Beach capital of Vietnam
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
98Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Where I stayed
Guesthouse with crazy lady
There was lots of beautiful rice fields near our first pit stop with farmers tending to the land. We arrived in Nha Trang early evening and grabbed a taxi to our guesthouse. They quoted us almost ten dollars but eventually agreed on two, well, till two minutes later at the guesthouse when he asked for three. Cue a small argument from taxi driver but assertive ginger men telling him we agreed on two, so please kindly get lost. He tried to prevent us getting our bags out the boot, but his attempt was pretty weak and we pushed him away. He stayed for five minutes moaning but it was useless as we got our room key and got settled in.
We had Indian food that night and checked out things to do for the next couple of days.
Over the two days, we enjoyed lunch at a cafe called 'same same but different' and they advertised a four island boat trip. Perfect, so we booked that! Ginger guys got into swim wear and headed for the beach. The beach was hot, about 35 degrees C and we had a good walk next to the ocean getting our feet wet! The beach front us angelic! With towering mountains looming in the distance behind the city and the sweeping beach stretching as far as the eye could see. The turquoise water completed the stunning view dotted with little islands.
In typical ginger fashion, we found a large tree that shaded part of the beach and you know that tight feeling when entering a cold sea! Well, this was the opposite, the sea was warm and great to relax and float in! Best of all, the beach was pretty empty, couples dotted here and there and the odd gang of Koreans completely covered up!!
We ate food in the market and drank a beer at a cool little bar while watching a street seller spend an hour selling jewelry to one lady!
Our boat trip was pretty interesting!! Typically, we were late being picked up! The port was a mess of hundreds of people and dozens of boats! I always hope for cool people and very few noisy ones! I heard a loud Spanish guy behind me, wearing his swimming shorts half way down his ass with boxers underneath, scream to his friends and mess with the boat people. I turned to Dave, moaned and knew he would be on our boat!! He was! Him and his four friends spent the seven hours showing off, acting like dicks, chatting up every girl on the boat, touching every girl on the boat and just being the worst people you would want to share a day with. I'm convinced though, the noisy one is the kind of person who will cry himself to sleep, suffering from an extreme case of bipolar! So I pity him! Knob! That's the moan out the way!!
The boat tour was a little lie. The first Island, although stunning, only allowed for us to pay and visit a crap aquarium so we didn't bother. Getting off the boat was interesting, it's parks next to four others so you climb from one to the next, praying my clumsy nature is having a day off!! At least I only had my camera on me in my waterproof bag!! Others sunbathed and we killed time!
Moving to the next Island, we got chatting to a stunning French girl called Fanny! No, I haven't Spelt it wrong, Dave did ask if she asked her parents why Fanny? She was with a cool Chinese looking British girl called Jenny. Fanny was definitely my kind of person, she didn't like the noisy people and when one tried to chat her up, she walked away!! The second Island we didn't land at instead a chance to snorkel. One can jump from the top of the boat in the water, grab a ring and float about! The snorkeling was a bit lame compared to Belize but it was great to jump in and float about!!
The next stop was lunch, which was very tasty and involved loads of food! Dave needs to learn how to use chop sticks, but he got by! After dinner was a bizarre experience!! The boat crew tied three boats together and brought put their home made drums, guitars etc and we were entertained by Vietnams most famous band! One lad ran out with coconuts strapped to his chest under a dress and it really livened up the boat!! They the starting asking for country of birth and getting people to join in the singing!! Hmm australia first! Then Russia! Then UK, I refuse eye contact but a large quiet bloke volunteered and screamed into the microphone before singing Wonderwall! The best was yet to come, three young Vietnamese kids, took a long time deciding what to sing and then kicked into a full scale riot of rapping!! It was amazing! I was sat next to two pretty girls from Finland and they had their fingers in their ears! It was a crazy lunch! Of course, the knob head spanish guys got up, made a mess and injured people while falling off the stage, including landing on me!
After lunch wad floating bar time!! A guy wearing a large sun hat sat in a ring shaped floating device holding a bucket and some cups! Cue everyone jumping in! Even Jenny who couldn't swim! The drink was nasty but fun to float around with a bunch of people. Of course the boat crew were encouraging drinking but I was fine with water, budget is still very tight!!
Next stop was an island with a cool little beach where we could sit for an hour! Fanny sun bathed, Jenny read and Dave boy and I found shade. This would be our last few hours together, he will be heading north to Hanoi where I need to get back to Bangkok for a Bangladesh visa. We will meet on Bangkok before heading to Myanmar.
When we got back on the boat, it was good to hear Dave loving the view, loving the travel and the freedom! Nothing like floating on a beautiful sea, in the sun shine watching the sun slowly set and knowing all you have to do is sit back and relax! He is very much understanding the addictive nature of travel. The freedom, the excitement of the unknown and new and wonderful people to meet!
Back in Nha Trang, Dave grabbed a shower, dinner and then his night bus for Hoi An. He will have 8 days on his own and I know the experience will be realit good for him!! Plus, he won't have to look at my ugly face every morning!!
I met fanny and Jenny for dinner and we ordered some tasty dishes and shared. We were all heading to Dalat next day so agreed to share a triple.
Next morning I caught an early bus.
Next stop, Da Lat.