When were initially planning our travel around the world we decided that South East Asia should be the starting point because it seemed to be the hardest to navigate. We also decided that we would need a vacation after a six weeks or so of travel.
Colleen found a new hotel that was available on points, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa. Open for only 8 months it is a new property that has a lot to offer.
I alluded to having money problems right from the start of this journey in this post. Our money woes weren’t a result of our personal bank accounts or our credit cards. Or even from lack of cash in our wallets.
It was all caused by the big bad dong. Or rather the ATMs from which you can’t always get them.
Getting caught up on posts. Who knew that being retired and travelling is so much work!
Hoi An was an international trading hub for Southern Vietnam in the 16th and 17th centuries. French, Japanese, Dutch and Indian traders established their own quarters in the town and participated in trading fairs that were four to six months long.
I have had a couple of questions about the Vietnam War and whether we have visited battlefield sites or not. We haven’t.
Is it Over?
The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago and is still a major part of society. Spoiler alert: the North won.
The Government of Vietnam is Communist although they are opening up to more foreign investment including tourism. Major western companies like McDonalds have broken into the market but are not as big as one would think.
I have fairly limited knowledge of the Vietnam War based on some historical readings and tainted by Hollywood movies.
Yes, we took a second class Vietnamese sleeper train. In my defence, I booked First Class tourist tickets for this overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. I absolutely did not book second class tickets, at least not on purpose. There was certainly some kind of scam going on here.
Hannah thought the sleeper train was a great adventure. Emma also thought it was cool but wouldn’t take it again. Ben and Rob were laid back about it and had no complaints.
I barely survived. And I was a bit pissed at the scam going on.
Following our long travel day from Hue to Da Nang (see Road Move) we were happy to arrive at the Sofia Boutique Hotel. The hotel staff were overly attentive and we were slightly annoyed with an up-charge to pay for Ben as the third person in our room. We booked through ExpediaforTD and the reservation was clear on how many people were coming. We also booked a room with a balcony but were given one without. Colleen often gets annoyed with herself for not being more demanding. Not backing down this time, we got one of the nicer rooms in the building.
We set out in search of dinner and it wasn’t as easy as you would think. We were still craving local Vietnamese fare and all the places around the hotel were catering to tourists. We found a side street and ended up in a Vietnamese seafood restaurant called Ky Em.
We enjoyed Hue but our schedule, such as it is, had more stops on our way south (see the play on words?) so we were off to Da Nang. Robin Williams’ quotes featured heavily as we made plans to leave. Da Nang, Da Nang, viva Da Nang…
Hue City, in Thua Thien-Hue Province, is in the geographical centre of Vietnam. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802 CE (Common Era), Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty (the last royal dynasty of Vietnamese history from 1802 to 1945 CE). Continue reading “Hue – Eaten by a Dragon”