Da Nang

We visit Da Nang a few times over the course of our final week in Vietnam. Firstly as an evening out and a day trip while we are staying in Hoi An, and we then stay two nights in Da Nang before our flight home. I like Da Nang. It is equal parts fishing village,…

Hué to Da Nang

Riding north east out of Hué we are headed for the narrow strip of land between a long lagoon and the sea. Fish farms line the north western banks. We watch children play in long boats from a road bridge. Agriculture and fishing are the main industries here. Wooden fishing boats are built by hand…

Hue

We only have time for one night in Hué as our time in Vietnam is coming to a close. The city is part of the popular tourist route that includes Hoi An, Sapa and Halong Bay so the menus are all in either English or Korean, and there’s certainly no lack of foreigners wandering the…

Prao to Hue

Neither words not photos can do justice to the bends, views and road quality of the ride from Prao to Hué. For the first hour we follow a river that cuts a swath through the mountains. Wide at first, it becomes gradually smaller as we ride ever higher. Enterinf the Vietnam-Laos border region the road…

Hoi An to Prao

Leaving Hoi an we wriggle our way west through dusty townships. Quiet mountain roads beckon but first we must battle roadworks and road users who scored highly on the “drive without looking” exam. It’s all worth it. QL14 is an amazing mountain road with almost no traffic. It winds effortlessly upwards into and through jungle-clad…

Hoi An

After being out in the mountains, Hoi An is a shock to the system. When we arrive the ancient town is wall to wall tourists. A tiny cup of iced coffee costs as much as at home and the dual pricing system is thriving. Avoid the crowds Avoid the crowds by exploring this famous yellow-walled…

Da Nang to Hoi An

It’s 4.30am when we arrive in Da Nang. We’re still asleep on the bus and no one wakes us (nor the other sleeping passengers). Bleery eyed we face the throng of taxi and moto drivers. Danang Bikes is right near the beach. As we step out of the taxi we are greeted by the most…