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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
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    Danang beach had a very commercial feel about it. Seeing it lit up at night made me think it was like a Las Vegas by the beach. Lots of 4 or 5 star hotels on the beach front. I guess I like my beaches to be more primitive, more nature stuff. Maybe like Anawangin Cove, but with small a/c rooms or resorts. There were also lots of tourists - whites, Chinese, Koreans. But then, to each his/her own.

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    ^thanks David 48 for the reposts

    From Danang, we went to Hoi An for a few hours of strolling around. It's a quaint old town with yellow houses, UNESCO preserved site. I'm sure many of you guys have been there, so I won't say much.

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    Japanese Bridge... Lots of tourists that day
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    ^I called this girl Instagram GF. She got her BF to take 100s of pics of her on this bridge, in different poses. I have lots of younger friends/ acquaintances (millenials) who are Instagram addicts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^thanks David 48 for the reposts

    From Danang, we went to Hoi An for a few hours of strolling around. It's a quaint old town with yellow houses, UNESCO preserved site. I'm sure many of you guys have been there, so I won't say much.

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    Japanese Bridge... Lots of tourists that day
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    ^I called this girl Instagram GF. She got her BF to take 100s of pics of her on this bridge, in different poses. I have lots of younger friends/ acquaintances (millenials) who are Instagram addicts.

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    Did you enjoy the trip, Katie?

    How was the train ride to Danang, pretty?

    Did you enjoy Hoi An?

    Some lovely food pictures, I would show my wife but if I did she may want to come with me next time I visit Vietnam...

    Danang beech is nothing at all compared to the Philippines, but it's a very nice Southend-on-Sea-esque beech, so good for the Whiteys like me. Danang is quite small, easy to get around, clean, good food, nice and clearly demarcated areas, so just an easy place to spend time. &, the free wifi is city-wide.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    @betty - yes, I enjoyed the trip. I did a North to South journey of Vietnam and it was quite interesting. It wasn't a long trip, but enough to give a glimpse of the main cities. I'd have liked to spend more time and visit more cities, but a girl like me has to get back to work.

    The trip to Hoi An was nice. It was pleasant to just stroll around, take pics and watch people. However, it was very hot (36 degrees?) and after ~2H we had to sit down for a cool drink.

    The train ride from Hue to Danang is indeed pretty; lots of beautiful scenery. It was just ~3H, so a pleasant enough ride. I reckon it's better than getting a bus (even a VIP bus) because the train goes through a more scenic route. We booked the soft seats and there was enough width/space and leg room. There are hard seats on the train, which were mostly occupied by locals.

    I think your wife would enjoy Hue and Danang.

    As for the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue, it was a bit tough, because although there were no smoking signs, the next cabin had older male locals who were noisy and smoked. I had a congested nose that night, but I could still smell a little of the smoke and it gave me a headache. As for the size of the bunks, they're regular Asian sized bunks, so would not be a problem for me or your wife, but would prolly be a bit cramped for large white mammals.

    As for Danang Beach, it was too commercial for my tastes, as I've said before. But the sand was nice, and I would understand that it would cater to people who like mod cons during a beach holiday. Perhaps in 10 years if/when I've outgrown my backpacking days, then maybe I'll like the Danang beach atmosphere too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @betty - yes, I enjoyed the trip. I did a North to South journey of Vietnam .
    Katie,

    Seems you had a great time. I too love Vietnam, the fact its long and narrow means its easy to work out what to do.

    If you fancy a laugh (and you've not seen it) google a search on Top Gear Vietnam Special, it a car programme but very tongue in cheek and it follows the three presenters who each buy a second hand motorcycle and have to travel from Saigon to Hanoi on them.

    It would be great if you could give a bit more detail on itinerary and costs etc.

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    More pics of Hoi An

    Chanced upon another couple on a photo shoot
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    Group of Italian tourists
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    Happy fruit vendor
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    Time for a drink
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    Hello from Hoi An!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    More pics of Hoi An

    Chanced upon another couple on a photo shoot
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    Group of Italian tourists
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    Happy fruit vendor
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    Time for a drink
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    Hello from Hoi An!
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    More pics of Hoi An

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post

    Hello from Hoi An!
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    Lookin' good Miss Katie

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    Seconded. Those legs are coming on with all the walking...keep it up

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    After a few hours in Hoi An, we proceeded to the Marble Mountains, which was ~7 km from Danang beach (same direction as Hoi An). There are 5 marble mountains, representing each of the 5 elements: air, water, fire, earth, metal. We visited the highest mountain which was the water mountain.

    Outside the mountain/temple complex, there are lots of stores selling marble artifacts and statues. Some of the sellers were quite pushy (and a bit irritating at that).

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    Two of the other marble mountains
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    Saw this Korean girl and her BFF taking each other's pics. I remembered what Takeovers said before, that Korean girls always travel in pairs so that they can take photos of each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    After a few hours in Hoi An, we proceeded to the Marble Mountains, which was ~7 km from Danang beach (same direction as Hoi An). There are 5 marble mountains, representing each of the 5 elements: air, water, fire, earth, metal. We visited the highest mountain which was the water mountain.

    Outside the mountain/temple complex, there are lots of stores selling marble artifacts and statues. Some of the sellers were quite pushy (and a bit irritating at that).

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    Two of the other marble mountains
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    Saw this Korean girl and her BFF taking each other's pics. I remembered what Takeovers said before, that Korean girls always travel in pairs so that they can take photos of each other.

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    After a few hours in Hoi An, we proceeded to the Marble Mountains

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    More of the Marble Mountains
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    One of the caves
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    Inside one of the caves
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    More of the Marble Mountains
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    One of the caves
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    Inside one of the caves
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    @david 48 - thanks for the reposts and your kind compliments.

    @toot - The itinerary was Hanoi, 2.5 days then o/n train to Hue, 2 days in Hue, 2.5 days in Danang, 2 days in Saigon. There are 0.5 days because those would be travelling days.

    As for cost, I'm not a posh traveller, so my choice of hotels prolly wouldn't be the choice of most peeps on there. Having said that, the hotels ranged from 20-40 USD per night. As for meals, we averaged at 300k dong per meal (for 2), or around 15 USD (for 2). My conversion factor there was 20k dong = 1 USD. We didn't eat at posh restos and mostly ate local food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    As for cost, I'm not a posh traveller, so my choice of hotels prolly wouldn't be the choice of most peeps on there. Having said that, the hotels ranged from 15-20 USD per night. As for meals, we averaged at 300k dong per meal (for 2), or around 15 USD (for 2). My conversion factor there was 20k dong = 1 USD. We didn't eat at posh restos and mostly ate local food.
    Thanks Katie, we're not all Dillionaires on here. I usually don't travel first class and stay at top end hotels and I am happy eating local - for me its about getting a feel for the place and you don't really get that stuck in 5 stars on the beach. Great thread and thanks for the effort.

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    More food pics

    Fried rice with seafood
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    Spring rolls with pork & cabbage
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    Another meal
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    ^fried rice, stir fried beef with bell pepper, veg salad & complementary soup

    Bun Thit (pork + broth with rice noodles), 50k dong
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    Another meal
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    More food pics

    Fried rice with seafood
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    Spring rolls with pork & cabbage
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    Another meal
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    ^fried rice, stir fried beef with bell pepper, veg salad & complementary soup

    Bun Thit (pork + broth with rice noodles), 50k dong
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    Another meal
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    Another meal

    Bun Cha - this was what Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate during that famous interview in Hanoi. It was delish!

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    Bun Cha ingredients all mixed up
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    Shrimp spring rolls
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    North and South beers
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    Thanks for the reposts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Another meal

    Bun Cha - this was what Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate during that famous interview in Hanoi. It was delish!

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    Bun Cha ingredients all mixed up
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    Shrimp spring rolls
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    North and South beers
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    Thanks for the reposts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I had a congested nose that night, but I could still smell a little of the smoke and it gave me a headache
    Maybe a public carriage is not for you, possibly your own carriage could be coupled onto the train next time.

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    Those caves look worth exploring.

    Top photos Miss Katie!

    And what classically curved and sculpted calves you have


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    ^my calves thank you, loopy dahlink!

    Saigon pics. Was my 4th time here (but was 1st time for my friend), so it was interesting to see the changes.

    Hindu temple near the hotel
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    Went to Ben Thanh Central Market & surrounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^my calves thank you, loopy dahlink!

    Saigon pics. Was my 4th time here (but was 1st time for my friend), so it was interesting to see the changes.

    Hindu temple near the hotel
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