I took the night bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, leaving at about 8.30pm and arriving around 7am the following morning. Being small I thought the sleeping seats were kind of comfortable but the way the bus driver was driving took away most of the comfort…
I met two of the Canadians from the night before again on the bus and one of them turned out to be my saviour. When we all got out of the bus I suddenly realized my phone was missing. I had put it in my pants’ pocket before getting off the bus and stepping onto the street immediately about 10 Vietnamese approached us offering their taxi services. They got pretty close so I assumed they must have stolen it, having heard tons of stories from other backpackers who got pickpocketed exactly that way… They told me I should go look again on the bus but I couldn’t find it. So one of the Canadians went on the bus as well to have a look and tadaa he found it. That totally saved me! I cannot remember the last time I felt so thankful. 🙂
After checking into the Hostel (True Friends Inn) and sleeping another 2-3 hours I went to the beach to lie in the sun and just relax. It was a very nice me-day, listening to music, napping by the sea, taking a swim and watching the Russians sun-bathing. They don’t lie down like any other people normally do but they stand in the sun, oustretching their arms to both sides and well, they just stand there and don’t move. They may turn around to tan the other side of themselves and put their hands on the hips for a short rest but that’s it. Absolutely hilarious!
But there weren’t just Russians at the beach, Russians are everywhere in the city and the signs on restaurants and travel agencies are often only Vietnamese and Russian, no English. I was handed a Russian menu in one of the restaurants as well and when I asked for an English one they had to search one…
In the evening I joined the Canadians and loads of other people from their hostel for dinner and some drinks/party at the Why Not Bar. Besides the Sailing Club on the beach it’s like THE place to go at night in Nha Trang – if more people were here. Since it’s low season both were not very full. We had some drinks before going out, getting some gin and tonic water and ginger ale for about 10 Euros total. Incredibly cheap and we paid the price the next morning. Hangover yeehaa… 😀
I slept in before going out for lunch and doing a sort of private tour to the waterfall with the Canadians. We had to treck quite a bit through some forest before climbing loads of stones to arrive at the waterfall. It was really nice with a lot of locals jumping in the water from one of the higher rocks. I didn’t jump into the water but in the end I joined climbing the rocks up higher for an amazing view on the top. I’m so proud that I went up there! 🙂
Tonight, I’ll be going to bed early as we leave 6.50am for diving already. It’s damn early but it’s gotta be worth it since Jacque-Yves Cousteau fell in love with the underwater world right here… 🙂