Hà My Tây

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  • Day19

    Hanoi 2

    February 6, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We returned to Hanoi from Halong Bay for an overnight before catching our plane to Da Nang the next day.

    It happened to be a Sunday when the road around the lake near our hotel is closed to traffic and turned over to pedestrians. The locals really take advantage of the opportunity. Lots of younger people but also many families. There were a number of places offering mini electric cars and tanks etc for the kids to ride on. There were groups playing hacky sacky, playing badminton, groups all in costume, videoing themselves dancing to rock music. There were groups of graduating students in formal wear etc. There were areas where kids were building towers with wooden blocks; areas where they were playing some game that required moving white stones around boards chalked on the street. All mixed in with street vendors, roller skaters and a few wedding groups. Everyone seemed very happy and relaxed and interestingly very few were on their cell phones. After the hustle bustle of our visit a few days earlier, it was nice to see a softer side to Hanoi.

    We had a late lunch among the partygoers before returning to our hotel for another early night.
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  • Day19

    Hoi An

    February 6, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Hoi An was our next stop. It’s on the coast near Da Nang and about an hour’s plane ride from Hanoi. The drive from the airport to the hotel showed us a very long sandy beach with an enormous amount of building going on for resort hotels and apartments. Some efforts seem to be proceeding well, but others have clearly run out of money, as the half-built structures attest.

    It is still quite cool here, about 15 degrees with a fairly stiff breeze. We have our own villa again that looks out onto the beach. It would be idyllic if the weather was warmer - since we have been here, a red flag has been flying on the beach showing that it is unsafe to swim. There are three pools in the complex - two are unheated, but one feels like bath water - the thought of undressing in the frigid air, does put you off wanting to take a dip! Our villa is quite large with two seating areas and a bed placed in the centre of the room. There is also a large soaking tub by one of the seating areas! We also have a his and her’s dressing area, two sinks and a separate shower, plus an outdoor shower in a private courtyard - not too shabby at all!

    We went into the town of Hoi An today which is a world heritage site. It’s a nice little tourist town beside a river. There are some old parts such as a Japanese bridge which dates from 1780, a house that has been in the same family for about 300 years. The ladies of the house do amazing embroidery and we were persuaded to buy a tablecloth and napkins - such pushovers! Otherwise there are lots of tourist shops, some nice restaurants, a big market and a number of places where you can get a suit made in 24 hours. Along the river there are lots of boats offering cruises along the waterfront.

    The New Year here falls on Feb 16 this year, so we have seen lots of preparations taking place - lanterns being hung, street lights and flags etc. Beside the roads we have seen lots of places selling peach blossom trees, yellow chrysanthemums, kumquat trees and trees bearing very large grapefruit. We think these are all to do with the festival in some way.
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  • Day21

    Hoi An 2

    February 8, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    At last ...... sunshine! Finally, the weather took a turn for the better and after a cloudy start, the sky cleared and we had a beautiful sunny day. It was still a little cool in the breeze, but we gratefully made use of the loungers around the three pools and enjoyed the sunshine.

    We did our constitutional along the beach, so felt that we had done at least some exercise. Anne dipped her toes in the sea and quickly retreated - too cold to swim in and today, a yellow flag was flying on the beach, that apparently indicates “sea pests” whatever they may be!

    The pool staff were very attentive and came around several times offering pieces of fruit, water, small ice creams, or offering to clean our sunglasses etc- very civilised. Had a nice pizza and beer served on our loungers for lunch, also very civilised. Have attached some pics showing the pool areas in the sunshine.

    Off to Ho Chi Minh city tomorrow where it is reported to be 30 degrees so that will be quite a change.
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