Toms birthday! 22! Getting old now! After leaving hoi an, we decided to get a bus to a place called quiy non... and somehow successfully made it in one piece after some seriously dangerous driving and a nearly head on collision with a truck on the motorway. Vietnamese roads are not for the faint hearted! After scouting out a room in qui non, we explored the town. A totally untouristy town off the beaten track surruonded by large hills and a 6km beautiful crescent beach. At night the sea was dotted with thousands upon thousands of lights from the shrimping farms out at sea. For toms birhday dinner we went to a cool little street restaurant, and spent about half and hour trying to order some kind of food! Literally noone speaks any English here and vietnamese is very difficult to speak due to the fact for every word there is 6 ways of saying it and they all mean different things! We finally devoured several bowls of quails eggs, and spring rolls you have to make yourself! will and liam also came to meet us late that evening.
Next day we had a big explore around the city. Some temples and had a laugh messing about with a football on the beach. Some better food in the evening- nice fresh seafood (although toms was definately dodgy). Bus to na trang early the next morning.
Na trang is vietnams most popular beach escape.. and you can see why! Miles of golden sand and also a pretty nice city centre with lots of restaurants, shops etc. We'll admit we went to KFC a couple of times and it was amazing! We spent a large part of the day scouting out fancy dress for Toms birthday treat ... and somehow the theme was dresses. So all 4 of us boys hit a grimy bar wearing dresses and looking exactly like 'ladies'.. wigs and all! A horrendous sight!
The next day we had a lovely beach day- who couldnt when the beach is so amazing! Absolutely sweltering here though! Good night having a few drinks with the guys again in the evening. Before a really early start snorkelling in the morning. In the morning we took a boat across to what turned out to be some beautiful islands a couple of miles from the mainland. Here we got to jump off the boat and do several hours snorkelling- checking out the amazing coral and mixture of brightly coloured fish in the suprisingly warm sea. After a lovely day we headed back to na trang before treating ourselves to a slightly more expensive dinner than normal. Unfortunately quite disappointing!
On our last day in Nha Trang we organised a serious man date. We started off by renting some bikes to cycle across town to the famous Ban Thap Spa. Here, for a 5er you get all day access to the mud baths, mineral pools and swimming facilities. Fair to say we were happy as pigs in s*** whilst in the mud baths. Hopped on a bus later on and got ourselves to Muine.
We arrived very early on the morning of the 17th into Muine. This places is supposedly famous for its amazing beaches, which is why we thought we would drop in for the day on the way to Saigon. Unfortunately the beaches here are average at best - they're all sectioned up by the large expensive hotels which claim the best parts and charge a premium to sit there. The highlight was definitely a roumd of mini golf on a proper posh little course before our bus to Saigon (Ho Chi Mhin) left at 1am.
The next stop on our tour of vietnam was ho chi minh city! Ho chi minh in our eyes was a fantastic place. Hanoi may be the administrative capital but ho chi minh is the capital for everything else, whether its development, good food, or variety of amenities and leisure activities. Much more like a western city here in thst it is very clean and the streets are quite organised. Saying that.... you do nearly die every time you try to cross the road!