|"Basket" Fishing Boats in Da Nang Harbor|
We crawled out of bed and made it to the bus on time this morning. Yesterday we traveled north from the port to Hue, so today we got to head south to Da Nang. Our guide talked a lot about the cultural differences between people in Hue versus those on Da Nang and other areas of Vietnam. It was very entertaining. One surprise on our route was that a tunnel 4 miles long has been built under the mountains between the port and Da Nang. It used to be a long drive over the mountain, and it still is for hazardous trucks and motor bikes. Only cars, buses and trucks are allowed to go through the tunnel. There are trucks on either side that will take motor bikes through for a fee. This tunnel cut the travel time to the other side of the mountain to 10 minutes.
|Ready for the Cyclo ride|
When we left the museum there were cyclos waiting to take us for a ride through the city to the market area. A cyclo is the Vietnamese version of a rickshaw, as you can see from the photo. The cyclist pedals from behind. This ride was a fun adventure, weaving through city traffic. I videoed the whole ride.
|Embroidery Artist at work|
|Market in Da Nang city center|
When we left the shop, our guide took us for a walk through the market. Markets in Vietnam are like indoor flea markets, but selling mostly food. Walking through the market was a complete assault on the senses. There was so much for sale it was hard to take it all in. I didn't recognize most of what I saw. Our guide told us that the markets open at 4am and smart shoppers come early. I understand why. There was plenty of fish, meat, and vegetables, but no refrigeration.
|One of the Marble Statues|
|Entrance to HellCave|
A little ways up the road, we stopped at the "Hell Cave." This is a cave in the Marble Mountains that contains Buddhist symbols. There is a Buddhist temple on the mountain high above it, that you can get to either by climbing the mountain or by taking a lift that was recently built. Ray and I started to go in and we got pretty far, but there were lots of stone stairs. When the lighting got dim as well, we decided to turn around and go back to the bus.
|Lady Buddha Statue of Da Nang|
We made it back to the ship about 1:30pm. The ship was scheduled to leave port at 3pm, so we had plenty of time. We got some ice cream at the buffet and went back to the room to watch the sail away. The captain announced that we might have some more rough seas this evening, but it will get better overnight. Dinner should be interesting.