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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Cai River and Tran Phu Bridge At Sunset, Nha Trang, Vietnam

After a ten-hour, over night bus journey, Harmony and I found ourselves in Nha Trang at 4:30am. We had no clue what to do. An obvious place to go first was our hostel, but it was closed... Our only other option was the beach!

Nha Trang is Vietnam's very own seaside resort. It’s also a fairly large metropolis, with huge hotels dominating the skyline. Whilst walking from the bus stop that morning, it was clear to see how much this city has benefitted from tourism. Throughout the trip, we had constantly heard about what a hit it is with Russians as it’s only a short plane ride away. This was clear to see, with most menus and signs also written out with the Russian alphabet.

Anyway, we walked a matter of metres from the hostel to the beach. It stretches the full length of the city with palm trees, deck chairs and thatched umbrellas also running parallel. There was next to no rubbish amongst the golden sand and the sun was rising over Hon Tre Island. Thankfully, our hostel was quite a distance from the main area of town as we could see that it was already very busy at the other end of the beach. Where we sat, no more than thirty people walked past and only a few were in the sea. It only seemed right that we took a dip! We padlocked our bags together, stripped down to our underwear and ran towards the ocean. I wouldn't call it refreshing because of how warm it felt, but it was still a great way to start the day! Aside from the many, MANY flies, everything about this place was amazing.

By this time, the hostel still wasn't open. So, it was time for breakfast. The first cafe we came to seemed decent and affordable. We ordered coffee and some food, and out came a somewhat uncooked omelette even though we asked for fried egg... Ah well, we took the risk to satisfy our serious hunger.

Finally, our hostel opened at 7am and our room was ready by 8am. The room was actually pretty nice. It had a good view, ensuite bathroom and a big bed. We quickly showered and headed back to the beach whilst the weather was nice. The temperature was upwards of 32 degrees, there was no wind and very little cloud. The beach was littered with golden holidaymakers - it was like a postcard, or an advertisement on a billboard.

We spent hours swimming in the water and lounging on our wooden deck chairs in a VIP area. Next to our chairs was an orange flag that we could wave in the air for a waiter to come over. Though, we didn't actually make use of it. This type of service cost 100,000 Vietnamese Dong per chair for the day and included towels. We later found out that we could've spent only 30,000 Vietnamese Dong per chair for the day and missed out on some of the luxury, but the difference was only a mere £2.50 each anyway.