Trip Start Nov 10, 2005
9Trip End Apr 30, 2006
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I spent 2 weeks on the beach in Vetnam. First in Nha Trang and then in Mui Ne. In Nha Trang I worked on my burn and presto! 'Lobster Boy' was back. To compensate for the burn I spent a day at the spa and had my first mud bath. After leaving the mud bath I went on a boat cruise to islands in the area. As it was almost Tet, many Vietnamese were on the cruise and I sat back in awe of just what happens on a Vietnamese booze criuse
After the experience at Nha Trang, the beach life at Mui Ne was decidedly far more tranquil. White sand and few tourists, except for the kite surfers and fellow beachers. One afternoon I was walking along the beach through a local fishing area, (and by fishing area, these were small boats, 1 or 2 people working on each, living in huts along the beach) and was called over into the shade underneath the coconut trees by some of the locals. I was asked to sit down and join their lunch. They were half a dozen men in their 30's who didn't speak any english and I certainly can't speak vietnamese. However, we sat their for three hours drinking moonshine and eating fish in hot pepper sause. The local kids came over and were facinated by my hair, (who could blame them) and I told them the english names to the disney characters on their shirts. One of hte guys climed the 30 foot coconut tree and we then had coconut milk with ice to dilute the toxic rice wine. The evenings were spent with a few other travellers at a local beach bar sitting on bean bag chairs while the waves crashed in at sunset. Tranquil indeed!