Da Nang is a decent place; I spent some time in the middle of the city along the Han River for a few days before going to the coast. Since it’s mostly been rainy and cloudy, the beach hasn’t been the siren song it so often is for me, though I did take a few dips over the past week. The South China Sea is warm, the surf minimal, and the beaches vary from relatively clean, to relatively not. I suppose it depends on how close the fishing is. Perhaps it’s the generations of simply tossing your stuff after using (since for generations it was mostly biodegradable), but there is a lot of plastic waste everywhere. It’s a bit depressing to see a lovely tropical beach strewn with trash. The fact a typhoon came through only a few weeks ago doesn’t make it better.
In comparison to Sai Gon, the food is equally tasty and roughly the same price – butt-ass cheap. I did find a Korean chicken place that does the best boneless hot chicken though. For less than $7.50 I get roughly two chicken breasts worth of boneless chicken, with three beers to cool the fire. That’s a pretty good price. Speaking of prices, a four-star hotel is running me about $38/night. Frankly, I don’t need to even spend that much, and I feel decadent doing so. Three-stars is more than good enough, really. My only requirements are (1) Clean, (2) Hot shower, and (3) Decent WiFi. If there is a breakfast available and an in-room electric kettle, all the better. I can easily get that for less than $30/night pretty much anywhere in Southeast Asia – some party islands in Thailand possibly excluded. I think the extra money goes to more staff to be obsequious, which only serves to put me on edge. I guess I’m not built for luxury.
So here’s the update that is not much of an update. I’m still alive, still in Vietnam, still on the run, still stuck in a mental For Loop with no Exit For.
| || |