Good morning Vietnam

VIETNAM passes the test of the three Cs: it’s cheap, cheerful and close – and, in these difficult times, it is safe. Vietnam will become an increasingly important destination for international tourists and has the potential to become the most popular Asian destination. It not only offers superb beaches and bargain shopping, but the Vietnamese cuisine also is a delight and the chance of picking up food bugs is minimal.  

Visitors either enter in the south at Ho Chi Minh City (it was Saigon) and slowly make their way north to the capital Hanoi or vice versa. They can use Ho Chi Minh City as a base to explore the Mekong Delta, which is the rice bowl of the country and worth an overnight trip. The meander north can include Nha Trang, a one-hour flight north from HCMC and a very relaxing beach stopover. It is similar to Bali, with hawkers on the beach to make life more bearable, selling fresh fruit, beer, T-shirts, postcards, jewelry… you name it and they sell it. Unlike Bali, however, the hawkers are usually happy to take “no” for an answer.

The next 60-minute flight took us from Nha Trang to the coastal town of Da Nang where China Beach became a famous R&R spot for troops during the Vietnam War. A 30-minute hair-raising drive from Da Nang was Hoi An, the town of tailors – almost 800 of them to be precise. They can knock up any sort of clothing in two days – suits, jackets, slacks, skirts, and shirts – and that includes at least one fitting. Prices range from about $10 for shirts up to $120 for suits and it is very competitive.

A complete wardrobe revamp could take a few days but the money saved could pay for the trip, so don’t miss Hoi An. For visitors more interested in the beach, a beautiful strip of white sand is just 5km from the town where there are several high-class resorts. A two-hour bus trip from Hoi An leads north to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. A must-see for visitors is the old city and citadel which is being rebuilt after extensive damage during the war.

Fighting around Hue was intense and the town was retaken by the Vietcong during the Tet Offensive – a nationwide uprising in 1968, which claimed 1000 American and 2000 South Vietnamese army deaths while the North Vietnamese lost 32,000 troops. It was the beginning of the end of the war but it was not until 1975 that the Americans pulled out. Another 90-minute flight took us from Hue to Hanoi and back to the big-city bustle where the motorcycle is king.

Hanoi has three million people and two million motorcycles and very little in the way of road rules. It is organized chaos, as horns constantly toot and bikes dive into holes in the traffic. Little wonder that about 30 people die every day on Vietnam roads. There’s no break in the traffic, so crossing the street is an art that has to be learned quickly. It’s a case of slowly moving across the street, no sudden movements while making eye contact with oncoming drivers. The traffic flows around pedestrians. The trick is to do this while praying and avoiding the almost overwhelming temptation to panic and run.

A welcome break from Hanoi was a trip to Halong Bay – three hours by bus but a world away cruising the bay that is littered with unusual limestone rock formations. Old junks have been rebuilt to cater for six couples in cabins with their own en suites. Very civilized, and all for around $50 a head for the two days with meals thrown in. Another Hanoi sanity stopover is Sapa, an overnight train trip away in the highlands near the Chinese border.

While Hanoi and, to a lesser extent Ho Chi Minh City, are interesting, they are also heavily polluted, so it is best to spend most of a Vietnam visit in the provinces. After hundreds of years of war with the Chinese, the French, and then the Americans, the good times have finally come to these resilient and resourceful people. Vietnam is no longer at war. It’s a country going places with plenty to offer.”

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Hon Thom Islet

Hon Thom (Pineapple Islet) is the largest of the An Thoi Islands (An Thoi Archipelago), with a population of around 4,000. The 15 islands and islets are located to the south of Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Thailand and are under the authority of Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.

The archipelago consists of many islands and islets that are quickly growing in popularity as tourist destinations thanks to their pristine beaches, rocky cliffs, breathtaking mountains, and dense forests. This beauty has earned it the nickname “The Paradise Islets of Phu Quoc.” However, it was only recently that any An Thoi islands besides Phu Quoc became considered as a “must-see” in Vietnam.

One of these islands, Hon Thom, stands out for its untouched natural beauty. Surrounding the island is clear blue water and sun-burned sandy beaches. The island itself is covered in wild greenery, creating a romantic aura around on its beaches. Hon Thom is well-known for the flawless sand on its many beaches, including Nom beach, Nam beach, Chuong beach, and Chao beach.

On Chuong beach, located in the south of the island, the sand is bordered on one side by small houses with metal roofs and fishing boats on the other. Moreover, the beach has plenty of places for tourists to try fresh seafood and fruits picked right from local trees, such as mangoes and star apples.

Significant changes

Hon Thom Island has changed considerably in recent years. Many tourists insist that they see significant changes every time they return. Even people living on Hon Thom, if asked, say, “Hon Thom is now very different.”

One of the most significant changes was the installation of a power grid in 2015. With that came the introduction of tourist activities such as jet-skiing and tours to visit other nearby islands. Before electricity was installed, Hon Thom was only designated for one-day trips in which tourists would come during the day to enjoy the beaches, food, and scenery before returning to hotels on other islands by canoe at sunset.

Another factor contributing to the island’s popularity is the new cable car system connecting An Thoi Town with the three main islands in the An Thoi archipelago, including Hon Thom Islet. More significantly, the ropeway is the world’s longest cable car system above the sea.

Visitors cannot resist the opportunity to see the set of islands from the sky. As the cable cars lift visitors from the ground, clear blue water, highlands covered with greenery and sandy beaches slowly begin to shrink. From above, tourists can view the beautiful beaches of Hon Thom including Nom, Chuong, and Chao beaches, as well as other islands and islets such as Hon Roi Islet, Hon Dua Islet, and Hon Mong Tay Islet, all of which are quite well-known to tourists thanks to the many tours offered to these places. One of the tourists even commented: “No artist is talented enough to paint such a beautiful picture.”

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Mui Ne – Phan Thiet city

MUI NE - PHAN THIET CITY

Phan Thiet is a coastal port city in Southeast Vietnam and the capital of Binh Thuan Province. The Phan Thiet city is a fairly young where the 100th anniversary was celebrated only in 1998. Phan Thiet city is subdivided into 18 wards and communes, of which 14 are urban wards. Two urban wards, Mui Ne, and Ham Tien are most know for tourists. Figuratively, between Phan Thiet and Mui Ne fishing town is a 10 km long Ham Tien ward with a street Nguyen Dinh Chieu. Ham Tien – is a tourist strip where situated hotel resorts, bars, restaurants, shops and all that you need for a perfect beach holiday. The scene today is radically different from just decades ago, when the main strip, was a nameless sand track with coconut palms. Besides, only in 1995 first foreign tourists discovered Mui Ne beach while they watched here solar eclipse.

MUI NE PENINSULA

Mui Ne is actually a peninsula, where fishermen can perfectly shelter their boats from the wind and storms. Locals say that centuries ago first Fishermans settled Mui Ne beach for fishing and start prepared world-famous fish sauce. The wind frustrates the fishermen but not windsurfers and kitesurfers which know that the Mui Ne beach is one of the top 5 spots for sailing in the world, and it’s definitely the best in Asia. Around Phan Thiet city can be found more beaches. The beaches of Ka Ga, Tien Thanh, Hon Rom are peaceful and quiet but it can’t be compared with Mui Ne beach. Literally, there is no street life, nowhere to go and you shall chill out only at your hotel resort. Visitors can explore Mui Ne fishing village, the Fairy Stream – a small version of a red canyon or the photogenic white and red sand dunes, for instance. 

CLIMATE

The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical savanna climate, with an average humidity of 78–82%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. Raining season starts from May to November and the dry season from December to April. The average annual temperature is 28 °

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Phu Quy Island

Lying in central Viet Nam, about 103km from Phan Thiet city, Phu Quy district is an ideal tourist destination for holiday-makers as it houses 10 small islands, with Phu Quy Island being the biggest in pristine condition. Every day there is a ship leaving the port in Phan Thiet city to bring locals and visitors from the mainland to Phu Quy, with fares costing between VND150,000-200,000 each. There is also a high speed boat to the island, and the service cuts the travel time by half, just two hours, with fares costing around VND330,000.

Phu Quy is famous for its natural beauty and tasty foods. Despite the long voyage, the tour of Phu Quy and nearby islands still attracts many visitors as a Vietnamese saying goes “High mountains can’t barrier lovers”. The island district has a total area of 32sq.km. It has an abundant source of seafood, making its Binh Thuan province the second largest fishing area in Viet Nam. Phu Quy is like a generous host that would try to compensate for visitors after a long journey. Its foods are fresh, tasty, cheap and weird. They include “Moon crabs” that have red spots on the back, and “King crabs” that have a better quality than in other areas.

The district also offers steamed or grilled lobsters that can make a visitor’s tongue really “numb”. There is a buffet from snails that are soft, sweet, and fat. A fish buffet is another feast that eaters can’t forget, with enough boiled, grilled, fried, steamed fish, cooked porridge, fish soup, and fish rolls which are always extremely tasty. Visitors would be surprised by the wealth of the islands. All the roads are wide and asphalted.

Basaltic soil makes fruit trees luxuriant, including the mango and guava that have sweet tastes thanks to the climate and soil characteristics. “Anything in Phu Quy is fresh and surprisingly cheap, from seafood to fruits and meals,” says Nguyen Lam Anh, a visitor from HCM City, adding that it is a real joy to rent a motorbike to tour around the island. “We should also get up early to catch the sunrise and wait for the fishing boats to come back.

You may feel blackouts with all sorts of sea produce,” he confides. Some visitors have fun going on a boat to floating houses to learn how to feed fish and crabs and have lunch there. Another destination in the district is Linh Quang pagoda, built in 1747 with the sacred ancient Buddhist statues. Van An Thanh Temple was built in 1781 to worship Nam Hai (East Sea) Spirit and exhibit a 20m-long whale skeleton. The Cao Cat Mountain at the altitude of nearly 100m, with Linh Son Pagoda, erected on its top, and the giant boulders cliff is an ideal spot to contemplate the panorama of the islands.

The beaches on the island are very beautiful and clean as they are far from residential areas. Despite no big hotels, there are decent rest houses, and local people are friendly, Lam Anh remarks. Tran Ngoc Can, an official from the island district, says Phu Quy is wild and attractive, but local tourism is yet to develop because of poor traffic conditions. “According to our tourism development plan from now till 2015, with a vision for 2020, the island district will boost tourism as a key economic sector. To do this, we are calling for investment to upgrade infrastructure and build more transport ships,” he says. But many visitors are happy to explore wild nature on the island. “We visit the islands to wash lungs and eyes, and more importantly to get rid of trouble from city life,” says Lam.

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