A little bit of R&R time in Nha Trang

February 4, 2013 - Nha Trang, Vietnam

The Gentleman: We have just spent a thoroughly enjoyable 4 days and 3 nights in the coastal city of Nha Trang in Southern Vietnam. We're sitting now at the end of our fourth day, waiting to catch the overnight sleeper bus down to Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City to give it it's proper title.

Nha Trang is built right on some of the amazing Vietnamese coastline that you may have seen in some of our previous pictures. The whole city is fronted by mile after mile of golden sand beaches and the bright blue waters of the South China Sea. Our days here have, unsurprisngly, consisted mainly of late lie-ins, relaxing days on the amazing beach and nights of great food and free-flowing cheap booze at some of the many bars and restauramts. Needless to say, Nha Trang gets a big thumbs up from both of us!

It hasn't aaaaalllll been smooth sailing though. As The American mentioned in her last post, on our first day we arrived here at 5.30 in the morning instead of the 8.30 we had expected. This would have been fine except a) we'd both had hardly any sleep on the ridiculously bumpy, bouncy and smelly sleeper bus and b) we couldn't check into our hotel until midday! Luckily our hotel was only one street off the beach so we threw on our big backpacks and trudged down to the beach to see if we could find a spot to pass some time. To our surprise the main road along the front and the beach behind it were both packed full of locals! Apparently it's the done thing in Vietnam for all the locals to get up many hours before they have to go to work and go get some serious exercise. We'd previously been oblivious to this because, well, it's 5.30 in the morning, how would we have known? But there they all were - walkers, joggers, tai chi(ers), yoga(ers), badminton players...and us. Sitting on a bench. Sweating. Trying to stay awake.

In years to come though I think we will look back and both be glad that we ended up being dropped off so early because it gave us the chance to watch the early morning sun creep up over the horizon. And when the horizon is like the one that you get in Nha Trang, the sunrise is a pretty special thing. I dare say it may well be the only one we get to see on this trip so we tried to make the most of it and snapped lots of pics to try and capture just how beautiful it was.

Yesterday didn't go exactly to plan either. We had decided that we would walk down to a waterpark that was fairly close by, splash around for a bit, then head a little bit further along the coast and take a cable car over to one of the neighbouring islands. A great plan in theory but firstly the waterpark was closed. And I don't mean just not open that day, I mean closed down entirely. Then the 'little bit of a walk' down to the cable cars turned out to be slightly further than expected (my fault) and was actually more like a 3 mile hike down the road, along the beach and over some pretty decently steep hills. And oh yeah, it was about 100 degrees with not a single bit of cloud cover. So we finally arrive at the cable car station, sweating, dehydrated, with very sore feet and find out that a cable car ride which we had found would be quite cheap and well worth the money, actually turned out to be ridiculously expensive and well out of our price range! So after all that walking, we achieved none of the things we wanted and had to simply turn straight around and head back. Obviously this time with the help of a taxi. But arguably the day turned out for the better anyway as on the way back we managed to find a little beach club and spent the afternoon drinking cold specialty beers (with passion fruit J!) and slurping down fresh oysters.

So that's a quick run down of our Nha Trang experience. All the pics are now up in a brand new album so make sure you go into the pictures section and check them out. The photo uploader on this site is very temperamental and can sometimes make the order of photos very confusing. Apologies. This album is in order but backwards so from the end of Day 4 to the beginning of Day 1. As always we've also stuck some pics of the sleeper bus ride from Hoi An in our Planes, Trains and Automobiles album.




Chas in front of another ocean view
Little boy so upset that the waterpark was closed
Enjoying our breakfast banh mi's!
Ton with the topiary leading down to the beach

1 Comment

February 5, 2013
You do appreciate the irony of R&R right?! While the rest of us read it from snow caused delayed trains, planes and automobiles!
Yeurgh to passion fruit beer - that's something I can safely say I'll never try - imagine a full night of them, drunk and hallucinating, p'raps not!
Love you both
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