I went for a longish hike the other day over Xuan Van Hill to re-record the trails that I featured in the article. This took about four hours, covering just over ten kilometres of trails and climbing the damned hill three times. I’m getting pretty tired of the hill – it was my training area for Mt Kinabalu and I climbed it well over a hundred times in the last three months of 2015.
After that, I rewrote and reorganised the article, adding the new map, more pictures, a Google Maps location link and a link to a GPS file.
It’s been a busy couple of days, being the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday in Vietnam. We took a family trip to the cemetary in Phu Tai (fifteen kilometres away) to visit the graves of my wife’s parents, visited most of the other relatives in town (there’s a lot of ’em!), a beach trip and a trip up into the hills to check out some land for sale. I also visited The Haven, maybe the best spot along the coast for a beer/meal/swim.
Strictly speaking, Quy Nhon Trails isn’t a blog. However, this will be a good place to talk about changes and additions to the site, as well as progress reports on my explorations around the area.
Here’s my To Do list:
- There seems to be a trail going along the hills running along the northern coast line from Nhon Ly fishing village to the point of the peninsula opposite Quy Nhon City. I estimate it’s about 18-20 kilometres, but I don’t know if it’s doable yet.
- You can follow the ridge of hills south from Quy Nhon for quite some distance. I plan to do some exploring over the next week or so. The trail will be between 12 and 16 kilometres depending on how far I can go.
- There’s a very scenic spot near Nhon Ly called Eo Gio. I went up there the other day, but the weather wasn’t good for photos.
- My favourite outdoor restaurant in Quy Nhon is the Dong Ba Garden Restaurant in Quy Hoa valley. This will be a good start for a restaurant review.
- Unfortunately my favourite seafood restaurant in Quy Nhon has just been demolished. I have to find a new one.
- There are a number of smaller budget restaurants that serve local specialities that are worth listing.
- I’m going to recycle some of my hiking articles from my old blog. I also want to move my Mt Kinabalu climb story here for posterity. Once I do that, I can retire my other sites.
- I might review my Leki trekking poles as well.
- Mostly tweaks, SEO (search engine optimization) and tidying up.
- Move my Mt Kinabalu content here.
- Still not really happy with my theme.
Distance: 2-10 kms
Difficulty: moderate to difficult (there are several choices of hiking trails in the area)
This is the most accessible hiking trail in Quy Nhon. Situated in Gheng Rang Park at the southern end of the main beach, it’s a short walk from the hotels on An Duong Vuong St. The park also offers a decent restaurant/cafe (Queen’s Restaurant / Nhà hàng Hoàng Hậu) as well as a memorial to the revered Vietnamese poet Hàn Mặc Tử. There is also a cluster of souvenir stands near the memorial. Continue reading Núi Xuân Vân Trail