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The Adventurer’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 11 Mar 2007

Location: Vietnam

MapHad a great night's sleep and it was off for breakfast and a nice long stroll on the beach, which is where we spent most of the rest of the day. Weather was warm, but still cloudy. Went for one last meal with Armando and Jane, and then it was off to the train station again. I already bought my ticket the day before when we arrived. I took soft seat. It was a long 11.5 hours, but it was ok--except for a sore but at the end of it--even with soft seat. Arrived at Danang at 3:45 am, and was immediately approached by a taxi driver offering me an expensive ride to a hotel. I refused and took a moto instead. Stayed at a very nice hotel--this one was the best one I've stayed in yet--apart from the one in Lhasa, Tibet. Had a short nap and then got up to check out the city. I met a motorcycle tour guide with an outfit called Easy Riders. He offered me a 5 day tour of the Central Highlands. I was skeptical at first, but then realized they are mentioned in Lonely Planet, so I decided to give it a go--it's a bit on the pricey side, but it has been the best decision I've ever made (more on that later). Danang is quite a nice little place with a great riverside promenade lined with all kinds of pubs, cafes, and hotels. Spent the day walking on the promenade enjoying the weather and the cafes and pubs. Ended the afternoon with a visit to the Chom museum, which contains relics and artwork from the Champa period in Vietnam (about 8th-12th centuries AD). During this time, the people were of the Hindu religion, so there were tons of statues of the gods and goddesses they worshiped, the main ones being Ganesha (with the Giant Elephant Head), Shiva, Vishnu, and Lakshmi.

After the museum, I just basically chilled out for the evening, and went to bed early, for the big tour would start at 10 am the next morning.