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Blogger Thinks Digital Nomads Are Ruining Travel

Geena Truman wrote a "hit piece" on all Digital Nomads for Lonely Planet. As a travel blogger, and "real traveller", she believes she is the right kind of traveler, and nomads are ruining ethnic landscapes across the world.

Digital nomads are cringe, and they do swan about looking for yoga vegan cafes, yoga centres, and ayahuasca friendly co-working spaces, but traveler are just as annoying.

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Dead Farang – Naughty Boomer Travel Vloggers

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How Did Vietnam Beat Covid Three Times?

Vietnam is one of the stand-out covid-19 success stories. Whatever your view on covid-19 (or batty sniffles as my nan would call it, if she was alive), the way Vietnam handled the situation is often mis-understood, as well as not covered enough by mainstream outlets.

It's an interesting story, and one you can be inspired by.

Hai Van Pass to Elephant Springs – A Road (Man) Trip

Hai Van Pass: It's apparently the prettiest place in all Vietnam, we'll see about that! And Elephant Springs has no elephants, but is also rather pleasant on the eye balls. Well, we'll see about that n all.

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The Big Lady Buddha of Danang

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The Big Lady Buddha of Danang

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Sometimes, you just gotta do the touristy things.

The Lady Buddha of Danang is located inside the Linh Ung Pagoda courtyard on the Son Tra Peninsula, around 8km from where I stay in My An, Danang. She stands at around 220 feet tall and is one of the most famous attractions in Danang as well as holding the prestigious title of being the tallest Lady Buddha in Vietnam (I do not know who the second tallest is, but I imagine she is a little salty). The Lady Buddha looks out onto the sea and is said to bring peace and protection to the local sailors.

I had been meaning to visit the Lady Buddha for quite sometime, but like Christopher Moltesanti and the Volcano near Naples, I had never gotten around to it. However on a very hot day in late June, I finally made the journey to see the grand Lady Buddha and see what all the mild fuss was about. This was not my first experience of visiting a big Buddha, but it was my first encounter of a big lady Buddha…

  • Opening Times: unlisted (and unsurprising)

    You can visit all day long as far as I am aware.

  • Best Time to Go?

    There are less tourists there in the afternoon, but you will have to deal with the afternoon heat. Sunsets there are amazing, so aim to get the sites done by around 18:00 and enjoy.

  • Things to Be Aware Of?

    There's a lot of monkeys there. If, like me, that's your thing, all good. If not, proceed with monkey caution

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The Heaven and Hell Marble Mountain

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The Heaven and Hell Marble Mountain

The Heaven and Hell Marble Mountain

The Heaven and Hell Marble Mountain

With a hell cave below, and a heaven garden above, it's the perfect yin-yang day out!

The Marble Mountains are located around 9 km from Da Nang city and are one of those attractions that frequently touted as “must see”. There are five mountains in total and they are named after the five basic elements in Eastern philosophy: Mount Metal, Mount Plant, Mount Water, Mount Fire and Mount Soil. The mountains are steeped in interesting history, but it’s the legend of Marble Mountain that I like the best (being half Welsh I got a lot of time for dragons). Many many years ago, when times were simpler and man was rugged, a rather large dragon rose from the oceans and laid an egg inland. The egg grew to a gigantic size and when it eventually hatched after a thousand years (ancient dragons were known for a very long incubation period) it left behind five fragments of egg shell which formed, yes you got it, the Marble Mountains.

I visited the mountains with my better half, so she says, during the Tet holiday and the beginning of the covid pandemic. It was not as busy as expected and we spent most of our time on top of Mount Water, which is the mountain where you should spend most of your time, and inside the Hell Cave. I was unaware that the cave was called the Hell Cave at the time, and I would go on to label my experience “the heaven and hell mountain”. 

  • Opening Times

    07:00 am to 17:30 pm

  • Cost of entry

    Mount Water: 40,000 VND

    Hell Cave: 40,000 VND

    Elevator fee (we didn’t use it, but you may want to give it a go!): 15,000 VND

  • Best Time to Go?

    Anytime during the pandemic! But usually it gets quieter later in the afternoon.

  • Things to Be Aware Of?

    You have to pay to use the elevator to go both ways. You can get to the heaven top of mount water for free through the hell cave, but it's literally hell (as you can see in the video). This is at your own risk!

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Can You Live in Danang for Under $400 a MONTH?

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Can You Live in Danang, Vietnam for Under $400 a MONTH?

Can You Live in Danang, Vietnam for Under $400 a MONTH?

Can You Live in Danang, Vietnam for Under $400 a MONTH?

Danang is cheap, but to live a "luxurious" and "comfortable" lifestyle for under $400 is a stretch.

You will often come across blogs and vlogs with clickbait titles, promising an depth look into how possible it is to live on a "buzzword" monetary amount. This started with "can you live in Thailand for under $600 a month", and has grown into it's own unique micro-niche. Where-as they do lay out how it can be done in these videos, they often leave out key details, and don't really know how to budget correctly or even do the research to find the best bargains. I am a man who believes in doing better.

In the video, "LIVING UNDER $400 IN DA NANG, VIETNAM | COST OF LIVING GUIDE IN DA NANG", Christian Rodriguez claims you can live a comfortable and "luxurious" lifestyle in the city of Danang Vietnam. Well I live there too and I'm gonna lay out what he gets right and what he most definitely got wrong!

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