Blogs from Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, South Central Coast, Vietnam, Asia - page 2


Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang November 29th 2015

The bus ride from Da Lat to Nha Trang was pleasant. It was 5 hours, there were 5 people on a relatively big bus, and the views were gorgeous. We would through mountains with waterfalls coming within inches of the road. I read my book (The Stand by Stephen King), listened to podcasts, and stared out the window. When we arrived in Nha Trang, it was nightfall, and I walked a few blocks to my hostel where I was enthusiastically greeted by the entire staff! Tintin is my favorite hostel staff member of all time. He spent the whole two days calling me "sista" and going out of his way to be helpful. I got settled into my four-bedroom door (under the bed lockers!!!) and hung out in the lobby for a bit. When Sylvan arrived ... read more
Looking into the valley
Nha Trang
Beach at Nha Trang

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang November 21st 2015

Saturday 21st November 2015 Literally a day of travel. A quick breakfast of pancakes (standard!), followed by a taxi ride to Da Nang station (about 45 mins away) to bored our 1pm train for the 9 hour journey to Nha Trang, arriving at 10pm. Given we'd be travelling all day, we opted for £18pp soft sleepers rather than seats giving us a bit more room to stretch our legs and the option to have a comfy(ish!) nap. Again, I napped for Britain spending most of our 9 hours in a quiet slumber aboard my top bunk waking up in time to see us approach Nha Trang by night. We arrived late and took a taxi straight to our Hotel, Duy Phuoc Hotel, which cost us £3.60 each per night. It was very modest, but was clean ... read more
Observing the rain from the protection of the cafe
Rain clouds parting
Chris being engulfed by a wave

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang July 30th 2015

Day 11 - Nha Trang Well.... It was an interesting overnight bus drive! It was late, but that was to be expected round here! The driver stopped after about 1 hours, which was a bit soon in a twelve hour journey. He was obviously hungry; I saw his full to the edges dinner table! But for us, it was too soon to want to use the loo. We just chilled off the bus for 30 mins. Then all back on, but with an extra hoard of Vietnamese people who all laid in the aisles. I think they got mates rates! They also brought with them the smell of cooking, which in a confined bus space was very sickly! On we went, it got to about 3am; an irate foreign lady stomped down the bus, walking over ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang July 13th 2015

After relaxing by the pool and beach for most of the morning in Quy Nhon, it was time to find our way to the train station. This would be the second leg of our one night stay over in Nah Trang. In true Macdowell form, I had us there 2 hours before check in. It gave us time to find lunch and train supplies. We booked a soft seat ticket this time as the trip to Nah Trang was suppose to be 6 hours. By this stage all of our transport times had blown out 1-2 hours. This trip was no exception. We arrived in Nah Trang just before midnight. Before we came to Nah Trang we were told by locals and travellers it wasn't their favourite place to stop and it full of Russians. Perhaps ... read more
Most luxuries hotel so far
Great views of beach and mountains
Agus does this every day

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang July 1st 2015

Sarah: By the time we reached Nha Trang from Da Lat the heavy rain had stopped and despite it getting on for early evening it was still hot, hot, hot. We had been told our hostel was in walking distance from the bus and so got some walking directions and sweated our way through the streets. What should have been a five minute walk turned into ten after we missed the little alley that we were supposed to go down... Nevertheless, we made it to our hostel to be greeted by a gaggle of Vietnamese ladies who soon plied us with cold towels and water whilst introducing themselves and asking after us and our journey. We had picked this hostel after a couple of separate recommendations, both of them mentioning the loveliness of the ladies. They ... read more
Feast on the boat
Making a splash!
Culture time

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 15th 2015

Time to write the last blog of this little two weeks trip. Our next stop is in will be for three days with their Mum....I'll be 36 hours in Saigon...little business...little shopping....and drinks with friends! And yes, it will be time to go home! Therefore, no blog about Saigon....sorry! So last entry of a trip I should never have done! Let say it was a pretty good one....if only for the amount of fresh spring roll I shared with Leslie. Sad to have to admit it...these two have seriously lost most of their Vietnamese skills. Don't ask me why, I never grasped much of this tough language....they say...if you don't practice, you lose it....sad to see how fast Tiffany has lost a language in which she was fully immersed for a good 9 years! After ... read more
Sunny day from our little suite....
Sorry, not in the office...gone diving!

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang February 21st 2015

Nha Thrang was in our eyes a very commercial Russian holiday destination. The huge resorts laying just in front of the beach made it more a European kind of destination, which gave us the impression to have left Vietnam. But we still enjoyed a lot chilling on the beautiful beach, eating at our local restaurant 'Veranda' and we made from this destination a relaxed two days stay.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 26th 2014

We spent this last week in a town on the coast of Vietnam called Nha Trang. Vietnam is a lovely place full of lovely people. We are heading north today to Hoi An on a sleeper bus.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 3rd 2014

es wird zeit für etwas ausdauersport, also muss markus um halb sechs uhr morgens aus dem bett getrieben werden um in halbwegs kühlen temperaturen den strand entlang zu laufen. das ist ein erlebnis für sich, weil die vietnamesen ihren frühsport lieben und daher zu massen im meer, in eigenen fitnessparks sowie laufend und gi gong praktizierend angetroffen werden können. nach noch ein wenig yoga am strand können wir guten gewissens frühstücken gehen um dann unseren platz vorm meer wieder beanspruchen zu dürfen. man muss sich das so vorstellen: vor uns spielt sich ein theater ab, mit wahnsinnig dicken, stringtanga tragenden russen und russinnen, bier in unmengen wird schon am vormittag vernichtet, dazwischen vietnamesische verkäuferinnen mit schmuck, obst, gebäck und gegrillten langusten. es ist so ein spektakel unter den knallroten sonnenanbetern, ich komme fast nicht zum lesen, ... read more
chillout headquarter

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang April 2nd 2014

der nachtbus…hat prinzipiell seine berechtigung ob der tatsache, dass nicht nur eine hotelübernachtung sondern auch ein urlaubstag im bus eingespart wird. allerdings bringt er auch seine signifikanten nachteile in form von unerhört laut schreienden busfahrern, ständigem gehupe (auch nachts!) und rumpeligen straßen sowie blinden passagieren - die busfahrer nehmen ständig leute von der straße mit, um ihr gehalt aufzubessern. der nachtbus bleibt also ein erlebnis, das uns in diesem fall einen weiteren tag am strand erlaubt, zumal wir fürchterlich müde sind. in nha trang angekommen fallen uns gleich mal die vielen russischen übersetzungen auf. alle speisekarten sind zuerst in russisch, dann erst in englisch übersetzt. der grund dafür liegt auf der hand: gut 90% der touristen sind russen. mir ist das ohnehin lieber als deutsche und franzosen, wie in hoi an. dementsprechend gehen ... read more
7am beach view
oldies treffen
morgen gymnastik

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