Beach Day before Overnight Bunker Train!
Trip Start Aug 22, 2011
54Trip End Feb 13, 2012
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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
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!