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De Nang

To be honest there is really little to see in De Nang apart from hotel after hotel after hotel. There is nothing worth really coming to in this part of the country, it was hard for me to find anything noteworthy to find pictures of as you can tell from the below….

Large Buddha in Da Nang

Large Buddha in Da Nang

Bridge in Da Nang

Bridge in Da Nang

Da Nang Market

Da Nang Market

Hoi An (a 25 minute taxi ride from De Nang)

You can rent front-ended rickshaws to do tours of the city of Hoi An which really is known for its beauty in the evening when the lanterns come on, however even a day time tour is definitely worth it and you can find some of the following interesting sights…

Tour of Hoi An on a Rickshaw

Tour of Hoi An on a Rickshaw

Vietnamese Woman having a smoke in Hoi An

Vietnamese Woman having a smoke in Hoi An

Moped transportation across the river in Hoi An...

Moped transportation across the river in Hoi An…

Where Hoi An really excels itself is in the evening as you see from the following pics of kids selling later boxes…

Night Laterns sold by some Kids..

Night Laterns sold by some Kids..

The Green Mango restaurant (http://greenmango.vn/Page/103.aspx) was a great find in Hoi An. It was definitely one of the best restaurants I found in Vietnam and I strongly recommend checking the place out.  The vibe and decor as well as the food quality is exceptional although it is more pricey (Around 10-15 dollars for a main) than other restaurants it is still worth it in my opinion.

Vietnamese Rolls at Green Mango

Vietnamese Rolls at Green Mango

Salmon Fillet at Green Mango

Salmon Fillet at Green Mango

Hue (around 3 hours north of De Nang)

Is the ancient capital of Vietnam, and has a Imperial City.

Hue Imperial City

Hue Imperial City

Apart from this imperial city, which to be honest wasn’t that impressive, there is little to do around town. Although I did check out  a random blind massage.You go to the institute for the blind down this random back alley. Paying the $5 for the massage  and it is apparently a valuable contribution to their community.

I wasn’t even sure if a blind masseuse would be any good. But right away it turned out to be an eye opener. He wasn’t just chopping and punching my arms, he was playing them like a drum! The place isn’t the nicest but it is certainly very interesting!

Another place I stopped at was the Healing the Wounded Heart Shop (http://www.spiralfoundation.org/hueshop090412.aspx?page=hueshop) – it is a famous shop in Hue that as you can see has had its fair share of celebrities.

Celebrities who visited the Healing the Wounded Heart Foundation

Celebrities who visited the Healing the Wounded Heart Foundation

I found this resort around an hour from Hue and Da Nang, called Verdana Resort. It was meant  to provide me with some downtime after all the traveling, however it just rained all day and kinda put a massive dampener on the stay…

Verdana Resort Pool

Verdana Resort Pool

Overall to be honest apart from Hoi An, which is really special (although you can do it in about 2 days maximum) I would avoid this part of Vietnam unless you have considerable time to explore the country…

Adieu, Adieu….Stormy