from SAIGON to
SAIGON - Arrived Dec 16, 1994, travelling with my oldest son, Brian.
We stayed at the Sea Star Mini Hotel not far from the Central Market. It was clean but the water smelled and the roosters woke us very early every morning. The hotel served us eggs, etc in our room daily for breakfast and washed our clothing.
walked and took cyclos everywhere. Most of the city
was still very dirty and recovering from the war. The grand hotels - Majestic,
etc were under renovation and closed. We ate dinner one night on the My Cahn
Boat docked in the
the next two days we located my house at 194 Cong LY (now a business
headquarters) went to the Cercle Sportif,
walked along the Catinat and through the Eden
Passage, along Charner (flower market), along Le Loi (formerly shoe street)bought gold jewelry, shopped for
crafts, explored the market, had pastries at Givrals
and ate dinner at Lemon Grass. We booked a car at Sinh
Cafe to take us further throught the country and
bought airline tickets for
Next stop DALAT
We stayed at Bao Dai Palace Hotel - used to be the emperor's summer palace. The mountain scenery was beautiful. The people spoke more French. The market was charming and we had lunch in the middle of the lake.
On to NHA TRANG
drove past waterfalls, beautiful scenery and the
On to HOI AN
Long, interesting drive along the sea and through mountain areas, brightly covered houses with rice paddies out front. Lots of traffic and drivers playing "chicken" with each other. Road was in bad shape and we went airborne once, then later the car broke down. We were surrounded by village people - men with flashlights looking to see what was wrong with the car and women and children who wished to practice their English. Finally a big semi truck arrived and took my son and me to our hotel in Hoi An. The driver would have the car repaired and meet us the next day. Hoi An was a pleasant surprise with Japanese and Chinese architecture. There were several small art galleries and some unusual crafts.
HOI AN to DANANG
drove first to climb the
drive was perhaps the most beautiful and scariest. The sea
and mountains and the small winding roads. In
DALAT - pleasant, friendly, historical, beautiful scenery
NHA TRANG - quiet beautiful beach, best prawns
HOI AN - most unique, lots of galleries
AREA - Marble Mountains,
DANANG - could have skipped