Beaches, Buddha and Boozing

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Nhi Hang Hotel

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hello dear readers,

So we had a nice enough bus ride here, sunset and all.
The bus man tried to take us to a hotel a bit out of town, but we stuck to our guns and kept on for nearer to the backpacker haunts.
I (ER) sat in a cafe and played connect 4 with a boy, who then sold me books i didnt even want, because the connect 4 betting had escalated beyond my control, really EW leaves me for 2 seconds...
She had found a nice hotel, with a lift, air con, TV for $8, awesome. Love air con :)

We went out for tea at an Italian restaurant, as you do and had some tasty tasty pasta etc. We then decided to go for just one drink in a nice looking bar. As we were leaving, to go back to the hotel at about 10:30, (a reasonable time if i ever heard one, I had people to skype with birthday wishes after all) we bumped into Jenna who we had met and partied with in Saigon. She was with her friend Emmy, so Emma, Emma, Emmy and Jenna (not confusing at all). The Emmas decided to join  for just one drink...

3am we ended up getting back to the hotel.
We went to the Sailing Club, which is a bar on the beach and was really cool, got chatting to some people outside who had a contact and we got in for free, genius. There was dancing etc til the small hours and all was good. When we got back the hotel was totally locked up (as is the way) and we felt a bit guilty about waking the man whose job it is to let in dirty stop outs, and then slightly guilty again when we had to wake him up to sell us some water... it was about then that we met a Dutch guy in the corridor, he ended up chatting to us til the small small hours, I fell asleep but Emma watched a film.

The next day we enjoyed our air con especially and found a place that served beans (a rarity in this end of the world) with the breakfast. Generally spent the day chilling. Had a nice early drink free night...

On Friday we had a beach day, the beach here is beautiful, really long and white sand and palm trees. You don;t realize how beautiful it is til you're in the sea and look back, there is a bizarre pink building we can't figure out but the rest is all pretty standard beachy as you'd expect. We didn't splash out on a sun lounger and used a palm tree for shade and our Thai beach towels, good times.
That night we went out for tea at a place which did free drinks 6-8, so although they were very weak we had a few vodka and 7up for freeee. Food was good, and I had a banana split, hooray!
We went to Guava bar and played some free pool, got chatting to some Aussies and went to a backpacker bar, which was really busy and the music was really good. Met looooaddds of people, my favourite being Mick and Karen who were 53 and 48 and backpacking indefinatley, Mick was perhaps the funniest person I've ever met, I could have chatted to him forever! We ended up at the Sailing club again and partied into the not quite as small hours.

Saturday we had a breakfast at the same place as before, due to the presence of beans and spent the day generally chilling out, promising ourselves wed see some sights the next day before leaving for Hoi An on Monday. We had a authentic Vietnamese tea.... massive burger at a steakhouse.... which was very good...

This morning we decided to have a lazy sunday, for a change. We got up and booked a bus to Hoi An for tonight, 12 hours sleeper bus time!
We went to the Long Son Pagoda, which had indeed a very reclined and a very tall buddha. There was a ceremony of some kind going on with loads of Vietnamese kiddies in dungarees and adventurers hats, very cute indeed. Very spiritual, except for the building work... We got motorbike taxis back, which was less terrifying than Saigon due to the lack of traffic. And now we are here... killing time until the bus

Lots of Love Emmas
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DexterJohnson on

I was in Nha Trang 38 years ago and the city is totally different today except the Big Buddah.

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