30.05.2011 - 31.05.2011 31 °C
Well, we have reached our 8th day on the Vietnam Adventure tour and have now arrived in Nha Trang. The two days we will be spending here will be very relaxing and will include a lot of sun and sandy beaches. Nha Trang is a huge beach destination with a very lively restaurant culture and nightlife.
During our first day here in Nha Trang Melissa and I (Ashley) decided to try out the kite surfing. Wow, was that ever an experience! The people who are able to stay up for longer than 30 seconds must be in immaculate physical condition because it sure takes a lot of strength to balance on the board, catch some wind and manage to stay in an upright position the whole time. My hat’s off to all of the physically able people who can kite surf well! After our quick lesson in kite surfing we were still having a hard time mastering the techniques of the board. Of course, as Murphy’s Law goes, we were just getting the hang of it when our lesson was over.
While Melissa and I were off getting our butts kicked by the kite surfing, Sara and Candace went on a more exploratory adventure: scuba diving!
Candace and Sara here! Scuba diving was absolutely amazing! You really missed out Melissa and Ashley! We bought some underwater disposable cameras before we left Canada, hoping to catch some great underwater shots.
Dive Vietnam gave us some great lessons before we were off doing some shallow water dives. Once we got the hang of what we were doing we saw some amazing underwater plants and creatures. The Lionfish were huge here and words cannot describe how amazing it was to see a Cuttlefish right in front of me in the Rainbow Reef. See for yourself!
While we had supper at our hotel we found out about a great bar. It’s called Crazy Kim Bar & Restaurant. Who could pass up a chance to have a bit of fun at a place called “Crazy Kim”. Kim, the owner, is Vietnamese but formerly lived in Canada. During the day her bar/restaurant also serves as a school to teach the local children the English language. She is determined to help keep the children from falling prey to pedophilia.
Thanks to the American soldiers looking for some R&R in the bars and brothels during the Vietnam War, child sex tourism has skyrocketed and frankly, it’s a disgrace to know that people from all over (Australia, France, England, Canada – arrested Christopher Neil – and many others) are partaking in this horrible crime against humanity. It was great to learn that locals are trying to do what they can to prevent such things from happening. Back on topic… a great time was had by all!
After our adventurous first day we voted for some much needed rest and relaxation on the beach. We decided to try out the infamous Thap Ba Hot Springs Center that other Vietnam bloggers have raved about. The mud bath was unbelievable! Afterwards we needed to cool off a bit and the only way to do that is to get out of the pools! We let the mud dry and crack on us; it felt really weird! The hot mineral springs shower rinsed the baked on mud just fine though. The hot pools kept us for a bit longer until we finally had to get on the train to our next stop. So long to the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang and hello to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City!