We flew down from Hanoi to the Central Vietnamese city of Da Nang but as we wanted a bit of a change from all that city noise and chaos, opted to travel a little further south to the ancient small town of Hoi An. We were lucky enough to find a lovely AirBnB a couple of kilometres outside the town with gorgeous gardens, sun terrace and pool….
Our AirBnb provided bikes for free and this was the easiest way to get into and around the town. Good exercise too, and a way to work off some of the food and beer!
We loved Hoi An which is a beautiful little town although quite touristy. However we were enjoying the bikes so much that we thought we’d go a little further on our last full day, so we cycled a few miles out to the beach. An Bang beach was the first we had visited since leaving India and we were again taken by surprise at how clean, organised and frankly glamourous it was! It was busy with loads of people enjoying the clean golden sand, shallow warm water, water sports, beach bars and beautiful views out to the Cu Lao Cham islands. We treated ourselves to lunch at “The Shore Club” and spent some time ruminating on how lucky we were to be there!
January 23rd is Paul’s birthday and as things worked out this was a travelling day for us. We had train tickets for the night sleeper from Da Nang leaving at 10.40 pm for the 10 1/2 journey south to the resort city of Nha Trang. We spent a few hours in Da Nang and liked it more than we had expected to. The city had beachside boulevards that seemed to stretch for miles along the coast, and also some impressive river frontages, full of modern buildings, including big name hotels. These seemed to vie with one another for the best neon and LED light shows as it started to get dark, but for us The Novotel was probably the best…
After finding the nicest restaurant we could at short notice for a birthday meal we arrived at the station in good time. The night journey really wasn’t too bad at all.
We have a few days in Nha Trang over the New Year holiday, we hope a few restaurants and bars will still be open.