Nha Trang - like Rhyl but with sun

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The fan and air-conditioning cut off at about 7am (today there would be no electricity until 6pm) which prompted us to wake up as the heat became stifling. Breakfast was included in the room rate so we ordered an omelette and baguette for Andrew (still not sure about that combo) and I had a banana pancake with chocolate sauce, this was all washed down with a fresh pineapple juice and lots of stolen coffee for Andrew.

After breakfast we decided to try to find a post office after our failed attempt to get the Rolf Harris pictures laminated anywhere, so we could send them and a few other bits and bobs home.  According to the map there was one just around the corner from our hotel so we set off to look for it.  This search became a farce.  First we headed up the street but couldn't see it so we asked a guy in a restaurant who told us it was 300m further on, unable to find it we then went in to a phone shop to ask, we lingered in here as they had great air con, this time we were told it was 200m in the direction from which we had come

Next we went in to a strange looking building where a group of men were busy eating, there must have been about 20 bottles of beer already empty on the table and it was only 10.30am.  Anyway we asked them and they shouted a girl who spoke English but asked us to wait and then never came back.

By this stage my patience was wearing thin, mainly due to the shocking heat.  I took drastic measures and started to go in to every place back in the same direction feeling that I was losing the will to live, "Please help me to find the post office, is it actually around here anywhere?"  Eventually, with sweat running down both our faces, despite having a hand fan, a lady in one hotel told us that it was next door but it was shut as they had no power.  The place looked like an internet cafe.  Wonderful, I felt like ripping the pictures up. 

Dumping them back at the hotel we went for a walk down the beach which we had heard was quite nice.  Maybe the Philippines has spoiled us as we weren’t too impressed, though we later found it had been voted 29th most beautiful bay in the world, and it was absolutely packed with Vietnamese families cooking, drinking, chatting there was hardly an inch of space to put down a towel in the shade.  Maybe they are all here for the 2010 'Miss Earth' contest that it being held here, not sure when though.  There was lots of kite surfing and general water sports going on and if we hadnt been leaving this evening we might have given it a go (I know Andrew is itching to test his windsurfing skills these days).  We eyed a water park along the front which at first looked inviting and was only a pound each to get in but then we found there were no beds just plastic chairs and absolutely tons of kids.

At the time little did we know that the large island that we could see across the bay called 'Vin Pearl' was in actual fact a 5 star luxury resort which is home to the largest swimming pool in South East Asia.  But for the day pass it was 20 USD each (a lot more than we had paid for our accommodation) so maybe it was for the best that we were unaware of its existance or the budget might have been smashed (again).

We had to accept that we weren’t going to top up our tans here and decided to do the only other thing that there was to do, swig.  We found a little bar that had a generator and thus a fan and had a few 10,000 Dong beers drying off from the sweat.  We got in to a conversation with the waiter about rude American’s, one of which he had just had to deal with, which was enlightening for us and not for a good reason.  Hmmm.

We had dinner again at the same restaurant as last night as it was so good.  Seafood is obviously a speciality here.  We shared a prawn salad which turned out to be 2 huge prawns and a bit of lettuce with some sauce (not a patch on Andrew’s mum’s Christmas Day starter) and the clams in garlic butter again with some chips, again delicious.  We eyed up the lobster on the fish cart but on our budget it was only a dream.  We left the restaurant and went to the minimarket to get some snacks for our overnight bus journey and came away with bread, ham, cheese (not Laughing Cow as its 4 pounds here) and some cookies and then got on the bus which was just weird.   

Very small pleather beds where your feet are enclosed, it felt like a mix between a hospital bed and a bob sleigh.  They were set out like bunk beds three in a row.  However, I managed to get to sleep pretty much straight away despite my protestations the next day that I had tossed and turned all night and hadn’t slept much.  Apparently I missed the fight and the flat tyre, so maybe I wasn’t just resting my eyes after all, ssshhhhhhh.
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