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Qui Nhon


Qui Nhon is located on a peninsula with Tran Hung Dao St running east-west along it's spine. The tip of the peninsula is given over to a series of ports, so most of the useful area to explore lies to the west of Barbara's Kiwi Connection. The bay is filled with fishing boats, but not so many that the water is too messy for swimming. Accommodation is spread out all over the place.

For banking, you'd best head to the Vietcom Bank at the intersection of Le Loi and Tran Hung Dao. There's a full-range of services there, including the cashing of travellers' cheques for 1.1% commission, and credit card advances. Otherwise there are ATMS all over town -- avoid Agribank and Dong A Bank -- they don't take foreign cards. There's a BIDV ATM in front of the Saigon-Qui Nhon (Nguyen Hue St at the corner of Le Thanh Ton), and a Vietcombank ATM in front of the Seagull Hotel by the water on An Duong Vuong.

Internet is widely available at 3 or 4,000 dong per hour, but we found the best place to go (though far from the most convenient) was the Main Post Office on Phan Boi Chao -- they have about twenty decent terminals on the second floor, its relatively quiet, and only costs 2,000 dong per hour.

For travel information, head straight to Barbara's Kiwi Connection. When Barbara's not there, the staff can be a bit clueless, so ask to see their information book. They do speak English fairly well though, so if you're persistent, you can get things sorted out. They know all the local guides and they also rent motorbikes for US$10 a day.

The Vietnam Airlines ticket office is on 55 Le Hong Phong, not far from Nguyen Hue. The airport is located 35 km to the north of the city.

Don't forget to check out the Saigon-Quynhon Hotel even if you're not staying there. You can use the pool for 20,000 VND a day, they have a good legit massage service with a fine sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi combo, and you can always sneak into one of their classy cafe/bar/restaurants. They won't kick you out. Just act like you have money.

Barbara's Kiwi Connection: 19 Xuan Dieu, Qui Nhon. T: (056) 892 921, (0905) 108 589. nzbarb @ yahoo dot com
Main Post Office: 19 Phan Boi Chau, Qui Nhon. T: (056) 821 441, F: (056) 825 098. Hours: 07:00 to 21:00 daily
Vietnam Airlines: 55 Le Hong Phong, Qui Nhon. T: (056) 825 313. Hours: 07:30 to 11:30, 13:30 to 16:30
Vietcom Bank: 152 Le Loi St, Qui Nhon. T: (056) 822 408. Hours: 07:00 to 11:00, 13:30 to 16:30 weekdays, Saturday 08:00 to 11:00

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