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44: Vietnam with a Friend (Da Nang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Quy Nhon)

December 20, 2018
Back in Da Nang where we have fallen in love with the Vietnamese culture and this time to meet a friend from the US. We spent almost two full weeks seeing Da Nang, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Hanoi, and Ninh Binh. With such a wide variety of locations, it was a truly authentic experience. We sat through the crazy rains that would last for days, partied with locals late into the night, ate local food like goat and eel, and went CRAZY as the Vietnam Football team won the AFF Cup. It was a wild, wet, and exciting time to be in Vietnam and we enjoyed every minute of it. Listen along as we describe our time on our first train trip, a private concert with talented musicians, and climbing way above the rice fields of Ninh Binh for epic photos. Main Topics Covered: Da Nang Quy Nhon Hanoi Ninh Binh Links Mentioned in the Episode: If you want to hear our other podcast on our time in Vietnam please listen to Podcast 11: Vietnam Travel.  We had a blast hanging out with our friend, Darice, from the US for two weeks.  Walking through the Con Market in Da Nang can be pretty eye-opening and wild.  Be sure to download GRAB before heading to Vietnam to cover all of your transportation needs.  We booked our train travel from Da Nang to Quy Nhon through 12Go.Asia - it was easy to navigate and the ride was awesome.  Quy Nhon has a gorgeous beach line and plenty of sand to lay out and enjoy the sun.  Nguyen Nga Center has handmade goods made by local Vietnamese with disabilities (silk scarves, bookmarks, clothing, etc.). We had a private concert where the locals played the seether, moon guitar, drums, and guitar for us while we sipped on tea.  In Hanoi, we loved our stay in the Old Quarter at Hanoi Elite Hotel. It’s an 11-room boutique hotel located on a side street right off of the famous BEER street.  Staying in or near the Old Quarter is a must. You will get the most out of your experience if you stay near this part of the city. The Vietnam Football excitement was electric. We were in the heart of the Old Quarter for the final game of the AFF Suzuki Cup and walked around to capture the celebration afterward. It was nuts!  Schedule a tour to see Ninh Binh and all it has to offer. Epic views, great hikes, canoe trips, and bicycle rides. It was all wonderful to experience.  An easy way to support us is by checking out our Amazon Store. We list all of the items we love there.  Foundation Training - The most important exercises for your back while you travel!  ExpressVPN - protect your information when you travel and connect to see your content that you are paying for Sign up for our Newsletter to get the latest tips in Travel and hear about our weekly visits around the world