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Vietnam Beaches in the South: Nha Trang, Jungle Beach and Wild Beach Resort

If you want to go down south of Vietnam and fancy a chilled out beach holiday. Check out Jungle Beach Resort, in Ninh Phuoc Village, 40 Km from Nha Trang. Think Thailand twenty years ago, with backpacker huts on a quiet beach with no people. If you want to go for a bit more luxury, go next door to Wild Beach Resort. There you will find air-conditioning, hot showers, a pool, massage facilities and more comfortable beds.

We stayed at Jungle Beach for for Christmas 2010 and my daughter got a shock (after  living  in hotels for five years), but  it only took her one night and she went: feral, gave up showering, never put on her shoes again and loved the new and simple way of life. Jungle beach is really basic, next door Wild Beach is more civilized and we did think about moving there but we we all strangely were enjoying the simple life too much.  Things to do: hang on the beach, hang at the waterfall, walk up the mountains, go for mountain walks.

You can also easily hire a taxi, to go to Nha Trang for some  day or night entertainment too. Nha Trang is a busy built up beach with hotels all along it.

We stayed in Nha Trang for 4 nights, whilst we did some diving with Rainbow Divers  (they were great by the way) and our daughter got her Padi certification, but if your looking for peace and quite in the south of Vietnam – go Jungle, or Wild Beach.

How to get here: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (stay there the night) or get a connecting flight to Nha Trang. From Nha Trang airport, get a taxi to Nha Trang  beach or if you stay at Jungle or Wild Beach they will organize a car  to collect you.

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Shanghai Tourist Things To Do: Explore Shanghai on a Vintage, Sidecar Motorbike

This is a fun tourist thing to do in Shanghai. I see people in these and they’re always smiling. Make sure you visit the French concession  as the views  will be fascinating and fabulous.

Contact: thomas@shanghaisideways.com or call them +86-150-2111245

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Shanghai, Shopping, Tourist Things To Do: Go to the Eye Glass Market

Buy  your eyeglasses here, they are REALLY CHEEP! Make sure you bring your prescription, or they can check your eyes at the shop. The eye glass market here is massive, but I have attached Lisa’s card below ( in English and Chinese). I always go to her. Print it out and give it to a taxi, you will end up at a door, go in, find the lift and go up to the fourth floor. When you  find Lisa’s shop and if  you can’t find some frames you like: you really need your eyes tested!

To buy reading glasses they are about 100-1500 RMB  and if you want a really good name (??? know what I mean – 300 RMB).  They, also have prescription swimming goggels ( about 100 RMB about $15 US)  and  contact lenses in all colors ( about 70 RMB). Go wild, get  different glasses for each room of your house.

On the 3rd floor below the eye glass market is the wedding market… I will post on that later.

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How to Send New Clothes to Deceased Relatives

I love my Chinese neighbours. Today in the lane one of them was making paper offering to give her dead relatives on April 4th ( a special day to do this in China).

She taught me how to make shoes, shirts and trousers. I’m now working on making my  deceased mother a whole wardrobe. On the 4th April in our lane, I will draw a circle on the floor with chalk and burn everything I’ve made inside it. The smoke will take  the burned goods up to heaven to meet Mum: ahhh, so sweet! Or  weird ( depending on your beliefs or how you look at things). I’m also thinking of going out and  buying other paper offerings you can get here too. I could send  to her a designer handbag,  a Porch car,  a mansion and even a butler and policeman to cater to her every whim and need.

My neighbor also gave me a couple of apples for lunch. Have I told you how much I love Chinese people – they’re so sweet, one of the nicest cultures I’ve ever lived amongst.

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