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Tỉnh Khánh Hòa

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  • Day110

    Friday is a hashing day

    September 21 in Vietnam

    This morning was the Red Dress Run with about 200 or so people in all states of red. The men, of course, had the sexiest outfits, many complete with balloons for grossly exaggerated but extremely funny breasts. I'm sure the locals will be talking about us for quite some time!

    Yesterday's trip to the amusement park ended on a sour note. On our last water slide, my friend and his wife went tandem with her in back. He held on, but she slipped loose and rammed her two front teeth into the back of his scalp. She was fine, but he had to go to the hospital for several stitches. The remaining five of us couldn't help them, so--as true friends must--we rode a final roller coaster (best one of all) and went back to the hotels. They were both back at the hash this morning looking none the worse for wear.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day112

    Sunday is a hashing day

    September 23 in Vietnam

    Picking up from yesterday, I wasn't able to find a swimsuit large enough to fit me, but I did find an Addidas store with sports bras and bike shorts, which are an acceptable substitute. When the gang got back from the Saturday hash, we met up at the rooftop pool in one of our hotels. Nice view of both the American-built former air strip and the ocean. After that, we had a great time at the Saturday night hash party, followed by an after party dancing with a hundred Russians. Epic.

    Today is the last day of the Mekong Indochina Hash and they've taken us to this beautiful beach. It's days like these when I feel like I need a hard pinch to make sure it's all real.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day108

    Nha Trang

    September 19 in Vietnam

    Getting a haircut with a Marine who couldn't stand his hair being so long. He got a high fade. I got a mohawk. The shop also has beer and UFC on TV. Loving Vietnam even more now.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

  • Day4

    Nha Trang

    October 26, 2017 in Vietnam

    Leider mussten wir die gesamte Strecke von 134km durch strömenden Regen Fahren und waren somit schon nach wenigen Kilometern pitsche patsche Nass. Trotzdem konnten wir die Fahrt durch die wunderschöne Natur genießen. 🌳🌴

  • Day5

    Dai Lãhn

    October 27, 2017 in Vietnam

    Heute war ein verrückter Tag.
    Nach 80km Fahrt nahm Marco's Moped mitten auf dem Highway kein Gang mehr an.
    Also erstmal auf ein Feld rollen und die Vermieter kontaktierten. Nachdem die sagten dass wir es einfach reparieren lassen sollen machten wir uns auf die Suche nach einem Mechaniker.
    1km parallel zum Highway lag ein kleines Dorf indem wir zum Glück einen Mechaniker finden konnten. Dieser wechselte für 25$ das ganze Getriebe. Somit konnte es nach guten 2h endlich weiter gehen. 30km später kamen wir dann in ein Dorf indem wir bei einheimischen ein Schlafplatz bekamen inklusive Essenslieferung an die Matratze in unserem Zimmer.👨🏾‍🔧🏍Read more

  • Day85

    Nha Trang, Vietnam

    June 16, 2015 in Vietnam

    Wij gaan naar DE badplaats van Vietnam. Wat ons opvalt is de grote stroom aan Russische toeristen. Misschien een beetje te vergelijken met de Nederlanders die elk jaar naar de Spaanse Costa's gaan. Gelukkig zijn ze niet allemaal zo slecht als dat ze in Amerikaanse films doen voorkomen, al zien ze er wel zo uit en heeft de stad een fijne sfeer. De locals zijn hier helemaal ingespeeld op de Russen.. want ze spreken beter Russisch dan Engels en we moeten ons best doen om een Engels - Vietnamese kaart te vinden ipv een Russische - Vietnamese kaart. Als echte strandtoerist rijden we met onze brommer een langs de boulevard en bezoeken wij wat locale highlights. Maar verder blijven wij zoveel mogelijk in de chillmodus. Helaas moeten wij bekennen dat wij mee hebben gedaan met het uitbuiten van de Vietnamese mensen. Wij dachten... we nemen een lekkere massage, we vinden een tentje en gaan naar binnen. Toen we eenmaal op de massage tafel lagen, leek het wel een werkkamp voor blinde mensen. Er stonden drie blinde mensen de hele dag mensen te masseren, zonder dat ze wisten hoe het moest. Het leek eerder een soort atractiepark in plaats van een massage salon, omdat het in arme landen populair is om je door blinde mensen te laten masseren ( dit was ook al zo in Midden Amerika ) en het zijn natuulijk groedkope arbeidskrachten.Read more

  • Day27

    Easy Rider Tag 1 I

    November 5 in Vietnam

    Nachdem wir mit einem Zug 9 Stunden von Hoi An nach Nha Trang gefahren sind, entdecken wir die Stadt mit ihren Hochhäusern und ihrem 7km langen Stadtstrand. Aber irgendwie wollen wir nicht nur die Städte kennenlernen, sondern auch die ländlichen Regionen. Also buchen wir eine dreitägige Motorradtour (Easy Rider) mit unserem Guide Boo nach Dalat in den Bergen Vietnams. In den nächsten drei Tagen erleben wir sehr viel und Boo hält mit uns immer wieder an unterschiedlichen Stellen und erklärt uns was zur Landwirtschaft, das Zusammenleben der Minderheiten in Vietnam etc. Boo pest mit seinem Motorrad immer vor und wir versuchen ihm über Stock und Stein zu folgen...Read more

  • Day31

    Day 30 - Cooking and The Hell Train

    March 10, 2017 in Vietnam

    Day 30 brings us to the third of four cooking classes I intend to do and Matt is still going strong joining me. Today's was with Thuan Tinh Cooking School and our guide was Mo. Mo reminded us that no one in Vietnam can say Matt's name. Should be very easy, just one syllable but despite repeating it he still gets Maths or Mass.

    We went on the usual trip around the market though in a slight variation we all got cutesy shopping bags and picked up the ingredients as we went along. After two of these market trips I'm getting good at the ingredient identification portion - it's turmeric! Thai Basil! A kumquat! (I always was a swot). From the market we caught a large boat for about 20 minutes, then switched to a mini bus then to a rowing boat - all a lot of effort when the taxi back only took 10 minutes.

    The cooking course itself was run by Ms Thy. She spoke very basic English with Mo translating for the most part but her well trodden mix of mime and chatter patter was hilarious and when you got an enthusiastic 'good! good!' you felt like a Master Chef. We started off making beef broth for a meal coming later. Really that involved holding ingredients over a gas flame then chucking them in a pan with beef bones whilst we did everything else.

    Dish 1 was fresh spring rolls. Was made a dipping sauce then wrapped lots of pork, veg, shrimp and noodles in rice paper. Ms Thy made it look easy but our rice paper was sticking to things all over the shop. They looked alright in the end though and easy to recreate at home.

    Dish 2 was my favourite of the day. Banh Xeo, apparently named as Xeo is the sound of sizzling in a pan. It a rice flour pancake with veg, pork and shrimp cooking into it then wrapped in more rice paper and filled with lettuce and herbs. We both successfully managed not to drop our pancakes whilst flipping despite it being done one by one in front of the class. The final pancake was super crispy though I don't quite understand the rice paper.

    Dish 3 was a beef and noodle salad. We got to decorate our plates first. I did birds, Matt did his name in the hope people might learn to say it correctly. You could also try to set the pan on fire to cook the beef if you liked. I got a flicker but Matt was a pro. Though he won't be doing it in my kitchen (plus I think if you manage to set a pan on fire on an electric job something's gone wrong.)

    Final dish was beef Pho (noodle soup) which was basically a construction involving out pre prepared broth. The course felt like a lot of construction rather than much hands on cooking but I think that's more the nature of Vietnamese cuisine than anything. It was still good fun and in a pretty surrounding, though bizarrely was saw probably 20 ducklings all swimming together which was cute but weird.

    The rest of the afternoon was time wasting in Hoi An before our night train. We went to the spa. I had a facial and Matt a massage for which he got to wear very fetching silk pyjamas. (I've promised not to put it up online by private viewing available if the price is right). Then we moseyed around having some drinks and the best nachos we've ever eaten at a place called Hola Taco.

    Then we went to the station for what I'll affectionately call the Sleeper Train from Hell. Our first Sleeper experience in Chiang Mai was fun. Private cabin, clean, wifi. I'm sure this time could have been worse but it can't have been far off. We joined the train at 11pm so it'd been running for a while. We booked a 4 bed bunk. What we didn't realise was that just because there's 4 beds doesn't mean 4 people and already in the room we're two women and two young children who'd clearly been using our bunks before we arrived and had left them in a state so we had to sort that in the dark. The train was mouldy, damp and loud. Add to that crying children in the night, the adults deciding 4.15am was fine to sit up and have a loud conversation and insisting that the door and curtains were kept open the whole time made it not ideal for sleep. Oh and one of the kids kept reaching up and poking me to the point I had to say 'no' in my sternest voice. They eventually got off the train at 6am (we were getting off at 8.30am) so we did manage about 30 minutes of sleep. Good job it's destination Nha Trang, a beach resort, so bring on the sun loungers.
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  • Day8

    finally cable car to island

    March 20, 2017 in Vietnam

    after breakfast we had the crazy idea to stroll to the cable car - I really enjoyed the walk although it was like 33 degree and sweated, it was again a different type of street. After an hour we finally decided to go by Taxi and found out it was still 2km ride :)

    the island- a mixture of Disney and beach resort was a wonderful experience

    swim in the ocean
    sunbath
    water music
    some carusell
    nice 4D cinema
    and the most impressive thing- riding the cable car

    After sunset and hanging around the island we came back an did have our dinner next to the hotel

    first time I saw a stitched picture vernisage. very impressed

    bed early as next day city and beach tour
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  • Day32

    Day 32 - Frogger

    March 11, 2017 in Vietnam

    We woke up and decided we should attempt to do something vaguely cultural today before getting on the loungers, though only after breakfast. We went to a cafe called Iced Coffee i.e. Matt's dream location. I had a Vietnamese hotdog. I'm not exactly sure what made it Vietnamese, it was still just a frankfurter in a bun just with a bit of chilli sauce. We attempted to find the bus which would take us to Po Nagar Cham Towers. After about 30 minutes of walking around in the 'too-hot-for-pasty-northerners' heat we gave in and got a taxi.

    The towers were built in the 8th century by the Cham people in dedication to a Goddess. They were restored in the 1990s as they'd gone pretty much to ruin. I'm not sure the visit was quite worth it but I think we would have felt bad if we spent the whole day on the beach. The photos of the site in the 30s compared to now were the most interesting part. And we did get to wear foxy grey cover jackets to hide our shoulders and knees.

    We taxi'd back and then spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. I drank coconut water from a fresh coconut and finished watching The Crown whilst Matt went back into the waves. The most amusing part was watching the people who take payment for the sun loungers getting super strict, especially at the end of the day when people were trying to negotiate the price. The sun lounger men always won and even double handed shoo'd a couple of women who tried perching on one. Twice today people have also thought we were Russian and given us Russian drinks menus or tried to talk to us in Russian.

    After some stressful road crossing (I will be so happy to be back to the zebra crossing and green men of UK roads) we went for dinner at a delicious Indian restaurant called Ganesh. Emergency red wine was called for to recover from the roads - its like playing real life Frogger. Then it was time for another sleeper train. I like that at Nha Trang station there's no clever arrival board, just a screen where they can link a computer to and display a word document telling you the expected time (see photos). We spent our time at the station praying for a better experience than last time and overall it was, though poor Matt couldn't really sleep anyway. Our bunk mates were quiet and respectful and the cabin was clean-ish. Though the horrible shiny gold blankets which made you sweaty and slid on the floor were less pleasant. We arrived at 5am to hit the hotel for a bit more sleep. That's it for trains now and almost it for Vietnam. Just Ho Chi Minh left to go.
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Tỉnh Khánh Hòa, Tinh Khanh Hoa

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