Beach Day before Overnight Bunker Train!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2011
Trip End Feb 13, 2012

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

We had to travel an hour north of Hoi An to Da Nang in order to get the train back south again to our next major destination - Nha Trang. Arriving in Da Nang we had a friendly and informative taxi driver who was listing all the prices of the new hotels and villas - the town is a mass of high-rises and newly built hotels. Not pretty.

After dropping our bags off at the station we headed to the beach which is probably the only highlight of Da Nang as far as we saw. We spent most of afternoon here, or in one of the beach-side cafes drinking beer, playing cards, and generally relaxing. It was so nice to do nothing for the day and while away the hours on a beach that was completely deserted apart from a few fishermen. 
As we walked along the beach a large crowd was gathering around one of the fishermen as he was pulling in his net - and all of a sudden a big rush, and then a massive fish flapping around on the beach. Even Vietnamese folk had their phones out taking photographs and talking excitedly - clearly he'd caught the catch of the day!

Walking through the town to to train station after sunset, stopping on route for food and drinks, we passed through the commercial streets, and endless parade of brand-name shops with loud techno music blaring out. The town reminded me of Hanoi but without the culture, and when we boarded our night-train to Nha Trang I was happy to be moving on.

The train journey was my worst experience so far... sharing a bunker with a Vietnamese family, fitting one person on those shelf beds is difficult enough, but sharing with a child - just ridiculous! After seeing a rat scuttle past my "bed," taking 3 Valium, and still being awake to the sound of the crying child below me... I knew it was going to be a long night. Get me to Nha Trang!
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