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Da Nang University

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  • Day36

    Vietnam

    March 5 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    For the last two weeks we were in Vietnam. The first week in the crazy busy Ho Chi Minh City and the second in Da Nang near Hoi An. Ho Chi Minh is a cool city with nice restaurants, great shopping and a lot of hidden French colonial buildings. While being in Vietnam, the outbreak of Corona got worse and worse worldwide, so a lot of country’s were closing their boarders. In Da Nang we saw that Vietnam was expanding their actions against Corona by closing almost all tourist attractions. With only two confirmed cases when we were there, Da Nang and our hotel (Hyatt Regency) felt very safe for our family. Hyatt, with a capacity of 1500 guests, only had a occupancy rate of 15% so we had enough space around us 😄. In total there were only 45 cases in Vietnam with a population of 100 million people.

    On March 17th the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs asked all Dutch to return home, so we called the Dutch ambassy in Vietnam. When they told us that we could be quarantained in military barracks if they would find a Corona case at Hyatt, we knew what to do 🙈. She casually said that the good news was, that the tourists got three meals a day and there was running water most of the time with occasionally some WIFI and electricity 😳 OMG 😁!!

    Now what... going back to Holland was not our wish with 2050 cases and a fast increase of cases because of the slow reaction of the Dutch government 🐢. We were actually very very surprised at the weak measures they took in
    the beginning and how fast Corona was spreading in Holland/Europe. Also, some people can be soooo ignorant 😩. Wow! Stay at home!

    After some brainstorming we chose Singapore as our next destination. Why? The hospitals are great, they are acclaimed worldwide for their strict measures they take to fight the spread of Corona (only 430 cases), we can stay 3 months if necessary without a visa and we have friends living there. One challenge, we would be issued a 14-days stay-home notice. We have to show proof of our residence booking at the customs of Singapore and if you break the stay-home rule you will be convicted to a fine of 6400 euro or to imprisonment or both 😅. At booking.com we saw a occupancy rate of 99% in Singapore 😱 There were only 4 options with a balcony, so we chose the largest haha! 96 m2 for 14 days with two Jack Russell’s 🤣.

    Because the embassy told us we had to keep in mind that they could always decide not to let us in the country, we were a little nervous at arrival. I chose the line with a female customs officer and let Hubs do the magic 😜 We’re in!!

    During our taxi ride to the apartment, we saw that life goes on in Singapore. We truly hope that we can enjoy Singapore after the two weeks, carefully offcourse... And let’s hope and pray that everyone on our flight was in good health.

    So now we are two weeks in quarantaine. Plenty of time to finally finish up the photo uploads of our adventures in Thailand 🥰. Vietnam will follow soon, together with some short video’s. We just received the news that Singapore is closing it’s boarder tomorrow, so we where just in time 🤗. We will stay here for one month and then we’ll see...

    Dear friends and family from all over the world, please stay safe we think of you ❤️.
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  • Day48

    The Road to Hoi An

    October 30, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Today started with a very short walk from the front of our hotel, to the back of the car that would take us the 160km from Hue to Hanoi. On the way, we would take in a few sights, and further our cultural understanding of Vietnam. Or at least that 's what we told ourselves.

    The first stop on our journey was Lang Co Beach. In the high season, when the beach would have been groomed each morning, before the local resorts disgorged their inhabitants, it would have been a fabulous spot. Unfortunately for us, being out of season, a large amount of detritus has built up around the high water mark, all along the beach. The plastic bottles, polyestyrene fishing floats, plastic bags did detract from the view. As did the hawkers on the beach.

    Having taken but two steps onto the beach, we were set upon by hawkers, trying to sell us all manner of awful, and expensive tat. They were also particularly persistent, given that we were the only ones on the beach, and they had no one else to focus on. It took some raised voices and finger pointing, after repeated polite requests to get them to a) stop following us, and b) piss off entirely.

    Retreating to the safety of the car, we then carried on towards Hoi An, via the Hai Van Pass. Throughout history, this pass has divided Vietnam in two, if not from a politcal prespective, certainly from a weather persepctive. North of the Hai Van Pass, cold air from China tends to make the climate cool and wet in the winter. South of the Hai Van Pass, the weather tends to be warmer and drier in the winter. Or so Wikipedia tells me.

    On our visit, the Hai Van Pass certainly lived up to its name. In Vietnamese, the name means ocean cloud pass, and as we passed the high point of the pass, we found ourselves travelling through the clouds that give the pass its name. This limited our visibility of the surrounding area, which is quite a shame, as from what we could see, it looked incredibly beautiful. The top of the pass is guarded by concrete pillboxes and bunkers built by the French first, and then the Americans a bit later. Going back even further, the pass has been considered a strategic point since the time of Christ. Though using him as a chronological reference point, seems quite strange in this part of the world.

    Our final stop before we got to Hoi An, was to investigate the Marble Mountains. As with so many places in Vietnam, the Marble Mountains are large limestone pinnacles, in an otherwise flat landscape. Taking a lift part of the the way up the main mountain, we began to explore all that there was to see. The top of the mountain had many different Buddhist shires. Some were in the open, looking out from the mountain top to the sea, or inland towards Danang. Other shrines were buried in the numerous caves that dotted the top of the mountain. Climbing through the dim, candle-lit passageways to these shrines, was ever so slightly hazardous, given the slick surface of the limestone steps that were used, and the initially intimidating sight of bat hanging above your head.

    And then it was on to Hoi An, whre we arrived at our hotel, in the early afternoon. Having checked-in, and dumped our bags in the room, we headed to the old town of Hoi An, making a pit stop along the way to get some food at a nice wee vegetarian restaurant. Getting into town, we caught up with Will and Anja very briefly, before they dissappeared to jump on the night bus to Nha Trang.

    We then spent the remainder of the evening, wandering through the streets of Hoi An's old town. Even in the off-season, it is still a very touristy place. The majority of people wandering around were tourists, many of whom are from France and Germany. The lanterns all over town were pretty cool too.

    And that was the day.
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  • Day57

    Đà Nang

    August 30, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    Hier in Đà Nang is echt helemaal niets te beleven. De stad is over bezaaid met Russen en Chinezen en veel bezienswaardigheden zijn er niet. Daarom blijf ik hier maar één nachtje, om de hoogtepunt van Đà Nang op de foto te zetten, de Dragon Bridge.

    Het einde komt alweer langzaam in zicht. De volgende ochtend plak ik alweer het vliegtuig naar mijn eindbestemming, Ho Chi Minh City. Daar heb ik nog een paar dagen om de stad te verkennen en daara is deze waanzinnige China-Vietnam reis tot een einde gekomen! #balen
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  • Day58

    Goodbye my lover

    August 31, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Het is zover, het is tijd om afscheid te nemen van Amerigo, Bonfie, Darco, Silver, Amika, Black Beauty, Brego, Marengo, Red Rum, Totilas, Phar Lap en Bucephalus. Mijn twaalf geliefde paarden hebben deze geweldige trip van 3.666 kilometers door Vietnam zonder enkele vorm van protest mogelijk gemaakt. Met liefde heb ik ze verzorgt en met een traantje neem ik afscheid van ze.

    Goodbye my lover, until we meet again my Honda XR 150 with 12 horse powers! 🛵❤️
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  • Day115

    Danang

    February 25, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Marble mountain ~ a cluster of 5 mountains including Kim Son (metal), Moc Son (wood), Thuy Son (water), Hoa Son (fire) and Tho Son (earth). We rode here by motorbike and after the hundreds of steps we climbed we explored the caves, Pagodas and gardens.Read more

  • Day190

    Da Nang

    June 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    ...3 schöne Tage in Ha Long gehen zu Ende und nun wartet der Süden Vietnams auf mich, heute geht’s weiter nach Da Nang, zur Golden Bridge...

    900 km und 15 Stunden mit dem Bus von Ha Lang nach Da Nang; ich war mitten unter Vietnamesen sogar Familien mit kleinen Kindern waren an Bord des Busses.
    In der Früh essen beziehungsweise frühstücken die Vietnamesen Nudelsuppe.
    Eigentlich wollte ich heute nur die „Golden Bridge“ besichtigen, doch dann war ich plötzlich mitten im SunWorld, dem größten FreizeitPark Vietnams und mich umgab eine BierFestival-Atmosphäre, die beinahe dem Oktoberfest ähnelte - und das inmitten von Vietnam; immerhin gabs auch köstliches bayrisches Bier, das ich mir nicht entgehen ließ 😊
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