Vietnam Countryside near Chan May, Vietnam

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    Chan May, Vietnam - Dock with Vendors

    Chan May, Vietnam - Dock with Vendors
    ••• Chan May Is Convenient Port between Da Nang and Hue, Vietnam Chan May, Vietnam - Dock with Vendors. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    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...MORE Nang.

    A Day in Chan May and the Vietnamese Countryside

    These vendors were already set up and waiting for the Crystal Symphony to dock. Haggling was expected, but we thought the prices were good.

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    Solider on Motorcycle - Chan May, Vietnam

    Solider on Motorcycle - Chan May, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Solider on Motorcycle - Chan May, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    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!

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    Small Boat in Chan May, Vietnam

    Small Boat in Chan May, Vietnam
    ••• Chan May Is Convenient Port between Da Nang and Hue, Vietnam Small Boat in Chan May, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Chan May, Vietnam

    Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Chan May, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Chan May, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

     

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    Grazing Water Buffalo in Chan May, Vietnam

    Grazing Water Buffalo in Chan May, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Grazing Water Buffalo in Chan May, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Water buffalo are frequently seen in the countryside of Vietnam, much like cattle are in the USA.

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    Vietnam Countryside near Chan May, Vietnam

    Vietnam Countryside near Chan May, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Vietnam Countryside near Chan May, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Vietnam Beach Sand Dune

    Vietnam Beach Sand Dune
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Vietnam Beach Sand Dune. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    The road leaving Chan May was flanked by huge sand dunes on the ocean side and fields of rice and cattle on the other.

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    Lagoon near Lang Co Beach, Vietnam

    Lagoon near Lang Co Beach, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Lagoon near Lang Co Beach, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam

    Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    This large lagoon near Lang Co was lovely, as was the beach. The Truong Son mountains provide an excellent back drop for the lagoon.

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    Boats in the Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam

    Boats in the Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Boats in the Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Bridge Across Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam

    Bridge Across Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Bridge Across Lagoon at Lang Co, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    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.

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    Fishing Nets at Lang Co, Vietnam

    Fishing Nets at Lang Co, Vietnam
    ••• Drive Along Highway 1 South from Chan May to Lang Co and Da Nang Fishing Nets at Lang Co, Vietnam. Vietnam (c) Linda Garrison

    Fishermen drop these nets into the water at night and then pull them back up full of fish.