Monthly Archives: January 2011

For A Few Dollars More and The Road To Nowhere

It was relaxing coming downstairs to the restaurant area to watch the shimmering sea off the Mui Ne coastline. A perfect setting. I could gaze all day. Diverting my attention to the stream of motorcyclists, some quite casually, as though … Continue reading

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Mui Ne – Chatting About Kite Surfing

“If you do that, I’ll fly away.” I took up the Dane’s offer of getting involved in kite surfing. He offered to teach me how it’s done, at least the basics. I agreed to meet him on the beach near … Continue reading

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Mui Ne – Eating, Kite Surfing, Do-Nothing

The watery-blue sky gave way to an emblazoned sun. The sea below shimmered intensely. The winds were slight, the sea was quiet. The waves, however small, took their time. To the left, the bay swept out of sight beneath a … Continue reading

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Surprise Stops – More About the Imperial Palace

The tour operator raised his voice: “Anyone who is for Dalat, Mui Ne and Saigon, wait in my office.” The unexpected stop in Nha Trang wasn’t all that surprising. The city is small by Asian standards, but big for a … Continue reading

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Hoi An, (Part Three) – Thoughts About Facebook and Tourism

‘A great way to see Vietnam by motorbike – and independent,’ a notice in red felt-tipped letters read. It was taped to the seat of a large heavy motorbike which had been rode up to the hostel’s front entrance by … Continue reading

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More of Hoi An (Part Two) – More From Ruth

If you pace by them, they’re easily missed. One is tucked away like a closed drawer. They nestle further back behind spacious forecourts with patterned iron incense urns. Inside sits a Buddha filling an altar. Before it, rests flowers, fruit, … Continue reading

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Hoi An, (Part One) Quaint with Color – Tempted to go Riding

The nicest thing about the Hop Yen Hotel is its two entrances. Being able to enter – front and back – means a detour around Ba Trieu can be cut out, unless you think the curved street is infinitely attractive. … Continue reading

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