Comments for Vietnam Coracle http://vietnamcoracle.com Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:26:25 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 Comment on The Con Dao Islands: A Guide by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/con-dao-islands/#comment-296539 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:26:25 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=400#comment-296539 Hi Tim,

Great to hear you enjoyed the Con Dao. The islands are probably on the cusp of a massive domestic tourist boom, because there are lots of new fast boat ferry links opening, including a direct service from Saigon, and Can Tho, and Vung Tau (which started a couple of months ago).

Thanks for the tip about the bún riêu – I’ll try it next to I go to the islands.

Amazing that you bumped into Huu Chau. And, yes, I love Con Son Cafe, too.

I hope you enjoy Nam Du Islands. There are lots of other islands to explore too – take a look at my Islands Archive here, which I’ll be adding to again next month.

Tom

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Comment on Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/floating-lotus-lake-homestays-mekong-delta/#comment-295348 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:47:19 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=24492#comment-295348 Ah, well, it’s quite likely it will be very busy and that’s why they’ve taken it off Agoda. Unfortunately, public holidays aren’t the most relaxing times to travel in Vietnam.

Tom

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Comment on Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta by Tim http://vietnamcoracle.com/floating-lotus-lake-homestays-mekong-delta/#comment-294873 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:15:41 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=24492#comment-294873 Wel that’s the thing haha. I’m going this coming holiday 30/4, maybe Sunday night already or on Monday. will try to call again. Thanks anyway. Will you go somewhere ?

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Comment on Thank you! by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/thank-you/#comment-292299 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:06:08 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?page_id=15843#comment-292299 Thanks, Zac.

I think they only places you’ll find anything about Dong Hoi are in this coast road guide and section 5 of this guide.

I hope you enjoy life in Dong Hoi,

Tom

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Comment on Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/floating-lotus-lake-homestays-mekong-delta/#comment-292289 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:01:47 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=24492#comment-292289 Hi Tim,

Oh dear. It could be that they’ve taken it off Agoda for certain months. Or that Agoda haven’t updated it yet. Anyway, try this number (092 716 2502), or as long as you’re not travelling on a weekend or public holiday you should be OK just showing up.

Tom

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Comment on Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta by Tim http://vietnamcoracle.com/floating-lotus-lake-homestays-mekong-delta/#comment-291658 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:10:53 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=24492#comment-291658 😅]]> There’s a problem mate, whatever date I try to book it’s always sold out, even in July. Is it that popular? 😅😅

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Comment on Thank you! by Zac http://vietnamcoracle.com/thank-you/#comment-291469 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:46:14 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?page_id=15843#comment-291469 Tom. Brilliant site, well done. Its guys like you with the energy and drive to set up and operate these sites that make life easy for the rest of us.
Just moved to Dong Hoi to live, operate a small tourist information site, so I will search your site for all references to DH and surrounding area.

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Comment on Phu Quy Island: Travel Guide by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/phu-quy-island-travel-guide/#comment-290976 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:38:11 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=28276#comment-290976 Hi Justine,

I’m afraid it would almost certainly be impossible to get the permit over a weekend, let alone a holiday weekend 🙁 But plan to go another time instead. You really need at least a few days: 1-2 days to get to Phan Thiet and get the permit; and 2 days to explore the island.

Tom

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Comment on Phu Quy Island: Travel Guide by Justine Lopez http://vietnamcoracle.com/phu-quy-island-travel-guide/#comment-290207 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:51:27 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=28276#comment-290207 This looks right up my alley. I’m seriously thinking of going this weekend. But I’m wondering if it will be challenging traveling during the holiday. I’m based in Saigon and am able to travel to Phan Thiet on Saturday but am guessing arranging a permit would be impossible during the weekend/holiday. Is there any way to arrange a permit from Saigon? Thanks for your help. If I make it or not, thanks for this post and all its details. This is on my Vietnam to-do list for sure!

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Comment on The Con Dao Islands: A Guide by Tim http://vietnamcoracle.com/con-dao-islands/#comment-289535 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:17:27 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=400#comment-289535 Wow Tom this guide goes back to 2012 I see now, though its an up to date version ofcourse. So you explored this island long time ago.
I have read your articles to prepare myself and warm up for my latest
trip to Con Dao, as I often have done with the aid of your site, and it was funny and amazing how much I already knew in advance, thanks to it. Your write ups are such a pleasure to read and make one enthusiastic in advance.
To get there we took the night bus to Soc Trang (my friend booked it but hadnt listened to me that Phuong has buses , at 11 pm, going straight to the port) arrived very early morning, they brought us to the office of the shuttle where we had to make another fair drive down to the Tran De port. Nothing there yet unfortunately as its just brand new and still under construction. Had to wait some hours for the 10,30 boat and all there was were some snack sold from a counter and com tam and a bad coffee on the dirt road, haha.
The way back we went to VT to make it a more diverse adventure. I was nice to take another route back and to also catch some beautiful views from the outer deck of firstly Con Dao and at arrival of VT by sunset. Unfortunately the two times I tried to get on the deck of the Superdong (Soc Trang boat) they send me back in, so barely caught any good view of that voyage.

The Island is as you wrote simply stunning, I cant say it often enough! The sea and coastal roads are pretty much unbeatable and worldclass. All of the beaches and bays were different and great with dazzling views, so peaceful, one should take and enjoy time to take it all in. Nhat beach is indeed one of the most scenic ones. Although, as you said, its sad about the trash scattered around there. And people wont bother about finding a trash can to dispose of it, taking it with them or even cleaning up, like I started doing on all my recent trips since over a year. I have made post on my social media too, to encourage cleaning up, 1 bag (easy to find a littered bag) or more to fill it up and dispose it properly. If everyone would do that we would go a good direction and you give the right example for locals too (I got many good reactions on doing it)

Back to Con Son, nice one about the banh xeo! Me and my Vietnamese friend found them the best (better than the famous Banh Xeo 46A!) Further down the way and after a right on Ng Hue, by the way, there’s also an excellent Bun rieu with crab and cha ca, called Bún riêu, cua bà Hai Khiêm serving in the morning till sold out. My favorite cafe was Con Son cafe at the promenade, coffee with such views is such a pleasure! And I even bumped into the famous VN actor Huu Chau there (you might know him) who was on holiday there for four days as well, nice guy.

Anyway keep up the good work! Saw your new article about Phu Quy island already (also still have to go to Nam Du). Hope to bump into u some day and treat u on a nice meal here in Saigon , and a few beers to wash it away with and cheer with! That would be my contribution to your site then! Haha.
Have a great one. Tim

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