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22nd September 2016
I think the monsoon season is starting - over the past few days we
have had late afternoon/evening thunderstorms and yesterday's was
torrential. This is my first time in Nha Trang during the rainy
season but I checked the annual rainfall and it is less than Cairns
and less than half of Mission Beach and since I have been living in
the tropics for more than seven years now tropical rain is not new
I was planning to have a night in town once a fortnight staying at a
hotel and so I booked a "Seaview Apartment" at the Tri
Quan Hotel and Apartments and got a small room with no view
(not even a window) when I asked at reception they told me there was
construction going on in the apartments and they were only using the
hotel rooms - I was told if I wanted a seaview I could go to the
rooftop and have a coffee!
As far as I am concerned it is fraudulent to sell something you do
not have (I booked with Agoda).
I checked out about one hour after I checked in and came home.
I may still stay in town once in a while but I think from now on I
will stick with the hotels I know.
16th September 2016
I just got back from my quick trip to Dalat - it was a good trip
although I found myself wishing I had my old
Honda CBR250R here as it would have
been more comfortable and made the steep grades up the mountain so much easier to handle -
although my new
Honda Blade is better
Honda Wave I had when I last lived
here. Dalat is pretty much the same as it was although seemed
quieter than my last visit but there is a large underground shopping
Big C Supercenter" that was not here last time.
I stayed at the Tulip Hotel which was fine if a bit expensive by
local standards. I got a phone call from reception at 10.30 pm
telling me my motorbike was "gone" (I immediately assumed it had
been stolen) - luckily it was a language problem they simply wanted
the key to the bike so they could move it to undercover storage
Xuan Huong Lake, Dalat
Another view of Xuan Huong Lake
The Outside of Dalat's Big C Supercenter
Skylight For Dalat's Big C Supercenter
Skylight For Dalat's Big C Supercenter
13th September 2016
This morning I went for a ride to Dam Market (Cho Dam), the largest market in
Nha Trang, unfortunately they appear to be in the process of
expanding or replacing the original market building. The result is a
mess and I will not be visiting again until it is sorted. I have
noticed since being back in Nha Trang that the traffic has increased
considerably (probably 50%) and every ride is still an adventure.
I am planning to ride up to Dalat on Thursday, returning Friday (140
kilometres each way up the mountains to 5,000 feet) - first trip on
9th September 2016
My New Honda Blade
I bought a new Honda Blade motorcycle yesterday to get around on. It
cost 19.3 million Dong - which is only about $1140 Australian
dollars including registration. To celebrate I had a beer at my
favourite location on Nha Trang Beach -
Louisiane Brewhouse (a brewery on
the beach, genius).
I am just about sorted now and will start to relax a bit. "Life is a
Holiday, Old Chum".
My New Honda Blade
Louisiane Brewhouse Pilsner
Louisiane Brewhouse - Brewery on Nha Trang Beach
5th September 2016
Penthouse in Nha Trang, Vietnam
I arrived in Nha Trang yesterday and spent the night in town to look
around. The Beach/Tourist area has changed quite a bit in 3+ years -
a lot of the restaurants have either gone or been renamed. There is
even more high rise construction in progress and the number of
Russian tourists has increased dramatically with the main beach area
getting saturated with sun beds and umbrellas (it may be a seasonal
thing as I have not been here this time of year before - but I don't
think it is). Also there are now Chinese tourists coming to Nha
Trang. This all started back in 2009 when Nha Trang airport became
international and started to get Russian tourist charter flights.
Passenger numbers increased by 32% in 2015 compared to 2014.
Luckily Nha Trang Beach is big (wide and long) so it does not get
really crowed and there are also a couple of smaller beaches to the
north of town.
Nha Trang Beach Looking South (left photo) and Looking North - Taken
at 7 am
Today I moved into my apartment - I decided that the one I had
booked was a bit small so I have rented the Penthouse and I am very
happy with it.
Lounge and Kitchen of My Penthouse
Looking Down on The Swimming Pool
2nd September 2016
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam
I am now in Saigon staying at the Diamond Suite Hotel Parkview - I
got upgraded to a "Park View" room with a balcony that overlooks the
"September 23 Park". The hotel is a fairly typical budget Vietnamese
hotel - double air conditioned room, breakfast, mini bar, cable tv,
wifi etc. but good value for Saigon at $25USD/night.
The flights to get here OK - Qantas (from Cairns to Darwin) charged
me $60 for being 2kg overweight (my luggage not me - no wonder they are making record
Saigon is pretty much the same as it was on my last visit 3 1/2
years ago - prices have risen slightly (seems like more than a
little due to the falling Aussie dollar). Today is a public holiday
"Independence Day" which celebrates independence from France in
September 23 Park From My Hotel Balcony
13th August 2016
Off to Vietnam
Yesterday I booked flights from Cairns to Ho Chi Minh City - I fly
out on 31st August - I have booked a hotel in Ho Chi Minh for three
nights and then will fly on to Nha Trang. I plan to stay at the same
Continents House) I stayed at on my last visit three and
half years ago.
Nha Trang Beach
25th July 2016
Rented another car today and went up the mountains to Yungaburra and
then down to
Innisfail via Millaa Millaa. On the way back to Cairns I stopped in at Josephine Falls and was
surprised to find there were several people in swimming.
Josephine Falls at The Base of Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland's
16th July 2016
I have sold my
bike and rented a car the other day
to go for a drive up the mountains. I travelled from Cairns up to
Mossman then up and over the mountains to Mareeba where I had my
usual Skybury Coffee. I then continued on to Kuranda and down the
range to Cairns.
9th June 2016
Today I took a day trip to Green Island, a small coral island about
27 kilometres off the coast of Cairns. The ferry trip takes about 45
minutes each way and is well organised. On the isalnd I went
swimming, snorkelling (saw lots of tropical fish, giant clams and
sea turtles), walking and just lazing on the beach. The weather was
perfect which made for a great day out.
Green Island Beach
1st January 2016
Happy New Year!
I am in Sydney for the holiday period - I have been here since 23rd
December and return to Cairns on 5th January. Had a good time over
Christmas catching up with
Sue (ex) and
I have been playing tourist whilst I am in Sydney - I went to Manly
one day and took the train to Newcastle a couple of days later.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Newcastle Customs House
Pelican on a Light Pole
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