Weekend in Quy Nhon
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Apart from Nha Trang the other easy weekend trip from Tuy Hoa is going up north to Quy Nhon. It was 2 hours on the local bus and then a quick motorcycle trip to get to the expensive (for me) hotel I'd booked myself into for a weekend treat. The four star Saigon hotel is by the water and I had a wonderful view of the beach and the peninsula. It was a bit creepy on the first day as I think there were only about 5 people there in the 7 or so story hotel. They also have piped music (in this case Christmas Carols, including a disco version of Silent Night) that plays until 10pm, on every floor, over and over again.
I walked around quite a bit but didn't have a map most of the time and so tended to get lost alot. I tried to find the handicrafts store run by disabled workers but when I finally did it was closed. But it was interesting to pass the almost shanty town that must be the poorer part of the peninsula.
On the Saturday I got a motorcycle tour from Barbara's Kiwi cafe. My driver took me to two different Cham tower complexes. One in town, the other out into the countryside.
I'm not use to motorcycles but have started to get use to riding on the back of them here in Vietnam. I've seen several accidents on the roads, including at least one which was fatal. The scariest thing occurred today when I head a school girl next to us scream with horror as her friend in front fell off a bicycle and into the path of a truck in front of us, which luckily breaked and served in time to avoid her. Riding on the back of the cycle you understand why they use the horn so much (ie constantly), you can tell how quickly the truck behind you is bearing down on you from the sound of the horn and how quickly it sounds again.
I like Quy Nhon alot more than Nha Trang but this may have been because the weather was much better and the ocean looked blue instead of grey. It has less restaurants and shopping but is quieter and more relaxed. At night I could watch the life on the 'board walk', women selling rides in little cars to kids, teenagers playing beach volley ball, and people buying drinks and just sitting around. But I think I staying out a bit from the main centre of the town so that may have influenced my opinion of the place quite alot.