Vacation PART 2: Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang

24 Mar 2017

Continuing on the adventure, we stayed in Ho Chi Minh a bit longer. I have some pictures from the day we went to the Mekong Delta.

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The delta area had a lot of boats showing tourists around and what you basically do is go from little island to little island on these boats and theres tourist stuff set up on each one. It was interesting but seemed a bit rushed. This picture is of a crocodile enclosure because of course they serve a big juicy meal of crocodile if you want it. Before you ask if I had it, we were on an organized tour (that was really cheap) that had some more boring food included. This croc is jumping cause he is HUNGRY for some meat. You could buy meat and dangle it from a stick and the crocs would jump up and eat it. Waste of money in my opinion, it’s like paying for your meal twice if you choose to eat the crocodile meat…

I didn’t end up taking that many photos on that tour mostly because we were moving around so much, like I said. Another thing is that there were a lot of times when we were close to water and I didn’t want to drop a camera I pretty much just purchased into a body of water in Vietnam… Some people are ruthless with their cameras, man. The other stuff on this tour was a series of people showing you how they made things and then trying to sell them to you, eating some fruit, going on this boat down a little river in one of the islands, and so on. It was really hot. Most of the trip was really hot (there’s a warning when it’s not as hot anymore, probably in post 3).

I instead have more photos from the best part of Vietnam, or at least the part I liked the most, which is the day I went to the Marble Mountains near Da Nang.

Back up! After Ho Chi Minh we flew to Da Nang which is in the middle of Vietnam on the coast. It is the 3rd biggest city but far behind the top 2, only 1 million people. I guess it’s like the Ottawa of Vietnam in a way, except totally not in a lot of other ways. When we got there, we met some guys one of the girls knew from Singapore at a Vietnamese “American” restaurant which was… interesting. So on the second day everyone except me and Jarin wanted to go to a tour all day in Hue which is an ancient town near Da Nang. Instead we went to the Marble Mountains which were just 30 minutes from the hotel we were staying at. It’s basically a bunch of little mountains with caves inside and temples on the top. The whole thing cost like 3 dollars to get into.

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You can see in the above pic one of the many statues in the cave. Since it was in a cave, the lighting was a bit bad. Those of you who open the pictures in new tabs to see the images’ names (no one) will see I named this one “texting” cause it kinda looks like the pose Matt does with his phone. Ha ha. There were a ton of statues in there. Another fun one is these dudes playing some kind of ancient board game:

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Also looks like Matt and I playing some kind of game where mom n dad forgot the rules and decided to sit this one out (again). Here you can see me looking like a tool and how tall the temples and pagodas were on top of the mountains:

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And here you can see some more pictures of the view from up there:

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I think those are pretty good photos at risk of being a Big Boaster TM. I hope they do a good job of portraying why I liked thise place. It also had a lot of stairs, not pictured. People who like leg day should visit for sure.

There was also a great beach right outside our hotel. In Da Nang there seem to be a lot of hotels under construction at this prime location, but not too much traffic yet. So the beach is real long and empty for a beach of this quality. Wow.

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You can kind of see the hotels at the side. The good thing was that having so many meant ours was pretty cheap.

But if you want to hear about beaches, you’ll want to check out the next post, as we travel to Hoi An, a little town outside of Da Nang with beaches and resort kind of stuff. See you next time.