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Nha Trang

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The journey to Nha Trang was another six hours up the coast - I'm definitely getting used to the road trips again by now! So far we've both done at least 24 hours on the bus and there will be plenty more to go in Asia, nevermind the three weeks touring New Zealand. We had read that Nha Trang was the 'party city' of Vietnam and would compare with the likes of the Canary Islands, Phuket in Thailand or even Surfers Paradise in Oz. This was definitely exagerated by other people we had met on the way up - apart from one good club there aren't many options here in terms of the nightlife. It's a city come beach town with a very long beach strip near the centre. Similar to Mui Ne, I was happy to visit any place that was different to the madness of Ho Chi Minh/Phnom Penh/Bangkok.

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We arrived late on Thursday evening so we just spent the night having a quick wander around and getting dinner in a nearby restaurant. The next day we were up early for a tour of the nearby islands. This was a 6 dollar trip and I suppose you got what you paid for - the highlight being a dead coral reef I had the 'pleasure' of snorkelling around! You can see a pic of me as a 'fashionista' in the water below... I also managed to cut my finger off one of the rocks which I wasn't too thrilled about. Any additional sights such as the acquarium and one of the main islands had to be paid for seperately, but weren't that expensive.

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However we did have a fun day and managed to entertain ourselves...

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In fairness to the tour guides they did go all out to look after us providing a nice lunch, music entertainment (which included 'Molly Malone' being sung just for me) and the staff generally being silly...

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That night we headed out on the town. I ordered a four dollar cocktail in a coconut but you've no idea how strong it actually was. The staff found it funny when I had to ask them to take it back and water it down with more orange juice so that I could actually drink the thing. Any of you reading this who know me well will know it must have been pretty bad in order for me to do this!

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We ended up at the main party beach club called the Sailing Group which was full of Western travellers. One major annoyance about this place are Vietnamese women posing as prostitues who are in fact trying to rob you. They will come up in groups offering all sorts and then start touching you. I had to push them away and get quite angry before they'd take the hint. They don't seem to have any fear in them so the best policy in this case is to run! If you ever visit this place make sure you never venture out at night alone, and bring as little cash as possible.

I woke up the next day not feeling the best - my chest felt a bit clogged up. Carly tells me it's similar to her symptoms in relation to the cold she is still shaking off since Cambodia. Hopefully it's not the same one. Therefore Saturday and Sunday were spent chilling out by the beach reading my book and listening to music. I had intended on doing a scuba dive here but didn't wat to risk it as the water is very cold. I'll wait until I get to Southern Thailand at the end of February to do this.

Today I visited 'Vinpearl Land' - aka the Vietnamese equivalent of Disney World. It was certainly no Disney or Universal but it did entertain for a few hours. You pay a set fee and that includes the cable car ride over to the island and full access to every ride in the theme/water park. It's geared more towards children and families. The best part for me was the arcade - every game was free of charge! I happily spent well over an hour playing the likes of Street Fighter and Time Crisis.

[It's not Hollywood, it's....]

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FYI I'm unable to upload any pictures to Facebook at the moment as the main address is blocked in Vietnam (damn censorship). However I can get around this by going into another address but it won't let me add any new photos. It looks like I'll have to wait until Laos to do this. In a couple of hours we get a 6pm overnight sleeper bus to Hoi An - a nice twelve hour journey to look forward too!

Posted by mattld 01:43 Archived in Vietnam

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