Nha Trang, Vietnam 12th Apr - 17h Apr
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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It was a six hour day time bus ride to get to Nha Trang. The views on the way were amazing. Mountains, sand dunes, rice paddies & we were going along right beside the ocean for quite some time as well – it was great.
Nha Trang itself is a beach location again but far more beautiful than anything we have seen since Thailand. The water was crystal blue with islands in the distance. The beaches were not rammed with umbrellas so you could still see the beauty of the beach. When you pay for a deck chair for the day the people selling things aren't allowed to come up and annoy you selling constantly, although they still do shout from afar – something different from the norm for sale that we did see though was ladies walking around with pots full of lobsters – who knows how long they had been in that pot
The town centre is packed with restaurants and bars and people selling street food & people walking around selling things like sunglasses, books, cigarettes etc.
The great thing about it was that it was so rammed with businesses that everyone was so competitive on their prices and actually friendly to you to get you to come into their establishment. It was happy hour 24/7. This by far is the cheapest place we have been to yet as an all-rounder. $10 for a room, $0.50 for a sandwich, $0.30 for a beer and $1 for a vodka. AMAZING.
We only stayed for 5 days as we had to keep moving however we could easily have stayed for two weeks for sure. Would recommend this place to anyone! There were definitely things we missed out on seeing there – so a good excuse to go back…one day.
Island Boat Trip
We went out for the day to go and explore some of the islands close by
We drove to the first island (Mun Island)and snorkelled for a while and then moved on to the next island (Mot Island)were we had some lunch. We then got a surprise when the boat crew then turned into a band and got out their rusty old drum kit, electric guitar and tambourine! They sung a few Vietnamese songs and then it was Karaoke time – uh oh! Neil got picked on first and he had to stand and sing Waltzing Matilda (which he didn’t really know the worlds to) to all the people on the boat. HAHA! Then a few Vietnamese people got up and had a go, there was one old guy that got far too into it like he was on a real stage in front of thousands… although he did have a great voice!
After Karaoke time it was time for happy hour. This involved jumping from the second deck of the boat into the water and then swimming up to the floating bar (a guy floating in the water) and then getting a glass of wine with a bit of pineapple in it. After we polished off a few cups of wine it was time to move onto the next island
This beach was called stone beach which was beautiful with hardly any people on it. We just had a swim and sunbathe for a couple of hours before it was time to leave. On the way back to the shore we stopped at an aquarium as well – not the best one we have ever seen but hey it was part of the day so why not.
It was a fun tour to do and nice to hang out with the Vietnemse people too. Nha Trang is obviously a very popular destination for the Vietnamese as well as the other tourists too and it’s not difficult to see why.
Inflation is rising 7% a year so who knows how much longer this will be a cheap place to visit!!
Day on Moped
We hired a moped and headed north as we had read the scenery was beautiful as you are driving along. What we had read was correct, as we were driving down the road, it was the ocean to the right and the mountains to the left. We had to keep stopping to take in the scenery.
We drove up to a beach called white sand beach, which was nice as yes it did have beautiful white sand, although it was not really looked after and there was lots of rubbish in the water. The beach back in the main area of Nha Trang was much nicer.
We turned around and stopped at a wharf where we got tickets to go on a boat across to a place called Monkey Island
There was a dog racing show on there and also a monkey circus show on where they had trained monkeys to do things like rice bicycles and walk the tightrope and handstands etc.
After the island we stopped off at a market that was rammed with all kinds of clothes, food kitchen wear, you name it. There were also lots of street-side restaurants around too offering BBQ meats etc. The drive to get there was interesting we went through tiny back alleyways, fighting through the traffic, past peoples homes where they were all sitting on the floor eating their dinner – im sure they aren’t used to tourists cruising by as we were getting some stares ;-)
It was a fun day – definitely glad we got out of the main area of Nha Trang for the day to see some of the other beauty that would otherwise have been missed.
Food & Drink
Favourite Local Dish: Beef Pho (Noodle Soup) with Vietnamese ice coffee (STRONG & YUM)
Rice pancake - tasted pretty bland
We didn’t try anything too new. There were lots of western food options for dirt cheap so we were having some home comforts like Sunday roast for $2.50 and chips cheese & gravy!
International McDonalds Meal: No McDonalds
Local Beer: Saigon Beer
Nice Hotel - $12 a night incl fridge, water & air con. View of the beach from the bathroom. There was a rooftop to sit and watch sunsets. There was a tour desk and moped rental at reception which made it an easy stay. It’s close to the busy area, down an alleyway next to lots of street food options. Quite a small room – but we don’t mind that at all.
Meals: $0.50 - $2.50
Water: $0.50 for 1.5 litres
Alcohol: $0.30- $0.50 for beer, double vodka & coke $1, Bucket $1.50 - REDICULOUS
Moped: $5 for 24 hours
Island Boat Trip: $9 per person
Monky Island: $3 per person inc boat, entry & monkey shows etc
Average Daily Spend per person: $23
Transport there for both of us: $14
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $240