As the Crystal Symphony docked in Chan May, I could already see dozens of vendors waiting to sell their wares for good prices (after some negotiation).
We had to leave shopping for later since we had chosen a tour of Da Nang, with a stopover at China Beach and nearby Marble Mountains. The road south from Chan May (Hue was north of Chan May) was scenic, and we enjoyed the tall sand dunes along the coast and numerous rice paddies and water buffalo in the fields. Add in the sight of locals in their typical conical hats, and we knew we were in Vietnam.
The bus crossed the lagoon at Lang Co, and we drove through the almost 4-mile tunnel under the Hui Van Pass. The scenic ride passed quickly as we lumbered towards Da Nang.
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