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Chan May, Vietnam - Dock with Vendors
Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang
Chan May is found on the coast of central Vietnam and is conveniently located between Hue and Da Nang (also spelled Danang). Cruise ships port in Chan May so that guests can travel to one of these two cities on tours.
As the Crystal Symphony docked in Chan May, I could already see dozens of vendors waiting to sell their wares for good prices (after some negotiation).
We had to leave shopping for later since we had chosen a tour of Da Nang, with a stopover at China Beach and nearby Marble Mountains. The road south from Chan May (Hue was north of Chan May) was scenic, and we enjoyed the tall sand dunes along the coast and numerous rice paddies and water buffalo in the fields. Add in the sight of locals in their typical conical hats, and we knew we were in Vietnam.
The bus crossed the lagoon at Lang Co, and we drove through the almost 4-mile tunnel under the Hui Van Pass. The scenic ride passed quickly as we lumbered towards Da... Nang.
These vendors were already set up and waiting for the Crystal Symphony to dock. Haggling was expected, but we thought the prices were good.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Solider on Motorcycle - Chan May, Vietnam
This was the first soldier and first motorcycle we saw in Vietnam. Little did we know that we would see millions of motorbikes before we left!Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Small Boat in Chan May, Vietnam
This round boat made me think of "rub a dub-dub, one man in a tub". Too bad he didn't have a couple of friends along -- would have made a better song.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Chan May, Vietnam
The Crystal Symphony stands tall in the flat lands surrounding the Chan May port. Here are more photos of the Crystal Symphony from our southeast Asia cruise.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Grazing Water Buffalo in Chan May, Vietnam
Water buffalo are frequently seen in the countryside of Vietnam, much like cattle are in the USA.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Vietnam Countryside near Chan May, VietnamContinue to 7 of 12 below.
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Vietnam Beach Sand Dune
The road leaving Chan May was flanked by huge sand dunes on the ocean side and fields of rice and cattle on the other.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Lagoon near Lang Co Beach, VietnamContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam
This large lagoon near Lang Co was lovely, as was the beach. The Truong Son mountains provide an excellent back drop for the lagoon.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Boats in the Lagoon at Lang Co, VietnamContinue to 11 of 12 below.
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Bridge Across Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam
The bridge leads to the Highway 1 tunnel beneath the Hai Van Pass. The road over the pass is one of Vietnam's most scenic, but also most dangerous.
The Hai Van Tunnel was completed in 2005. It is about 4-miles long and saves many miles for traffic who had to go over the Hai Van pass previously. Historically, the pass has long been an obstacle on the north-south highway 1 of Vietnam and once divided the Kingdoms of Champa and Dai Viet. The scenic twisting road on the Hai Van pass has long been a challenge for Vietnamese drivers but nowadays, since the completion of Hai Van Tunnel, the driving time from Da Nang north to Hue has been cut back significantly. Motorbikes cannot drive through the tunnel, so many of them either take the pass road or pay to board their bike on a truck for passage through the tunnel.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Fishing Nets at Lang Co, Vietnam
Fishermen drop these nets into the water at night and then pull them back up full of fish.