After Saigon, we headed north for a couple of days at Nha Trang, a beach town near Vietnam's midpoint. The beach was a nice breather after the urban intensity of Saigon. We also celebrated two birthdays there, Lachlan's 11th and Scott's slightly more than 11th.
Nha Trang is an interesting spot in that it attracts hordes of Russian tourists. Russia isn't particularly close, but apparently a longstanding Russian naval base in Nha Trang led to return visits from Russian sailors, which led to Russians vacationing there, local Russian-speaking tour companies, and a daily direct flight from Moscow.
|just a street-side barbershop|
|the cheerful ma who made our birthday banh mi sandwiches. delicious.|
For Lach's birthday, we spent the day at VinPearl Land, an island resort across the bay from Nha Trang. It was basically Vietnam's Disney World. Huge, clean and with shorter lines.
|gondola car from Nha Trang to Vinpearl Island|
|all signs were in Vietnamese, Chinese, English and Russian|
|winding down the day|
|boarding the ferry back to Nha Trang after a full day of Vinpearling|
Next stop: Hoi An, which is a 10 hour drive North. For that trip we booked seats on the VIP night bus--an experience in itself.
|on the way to the bus station|
|hanging at the SingTourist bus station before boarding the night bus|
|Lach found the night bus dimensions just right|
|Finley, who's up to about 6'2, was a bit cramped|
|double decks of sleeper-recliners|