Vietnam Series: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and its museums

Vietnam streetscape

Vietnam streetscape

I wake up on a Thursday morning in the largest city in Vietnam… Ho Chi Minh City, also known as HCMC or by its former name of Saigon.  I am staying at the Mai Phai Hotel which itself is located centrally on Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh, having arrived fairly exhausted last night following a 5 hour bus trip from Mui Ne.  I am feeling better having had a good sleep and am ready to tackle the day.  Today’s plan is to explore the city and its museums.  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – from beautiful beach to bustling city

Last look at Mui Ne beach

Last look at Mui Ne beach

I have just spent the afternoon exploring Mui Ne and now leave the lovely and relaxing resort beach of Mui Ne behind as I head to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh where I will spend the next couple of days exploring.

To get to Ho Chi Minh City, I am taking a bus.  Travel time to HCMC is 5 hours.  I find a seat on the bus and next to me arrives my new best friend “Aziz”.  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Mui Ne, Vietnam and the fishing village, white and red sands and Fairy River

Bungalow complete with mozzie net

Bungalow complete with mozzie net

I wake under my mozzie net in my AU$28 bungalow.  I checked in yesterday to the 3 star Suoi Tien Mui Ne Resort in Mui Ne, Vietnam and am grateful that my mozzie net seems to have done its job.

Yesterday I arranged for my motorbike taxi guy to take me again on his motorbike for a “tour for one” of Mui Ne (for an agreed fee).  He said he could take me on a tour which would include stops at the fishing village, the white and red sands and the Fairy River.  We had arranged that he would pick me up from my accommodation at the crack of 9:00am. Continue reading

Vietnam series: Mui Ne, Vietnam – beach, beach bungalow and whole lot of relaxing

 

Picture perfect welcome to Mui Ne

Picture perfect welcome to Mui Ne

I have arrived in the tiny beach resort location of Mui Ne courtesy of a 250km bus trip from Nha Trang and my initial thoughts are – what have I done? What possessed me to choose to come here?  What a disaster!

My bus has stopped at what appears to be a resort and we are motioned that this is our drop off point. I have no idea where I actually am in relation to Mui Ne’s town centre (if there is such a thing). We didn’t pass through anything that looked like civilization.

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Vietnam series: Vinpearl Island / Vinpearl Land / Vinpearl Amusement Park – just take the means of conveyance to the large scale facilities

 

arriving at Vinpearl island

arriving at Vinpearl island

Monday morning, 28 September, and it is my third day in the beachside town of Nha Trang, Vietnam.  I am travelling on my own again today as my “sometimes” travelling companions (my brother and his girlfriend) have left this morning to move on to Thailand.  

Today I head to Hon Tre Island, otherwise known as Vinland (Vinpearl Island/Vinpearl Land/Vinpearl Amusement Park) with the big Hollywood style sign “VINPEARL”on the hill.  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Just another AFL grand final day in Nha Trang, Vietnam

AFL football grand final winners - Geelong Football Club

AFL football grand final winners – Geelong Football Club

Having arrived in Nha Trang yesterday by sleeper bus, it is nice to wake up in the comfort of my room at the Golden Rain Hotel, Nha Trang.  It is a very special day for this Melbourne girl who grew up on AFL (Australian Football League) football.  AFL football is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football and… today is the Holy Grail of the AFL  season because it is grand final day… very special! Continue reading