Posts Tagged "Vietnam"

Vung Tau Vietnam

We docked in Phu My, Vietnam on March 7, 2017, an industrial port half way between Ho Chi Minh City and  Vung Tau. Since we went to Ho Chi Minh City last year we decide to go to Vung Tau, a coastal resort area situated on a peninsula which was about an hour drive from the port.  Our first stop was at Jesus Statue Park, which had mosaic walls and stone steps that took you up to a giant Jesus statue on top of the hill. Next we went to a Buddhist Temple and then to the White Villa, the Royal Residence of Bach Dinh. We then traveled along the coast to The Bay of Boats, where fishermen where in...

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Nha Trang Vietnam

On March 6, 2017, we landed in Vietnam at the port of Nha Trang, a bustling port with many local water taxis scurrying about the harbor. Located on the south central  shore of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a popular beach resort area. Touring the area we first stopped at Xq Handmade Embroidery Factory, which produced some very fine and delicate art work. We then traveled to the Long Son Pagoda one of the main sites of the city and a view of the large white Buddha that sits on the hill top. We then ventured on to the Po Nagar Cham Towers, where ancient ruins of the Cham people can be seen on the...

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Saigon, Vietnam

On March 9, 2016 we were docked in the port of Phu My on the Saigon River in Vietnam, 80 miles from Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. We took a tour into Saigon to get an overview of the city. Our first stop was the President’s Palace, the home and work place of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War. Our next stop was at the City Museum, originally the Gia Long Palace, which was built by the French between 1885 and 1890. We then proceeded to the Minh Phung lacquer-ware gallery. Lacquerware is a traditional Vietnamese art form that dates back many years and consists of...

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Da Nang (Day 2)

Our 2nd day in Da Nang, we went out of town to the My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site built between the 4th and 13th Century. My Son has a number of early Hindu temples built by the Cham. On our way out to My Son we drove by the harbor with its’ fishing fleet and then passed many small farms that were in the fertile valleys as we headed toward the mountains. The temple grounds were at the foot hills of a mountainous region of the Quang Nam Province and reached by foot from the visitors center. After viewing and exploring the ruins, we returned to the visitors center for a Folkloric...

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Da Nang, Vietnam

On March 6, 2016 we landed in Vietnam at Da Nang. We were here for 2 days, so on day one we went to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site and was a trading port, dating from the 15th to the 19th century, with examples of French Colonial Architecture. We walked around town and visited a silk embroidery shop, where all the items for sale were hand made. You could even get a hand tailored shirt, robe or even a jacket made custom in just 2 hours. We also went to the local market and mixed with the friendly locals. One of the landmarks of the town is the Japanese Bridge built in 1719. On the way...

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