Binh Chau Hot Springs
Vung Tau Travel Blog› entry 17 of 22 › view all entries
September 12th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
We didn't do a great job of getting up early, and then of course we had to have breakfast. It turns out that in contrast to my slightly manic style of travelling in Europe, where I am normally alone, travelling with someone made me a lot more relaxed about Having To See Everything Right Now. So it was reasonably late morning when we managed to flag down a couple of motorbike taxis and go to the hydrofoil port. he hydrofoil journey was great, and actually, one of the highlights of my trip.
Once we got to Va Tau, we found a motorbike rental place wiht the help of a motorbike taxi guy, and Iain drove whilst I hung on the back. I realised fairly early on that the helmet was, not to put too fine a point on it, mostly decorative. Iain realised fairly early on that we could get the motorscooter up to 80k. This was probably not a good mix, but I was having far too much fun taking blurry photos of the landscape and eeking every time we hit a bump to pay much attention to the mostly decorative hat.
We had intended a day trip, but realised that there wasn't enough time. Luckily, the hot springs had a room left. Feeling distinctly dusty and sadle sore, especially compared to all the other guests, I was glad to get into the room and settle in. It was about then that I realised I had left my bikini behind, but luckily, there was a shop where I could buy one. By this point I had also acquired some genuinely nasty sunburn. Given the social stigma attached to sunburn in Vietnam, I am sure that I must have looked an absolute mess. I was glad to get into the hot spring to sort myself out, and at least look as wet as everyone else.
The resort was quite quiet because of the rainy season, and most of the other guests were vietnamese, including a sort of very loud team building group who were playing silly games. I felt a little sorry for them havng to team build in the rain, but they all looked like they were having fun anyway.
the hot springs were wonderful. Iain and I spent the rest of the day soaking, having a massage (I don't speak Vietamese, but I am sure that the masseuse was condoling me for the sunburn at one point!) and eating some very good tamarind fish broth. Dinner was noisy, because of the team building group having a disco. We were both worried about how we were going to get any sleep, but they had the disco before dner and were all quiet by ten pm.
The next morning we swam until we had to leave and then headed back, in land rather than along the coast. I tried to take a picture of the giant Christ on the hill and failed. We had lunch in a little tiny place which doubled as a family's front room, adn where the lady who ran it had to keep telling us what things were and how to eat them. it was great.
Getting back to Van Tau, we returned the motorbike and tried to book a hydrofoil back. Unfortunately, they were all full because it was the weekend. Tthe only way home was an incredibly tedious five or six hour trip in a mini bus, that was designed as a 15 seater and ended up with 23 people on it. By the time we got back the sky had opened again, adn the roads were nearly impassable.
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