All I Want for Christmas Is a White Sand Beach

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Ok, for the third installment of reporting on our trip to Vietnam we have finally made it to the beach, and only two days before Christmas! It was so nice to get our feet into the nice warm sand. Nha Trang has a pretty decent beach that runs the length of the city. The water wasn't exactly warm, but you could definitely swim in it. It is sort of shaped like a bay so the waves come in short and a little rough on shore. Just as in Ho Chi Minh, you could sit on the beach and have anything you might desire brought to you including live lobsters the length of my arm that would be cooked right there in front of you. We skipped the beach-side seafood, but I did opt for a pedicure on Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve we treated ourselves to an excellent buffet dinner at the hotel we stayed at for a few days right on the holiday. It was by far the best gourmet food we've had since moving to Asia, mostly American or French style. There was an enormous seafood grilling station, sushi station, prime rib carving, Honey Baked Ham, and even Butterball Turkey! Along with about 50 other scrumptious options. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and it eliminated our homesickness for the holiday meals we were missing at home (almost). Even though we felt spoiled spending Christmas day lounging on the beach and by the pool, we still felt pretty lonely without our family around us. As nice as a tropical Christmas may sound, it just can't take the place of family.

The day after Christmas we rented a scooter and spent the next two days cruising up and down the coastline around Nha Trang. We put a lot of miles on that scooter! There were supposed to be some prettier, more secluded beaches in both directions from the city according to Lonely Planet. Well, they both turned out to be a disappointment. One that we drove the farthest for turned out to be a small stretch of beach on the edge of a very grungy village. The other was pretty, and it stretched for several miles, but the white sand was so littered with trash you had to watch your step. The beach was deserted so all of the trash most have been washing ashore with the tide, which didn't make a swim sound very enticing. It was very disheartening to continually see such a beautiful country marred by the impacts of tourism and people who are unaware of their impact on the environment. We didn't let it ruin our fun, however, and enjoyed the freedom that the scooter gave us. Over the course of those two days we were awarded with many glimpses of the beautiful mountains and blue waters that made the trip worthwhile.

So, after several long-winded posts previous to this one, I will leave it at that. Enjoy the pictures!
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Lindsey on

Nice place for a holiday, but we missed you. I loved the pedicure on the beach.

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