Monthly archives: November 2015


NOVEMBER 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at the Airport, Da Nang and include: A taxi from the Airport to my Hotel on My Khe Beach 4 nights in a nice room in a nice Hostel Mobile Data / Communications A 1-Day Scooter Hire (with petrol) A big partying night out A local bus from Da Nang to Hoi An CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Da Nang – Information. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON […]

Da Nang – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs


Da Nang - From Lady Buddha
NOVEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: Đà Nẵng is one of the major port cities in Vietnam (in addition to Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong) and the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam; the city is situated on the coast of the Eastern Sea, at the opening end of the Hàn River. Đà Nẵng is the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam, with a well-sheltered, easily accessible port; its location on the path of National Route 1A and the North–South Railway makes it a hub for transportation. It is located […]

Da Nang – Vietnam – Information



NOVEMBER 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at the International Airport, Nha Trang and include: A minibus from the Airport to Nha Trang City (Cam Ranh) 4 nights in ‘backpacker’ accommodation (below GRANDPAcker Standard) Mobile Data / Communications A 1-Day / 3 Dive SCUBA Dive Trip A taxi from my Hotel back to Nha Trang international Airport The flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about Nha Trang – Information and the SCUBA Dive Trip. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking […]

Nha Trang – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs


  NOVEMBER 2015:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: Welcome to District 1, Saigon on a beach with lots of Russians. There are direct flights from Russia to Nha Trang which means that it is very much a Russian holiday destination. Nha Trang is westernised; there are a lot of western-style restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other services for foreigners. Thanks to the high density of foreigners, there are many citizens who speak English (and Russian). Hundreds of expats — Europeans, Australians, Asians, Canadians, and Americans — live in Nha Trang, either full- or part-time. This beach town on […]

Nha Trang – Vietnam – Information



NOVEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had just arrived in Nha Trang that same evening. I had booked into my Guesthouse and had ‘hit the streets’ to find a local street cafe for dinner. I met an Englishman who was dining next to me. He worked for Rainbow Dive, one of the best Dive Shops in Nha Trang. He told me that they were going out the next day and that, because it was Friday, we got 3 dives instead of 2… with the last dive being a ‘Debris Dive’ where you collect debris from the sea floor. […]

Nha Trang – Vietnam – SCUBA Dive Trip


NOVEMBER 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at the Ferry Terminal in Phu Quoc and include: A minibus from the Ferry to Duong Dong A shared taxi from Duong Dong to my Hotel 23 days / 22 nights in Phu Quoc 21 days Scooter Hire A 1 Day Fishing & Snorkelling Trip in the South A Sunset BBQ & Squid Fishing Trip The flight from Phu Quoc to Nha Trang CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Phu Quoc, the 1 Day Snorkelling & Fishing Trip, and the Sunset BBQ & Squid Fishing Trip. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information […]

Phu Quoc – Vietnam – GRANDPAcking Costs



NOVEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I booked my trip directly with John’s Tours at their office on Tran Hung Dau opposite the Paradise Resort. This was just up the road from where I was staying at the Nhat Lan Resort. John’s have a number of tours on offer: Snorkelling & Fishing to the South: US$17 Snorkelling & Fishing to the North: US$17 Sunset BBQ & Night Squid Fishing: US$15 South Tour: US$18 North Tour: US$21 Adventure Day & Night Cruise: US$30 Northern Frontier: US$30 Trek National Park & Discover Cua Can River by Kayak: US$31 Discover North […]

Phu Quoc – Vietnam – Sunset BBQ and Squid Fishing Trip


NOVEMBER 2015: Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: It is easy to find and book trips around Phu Quoc Island. I booked my 1 day snorkelling trip at the Thanh Kim Nga Resort which is just down a side road from the Coco Bar. I could have booked it anywhere but, a couple of nights before I had met Michelle (an elderly Frenchman) who owned the Thanh Kim Nga Resort and he said that his Vietnamese wife organised such tours and that she would give me a good price. These resorts work with local operators for commission. Thanh Kim Nga works […]

Phu Quoc – Vietnam – 1 Day Snorkel Trip



NOVEMBER 2015: OVERVIEW: I purchased an Acer Switch 10E 2-in-1 Tablet when back in New Zealand to complete the Sale Of My House. I was disappointed with the Asus Transformerbook T100 that I had purchased for the first part of My Travels. As a side note, I am much happier with the Acer Switch. The Acer Switch came with Windows 8. After first boot-up and configuration, Windows Update upgraded me to Windows 8.1 After Windows 8.1 had FULLY INSTALLED (with about 5 cycles of updates!), I chose to upgrade further to Windows 10 (for free). Unlike some, I am reasonably […]

WINDOWS 10 – Can’t Connect To This Network


  NOVEMBER 2015:   Click here to read our Vietnam Retirement Reviews. Read about Vietnam Visa. OVERVIEW: Welcome to one of the biggest building sites in the world! Phu Quoc island is very similar to Otres Beach, Cambodia. Not surprising given that Phu Quoc lies off of the Cambodian coast. Price-wise, they are also very similar. {… this post is still under construction…} GETTING THERE: I travelled from Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc on a personalised Mekong Delta Tour. ARRIVAL: You arrive at the Ferry Port on the south east of the island. From there you can catch a taxi direct to your hotel […]

Phu Quoc – Vietnam – Information