Snorkeling in Nha Trang

Trip Start Nov 30, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

With a 10 hour journey North from Ho Chi Minh City to get to our next stop Nha Trang we decided to save on a nights accommodation and travel overnight. Our first proper sleeper bus, with almost fully reclining seats, pillows, blankets and complimentary water it sounded all very comfy.  The reality sadly didn't quite live up to the billing, largely because the chairs seemed to have been designed with the Vietnamese in mind and were some what lacking in the length department.  Even little Stumpy Kemp was too tall!  That coupled with the fact Vietnamese roads are full of pot holes and the driver seemed to have his hand firmly glued to the horn lets just say it wasn’t exactly the best nights sleep we’ve ever had.   We’re just glad neither of us are 6 foot plus, the guys on the bus who were had to spend the night with there knees wrapped around their necks.

Our hotel proved to be a real surprise, all mod cons, including a lift, fridge and air-con, plus the surprise added bonus of a view of loads of old planes parked out the back.  Spent our first day relaxing on the beach, very unlike the pair of us to manage to spend a whole day at a beach, but our new chilled out and relaxed demeanors means we’re now world class at lazing around doing very little.  Beach much nicer than the one we visited in Cambodia, although the waves were pretty strong.  I ended up being swept off my feet within 2 minutes and accumulated enough sand to build a sand castle in my bikini.  Horrible sand, huge big chunks rather than fine grains, very bizarre. 

We hoped to arrange to do some snorkeling, but having seen some of the posters in town highlighting the dancing on tables and floating bar of some I was a bit doubtful we’d find a 'proper boat trip’.  Thankfully we then spotted a sign that read ‘Proper snorkeling trip, no floating bar, no DJ, no drinking games, no large group’ Sounds like the very one for us.  A full day, visiting 3 islands, huge seafood lunch, feast of fruit (which of course Kev turned his nose up at) drinking water, snorkel hire and a towel came in at just over 10.  Bargain.

Had a fantastic day, only 15 of us on the boat, us,another English couple Maggie and Graham, a French guy and then several older Australian couples.  It was Kev’s first experience of snorkeling, I guess there not much call for it in Dagenham.  Managed pretty well, Jacques Cousteau eat your heart out.  I had a few wobbles early on, not really sure I’m meant to swim in the sea.  Too many things in there and get freaked every time a bit of seaweed touches me!  Saw some fantastic coral and loads of great fish, including  two really cute little ones that  looked like Chinese Lanterns, one yellow with black spots and the other black with yellow spots.  Sadly haven’t seen any disposable underwater cameras so not able to take any photos. 
Arrived back at our hotel for a shower to find that we’d acquired rather more sun than we’d hoped – with our backs bright red and Kevs head radiating heat like a 5 bar fire.  Perhaps the factor 30 waterproof sunscreen isn’t quite up to its billing.  Strangely suncream is one of the most expensive things we've had to buy on this trip. We've not been anywhere yet where you can pick it up for less than about 8 or 10, and finding it in the first place isn't always easy.  Went out for drinks and dinner with Maggie and Graham from the boat trip.  They’re also in their 30’s and taking an 8 month trip before hopefully emigrating to New Zealand.  Good to know we're to the only mature backpackers on the circuit.  Although we have met others our age and older they have tended to just be on a short holiday rather than an extended trip. turns out that Maggie and Graham were traveling in India at the same time as us, but did the reverse moving from South to North. Probably passed each other on a train sometime in February.
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