Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province (The REAL Vietnam)

When I told my mom I was going to Đồng Hới, Quảng Trị, she puzzledly asked me why I was going there. Travel sites also warned that there was nothing to do there. Tripadvisor hardly had any information on lodging and places to eat, … Continue reading

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Hue

The train route from Huế to Đà Nẵng is well known for having beautiful scenery with the endless coast to the east and lush, hilly jungles to the west, so we chose the ~2.5 hour train ride over the bus. For Vietnamese-Americans like myself, Huế … Continue reading

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Da Nang

Hội An to Đà Nẵng is only about 30 km away, so we decided to pass on the $10-$25 transportation options from travel agencies and opted for the local public bus instead, which was less than $1 USD/person! Score! Although local buses … Continue reading

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Silk and Ruins

Two excursions we made while in Hoi An were a trip to the Silk Village (which was only 1 km away) and the Hindu ruins of Mỹ Sơn (43 km away). The Silk Village shed light on how silk worms are farmed … Continue reading

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Nha Trang to Hoi An

Our last day in Nha Trang included renting a motorbike and riding out 25 km north to Ba Ho Waterfall. The ride along the coastline was spectacular, especially at sunset. Whee! That evening upon returning the motorbike and grabbing dinner, we packed our sweaty, … Continue reading

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Nha Trang (My Parents’ Hometown)

Many Americans I know who have been to Vietnam often exhale a sigh of disdain when mentioning Nha Trang. “It’s too touristy,” they say. “It’s overrun with Russians,” they say. Although true facts, there is still more to Nha Trang (at … Continue reading

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Mui Ne (White Sand Dunes, Fishing Village, and the Fairy Stream)

For $15 each, we hired a private jeep and driver for 5 hours to take us 34 km out of Mui Ne to watch the sun rise over the white sand dunes. Off we went at 4:30am, and we arrived … Continue reading

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