Nha Trang 28th and 29th of December
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We ran the familiar gauntlet of touts on mopeds all wanting to take us to the best and cheapest hotel in town or offering to take us to our hotel but then they will actually take you to the one where they earn commission!! Not exactly what you need at six in the morning after an overnight bus!! Not only that but the dodgy tour company we had booked through dropped us outside their sponsored hotel rather than their travel office as they were supposed to which meant we had a nice mile or so walk with our packs on. Sometimes we wonder why we love Vietnam so much, we just can't help ourselves, we do!!
We headed for the main tourist hotspot in Nha Trang which is centered around a road called Biet Thu.
We settled on a hotel which seems to have two names, it's either Hoan My Hotel or Phuong Ngoc Cu Hotel. If its good enough for New York then I don't see why our hotel can't be named twice too. We've got a huge room with a nice balcony and it's clean and the staff are friendly which always counts for more than you'd imagine.
Nha Trang is actually quite a bustling city but the area we are based in is relatively quiet but that really doesn't mean that much in Vietnam as the sound of horns and motorbike engines is a constant backdrop. We took a stroll around and found the entire area seems to have been given over to travel offices, boutiques or restaurants and bars, many of which are quite fancy. After catching up with some sleep we checked out a couple of bars and found a really nice place called Why Not Bar? It has a nice outside seating area as well as an indoor area with some ultra comfy chairs.
The next day we found a book exchange on Biet Thu called Andy's and stocked up on reading material ready for some serious beach time over new year!! We got three books and exchanged one and as part of the deal you are given a voucher for two free coffees at the associated bar around the corner as well as being given a frienship band each to either wear or use as bookmarks. They had a really good book selection too, how good is that? We decided to wear our bands and now feel a fully fledged part of the traveller community. How cool are we?
Internet use here in Nha Trang is only VND5000 for an hour so we did some catching up with emails, blogs and photos before heading off to the supermarket to stock up for our NY trip to Whale Island Resort. The lure of the cheap cocktails and beer was too much to resist so back at Why Not? we got a little merry, eating and drinking too much before returning to our hotel and tucking into the supplies we'd bought for our trip!! Oh well!