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Candid thoughts on travelling to Nha Trang Vietnam

Written by Joshua Fuglsang on .

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The waterfront and sky line of Nha Trang
The waterfront and sky line of Nha Trang - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

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.

Beach chairs on Nha Trang beach, 40,000 dong please!
Beach chairs on Nha Trang beach, 40,000 dong please! - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

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.

Entrance to Ba Ho
En­trance to Ba Ho - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

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.

Fin!

The rental scooter which I took to Ba Ho
The rental scoot­er which I took to Ba Ho - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

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!

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Here you will find articles on an ambitious plan to travel from Singapore to Morocco overland, i.e. without flying.

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