Friday, June 30, 2017

Nha Trang: Birthdays & Banh Mi on the Beach

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
Disney-esque, right?
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

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