“We’ll take the four hour trek thanks’, we said proudly at the gate of Cat Ba Island’s National Park. We had nothing else to do that morning and wanted to see more of the national park than we felt the two hour trek could offer. So we paid our entry fee and headed off down the four hour trail, blissfully ignorant of what was to come.
Our next stop after Hoi An was Hue. Being quite close we opted to get the 4 hour bus instead of the train. Well, despite being a day time journey we were hustled on to a sleeper bus for the journey. This consisted of 3 columns of cramped bunk beds with extra beds thrown in anywhere possible. One aisle was blocked with beds, an extra one was even squeezed into the top row and the toilet (which we ended up quite near to) was out of order and smelled worse than the long drops at 2am at Glastonbury.
Everyone told us we’d love Hoi An, and as it turns out everyone was right. Cheap food and beer, beautiful beaches, a stunning ancient town and enough skilled tailors to clothe half the planet with a 12 hour turnaround. Vietnam continued to impress.
Nha Trang is a beautiful little Vietnamese seaside resort. We’ve seen many reports in recent times that a large increase in Russian tourists has driven the prices up out of reach out the standard backpacker.
Whilst it’s true that the restaurants were way too costly for our meagre budgets there are still some crazy cheap prices available, which saw us spend less here per day than elsewhere in Vietnam.
We’ve taken a little 4 day hiatus from traveling around, where pretty much all we did was lay on the beautiful beach of Nha Trang.