The tale of an oft-overlooked city and the 5 times I fell in love while there.
How Vietnam fucks up your plans no matter how vague they were
Temples, markets, and glorious street food.
The foreign tourists I met all keep saying "I'm swimming in the ocean at winter time" with gleeful smiles.
A quick surfing jaunt with the guys.
Quick, cheap fun
Talcum-powder white sand. Just ignore the horde.
Golden beach, fresh seafood, and cool waters makes up for the 6-hour boat ride, I think.
All in all, it was an easy and relaxing morning. Perfect for a broken heart seeking comfort from a good friend, good chocolate, and a chilly morning.
I really loved the whole place. It's the "God-if-I'm-filthy-rich-my-house-would-look-like-this" kind of love. The structures are beautiful and interestingly phased, doorways (and yeah, I really have a thing for doors and doorways) are framed by foliage, the gardens beckon you to step out under the sun, and there are corners that compel you to sit and stay a while.