Lounging around in Vietnam

Trip Start Jun 23, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

After taking the overnight train for a ten hour journey from Saigon (which was great fun) we arrrived early in the morning in Nah Trang which is quite a touristy town right next to the sea. Following a quick breakfast we piled down to the marina to get on a boat for a day trip of snorking, visiting local fishing villages, going to an aquarium, more swimming and snorking, eating lunch on the boat and ending a very stressful day (!) with a nap and a massage on the beach - great! In the evening we went out for dinner and had a drink at the very posh yacht club. For me that is were the eveing ended as like a good girl (and beacuse I was suffering from a bit of self inflicted sunburn) I took myself back to the hotel and was in bed by 10. Everyone else carried on drinking in one form or another and ended up rolling in at various times between 2 and 5 am - each with some tale of mayhem or debauchery ... some quite shamefaced. 

I think I am getting too old for these sorts of shenannigans, as with the other tour I am older than everyone by at least 6 years and am getting just a little irritated by the lack of grown up conversation....Im sure I am just being a grumpy old bastard on account of being woken up by drunken co-travellers at 2am 3am 3.15am and 3.50 - those of you who know me can appreciate waking me up when I am sleeping can have very dire consequences! Never mind am still enjoying it despite a lack of sleep!

Today was another very stressful day, NOT! After a lie-in, which was much appreciated by those with a hangover (not me for a change - very smug!) we went to the local mud baths which was such a laugh. I did not know what to expect but imagined a scene much like those in natual history programme with all of the animals wallowing in gloopy river mud - in fact it was quite similar to this but just a tad more civilised. The idea is to sit as a group in these small stone pools while they fill up with sloshy clay-like water which you then proceed to pour and splash about yourself and others while a resident photograher captures the moment for prosperity (and so you can later purchase a photo as a souvenier) As we have a group of 15 or so bikini clad girls and only two men you could be forgiven in thinking, picturing the scene, it was much like a centerfold mudwrestling shoot - let me reasure you there is nothing less sexy than silty clay water in your nooks and crannys! After wallowing hippo-like the idea is that you then get out and sit in the sun until the clay dries all crusty, you then wash it off and swim in the thermal baths to soften the skin. As much fun as it is to swim in hot thermal springs in cold countries, as a westerner in vietnam suffering from the heat, the last thing you need after the outside humitity is a hot bath! All in all though we all just about survived our Spa day with many of the group citing mud baths a great cure for a hangover.

Tonight we catch another overnight train to Hoi An where we are spending the next three days - this is where they reccomend you get any tailoring done if you want clothes made for you. I was going to get a suit made for work, until I remembered I no longer employed ...will just have to get something frivolous indstead!
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