Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jul 4, 2006
|Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tuesday 4th July - Friday 7th July
The flight from Hoi An to Nha Trang with Vietnam Airlines was only about an hour long, and was fine. We landed at Nha Trang's new small airport where we had to pay a set fee to catch a minivan into the main town, as the airport was about 40 minutes outside. We had not booked accomodation so asked our driver to take us to a few hotels, the taxi drivers usually like to do this as they get commission for taking you to certain hotels if you decide to stay at one of them. We ended up choosing and staying at one that the driver had not selected for us, we had spotted it ourselves and were offered a nice big room, with bathroom, balcony, fridge, TV and indoor pool near the beach for about $12 a night, so for 7 quid a night we thought it was a good deal!
We dumped all our stuff in our room and checked out the view from our balcony. We could see the sea and the beach which looked really nice. We were excited to be in a new place so went out and about to explore the town and realised that it was a fairly busy place and had quite a few travellers and holiday makers visiting with their families. We found a few good bars, cafes and restaurants on our walk and ended up strolling along the beach. The beach was really vast and very long, we were nicely surprised! The sea looked ok, but didn't look that clean. Along the beach were a few yacht clubs/restaurants with luxuary sun lounger chairs that you could hire to sunbathe on. The clubs offered waiter service to the loungers, a restaurant, toilets, as well as offering massage services, one club in particular was really nice, so we decided we would come back there in a day or so.
We spent the rest of the day wandering around the town, then ended up eating in a nice Indian restaurant close to our hotel. Whilst eating our dinner, we were harrassed several times by young girls selling little bits and pieces and young guys selling good colour copies of all the latest paper back books. We did keep telling them all No, we didn't want anything but they were so persistant! Although the books, were really good quality and so cheap, at a pound each!
The following day we visited an internet cafe where we spent most of the day updating our website and doing some administration that we needed to get done, well we tried to anyway, as the internet was painfully slow! In the end we gave up and chilled out in a nice coffe house run by an English guy and his Vietnamese wife. They had a few pet dogs that were really cute and lived at the cafe, so we ended up spending the afternoon playing with them, a german shephard, a dauchaund and another cross breed.
Opposite the cafe were a couple of diving shops all offering really tempting prices for scuba dives from Nha Trang, it was actually ridiculously cheap, $25 US a dive. But the weather had been really rough out at sea the last few days and were were limited on time only having one more day here in Nha Trang which we had planned to spend relaxing on the beach. We had to leave the day after tomorrow, as had booked ourselves onto some flights to and from the island of Phu Quoc where we were staying for a week.
We resisted the temptation of diving and spent the following day on the beach hiring a couple of nice beach loungers in from of the Yaught Club. The loungers also had the benefit of being protected by Security Guards from all of the hawkers (beach sellers) that continously hasselled people. So for most of the day we sunbathed and remained hassle free. The weather was lovely and hot about 30oC, but quite humid. We didn't chance a dip in the sea as it didn't look that clean, but we did watch a Vietnamese guy do some wakeboarding out in the sea (surfing with a small parachute), and watched a few British men playing footy along the beach. One hawker did manage to come up to us trying to sell us books, and in the end we gave in and bought one about Cambodia from him as it was so cheap and a brand new copy.
At about 4pm it started to rain, although the temperature was still warm, and we had a parasol, we were hungry, so we packed up our stuff and headed to a nice Thai restaurant where we had a scrummy Thai meal. We spent the rest of the evening having a few cheeky drinks in some of the towns nice bars/restaurants before going back to our room to pack our bags and have a few more cheeky vodka and cokes in our hotel room.
Friday 7th July
This morning we checked out of our hotel and caught a taxi to the airport where we got on a Vietnam airlines flight which took 1 and a bit hours to fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We were not stopping this time in the city, as we had a conecting flight to get onto, which flew us a further hour to the under-developed Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam's largest island on its south west coast bordering Cambodia.