afternoon with thuy and hung
11.05.2012 34 °C
toady was a very lazy start. breakfeast at the riverfront then plenty of pool time and lazing about. we had organised to meet up with a girl we met on halong bay cruise. thuy (pronounced toy) lives in danang and invited us to spend some time with her in danang. so we organised a car to take us to danang. danang is a very modern city by vietnam standards. lots of new hotels and resorts and our first sighting of shopping centres.
we got into to town and had a drink, the none alcoholic variety, and waited to meet thuy. she arrived on time and we waited for her cousin hung to come. once he arrived and introductions were completed we hopped on their scooters. jen was a little apprehensive as this was going to be the second time she had got on a motorbike, the first with me a few days earlier. this time it was not on the sleepy coastal town of hoi an but a major city with cars and motorcycles everywhere. she put on her brave face and off she went with thuy. at first her could see her white knuckles gripping the back bar and thuy, however, she very quickly settled into the ride and was having a ball in no time.
we were setting off the a large buddhist temple and statue which overlooks the bay in danang. first we had a great ride through the town of danang. the scenery was great as we crossed a large bridge which looked across the city. on one side of the bridge was the city and the other was the beautiful mountains which surround danang. we made our way up a winding road to the giant statue in the distance. hung chatted with me as we rode along pointing out sights and thuy did the same with jen.
we made it to the temple and jen and i were blown away by what we saw. we walked up a large set of stairs through a set of giant gates and were greated by a large courtyard filled with trees in large pots and surrounding the courtyard was large statues of the different buddhist gods. at the end of the courtyard was a large buddhist temple. we made our way to the temple took our shoes off and went inside. inside were people praying respects to buddha and a large altar. it was so peaceful and had an almost magical air about it. surrounding the walls were large paintings telling the story of buddha which hung explained to me. the best was yet to come. outside overlooking the bay is a 67 metre statue of the bodhisattva of mercy. do an internet search on it and have a look. amazing. we stood at the base of it and were in awe of its size and craftmanship. at the bottom is giant statue of happy buddha. this all overlooks an amazing view of danang and bay. words and pictures cannot describe what we were looking at. to top it off the sun was starting to set and the lights of the city and bay were all coming to life. jen and i just stood there in a trance.
how could we top that? how about some fresh seafood and beers. we made our way down to the beach where there are dozens of eating places scattered along the beach. hung took us to a locals place. the place was packed with locals enjoying the evening air, food and lots of beer. now this seafood is a fresh as you can get it. all the seafood is still alive and you have to pick what you want and they cook it up and serve it to you. we sat down had a beer and thuy went and ordered for us. first on menu was a giant bowl of clams with herbs followed by giant, and i mean giant, tiger prawns which were bbq'd, crabs and to top it off oysters. all fresh and all very tasty. we washed them down with a couple of beers. for the sum of $40 aud for 4 people.
time had got the better of us and we had to get back to our car which was waiting for us. so another bike ride through the busy friday night traffic. by now jen was loving the bike ride and through some very busy traffic and we reached our ride home. jen and i said goodbye to our new friends and off we went to hoi an and our hotel.
great afternoon and evening.
andrew and jenny