THE CITIES OF VIETNAM: HIGHLIGHTS IN A NUTSHELL

In the midst of changing seasons and endless work days we couldn’t help but long for a weekend getaway. Writing this post brought us all the way back to paradise in Vietnam. See all the photos from our highlights, here.

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Hue – The Royal City of Kingdoms

Hue city is home to the Nguyen Dynasty and has a rich ancient history. Of all the cities visited during our trip, it was in Hue that we made the most of our days and truly explored what the city had to offer. While in Vietnam, make sure to experience your slice of Vietnamese culture by sitting on small plastic chairs eating all the traditional dishes.

What to pack for Vietnam? Our suitcases was filled with swimsuits, rompers and off-shoulder tops. It was important to pick with us light fabrics that could easily be thrown into a bag when we’re on the go. Travels essentials included sunnies bought from a local market, our iPhones (of course), coconut sunscreen and a good ELLE magazine. SK-II Essence Mist and Lancôme’s Overnight sleeping mask was also used on a daily basis.

If you are traveling from Hanoi you can save on accommodation and flight time by taking an overnight train from the capital to Hue. You’ll depart at around 10pm and arrive the morning after. The soft beds are okay and the train ride is a breeze. Majority of travellers are foreign families and backpackers, but we wouldn’t have taken it by ourselves if we weren’t with our family.

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La Residence

The beautiful property at La Residence Hue has a well maintained vintage feel with immaculate architecture from 1930’s. We arranged for connecting rooms making it easy to wander back and forth as we travelled with our family. We also had our own balcony with a calm and pleasant view of the hotel garden and Perfume River. The city was so humid during our two-day visit, so we spent a lot of time lounging by the pool while overlooking the calm scenery.

The breakfast was eaten at Parfum and was always a very enjoyable experience. The staff is like family and you can expect to be greeted by an elder grandpa, a young student or a pregnant woman who will all treat you in a friendly and professional manner.

Guests of La Residence Hue gets to stay in the same rooms and walk the same hallways as The Queen Of Denmark, Princesses of Morocco & King of Thailand. Surreal to think about when you’re walking around the hotel barefoot.

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– Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy –

We adore Vietnamese food, and had everything from Bun Bo Hue (beef noodle soup), Banh Beo (steamed rice cakes) to Banh Khoai (pan-fried crepe).

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Most of Hue’s attractions are near the city, so it was easier for us to hire a driver (instead of booking a tour) who could drive us around for a fraction of the price. Our driver also helped us buy a ticket that included four of the main scenic spots making it even more convenient. These places included the Tomb of Khai Dinh, Tu Duc Bomb, Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda.

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Some pictures from Tomb of Khai Dinh. There was something about this place and the history surrounding it. The architecture is spectacular and works perfect as a beautiful postcard background. A bucket-list worthy visit, no doubt about it.

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Nha Trang – A Beach Lovers Paradise

Welcome to Nha Trang – where the sun is shining and the waves are crashing. First stop was Novotel, a hotel located just across the street from beachside. We are talking food trucks, bamboo juice and Vietnamese banh mi for a dollar. This hotel is in the midst of an iconic beach stretch, so to your left you have Skylight Club and to the right Sailing Beach. We traveled to Nha Trang on our own, so Tsutsumi and I was very hesitant to go out at night. Despite for being mentally prepared to get roofied and kidnapped; we went to Skylight Club to test out the city night life. It’s humid, it’s R&B and it’s top-deck. You’re in Nha Trang, it would be silly not to lose yourself to the nice tunes.

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We’ve been to Nha Trang several times, so this time it was all about relaxing and wandering around the city.

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Oh, did I mention us posing on the balcony from level 10 just millimetres from heading straight down?

Would definitely not recommend that’s for sure.

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What to do:

Mud Spa at Su Spa | Four Island Snorkelling Boat Trip | Vinpearl Island | Sailing Beach Club | Skylight| Long Son Pagoda| Cham Pagoda

Da Nang – Food coma-ing.

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We visited Da Nang on a day trip as it was only an hour drive from Hoi An. Although the majority of the time was spent with family members, we got to visit Lady Buddha and Marble Mountain. The view from Lady Pagoda’s standpoint offered a breathtaking view of the sea and city skyline.

When visiting dad’s relatives in Da Nang, it was business in the front and family in the back. Many Vietnamese homes doubles as a shop. Our best memory from Da Nang was sitting on small plastic chairs at night creating friendships over bubble teas.

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What to see:

My Son – World Heritage| Chua Linh Ung – Buddhist Temple| Marble Mountains|Dragon Bridge

There are so much beauty to discover in the world. Vietnam, you have won us over.

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