Budak in Da Nang 2k16: The Skinny


A little after 2 years later, I was fortunate enough to return to Da Nang, Vietnam, with the support from the Da Nang Tourism Board. We were invited to attend the first ever Beach and M.I.C.E Travel Mart (BMTM) held in Da Nang, which, thankfully, does not contain any Jerrys scurrying around.

As for all my travel posts, I will usually write a skinny post, to reflect on my physique. If you are an avid stalker of my social media sites in the past 2 weeks, you may have stumbled upon a lot of nicely taken photos of Da Nang, none of which were taken from 2 years ago.

There are, however, tons of newly taken pictures of me. 

Since this is just a really skinny post, I'll let pictures do the talking for now and flesh it out in the upcoming few blog posts. I'll mostly be covering the BMTM 2016, as well as a budak's adventure in the fantastic city of  Da Nang.

The view from my hotel room at Grand Sea Hotel.

But first, pictures.

Getting to Da Nang wasn't easy. We were stuck in transit at the Ho Chi Minh International Airport for a little over 5 hours, mostly because our flight kept getting delayed. Thankfully, the company was good and the time passed by in a flash.

It was probably the first time I had spent so much time sitting around in an airport, but it's not something I would want to experience again in the near future.

On the plus side, the first meal in Da Nang; Vietnamese version of wantan mee, was absolutely delicious.

The day before the BMTM was due to start was spent wandering around the city of Da Nang and its respective sights. I've covered most of the places we visited in the previous post; Marble Mountain and Monkey Mountain,

The view from on top of Marble Mountain.

The temple gardens at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
...with a few new additions to the list of places, like the Galina Mud Spa and the Han Market.

A Budak lost in the Han Market.

It was during this one day trip that we met some of the friendliest people in the world. It probably also helped that me and Chingy were the youngest ones in our group.

Because this was Vietnam, there was also a lot of coffee involved.

The one thing about this trip is that it involved a lot of official events. As this was the first time the BMTM was held in Da Nang, they spared no expense in making it as grand as possible. The Gala Dinner was amazing,

and the experience at the actual BMTM gave a lot of insights into how Da Nang was shaping itself into a legit must-go travel destination.

There were beaches involved.

And swimming in one of the nicest pools in Da Nang with a group of newly made friends from Taiwan, whose names I wish I could type out but can't because I am a banana.

Food was amazing. While it did get repetitive after all the different hotel buffets we were brought for, there is no shortage of amazing street food in Da Nang. I was fortunate to have some time off and just explore Da Nang for a few hours with Chingy and just go around jalan-jalan cari makan.

Grilled Chilli Banh Mi with Pork Floss in the making.

I was later brought around by Nhung, the friendliest volunteer guide and aspiring translator I have ever met, as she brought me to visit a different side of Da Nang, the charming local side that you can never find on tours.

The final day was to Hue, a city that laughs. Because Hue Hue Hue. I kid. The architecture and history behind the royal city of Hue is something that amazes me (and my camera).

Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue.

Like I said, this isn't all there is to my trip to Vietnam. I will be updating more posts in the coming few days. I just want to record another round of thank yous to the Da Nang Tourism Board for the amazing job they did in accommodating us in their lovely city.

It's good to be back.


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