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DA NANG, VIETNAM: OUR HEAVEN ON EARTH | JUNE 25, 2016

DA NANG, VIETNAM: OUR HEAVEN ON EARTH | JUNE 25, 2016

If you were asked to consider the word “paradise,” what would come to mind? Some would say a secluded island with white-sand beaches, palm trees, and calm, clear ocean waters.  Others might find their paradise in the middle of a modern city close to friends, restaurants, and cultural destinations.  Still others might dream of a peaceful mountain hike that culminates in a stunning vista. We would have said any number of these, and so when we arrived to Da Nang…

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HOI AN’S (SOMETIMES) SLEEPY CENTRAL MARKET | JUNE, 2016

HOI AN’S (SOMETIMES) SLEEPY CENTRAL MARKET | JUNE, 2016

In Vietnam it’s routine for locals to wake very early, then take afternoon naps to ride out the hottest part of the day.  The first time we visited Hoi An’s Central Market during the afternoon it surprised us to find most of the merchants sleeping in their stalls.  Now, it’s our go-to time to browse when we want fewer interactions with aggressive sellers! In addition to sleepy merchants, we also found some of Hoi An’s best food in the Central…

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RICE FIELD HOMESTAY IN HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21-25, 2016

RICE FIELD HOMESTAY IN HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21-25, 2016

We were over-the-moon delighted by every aspect of our time with Mike and Hanh at their Rice Field Homestay and couldn’t have had a better experience if we had stayed anywhere else in Hoi An. Their brand new, custom designed home is modern, bright, spacious, clean, and extremely comfortable. Our room had every amenity we could have hoped for, and was above-and-beyond what we’d received anywhere else in Vietnam during our 3-weeks of travel for the same price range. Ample…

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DRIVING THE HAI VAN PASS BETWEEN HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21, 2016

DRIVING THE HAI VAN PASS BETWEEN HUE AND HOI AN, VIETNAM | JUNE 21, 2016

After spending several days in the literally baking hot weather of the city of Hue, we were easily persuaded to consider a private driver with an air-conditioned car for our travel to Hoi An, a charming historic town located 2.5 hours south of Hue.  Hanh and Mike, the proprietors of Rice Field Homestay where we’d be lodging during our stay in Hoi An recommended a car service that would not only take us door-to-door, but stop at several sightseeing locations…

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