We loved Nha Trang! Voted as the 29th most beautiful bay in the world… Funny because after all we’d heard, I don’t think we really expected to love it as much as we did. Lots of people complain that the city is too touristy. Fine, it is a bit touristy (whatever that means anyway! what’s not to like? if you dislike lots of bars and choices of restaurant then go inland.. you’ll soon lose all of that!). We did over 400 km on our motorbikes through the Central Highlands, coming from places like Plie Kan in the middle of nowhere- from one extreme to the other- I know where I’d rather be!!.
Also, everyone we talked to said it was ‘full of Russians’, like that’s a really bad thing (?) well… the Russians seemed nice enough to us: never rowdy and smartly dressed in the evening. They pretty much kept themselves to themselves. In fact, the worst behaviour we witnessed involved a group of British backpackers. They were gross: swearing, shouting that ‘the Russians’ were all rude and miserable, the girls were even worse than the boys. Think Magaluf. Quite honestly it was embarrassing.
We found a really good street food place that quickly became one of our favourites. It was the usual – plastic chairs on a street corner. A lady cooks your food to order right in front of you and it was so yummy! We went back several times.
Our first hotel was the Phu Quy. Read it phonetically: ‘fook-you’ or going on how the staff treat you ‘f*ck-you’ might be more fitting! They really were terrible- either looking at you with a moderate level of disgust or (preferably) ignoring you completely! We’ve been in Vietnam nearly two months and I’m sorry to say but the service is seriously hit or miss. The Phu Quy Hotel was a mess. We checked out and into another guest house for £3.50 a night, and it was perfectly fine.
We spent quite a few days at the Louisiane Brewhouse. It was just over £1 each to rent a sun lounger, then you can use their pool for free. Jamie’s foot was almost completely better now too. We were very happy!
A guy we met at the Brewhouse suggested a couple of good, cheap bars to us. We checked out the Watering Hole that evening and met an English guy named Steve who now lives in Nha Trang. He really looked after us while we were there. One day he took us to see a working temple on a hill that overlooks the city. We rode out through beautiful fields with grazing water buffalo and mountains in the background. Then up this little track to a reservoir where we sat and chilled for awhile. At the temple he showed us how to pray, and taught us the words. It was an amazing experience, very different to the temples you can visit in places like Hoi An. There it feels like nothing more than a tourist trap and everyone is using flash photography and talking loudly- no one covers up or removes their shoes. This place was different. It felt serene and peaceful. A hidden gem.
And we went up this little mountain track to a beautiful river, and a cafe in the thick of the jungle for an ice cold beer. On the ride home we went to Bai Dai beach- to a place owned by some French guys that Steve knew. Very beautiful. We’d never have seen any of this without a local’s knowledge, so thank you again Steve! We feel very privileged to be taken to such wonderfully hidden places . We miss you already!! We had such a good time just chilling too- drinking in the evenings, or just out to watch the football. It was one of those times when you meet someone and right away you just get along. Such a genuinely nice guy x
Unfortunately two of our days were wasted because I got food poisoning. First time so far so I guess I can count myself lucky- and guess what?! It was from a bloody hotdog!
After I’d gotten better Jamie treated me to a posh meal at the Sailing Club. We had a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon and watched the sunset over the ocean. Later we ended up in the Rooftop Bar (Steve’s place) and I had my first B52 shooter! They set it on fire!
On our last night we went to the opening night of Steve’s friend’s bar. We had free steak and CHEESE!! I miss cheese so much- it’s so expensive here…. It was a lovely way to end our time in Nha Trang. We had so much fun there!