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6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 6 Danang

Catching Sunrise at Pullman Danang Beach Resort

Our king bed was really so comfortable and we didn’t feel like getting up. But we had to catch the sunrise this morning. By the time we opened our eyes, it was half past 5 in the morning. So we dragged our tired body and hurriedly left the room. We walked towards the end of the building and went up to the open balcony facing the beach. We just hoped we hadn’t missed the sunrise over here.

When we stepped out to the balcony, it was still pretty dark. Over the northern coast, it was overcast. The ground over at Premier Village Resort was getting brighter though. Some of the villas had their lights turned on. Perhaps guests were already up like us to catch sunrise this morning. The sky towards the south was slightly brighter than the north. It was nevertheless quite cloudy as well.

The beach ahead was quiet with clouds on the horizon. Beach goers were already out on the beach exercising and waiting for sunrise as well. Last year, we were on the beach as well. But because we woke up a little late, we decided just to come out to this balcony on the top floor to wait for the sun to rise.

It was very windy out here this morning. Due to the overcast sky, the sun seemed to be taking a vacation. We waited for quite a long time and was getting bored and tired but the sun seemed to have overslept. There was little we could do and going back to sleep would have wasted our effort. So we continued waiting. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 6 Danang

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 5 Hue to Danang Pullman Beach Resort

Great Breakfast at Serene Shining Hotel

We woke up to the last leg of our Central Vietnam Tour. Our train ride to Danang was at 8.56 am. Taxi ride to Hue Train Station was only 15 minutes away. So there was no rush this morning.

This morning, we went to the restaurant for breakfast at 7 am. However, we were not the only hotel guests at the restaurant. It seemed hotel guests were having early breakfast in order to head out for day tours. By now, the waitresses were so familiar with us. It was all smiles again when they served us.

Like the previous day, we ordered quite a lot of food for breakfast. We also collected fruits and watermelon juice. We liked the fruit juice here as they were freshly squeezed and not processed juice. Our food came and our table was filled up. It was another very delicious meal, our last meal in Hue for this trip.

One of the waitresses came and spent some time chatting with us as she knew we were departing for Danang. By the time we finished our breakfast and were about to leave the restaurant, this waitress presented a box of food for us to bring on our trip. The service staff were really great, genuine and sincere. Indeed, Serene Shining Hotel was the right choice for us, a great place to stay. Having thanked this kind staff, we returned to our room.

Departing Serene Shining Hotel

Back in our room, we freshened up ourselves to prepare for the train ride. After a final round of checking this big suite room, we went to front desk to process check out. The final bill for three meals and 90 minutes massage for two of us was just under USD 70.

It was a great stay here even though the location of this hotel was a little further away from the attractions at Perfume River. Nevertheless, walking there wasn’t very difficult either. Front desk staff then helped us call a taxi to the train station. So we left this lovely Serene Shining Hotel in Hue.

Few minutes later, we were on our way to the train station. We passed by the river scene again and like the previous day, the river park was quiet during the morning. Road traffic wasn’t heavy either. In under 15 minutes, we arrived at the train station. It was around 8.20 am when we arrived, still very early to catch the 8.56 am train. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 5 Hue to Danang Pullman Beach Resort

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 4 Hue City Citadel and Night Market

Very Good Breakfast at Serene Shining Hotel

Due to the location of Serene Shining Hotel situated in a side lane, road traffic noise was absent. So we slept to our heart’s content. By the time we got up, it was already past 8 am. Breakfast time was of course calling.

Down we went and we found the restaurant already busy with many hotel guests enjoying their breakfast. The friendly waitresses greeted us and gave us the menu to choose what we would like for our first meal for the day. We could choose whatever we wanted from the menu consisting of local Vietnamese and Western food items. So we made our order and then went over to the counter to collect fruits, fruit juice and more bread.

Our food came including Vietnamese coffee which was as expected, quite strong and sweet. We were greedy this morning. We ordered both Western and Vietnamese food for breakfast. The food was very good and we were so full after breakfast. The staff here really brightened our day with all smiles and ever ready to serve and help.

Sight-Seeing Time in Hue City

Back in our room after breakfast, we rested and made ourselves comfortable. We packed and tidied up a little to make it easy for the chambermaids to clean and make our room when we explored Hue City later. From our windows, we could see it was quite bright already but a little cloudy. Once we were ready, we left Serene Shining Hotel for our adventure for the day.

Our first objective was the Citadel. So we walked back to the riverfront at Perfume River we visited the previous night. Along the way, we checked out some sports shops. One of the shops near Le Loi Street before the Dragon Boats area had some sports shoes my wife might be interested. We took a look and told the young man and lady manning the shop we might return to check out the shoes after sightseeing in the city. We then continued walking towards the riverfront. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 4 Hue City Citadel and Night Market

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 3 Hoi An to Hue Via Hai Van Pass

Quick Breakfast at Hoi An Travel Lodge Hotel

We woke up slightly after 6 am. This time it wasn’t due to loud annoying singing nearby. In fact, it was pretty quiet in the vicinity this morning. We got up early because we needed to be ready by 7 am to wait for our bus to Hue. So it seemed the previous noisy morning was some event held during that particular day.

Breakfast would only be ready at 6.30 am. We had everything packed and ready to leave after a quick breakfast. So we went down to the restaurant at 6.30 am. Buffet spread was more or less ready. But no one was at the restaurant, not even a staff. We helped ourselves with those food that were available and had a quick meal. Soon, a staff came over with more food.

We didn’t have time to ask the staff to make us a bowl of pho this morning. However, we were given a box to pack some food with us after we told the staff we had to leave pretty soon. Another guest came down and was also given boxes to pack her food because she was leaving the hotel early as well. The quick meal was actually quite satisfying and the take away packed food was a bonus. We could have some snacks on the bus during our bus ride to Hue.

Waiting for Bus Transfer to Hue

After this we returned to our room to freshen up and then took our bags to head to front desk. We returned our room key and processed check out. Having made payment for the airport transfer that cost 340,000 VND we were ready to leave this very nice Hoi An Travel Lodge Hotel. It was 7 am while we waited in the lobby. Front desk staff helped us call our agent and was told the bus was on its way.

The staff in this hotel were really helpful and friendly. We loved the location of this hotel, just a street away from the Ancient Town. It is so convenient to visit the Ancient Town from here. The hotel also provides free bikes rental for hotel guests who wish to cycle around town or to the beach. Finally, our bus arrived at 7.30 am. A young man came into the hotel to look for us and we followed him and boarded the minibus and so that was goodbye to Hoi An for now till the next visit. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 3 Hoi An to Hue Via Hai Van Pass

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 2 Hoi An Ancient Town

Breakfast at Hoi An Travel Lodge

We woke up to some annoying loud singing near Hoi An Travel Lodge Hotel before 8 am. The hotel room opens out to a small balcony. From the balcony, we could see the side road was already busy with road traffic where locals were getting off to work. There were quite a number of street food hawkers along the road and locals were having their meals here in the morning.

Back in our room, we couldn’t sleep any longer. We didn’t intend to get up so early as we couldn’t explore the Ancient Town early in the morning. Most of the shops and cafes won’t be open. So we went down to the restaurant for breakfast. Staying on the second floor was quite advantageous as we could simply walk down to the restaurant for our meal.

The restaurant wasn’t crowded. We took our seats and then went to collect our food. The breakfast spread wasn’t huge but was more than sufficient. In fact, the quality of the breakfast was pretty good. We could order Vietnamese Pho separately as well. Of course the breakfast came with beverages, drinks, and fresh fruits.

Preparing to Visit to Ancient Town

After breakfast, we returned to our room to rest and tidy up to get ready for the staff to make our room while we prepared to head to Ancient Town just a street away. It was really early and shops at the Ancient Town might not be open so we took our time to surf internet and watch some TV programs. Finally at 9.20 am, we decided to make our move.

We stopped by at front desk to enquire about their free bike rental. The bicycles were kept just outside the hotel along the side road. Having taken a look, we decided not to cycle to town. The Ancient Town is just a street away. We didn’t see the point having to take care of the bike while we shop. Last year, we stayed over at Hoi An Sincerity Hotel which is much further away from the Ancient Town so cycling to town was necessary. This time we preferred to just walk which was more convenient.

Entering Hoi An Ancient Town

So we left Hoi An Travel Lodge Hotel, crossed the road and walked towards Le Loi Street. The streets were busy already when we crossed the traffic junction. Few minutes later, we were walking into Le Loi Street inside the Ancient Town. Shops were opening and a school was in operation with kids having a great time at the compound. This school looks like a kindergarten. The kids seen here were not wearing any particular uniform, just their home clothes.

Le Loi Street wasn’t busy yet but there were tourists roaming the street like us. Tourists were of course stopping here and there taking pictures of this lovely Ancient Town. The weather was great. It was a very sunny day and yet not scorching hot like our previous visits during the month in May. There was also some wind blowing and so it was also quite cooling especially under shades. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 2 Hoi An Ancient Town

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 1 Hoi An

6 Days Central Vietnam Tour

We had been visiting Central Vietnam for the past two years during the summer month in May which was freaking hot. However, we find Central Vietnam really charming and relaxing. So when Jetstar launched another round of sales, we booked air tickets without hesitation. This time, we would be visiting during the month of March 2017. A pair of return air ticket without check in luggage cost only around $95. Travelling to Central Vietnam is so convenient and really affordable now.

We planned to spend five nights in Central Vietnam, more than enough for us to visit Hoi An, Hue and Danang for a short visit as we had been to these places before. Our flight timings were as follows:

Singapore to Danang 6.30 pm to 8.05 pm

Danang to Singapore 8.20 pm to 12.10 am the following day.

Basically, the first day would simply be travelling to Central Vietnam just to spend the night and real activity would begin on the second day. However, we would have the entire day on the sixth day to chill before our return flight at night. So we planned our itinerary as follows:

6 Days Central Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1 – Singapore to Hoi An

Transfer from Danang Airport to Hoi An.

Stay two nights at Hoi An Travel Lodge just one street away from the Ancient Town.

We had also arranged with the hotel for airport transfer for 340,000 VND.

Day 2 – Hoi An

Spend time to shop and dine in Hoi An at the Ancient Town.

Day 3 – Hue

Transfer to Hue to stay two nights at Serene Shinning Hotel.

We booked transfer from Hue Tourist Vietnam at http://ticket.whr.vn/Bus.

The cost for this transfer was 220,000 VND per person where we would have a chance to stop by at Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach along the way travelling on a mini bus. Payment would be paid only on the day when we were picked up from Hoi An Travel Lodge Hotel. This was pretty good arrangement with no upfront payment. Continue reading 6 Days Central Vietnam Tour (2017) – Day 1 Hoi An

5 Days 4 Nights Danang and Hoi An Vacation Day 5 (May 2016)

Sunrise at Pullman Danang Beach Resort

Danang Beach is one of the best places to catch sunrise from the South China Sea. So we got up very early slightly before 5 am this morning. Having changed, we walked slowly to the beach to wait and watch sunrise from this private beach of Pullman Danang Beach Resort. It was still dark and windy as we made our way to the beach.

By the time we got to the beach, many beach goers were already there before us. Some were strolling on the beach while others were jogging. A few were swimming in the sea as well. Of course there were those like us loitering on the beach waiting to catch sunrise this morning.

It was still a little dark but the sky soon turned light blue. Tints of pink then appeared on the horizon colouring the sky prettily and slowly spreading upward across the entire sky above the sea. The beach was a picture of serenity, so tranquil with very little disturbance in spite of the presence of beach goers. It was just past full moon two days ago and the moon could still clearly be seen hanging above Pullman Danang Beach Resort partially hidden among clouds.

Continue reading 5 Days 4 Nights Danang and Hoi An Vacation Day 5 (May 2016)

5 Days 4 Nights Danang and Hoi An Vacation Day 4 (May 2016)

Good Morning at East West Villas

Despite our room facing the main road, we could sleep soundly through the night. Road traffic along this road connecting ancient town and Cua Dai Beach was relatively low. Hence, noise issues weren’t a problem. There are villas further inside the property where close to absolute tranquility is possible with the occasional chirping of birds and sometimes crowing of roosters.

We would be heading to Pullman Danang Beach Resort later in the morning. Transfer was already arranged with East West Villas. We had indicated we would like our breakfast to be served in our room balcony, so we didn’t have to head out for our meals.

Fabulous Breakfast at East West Villas

While we were resting after getting up from bed, there was a knock on the door. When we opened the door, the villa staff brought in a huge tray of food. All the items were nicely set up on the table at the balcony. There was so much food and the table was almost completely filled. There were western scrambled eggs set that came with baguette and also the local Vietnamese pho. The breakfast set also included fruit juice and coffee as well as fruits.

It was such a sight with the table fully filled with food at the balcony overlooking the quiet and serene swimming pool below. The smell of the food was heavenly and immediately, we felt hungry. So we settled down to enjoy our delicious breakfast set under this wonderful setting. It was so calm and peaceful. This was a great breakfast indeed.

After this fabulous meal, we got ready, packed up and waited for time to check out. We had already arranged with the villa to send us a vehicle to bring us to Danang. Meanwhile, we enjoyed this lovely villa room a little longer watching TV. After a final round chatting with the children back home to update them on our travel plans for the day, we took our bags and went downstairs to check out. Continue reading 5 Days 4 Nights Danang and Hoi An Vacation Day 4 (May 2016)