Sunshine and beaches
Trip Start May 28, 2012
46Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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Once I was finally in the land of the living again we decided to hire some bikes and get familiar with the city. We asked how much it was to hire 'bikes' for the day, in which the kind lady replyed 60,000 Dong ($3.70NZ), so we were super stoked about how cheap it was for pushbikes. Then the dude rocked up with two scooters! I jumped on the back again and we were on our way. $3.70 for six hours... not too shabby! We zoomed every which way around our new home town and quickly started to like the smaller, not-so-busy, beachy town
The next day (Thursday) we went snorkelling! It was a super fun day and we saw heaps of fishies - as you'd expect. We got picked up at 7.30am sharp and then went and picked the rest of our party up which took about half an hour. Down at the harbour it was a shit show. Imagine 10 buses, twice as many cars/taxis and three times as many bikes and people all stuffed into, or trying to get into a space about the size of a tennis court. Absolute mayhem. And then you also have the same old people trying to sell you sunglasses, hats, cigerettes, fans, fruit! NO THANKS - I already have sunglasses on my face. Once we finally got onto the boat and got sailing it was beautiful. It was a really hot day so it was nice to be on the water. However it was pretty sad seeing all the rubbish floating around. Just random bits scattered, like a plastic bag here, a bottle there which was pretty shit because there was a lot compared to what you'd see in NZ, however it didn't detract from the snorkeling
We had seven people all up on the tour (not including the divers and the boat people), either snorkeling like us and others were out to scuba dive like scuba-steve. We met a super nice Australian guy who was our friend for the day and was basically the only one (except the only English speaking guide) that talked to us the whole time. The water was divine, and I only got one gulp of water, which I thought was pretty good seeing as I have never snorkeled before. It was fun pretending to be a mermaid and we saw some pretty cool specimens including a big spotted moray eel having his teeth cleaned by a small minion of a fish. Jason kept thinking he saw octopi (octipuses? octipodes?) but actually they were just weird shaped rocks. After the first hour and a half we moved to another spot for another hour and a half of splashing about, then had lunch, which was cooked for us on the boat out of a small box of a kitchen room. It was delish. After lunch we headed back, stopping by a floatring fishing village on the way! Overall a pretty sweet day, we were super tired when we got home at about 2.00pm so took a cue from the locals and had a siesta before heading out for dinner.
On Friday we decided to head out to Vinpearl Island, which is straight across the bay from Nha Trang
Wandered back up to the rides end of the island and decided to join the line for a roller coaster type two person sightseeing cable thing that pulls you up to the top of the hill (by the Vinpearl sign) and lets you drive back down in your own cart
(That was Jason's take on the ordeal, here's mine: It was Horrific. It was everything I hate about small spaces and people at the same time. I had my first anxiety attack and just couldn't move, which as most of you know is not my bag. When we finally got to the barriers I put my arm up which didn't allow anyone to pass which made the lady behind me pissy because it stopped her and probably her five children, brother and uncle from getting past....and then she got even madder at me because my hair was wet and was getting her front wet - I don't know what she expected when she was leaning up against me that close - which is what I told her. Long story short the ride or whatever it was, was not worth it. I was so panicked that I didn't enjoy the ride at all and really wish we had flagged the whole thing.)
Today (Saturday) we didn't do too much
Still am yet to pack my bag (am a little worried as to how all of our bags are going to fit on the back of the bikes) so I have to get on to that now...
Until next time...Adios!