We saved ourselves from an 10 hour bus or train ride to from Ho Chi Minh city to Nha Trang, and instead caught a £20 flight that lasted only an hour. Well worth the extra pennies. When we landed, the captain announced the outside temperature was 36 degrees - probably time to change out of my trousers then!
We were taken to our hotel, and after a quick freshen up we were off out to see a new side of Vietnam. Compared to HCMC, Nha Trang is somewhat peaceful! It turns out that it is a big tourist destination for Russians, and many people assumed because we were white, we must be Russian and starting chatting away to us in Russian. That afternoon we wandered along the seafront. Perfect white sandy beaches and people drinking with a straw from coconuts pretty much sums it up. Too hot for us, we explored the food court. After an interesting supermarket experience where you had to check in your bag before you can enter, we spent the evening relaxing in a spa. First a back massage and then manicure. Very enjoyable and a bargain at only £10. When we left they presented us with a free yogurt - aloe vera flavoured, so tasted like I was eating my vasoline!
The spa theme continued the next day with a visit to a mud and mineral water baths. I've never had a mud bath before and I expected more of a thick texture, but actually it felt like what I assume it would feel like to sit in a bowl of warm melted chocolate. It didn't taste like that though as Kate discovered. That night we discovered our favourite restaurant of the trip so far. It was called Yen's and was so good we went back the following day.
On our last day on Nha Trang we decided to give a Vietnamese theme park a go. It only cost about £7 to go. It was accessed by cable car as it is located on one of the islands. Apparently it's the longest cable car of a body of water in the world. Now there's a claim to fame. The park was bizarre. Half was a theme park with a rickety rollarcoaster which we risked our lives on twice, and a few other rides, half was a waterpark which was great to cool down in, and there was also an aquarium and a dolphin show (which we gave a miss) in there too. It was almost eerily quiet there especially compared to the madness and insanely long queues one would expect from a UK themepark. Instead of you waiting to go on the rides it was like the rides where waiting for you. Overall a very enjoyable, yet a little bizarre day out. Unfortunately we missed the mermaid show, it will have to remain a mystery to me as to what that involves!