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Buddha at the Long Son pagoda

Woke to torrential rain this morning so since we didn't have to check out till midday we decided to rest in bed reading until about 11am hoping for the rain to tail off. When it didn't we finally braved it and set out into town. Nha Trang is a coastal town which accounts for it's tourist influx and it's been a popular destination for holidaying Vietnamese for a long time also. Boats to the 4 nearby islands go daily, as do diving tours, and the beach is usually a good place to grab a cheap massage. Sadly because of the pouring rain, sight-seeing and basking were a little damp and grey, so we headed to Guava for breakfast and spent a couple of hours over lunch (breaded chicken and fries) watching Superbad on the TV waiting for the rain to stop. Finally we could resist the rain no longer and set out to see the 3 things we especially wanted to see. We seemed to walk for miles, got lost, got given dodgy directions, but we perservered and eventually made it to the Long Son Pagoda (the Lonely Planet map is incorrect) and the Giant Seated Buddha (where we were ripped off for postcards), before making our way to the Long Tranh Gallery.

Nha Trang beach
Long Tranh is one of Nha Trang's most famous photographers, and according to The Book 'his striking, luminous black-and-white images capture the essence of Vietnam'. We concur, though Zoe felt some of his shots were too contrived. I thought they were beautiful though, and we were lucky the gentleman himself was at the gallery to recieve us. Amusingly however, he insisted we look through one of his friend's published photos though when a copy arrived by courier to the gallery, rather than his own....

 

We just had time for a quick fried rice dinner at the Banana Split cafe before rushing back to the hotel to catch the sleeper bus to Hoi An at 6.30pm. We have heard mixed reviews of the sleeper bus but had duly paid up for a bed rather than an overnight seat. We were surprised and amused by the bus that turned up, with 5 rows of beds back, 3 across the width of the bus and one up, one down. It reminded us both a bit of Harry Potter actually.

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Buddha at the Long Son pagoda
Buddha at the Long Son pagoda
Nha Trang beach
Nha Trang beach
Sleeper bus
Sleeper bus
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85