Phu Quoc – A vacation from the Trip

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.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

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What about the Vietnam War?

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.

Resistance statue in front of the Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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.

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Second Class Vietnamese Sleeper Train – OMG Never Again

In my defence, I booked First Class tourist tickets  for the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. Not second class tickets. There was certainly some kind of scam going on here.

Hannah thought it 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.

Ben rolling with the punches. Cool bunk!
Rob tells me he had no expectations so was unperturbed with what we got. Initially…

 

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Da Nang – A Beautiful Beach Town

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.

Eating Local

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.

Shirt – who cooks with a shirt?

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