Moving along the eastern coast of Vietnam, we took a sleeper bus (18 hr with a woeful smelling toilet!) to Hoi An. A chilled out trading port village on the coast with all you need within arms reach. I liked this place, it wasn't hectic yet it had amazing restaurants, tons of clothes shops, plenty of bars and an impressive coastline to match. It was also the first time I actually hired a bicycle to get around! At this time of the year, the weather was a bit topsy turvy, roasting in the morning and stormy in the evening.
Next we took a bus south to the quieter city of Qui Nhon on the east coast. This was a real treat as we stayed in a guesthouse that was completely secluded on the beach, bang smack in the middle of a small Vietnamese fishing village. A fantastic sight at night was the thousands of lobster traps on the sea which made it look like there was a city floating on the coastline. There were aggressive thunderstorms here at night during our stay. The people were very friendly, the local street food (around the community water well) was some of the best I've tasted. There was a trek nearby that was worn, steep and overgrown and provided for some sweaty exercise. So far this has been the furthest place off the beaten in terms of tourists, besides those staying in the small guesthouse there were no other westerners in the area.
Here is a video of the Lumineers track "Stubborn Love" on Bai Xep beach, Qui Nhon,Vietnam. 6am sunrise!
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