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Full-Day Hue City and Perfume River Bike Tour
"50km cycling (L)Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 this city is famous for its magnificent architecture. It’s citadel palaces pagodas and royal tombs frame a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. In the morning we’ll cycle to visit the Hue Citadel and Imperial City. Then we’ll bike upstream aside the legendary Perfume River. Along the way Vietnam Bike Tours’ll stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda then continue to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside where we’ll find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. We’ll take some time to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs. After exploring the splendid gardens and ornate architecture of the tombs we’ll return to Hue to end the trip."
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5-Day Vietnam Central Coast Bike Tour from Hue to Nha Trang
"Day 1: Hue - Hoi An 100km cycling (L D)On the first day we’ll drive by bus 18km out of Hue to the coast. There we’ll begin riding off the beaten track for 40km along a picturesque narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. We’ll hop on a local ferry to cross an estuary of the Perfume River before re-mounting our bikes on Highway 1. Here we will cycle the first of the day’s three hill climbs. In the evening we’ll check into the hotel in Hoi An
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4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary
"Day 1: Hue - Da Nang 60km+ cycling (L)Our guide will retrieve you from your hotel in Hue and organize a transfer out of the city. The day’s bike ride will begin at Thuan An beach and head to Cau Hai lagoon where you will see local fishermen and stilt houses on the water. Lunch will either be held as a picnic on the way or at a local restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue riding to Lang Co beach. On the way you’ll cycle up the Hai Van pass and enjoy a scenic view from the summit. Then we’ll continue cycling along the coast to the hotel for our overnight stay in Da Nang.Day 2: Da Nang - Hoi An 45km+ cyclng (B L)In the morning we’ll visit the Cham museum in the city. Then
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Carmen Bar Tips (3)

Carmen Bar: Latino Vietnamese

This place was fantastic! You enter through an odd stone staircase and find yourself in a crowded, cramped bar with rough rock walls and decorated with fairy lights and malibu bottles! It's a Latin music bar and on the night we were there a cover band was playing. They play every week and are really enjoyable to watch, as well as friendly and fluent in English. The female singer has toured around Australia and has a lovely voice. The male singer's deep, growly version of "What a Wonderful World" was a definite highlight!

An extensive range of cocktails are available. The prices are a little expensive by HCMC standards, but a lot cheaper than what you'd pay in a bar in Australia.

Apparently Carmen Bar gets a large, loyal crowd each night and the music is wonderful.

Dress Code We were perfectly welcome in jeans and tshirts, but the local patrons are more dressed up.

Anarae
Apr 16, 2005

Carmen Bar: The Club with the Best Band

How often do you step into a club only to realise that the band or DJ suck big time? All too often, I suppose. Not at this place though, the band here is excellent as does the Vietnamese singer who sang in Spanish all night long. This place is a favourite with the locals and a great place to chill out with a magarita. I preferred this place to the loud pit stop at Apocalypse Now.

Guess the only thing that bothered me was the steep staircase and the small, cavern-like entrance that was more suited for Dr Evil's mini-me. Sigh, I think I hit my head before I entered.

To see more night haunts, click on b'packer's hcmc page

Dress Code Lots of expats and trendy locals hang out here so dressing is chic yet relaxed.

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bpacker
Sep 21, 2004

Carmen Bar: Chill Out With Saigon's Incrowd

Carmen Bar is one of the more unique night spots in Saigon. For starters, it looks a bit like a log cabin both inside and out. You enter through a small doorway that makes you feel a little like a hobbit. Once your inside, it opens up to candle-lit tables and a coverband strumming popular western tunes. The music is mostly easy listening, so look elsewhere if you're looking for a loud and raucous evening.

Dress Code Carmen Bar is popular with a lot of Saigon's well-to-do Vietnamese. Generally, locals wear dress pants and a button up shirt even in the most seemingly casual situations. So, it's probably a good idea to wear something nice-casual to Carmen Bar. Don't go in backpacker attire unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb.

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Feb 05, 2003
 
 
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