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Published: March 5th 2014
Our two days at the beach were planned as relaxation time as we knew the other days in cities would be hectic.
Woke to a view of the sea through the bedroom window and the sun was streaming in.
We had a leisurely breakfast and then took a stroll along the rather superb, wide promenade which runs right along the seafront through the town. Not many people out on the street at this time as really, as we discovered, it was a little bit too hot for walking in the open, full sun.
Back to the hotel to change into swim wear and we went down to the beach to find a sunbed.
Our hotel has a designated little stretch of “private” beach which basically means the sunbeds in that area are free to Novotel guests. By that I mean free as in no-charge as there were non free as in unoccupied.
We opted for chargeable ones on the next stretch of beach along as the fee was a pittance. We did discover later that it is only in the mornings that the sunbeds get full and there are usually plenty in the afternoon.
And so we did not a lot for the rest of the day. We swam in the sea several times as it was lovely. This was actually a little bit of a challenge as the beach shelved steeply after a couple of yards into the water and you just sort of fell in. Bob laughed his head off at me as a big wave came over my head but I got my own back later when he fell flat on his face into the water. What a picture, but camera not to hand. Actually it was even harder getting out of the water as it’s very difficult to climb up soft steep sandy slopes while under attack from frothy waves.
The sea was surprisingly rather rough and the waves could catch unawares and go over your head if you forgot to jump them. Think it must have been quite windy but we didn’t realise.
I coated myself with suntan lotion several times and spent most of the afternoon in the shade of the large umbrella but the sun managed to sneak in and catch a few spots - which took 3 days and plenty
of green aloe vera slime to calm down completely. Bob of course, as usual, said he was fine until I noted the back of his shoulders, which he had thought were in the shade of the umbrella, were not. He needed rather a lot of green slime later that night.
We were surprised at night that nice restaurants were not as easy to find as we had expected after our experiences in Hanoi and Hue. Main thing we noticed was that nearly all of them had Russian on their signs and the menus were in Russian as well as Vietnamese and English. We did come to the conclusion that Nha Trang is a bit of a Russian enclave and estimated that the Russians made up more than 50% of all the tourists with the rest, mainly French, Australian and English in the minority. It also probably accounts for the slightly odd gift shops which were really not as classy as we had found in Hanoi and Hue. Nearly all had a section of drink and coffee which seemed out of place in a clothes or handbag shop ! We have become accustomed to European influences in the shops
and that doesn’t seem to apply quite as much here. A shame as the shops are definitely not as appealing as I had expected and I was not tempted to browse.
We found a restaurant on the seafront promenade which looked fine but were disappointed with the menu which was really limited having only about 25 entries in all which included the rice and noodle options. When it came to desert there were only 3 choices, one of which was ice-cream. I opted for pineapple and sour cream (definite Russian influence in that dish) but there was none left !
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