After 5 nights in Nha Trang it was time to move on to Hoi Ann. We didn’t have a transfer to the airport for our flight to Danang, so I booked and paid for a taxi at the hotel reception. The taxi was right on time at 6.00am & we just gave him the receipt with no problems the other end. Just as we left the hotel the taxi driver turned to me & said “passport” & I thought there is no way I’m giving you our passports buddy & then he said “Passports, Ma’m you get” & it was then I realised the poor bugger was only making sure I had got our passports before leaving!
On our last night in Nha Trang we grabbed a taxi to Lac Canh Restaurant as it had been recommended to us as a great place to have a meal. Well, the taxi dropped us there & it really looked a bit ordinary & very smokey, but it was full of locals, so we went in anyway. We knew the food was cooked at your table, actually you cook it yourself, so we ordered a beer & some prawns, beef, squid & vegetables. This turned out to be one of the best meals we had & together with a bottle of Dalat white wine, served in an ice bucket to our table, the total cost was ridiculously cheap!!
We arrived in Danang on time & their was our driver & also a guide, holding up our names ready to drive us to Hoi Ann. This was all arranged with the wonderful Hau at Vexplore Travel, and as usual no problems at all. We traveled through the Marble Mountains, stopping at the marble carving centre to see the wonderful carvers at work. We also stopped at the famous China Beach, what a beautiful stretch of coastline this is. It was hard to imagine standing there, that this was the first place the Americans landed in the “war”. There is an incredible amount of construction going on there, with huge resorts & golf courses being built.
We arrived at the Ha An Hotel too early for check in as our flight was so early, so we left our bags & went to the Brothers Café just up the road for a cold drink. It was really hot so we went back to the hotel restaurant & had an early lunch as we had not had breakfast. The staff at the Ha An Hotel are just gorgeous, & the food was lovely. The girls in the restaurant informed us that our room was ready, so off we went & when the door was opened I said to my husband, “this is gorgeous”. A beautiful room with rose petals on the bed & sprinkled in the bathroom, fresh roses, we were sorry to leave this hotel & the staff, just a lovely hotel all round.
We had some clothes made at Hoi An Cloth Shop 154 Tran Phu st & we were really pleased with the results.
We did the My Son trip in a private car that we organized with the guy who picked us up from the airport. I felt so sad that such ancient places like My Son, that go back centuries, were bombed to the point of destruction during the war & mostly only ruins remain.
My husband & I both did the Red Bridge Cooking School which is well worth the money. It is an extremely well run hands on school. There were about 20 people in our class & it was great to meet so many people from all over the world & we all agreed it was a great experience.
We loved Hoi Ann & we wished that we could have stayed more than 5 nights there. It is the most beautiful sight at night along the waterfront, with all the lantern shops lit up. We bought six big red lanterns to use as part of our xmas decorations for our outdoor area by the pool at home.
There is a great variety of restaurants & we found it hard to choose where to eat each night!! We met some great people over different nights & exchanged email address’s yet again.
We have found as always, nothing but smiles from the Vietnamese, always willing to help, the beautiful little kids waving & calling out “hallo” , we have loved every minute!!
I hope I haven’t raved on too much, so until next time….
Cheers - Wayvan