STOP 2 | Day 6 |
To get to our next stop, Nha Trang – a beach town south of Hoi An – J decided we would take a sleeper train from Da Nang to Nha Trang (12 hour train ride). J would describe the experience as a private sleeper with air conditioning and free water. A would describe the experience as bunk beds with sporadic air flow and a roach (to be generous A assumes it was the same roach spotted multiple times, and we won’t get into explaining the bathroom situation…). Let’s just say it was an “experience”, in hindsight A was thankful that our hotel did not make the mistake of booking us in separate compartments as they did with a German couple we met and that we ended up having the four person sleeper to ourselves, unlike the other couple who had six people in hers (apparently you can fit as many kids under 12 as you want on one bed)!
We did not have much planned for Nha Trang, aside from enjoying the beach and food (of course). Nha Trang is a popular resort destination for Russian vacationers, however off the main strip along the beach there are tons of local, “hole in the wall” eats. For lunch we had Nem Nuong (grilled pork sausage), at Nem Nuong Vu Thanh An . This dish can be found throughout Vietnam but a specialty in Nha Trang. The dish is served with a platter of grilled pork sausage, lettuce leaves, rice paper, fresh herbs, chilies and garlic, you make your own wrap and dip the roll into the sweet-spicy fish sauce. After lunch we wandered a bit through Dam Market (two floors packed with stalls selling various clothes, shoes, handbags, glasses etc.) and walked along Tran Phu Beach. Most of the hotels along the strip offer beach chairs out front which you can use if you pay the attendant (we spent about $4USD for chairs and towels from the Sunrise Beach Hotel & Spa). Given we were in a coastal town, seafood was on the agenda for dinner that evening, we found a small sidewalk restaurant called, Quán Ốc Xuân Anh . The servers spoke limited English so we ended up pointing and letting them recommend dishes for us to try. Overall we had a great seafood meal for only $13USD!
J wisely decided that we would fly to our next stop, Ho Chi Minh City.