Thursday, January 12, 2017

Danang - Day 2 Let's See More of Danang

The date was 13 December 2016. Danang during a raining season where most of the time it was wet and the Vietnamese wears huge poncho while riding their motorbikes.
We started the day early but was hampered by the rain and ended up here for a breakfast. This was our first time eating a Vietnamese sandwich popularly known as "Banh mi" a food influenced by the French people. This was the best among the many we took during our stay in Danang. The Banh Mi was warm, spicy and well toasted. Of course not forgetting the concentrated black coffee of Vietnam.
 Some of their daily scenes in Danang.

Our first visit to the touristic spots of Da Nang was the Zone 5 Military Museum which covers all the wars in Vietnam and has so many exhibits to see from small weapons to jet planes. 
 Entrance fee is 60,000 Dong for non-Vietnamese. It is free for the local.
Jo shopping for local helmet.
Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculptures has the largest collection of Cham Art in the world. It is located near Han River where the Dragon Bridge is also located.
It was time to look for food and this attractive chicken delicacy shop managed to convince me try the food. It was indeed a good choice the poached chicken was truly delicious which was eaten with some pickles, spices and lime.
Jo had a puncture at her rear wheel, it was a tiny puncture and a spare tube was available for the replacement.
Da Nang Cathedral was built by French priest Louis Vallet in 1923, with a pink-painted edifice that earns its reputation as one of the most unique catholic churches in Vietnam.
Trawler boats seen at the River of Han from the Dragon Bridge.
On our way back to the villa, we went to My Khe Beach. The sea was rough I doubt it is good for a swim. This clean sandy beach apparently stretches very long for miles and it was named by the US soldiers during the Vietnam War.
We found a travel agency to book for a day tour to Hue on the 5th day of this stay. So Day 5 is taken care, tomorrow we will cycle to Hoi An but the weather is expected to continue to be wet.
As we were cycling towards Lotte Mart from My Khe Beach we saw this temple with a huge white statue at the main road and I found out that it is the Chua Ba Da Pagoda.
At the proximity of Lotte Mart we saw this amusement park known as Asia Park with a huge ferris wheel together with a few sport complexes.
As we were about to reach our villa we bumped into this house which is a bicycle repair shop. Though we could not speak with one another but we managed to convey as what was needed to be done. He patched Jo's inner tube for a fee of 10,000 Dong (RM2.00). I had to thank him for saving my time and effort for doing the patch and in fact he did it better and more professionally.
Banh Mi sandwich again and it is so easily found on the streets of Vietnam. This one is just near the bicycle repair shop. We packed two and bought a few cans of beer back. Hoi An is next on the list for tomorrow's itinerary.
The route we took for day 2.

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