Nha Trang - Frat boy town
Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
28Trip End Feb 13, 2006
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That said, its really great to be in Nha Trang. Despite the derisive tone of the fratboy comment, we are both loving it here. And we almost skipped this wonderful city. In many way it suggests St Tropez, South Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately, because of Tet, we could not get a flight out of Nha Trang to Hoi An ( heading North again ) before Friday so we pouted for a couple of minutes then relaxed into scheduling our tour of Nha Trang.
Its not that Nha Trang has so much to offer in the way of historical sights or architecture but that its a lively, "happening" city full of great restaurants offering up heaping tables of fresh seafood, home to a famous photographer, funky bars, lots of tourists and, best of all... real American Breakfast!!! I know how small that sounds but sometime in Da Nang we both hit the wall. Although good and tasty for the first several times, the thought of having beef noodle soup (pho) for breakfast was no longer tenable.
So today, after a fantastic and familiar breakfast of yogurt and muesli, with newish, well-kept touring bikes as our steeds, we set off to visit the Long Son Pagoda; home to several monks as well as a school and orphanage
Next, off to the Po Nagar Cham Towers. Just look at the pictures. Just beautiful. And busy with locals visiting and worshipping for Tet.
Our next adventure was a risky option but turned out to be great fun. D and I decided to spend the balance of our afternoon at a hot springs mud bath. Little did we know that it would be more like going to a water park than a healing constitutional in Leeds. Hundreds of Vietnames families jostled for space in terratzo tubs semi full of thin warm mud, basked in the late afternoon sun until "cake dry", then submit to a pummeling from a waterfall. Convinced that we would get a legit massage at this state-run facility, we both paid an additional 60,000 VND (@ $4 USD) for an hour long massage. Very nice!
So, knowing full well that we havent really caught up, I must submit to the pull of a neighboring bar while Denis dives into his political websites.