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Hardcore sweating!!!

Hire van picked us up at 10am to visit some surounding areas. We headed north to Danang stopping first at Marble Mountains. It is this limestone rocky outcrops where there are caves, pagodas & lookouts over the Soth China Sea & China Beach, There are 5 of them but only one that you climb & visit. It was another unbelievably hor day & climbing up hundreds of steep roughly cut stone stairs had us pantiung for breath & sweating like I never have before. Seriously we were as wet as if we had been swimming & it was running in my eyes & stinging! Crazy!

After many rest stops we made it up the stairs to some great views & then in several caves where there was shrines to all types of things. They seem to worship a lot of stuff here - Ancestors, Buddhism, Confuscism, Taoism to name a few!!. Was my kind of place with cobbled windy paths going off in all directions begging to be explored so I could discover what was around the corner!!! Nathan was very patient knowing it is one of "my things"!!!

Stopped off at China Beach where the Americanns had R & R during the war & where every hotel chain in the world is now building a MASSIVE resort, to Hai Van Pass north of Danang.

Really windy mountain road with great views of the mountains going down into the seas & lovely white sandy beaches. Up at the top of the pass we were attacked by sellers & after escaping their clutches we went & explored some US & French bunkers from the war.

Driving home we went through Danang which is 3rd or 4th largest city in Vietnam & on a bay & a beach. which had some small surf. The vietnamese only use the beach before 7am or after 4.30pm when it is cooler so it is deserted all day.

We checked out the beach just 5km from Hoi An ( where we could have ridden our bikes to yesterday but it was too hot!!) Nice beach with lots of palm trees creating shady areas & poaces to eat. The van cost us $35 for 5 hours.

Picked up Naths shoes he had made & then chilled agasin in a cafe. I had a Hanoi speciality for lunch called " white Rose" which was yummy ( can't describe). While Nath was on the computer I walked around & enjoyed taking lots of piccies of street life & pretending to be a photographer. Discovered a patisserie & had a divine chocolate mousse & lemon tart. This town has hundreds of atmospheric restaurants - would keep you busy for months trying them all

Just the 2 of us in the van!!!

Just the 2 of us in the van!!!


Beach near Hoi An

Beach near Hoi An


Many stairs to go up Marble Mountain

Many stairs to go up Marble Mountain


Nath resting by the steep steps

Nath resting by the steep steps


View from the lowest lookout

View from the lowest lookout


Another rocky outcrop

Another rocky outcrop


Nathan standing in the middle of the sunlight

Nathan standing in the middle of the sunlight


Sunlight in the cave

Sunlight in the cave


Begging to be explored

Begging to be explored


Arches & walkways

Arches & walkways


More steep steps!

More steep steps!


Hot, swaety & gasping for breath!!!

Hot, swaety & gasping for breath!!!


View from the top

View from the top


View of China Beach & south China Sea

View of China Beach & south China Sea


Nath at the top

Nath at the top


Another cave

Another cave


Going back down

Going back down


And another

And another


China Beach

China Beach


Hoi An shops

Hoi An shops


USA & French Bunkers

USA & French Bunkers


Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass


US Bunker

US Bunker


Hoi An street

Hoi An street


Cutest smiling baby & Mum collects recycling

Cutest smiling baby & Mum collects recycling


Riverfront cafes

Riverfront cafes


Boats in Hoi An

Boats in Hoi An


River in Hoi an

River in Hoi an


Ivy covered roofs

Ivy covered roofs


Old buildings

Old buildings


Riverfront

Riverfront


Boys fishing from a bridge

Boys fishing from a bridge


Woman in street

Woman in street


Lanterns in alley

Lanterns in alley


All lit up at night

All lit up at night


Choc Mousse & Lemon Tart Yum!!

Choc Mousse & Lemon Tart Yum!!

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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