Sunday, 3 May 2009

Twelve hours in Nha Trang, 27 April 2009

So I arrived in Nha Trang at 6am and my next sleeper bus was leaving at 6pm. I had twelve hours to explore.

Nha Trang is a bit of a party place. All the travellers go there for beach and booze. And to be honest, I didn't real fancy either of those things. Most people stay a few days or even week, not me, just a day!

I dumped my bag at the bus agents and left it there and I set off to admire the beach.\

At 6.30am the scene was brilliant, all the locals were doing there jogging, powerwalking, tai chi, yoga and other types of excercise along the beach front. With plugged in to ears it looked like a Vietnamese Venice Beach. (I've never been to Venice Beach but I imagine that's what it would be like.

The beach itself wasn't all that. There were a few islands off the coast and I imagine the beaches would be much nicer there.

After soaking up the atmosphere of the beach scene, I walked along the beach front to a "Rock Promonatory". The walk along the beach was lovely and I watched all the early morning fishing boats come into the harbour. When I reached the Rock Promonatory it was beautiful. Such amazing views of the whole beach and the islands. It was a really nice place for a sit and a relax. And as it was still really early, I had it all to myself.

From there I wandered to a little temple but on the way I was accosted by a group of locals who asked me to join them at the roadside for a coffee. How could I refuse? I don't really like coffee, but I figured that I should try Vietnamese coffee - it's famous y'know! And what better company than the locals to try the local coffee with. I didn't like it but I politely drank it as we chatted about the war and abuot Vietnam generally. When they went to top up the bitter coffee sweetened by condensed milk I had to decline. After about 30 minutes I was on my way again.

The temple was really pretty made of red stone, and by this point (around 9am) it was starting to get busy with tour groups.

Wandering round the city streets I happened upon a market. Fancy that! I was very restrained and only bought some flip flops (only because they had them in my size and my current flip flops are ready to break).

I took a lovely lunch by an awesome white buddha. Against the bright blue sky the white statue was beautiful. The views of the city from the top were great too.

And that was it, that was the city done. I wandered further thorugh some streets and found msyelf back at the beach.

There was a brilliant scene where a group of Vietnamese kids were throwing a dead fish at each other. It was hilarious and everyone on the beach was watching and laughing. But then the laughter turned to stifled giggles as one kid turned and through the dead fish at two Aussie girls sat close to them. Needless to say, the Aussies were not impressed.

It was nice to sit on the beach and there was hardly any hassle. But my relaxing beachy afternoon was cut short by the onset of a horrendous downpour.

So, I found the nearest internet cafe, and hid out there! I did some good blogging that afternoon until it was time to catch my bus!

It was a nice day in Nha Trang. Walking around, absorbing the scenes around me, chatting to locals. I already had a good vibe about Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang had affirmed that good vibe in just 12 hours.

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