13 Jun - 15 Jun 2010 Nha Trang

Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hung Vuong
Quan Tran Lane 6D
Nice Hotel +84585327379 nicehotel@vnn.vn
Clean double room, with wifi, for VND 190,000.- or US$ 10.- per night.

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Exploring Nha Trang, a bustling coastal city humming with commerce, tourism and crime, bordered by scenic mountains, blessed with access to a beautiful 6km-long beach and equipped with an excellent network of cheap and clean air-con city buses (VND 3,000.- per adult; inner-city bus routes no. 2, no. 4 and no. 6 are particularly useful for sightseeing).

Learning about the old Cham culture and the once powerful Kingdom of Champa which flourished from the 2nd to the 15th century CE and became "Indianised" through strong commercial ties, thus (i) adopting Hinduism, (ii) using Sanskrit as sacred language and (iii) borrowing heavily from Indian art, at the historical brick temple towers of Po Nagar, 5 km north of Nha Trang on the northern bank of the Cai River, which were built between the 7th and 12th centuries CE, although the site was used for worship as early as the 2nd century CE.

Admiring the extraordinary black-and-white images of Vietnam’s most prominent photographer at his low-key Long Thanh Gallery +84583824875.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about ļ¬nding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Buying tickets for two reclining berth beds in some kind of gussied up cattle truck, the sleeper option of The Sinh Tourist’s +845103916242 fairly reliable but quite adventurous and crammed air-con open-tour bus, from Nha Trang to Hoi An (c. 530 km, 12 1/2 hours, VND 200,000.- or US$ 10.50 per person) and surviving the all-night-long, very bumpy ride through pitch black darkness on the winding coastal road along the shore of the highly controversial South China Sea.

“Spies and parents never sleep.”

 Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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