Thanks to pablot for the link to these excellent photos of the flooding in Hoi An -- if you are elsewhere in Vietnam, we'd strongly suggest a bit of itinerary replanning...
Photos, comparing Hoi An to Venice, are here:
#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,755
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my friend lives in Hue, and he looks after his younger brother, and they had to leave their room as it was flooded, he is able to stay at the hotel he works in, but he gets no food, and no pay as there are no visiters, sounds very bad there at the moment.
If someone goes to Hue, please buy him a bag of rice.
#2 roynolan has been a member since 29/1/2009. Posts: 48
There is a lot of damage in Hoi An and a lot of hotels have been badly damaged mostly due to flooding.
Some of the bigger 4 & 5 star resorts on Cua Dai beach have suffered the most and about 50% of the beach has gone. Life Resort seems to be closed.
Anyone travelling to Hoi An needs to confirm with their hotel that they are open and have a confirmed reservation.
#3 Pablot has been a member since 4/5/2009. Posts: 102
I'm due to fly to Hanoi tomorrow (Friday)from the UK and on to Hoi An on Wednesday, I've taken advice from British Embassy in Hanoi and Western and Vietmanese people working in Hoi An... they all say the floods have receced and that life is returning to normal...BUT they desperatley need Tourists back there to supplement thier incom. If we continue telling people not to go to Hoi An it is the locals who will suffer the most... so I'm still planning on going and happy to help with any remaining clear up operations, buy rice and water for the locals without homes etc etc.... so come on lets think what the Vietmanese people need not what we need..... please come to Hoi An I hope to be there Wednesday evening. Though I am being sensible and keeping an eye on Typhon Parma if that hits Central Vietnam I won't be travelling there as I'd be more of a problem than a help..... Hope to meet some fellow Travelfish in Hoi An
#4 Digs has been a member since 7/10/2009. Posts: 6
I am concerned too, about the weather in Central Vietnam.
I arrive in Vietnam in the middle of November and I am trying to plan a loop around SEA.
I like storms but, no thank you to tyhoons.
Looking forward to your posts once you arrive in Hoi An.
I''ve arrived in Hoi An and just as the locals said there is NO SIGN Of the floods......... the place is buzzing....but changed so much since I was last here in 2003!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn''t recognise the place....still plenty of time to explore, it''s really relaxing and they need the tourism so please donm''t stay away because of floods... irt''s fine in fact it''s wonderful. Off to beach tomorrow so will let you all know how that is too.
PS Jetstar.com = cheap and cheerful airline $47 round trip Hanoi to Da Nang you get what you pay for, no frills airline but a lot better than Easyjet or Ryan air etc in UK!!!!!!!!!!!
#6 Digs has been a member since 7/10/2009. Posts: 6