Nha Trang Travel Blog› entry 9 of 20 › view all entries
We got to Nha Trang from Saigon by Train, arriving in the evening. The train journey was a bit interesting as we accidentally booked a hard sleeper train for a 6 hour journey taking place during the day. There are three berths in a sleeper, all stacked on one another so if someone is above you, you can't move the bed so you can sit up! And when they say hard sleeper, they mean hard. So we shared our broom cupboard with a whole Vietnamese family, mum, dad, grandpa, grandma and two gorgeous little boys. They were a really great family, but having to lie down or stoop for the whole way wasn't that pleasant. At least now we know we should either book a seat, or a soft sleeper!
The hostel we're staying at (backpackers house) is excellent, with a great fun bar attached.
In the evening we had a great night out with the staff at the hostel and some other folk, they kept on buying us free drinks (what's a girl to do!) and there was also a band on. I talked to this one guy called Win, who claimed to be on the Top Gear special in Vietnam, wearing a striped shirt and drinking a beer - but this remains to be seen! To cut a long story short we were very very very hungover the next day and managed to crawl out of bed at midday to go for lunch with our room mate Eva, and then a drink (non alcoholic!) at a brewey by the beach. It then started to throw it down with rain (it is now officially wet season here - feel like I'm on holiday in britain!) which meant we had to eat even more food.
The next day we were a bit more active, there was a bit of sun during the day and then rain came again! We decided to go the hot spring baths (located up a scary dirt track) just out of the centre. It was good fun though a bit random, they decided to make the steps leading to and from the baths as slippy as possible (you can't go anywhere in Vietnam without encountering a health hazard) and the hot mud bath was tepid at best. It is supposed to cure all your ills so we'll see!
We went out drinking again with Eva and are other roomate Nalawi, even though we had a train to catch a 5:30am in the morning. It was good fun though and we met a group of guys travelling from London - northerners are quite rare on the travellers circuit!