Nha Trang

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

After a five hour bus ride from Mui Ne we were in the beautiful beach town of Nha Trang.  Set in a bay on the South China Sea it is a beautiful place to hang out and take in the ocean.  On the first day though, we decided to take in the sites in the city.  We first checked out the Long Son Pagoda (temple) and walked up the hill to see the 14m Buddha overlooking the city.  From there it was a short walk to the gallery of Long Thanh, Vietnam's most prominent photographer who has won many awards around the world.  His pictures were stunning and had an uncanny way of showing you the real country and it's people.  Then it was to the Cham towers (in 32C heat and 90% humidity it was quite a feat!).  The Cham were a civilization that lived in SE Asia from the 2nd to 15th Centuries, and a few of there temples are still around.

We took a boat tour to four of the bay islands on the following day for some snorkeling and partying.  At the first island, after passing the numerous lobster farms, we were able to swim and snorkel in the water looking at the coral which was fun.  The water is so warm here - perfect for swimming.  At the second island we ate lunch then our guides set up their band equipment and they played music and everyone danced on the boat before jumping in the water for Happy Hour and a floating bar (Ya).  The entertainment consisted of everyone singing Frere Jacques in their native language (we heard it in English, French, Dutch, German, Vietnamese, and some others!).  The 3rd island was just a beach for relaxing.  The final island was an aquarium that had lots of the beautiful local fish.

The final day we sat on the beach -  our first truly beach day of our trip.  The beach had few people and mainly locals but was very nice.  The huge waves were a lot of fun to play in.  They knocked Latha around a little which was amusing.
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