Candid Nha Trang
Well, I have left Nha Trang. Did I like it there? Not really. I found it to be kind of like the Gold Coast, but grubbier. If that is possible. It has a certain feeling of emptiness to it. Created by an esplanade overgrown with monolithic hotels, creating long expanses of nothingness which you need to trek through for days before finding anything of interest. And not the good kind of trekking.
Interesting activities, perhaps? Well, I watched a Russian man valiantly try to wrestle a Vietnamese lady off her scooter. Something has got to be good about it. The beach? You need to pay to sit on the beach chairs, or get yelled at for trying to use a toilet labelled “free restroom”. Stop being cynical; well, I had a lovely day, really, getting out of Nha Trang and visiting the country side north of the city by scooter. I went swimming in a three-tier waterfall called Ba Ho Waterfalls with a couple of Swedish backpackers. The locals too, are kind, if you smile at them genuinely, warmly, then their hard outer shell, toughened through years of working in the tourism industry, melts away. The manager for my guest house was truly kind, the kind of kind that makes you feel appreciated and questions oneself of being. Lot’s of “kind” in that sentence, oh well. In Thailand the people are truly and unconditionally friendly. Sincere friendliness which surprises you with delight. On face value, the Vietnamese don’t appear to be this way. However, don’t be fooled by first impressions. The Vietnamese are a very friendly people, just as much as Thai people, but tougher. You need to work a little harder to see their kindness, but it’s there. Just smile at them. Often I am ashamed that they are surprised when I try to be polite and friendly to them. Do other travellers not treat them with similar respect? I mean, it is their country after all. I guess I am easily annoyed at other travellers not treating Australia with respect when they visit my home.
So, would I recommend Nha Trang to someone considering paying a visit? Probably not. I think that there are more interesting, more beautiful, less touristic, as the Europeans like to say, places to visit in Vietnam. Unless you like twenty story hotels right on a 6km beach with breaking waves, paddle boards, and kite surfing. I suppose if you’re a person that likes places such as the Gold Coast, but with Asian street food and fantastic massages then you may like it. But if you’d rather avoid unapologetic tourism, then enjoy the views from your train for a while longer, and let Nha Trang pass by.
Thanks for reading. Sorry for being so cynical, sometimes it just comes out, you know? Regardless, I don’t want to be the kind of travel writer that puts an artificial, positive spin on everything I see. The world’s not like that, I want to write only my honest opinions. Anyway, subscribe if you wish to read about my future (hopefully less cynical) travels. Thanks!