Interesting places between HCM-Hoi An?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 7, 2012 5:46 AM Last Post By: MonkeyPuzzle
Sep 2, 2012 10:43 AM
Sep 2, 2012 3:07 PM
1Technically not between HCMC and Hoi An, but between the train station and Hoi An are Marble Mountain, which has a lot of interesting things, including a cave with stalactites in the shapes of monk, dragons, and such, and Monkey Mountain, which lacks even monkeys but is nonetheless a pleasant place to spend an afternoon.
The train runs past a number of beach towns. I haven't been to any of them but the dune of Mui Ne look interesting.
Then there's Dalat, which isn't on the train line but is on the way.
Sep 2, 2012 6:58 PM
Sep 3, 2012 8:29 AM
Sep 3, 2012 1:02 PM
4Repeating the myth of the NVA executions huh? Despite extensive US investigations after they recaptured Hue the US could never uncover any evidence of executions on this scale (and, boy, wouldn't they like to have done). The best estimates are around 3 - 500. Bad enough but nothing compared to what the US was doing in Quang Nai and elsewhere. My Lai was the tip of the iceberg and never fully investigated.
The way you open your post it is no surprise you enjoyed Marble Mountain. OP, these are the type of people you will run into there.
Sep 3, 2012 3:33 PM
Sep 3, 2012 5:26 PM
Sep 4, 2012 9:06 AM
7Ladies, please don't hijack threads with insults and things totally off-topic. BTW, once you start proving "facts' using wikipedia, you lose all credibility.
I would make the detour to the Central Highlands, nicest people on earth.
Doing the coast run gets a bit dull, unless you can find a low key place away from the Russian masses.
Sep 4, 2012 11:41 PM
8Yes agreed with Monkey Puzzle, Central Highlands are amazing, I did a 4 day easy ride through the central highlands and it was the highlight of my trip and travels to date! Although make sure your travelling with a backpack as they can strap it to the back of their bike!
To be honest, I found Hoi An to be far too touristy and Nha Trang was lovely, but Da Lat, Da Nang and Central Highlands were amazing!
Sep 5, 2012 7:21 AM
9Over the last three years we have spent 18 weeks in Vietnam and there are a multitude of interesting places depending your interests.
One place that is overlooked by most tourists and we have found incredibly interesting and the people amazing is Quy Nhon.
You can get to the nearby town of Dieu Tri which is where the train station is. It is about a 10 Km trip into town.
There are several very nice and inexpensive hotels along the beach and each evening locals set up small Kiosk style restaurants along the boulevard which are just amazing. On caveat for travellers is there are very few people who speak english and most restaurants only have menus in Vietnamese although this has never posed a problem for us and we have gotten to eat some interesting dishes.
Sep 6, 2012 2:00 PM
10I can`t imagine any place between HCM and Hoi An i going to be dull for us. I am rather sure that country and culture is very different than here high up in North Norway!
But any idea something interesting between Nha Trang and Hoi An? Or should we dropp Hoi An, and go for Danang and Hue? How touristy is Hoi An? We have flight to Siem Reap from Danang.
Sep 6, 2012 3:09 PM
11tam coc is nice for a river trip, hoi an is a beautiful town, mui ne for beach relaxing,
Sep 6, 2012 5:58 PM
Sep 7, 2012 5:46 AM
13I enjoyed Danang, especially the sunset from Monkey Mountain and the view of the city at night coming back down. The beach when you go over the main bridge and keep going until you hit the water is FAR superior to the beaches near Hoi An IMHO.
Second hand information from someone who lives in Nha Trang is that Qui Nhon and Tuy Hoa are nice.
Hoi An is VERY touristy but a fantastic place, especially at night. Visit An Bang beach and the rice paddies between the town and the beach. Also, the back roads to Cua Dai beach.
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