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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Written on: Saturday May 28th, 2005

A journal entry from: South East Asia 2005

We spent only a little time in Ho Chi Minh, more excited to get the coast and some beaches after spending months in the dust and grime of waterless South East Asia cities during the hot season (45C). We boarded a train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, about a quarter way up the Vietnamese coast.

I can't remember now why we chose Nha Trang at the time but it was ok. There were no "backpacker" huts or simple accomodations but our penthouse waterfront room with huge balcony, air-con, and tv was an interesting change. Huge empty beaches on the South China Sea, although the pollution in the water was much more noticeable here then anywhere else. Plus Nha Trang is near a huge Military base. You could set your watch to the flybys of MiG fighter jets overhead. Aside from that Nha Trang was very beautiful and clean. We met two more travellers, Carla and Frannie, who just randomly lived on Quadra Island, about 50km from where I live. And here I thought nobody went to or left Quadra Island at all.

We did some exploring, heading out on crazy jungle hikes, cliff jumping in secluded fresh water pools where huge mysterious fish swam underneath, eating the bananas we threw in the water for that very purpose. We also went to an outdoor mud bath complex and all enjoyed flopping about in the mud and hot baths afterward.

I hate shopping. I hate it. But shopping in Vietnam is awesome. They're egg-shell lacquer ware is amazingly beautiful and they're rice paper paintings numerous and unique. I bough a fair bit of art but wished I bought more.