and paint the town red. Oh shoot, I forgot, it allready is.

    Glad you all had a nice and safe trip, the fishes.

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    we headed straight for Hoi an bypassing Danang ( do that on the way back) had organized to meet me old drinking buddy Shoeless Reg who was banging around asia on his annual swirling frostys and Tampering with the Dollys tours. Time to get on the piss



    It was his Birthday so bought him a couple of balloons






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    It was xmas and Hoi an was heaving with tourists , mostly chinese by the look of things but we didnt have to much trouble finding a gaff.

    Stayed at the Hai Yen hotel, Nothing flassh but for $22 a night for a family room with brekky and a pool out back it was good value, walking distance to old town to.





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    I quite enjoy Hoi an, The layout of the place makes it easy to stay near the Ancient town where all the bars and restaurants are and its also a short commute to the beach. We aate pretty good in Hoi an To

    Mrs Bld got her seafood freak on









    Cant go wrong with Fresh seafood.

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    There are several Beaches in Hoi an but this one seemed to be the most popular, Unfortunately the weather was shit







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    Nice pics mate, kids are shooting up. That shoeless, toothless Reg looks a sort

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    Shoeless is a Classic crusty old Fisherman. old drinking buddy of mine from my philippine days

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    Ancient Town Really comes alive in the evening










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    Japanese Bridge







    Didnt see a lot of pubs in Hoi an mostly people just sit around drinking in these trendy old shop fronts







    Theres 1 irish pub though if you fancy a Guinness







    Shoeless on the Pull

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    Thanks for the pics and stories, BLD. I'll be heading to Hue, Danang and Hoi An in a few months, so the info is helpful. Your kids are growing so fast. The eldest must much taller than his mom already. Regards to Mrs BLD. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post

    BLD i love this shot of the little fella, "so you drag me here, got no beer and just what the hell am i supposed to do?????"

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    Nice thread Lao. Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    kids are shooting up
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The eldest must much taller than his mom already
    And the wee fella looks a bit like his mum now I think.

    Nice family photos. Thanks.



    Woof woof !!

    Nice work Lao


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    Neither of them are his mum. Just a random shot of some girls i saw getting there picture taken so thought i would take one to.

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    ^Yes, I know.


    Sorry, should have made the woof woof comment on that other pic in a separate post.

    Just meant well done on the random shot!

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    we were done with Hoi an so checked out and headed for danang. They like there Bridges in Danang






    The famous Fire spewing Dragon Bridge



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    On the way to Danang we passed Marble Mountain


    Theres some pretty talented craftsmen making marble buddhas along the highway





    Theres shitloads of hotels along the beach for all budgets



    Found good place to stay


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    Great thread, BLD!

    Those boys have grown so fast.

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    time certainly flies misskit, my oldest buy ( 11 ) asked me the other day when will he will get a credit card. Not anytime soon son. was the answer

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    The weather was still shit for hitting the beach so we mostly ate drank and slept





    Korean for a change





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    By "so we mostly drank and slept" I know you meant you and the missus. I didn't see a wobbly pop ( love that wobbly pop!) in your sons hand back at the Irish bar so figured things haven't changed.

    Flash back to the Irish bar pics. The first pic was a night scene where you mention stopping in for one. Very nice lighting, looks a pleasant place to spend a few hours.

    Then, in the very next post it's daylight and there you are.
    I'm jealous, no dirt tracks from where the missus has to help you back to the car. Surly a night to be remembered.

    You all take care now that you're back home, ie no scooters past 11pm if consumption was on the table if you catch my drift. I'd hate to hear of another midnight bridge run for another skinned knee.

    Best of luck to you all, the fishes.

    PS, Just kidding about you doing an all-nighter. It's just the order in which you posted those pics that caught my eye, and imagination.

    Just curious but do they have those balloons at the walking nite market by the riverfront in VTE?

    Asking for a friend, the fish.

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    Vang viengs the place for balloons. 10000 kip each

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    What do the balloons do? Laughing gas right?

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