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.
The train there was an awesome relief from buses we’ve been getting. We were a little worried when we saw locals getting on with huge bags full of baguettes, beer, all sorts of food, but we needn’t have worried. As the train trundled along at its slow but sure pace, all sorts of food for sale went past. We skipped the dried squid and went for the steamed corn instead. I even saw one person walking around carrying a kettle.
Our $9 a night hotel was pretty decent so we happily parked ourselves there in the evening and on sun loungers in the day. People wander the beaches selling all manner of things so there’s no need to go anywhere. One fruit seller had us in hysterics as she half yelled, half growled a variety of things at us, including:
* Yum, yum, yum, mango, banana, pineapple
* Happy hour
* I love you number one
… and my personal favourite
* Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
Wandering around one evening we spotted a sign that said ‘beer pong’. We of course dropped what we were doing and followed the sign to find a proper set up beer pong bar. Oh what a night! All you can drink beer for 90,000 dong (app £2.50 or $4.50 AUD). The staff there, who incidentally have the best job in the world, challenged us to games and taught us tricks. They even have frozen cup holders to keep the beer cold. Genius!
Another watering hole we visited a couple of times was the Louisiane Brewhouse. It’s a microbrewery… on the beach… with a swimming pool! It’s like someone took all the things we love and rolled them in to one!
As with Ho Chi Minh City, all the locals have been so friendly, particularly when they hear you are from Australia. There are many Russians that holiday there and I think the relationship between them and the locals is a little strained. One local loudly declared to us that he likes us because we are Australian, he doesn’t like Russians because “they are sh*t w*nkers”. This is of course a massive generalisation but seemed to sum up the general mood we observed.
Nha Trang is not a cultural destination, it is a beach resort, but we had an amazing time here, just chilling out for a while.