Day 309 – Beach day in Nah Trang

We checked into our new hotel for one night and then headed to the beach. The new three days we would be on an easy rider motorbike tour so we decided to take it easy and top up the tan little.

The beach at Nha Trang is good enough for sunbathing, you can have a little dip and swim but it’s not going to register in the top 10 beaches in Asia.

Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach

After hours on the beach we headed back to the hotel packed for the next day and then ate. A very western meal, lemon chicken and rice, while I had fish and chips!

Lemon chicken and rice

Lemon chicken and rice

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

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Day 308 – Nah Trang Snorkelling Trip

7th April, went on our snorkelling tour. About 20 people on our boat. Snorkelled in 3 places. Water was quite cold. Lunch was very good. In the evening we went to book an easy rider tour. John had training to ride his own motorbike. Found a new hotel for tomorrow.

It had been a while since our last dip in the ocean so we were looking forward to the snorkeling trip from Nah Trang. There was about 20 people on the boat and at the time about 4 or 5 boats leaving from the port.

It was far to go and after 30 min boat trip we were at our first of three sites to snorkel at. The gear was good, including the important life jacket however the selection of fish and coral was disappointing compared to what we had seen in Fiji or Thailand. The water was also a little cold to say the least.

The first snorkelling point on the trip from Nha Trang

The first snorkelling point on the trip from Nha Trang

At the second sight the water was really deep which meant all the boy including John started to dive off the top. Some a little more graceful than others.

Top bombing from John from the top of the boat

Top bombing from John from the top of the boat

You could also go diving

You could also go diving

All ready to go

All ready to go

A little too big

A little too big

After the second sight the highlight of the day was the excellent food. Lots of different dishes and all prepared in a tiny kitchen on the boat. John was pretty hungry as you can see. It was also fun to see the Russians on the boat who cracked out a box of wine to drink. This was at 11:30.

John first to the lunch, what a spread it was

John first to the lunch, what a spread it was

In the evening we headed out to look for a motorbike tour. Nah Trang is a common starting place for motorbike tours up to Delat a city in the mountains inland. From there you head to the each town of Moi Ne to end the journey.

We had known about this trip for a while and thought with guides it would be safe. It would also be an option to visit my mum’s home village Song Mao which was near to Moi Ne. We found a tourist office that conducted tours and after some haggling we were booked on a tour. We would go for two nights and on the last day visit Song Mao to see relatives and where my mum grew up. It was going to be a real adventure and John would have his own motorbike.

As mentioned in the past on this blog were weren’t too keen on the whole motorbike thing after seeing many backpackers in Thailand showing the scars of accidents. John is a confident driver and cyclist but never been on a motorbike. The place we’re hired bikes from pursued him and 10 mins later he was down at a football ground practicing. After breaking his flip-flops, burning his calf on the exhaust he was riding around shifting gear around the town.

A little nervous we headed to find another hotel for the next day, the backpackers was proving too noisy and then headed for an evening meal.

Our evening meal

Our evening meal

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Day 307 – Arriving in Nha Trang

6th April, we arrived in Nha Trang really early at 5am. The bus trip from Hoi An was around 11 hours and not that comfortable. As such when we were told we couldn’t check in at the hostel till 12 John wasn’t best pleased.

We were staying at the Backpackers house which was ok ish, not one of the better backpackers locations. While we waited for the room to be ready John sat round the corner drinking coffee and tea chatting to the locals.  However there was only so many coffee’s he could handle so we headed to the beach for a kip.

The beach at Nha Trang

The beach at Nha Trang

Another Banh Mi

Another Banh Mi

We grabbed another Banh Mi for lunch and then looked to book a tour for snorkelling the next day. The snorkelling trips nearby were meant to be ok, nothing spectacular compared to Thailand but cheap and food was included.

Booked in we had a nap in the afternoon. In the evening we headed out for drinks and then a local seafood hotpot for dinner.

More cheap beer

More cheap beer

The local seafood hotpot

The local seafood hotpot

A sweaty John eating away

A sweaty John eating away

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Day 306 – Last day in Hoi An

Our last day in Hoi An and we started the day with another Banh Mi.

We had a couple of tasks, first paying and picking up the custom-made coat and dress. Picked up we then send some of them in the post back to England, which was a little expensive but not so that it made getting the clothes made too expensive.

We then headed to grab a coffee, something that John was slowly getting addicted to. Strong coffee with sweet condensed milk.

Vietnamese strong coffee with sweet condensed milk.

Vietnamese strong coffee with sweet condensed milk.

We then headed down to the river to read …. and more importantly more sugar cane drink.

View by the river

View by the river

Relaxation time

Relaxation time

We packed up our stuff and then back on the overnight bus further south to Nha Trang.

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Day 305 – Tourist day in Hoi An

A tourist day in town so we decided to fit as much in as possible. To get started we had a Banh Mi sandwich. Only 15k and it’s a taste sensation – first of many.

To visit the many tourist sites in the town you need to buy a ticket which gives you admission for a couple of days.

We started in the Chinese assembly hall and the iconic covered Japanese bridge. Walking around also gave us a chance to buy some snacking including fresh pineapple and rambutan.

Chinese assembly hall

Chinese assembly hall

Really fresh rambutans

Really fresh rambutan

One of the many small alleyways in Hoi An

One of the many small alleyways in Hoi An

We then visited an old house which had been opened as museum, in the very back was a pottery section with a couple of people making items for sale. Straightaway they grabbed John who was then put to work making objects.

His handing being twice the size of the ladies it wasn’t too easy for him however he ended up with a sellable item, with a lot of help from one of the potters.

We ended up buying two little dishes which could be used as dipping dishes….

Old style bedroom in the museum house

Old style bedroom in the museum house

Spot the tourist

Spot the tourist

Outside of the old house

Outside of the old house

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple

Lanterns ready for the night celebrations

Lanterns ready for the night celebrations

John at the potting wheel, with a little help

John at the potting wheel, with a little help

After the potting we headed to the front of the house where there was a little stage and seating area for a show. A band turned up along with some performers. It’s wasn’t really to our taste, however you could get the gist of the story. Something I think my mum would like.

The band, ready to play

The band, ready to play

With the tourist part over we then headed to the river for refreshing sugar cane drink and pork buns. They were amazing, with pork and quail eggs!

Sugar cane drink and pork buns!! So happy

Sugar cane drink and pork buns!! So happy

In the evening we headed back to the river again to eat. This time sampling fried wanton and chicken rice.

It was Ching Ming festival so the whole town were burning fake money outside their houses. Down by the river they were letting floating candles go down the river, very picturesque.

Down by the Japanese bridge for Ching Ming festival

Down by the Japanese bridge for Ching Ming festival

Some of the many lanterns being prepared for Ching Ming festival

Some of the many lanterns being prepared for Ching Ming festival

Evening boat tour

Evening boat tour

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My lantern

John letting his lantern go

John letting his lantern go

As well as all the burning there were loads of comedic street games. They were really funny, however the funniest part was the reaction of the people watching.

One of the many street games

One of the many street games

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