After a long day of traveling, we finally arrived in Saigon, Vietnam on Wednesday night. In true backpacker fashion, we really had no plans and were hoping we could catch a bus to a beach town called Nha Trang. Not only did we catch a bus, but it was a sleeper bus- probably the best mode of transportation we have taken in our lives. Picture a slumber party on wheels
Around 6:30am, the bus pulled into Nha Trang and we were kind of confused about where we were. We had expected a somewhat quiet beach town and instead found a bustling city. We wouldn't really call it touristy in the American sense but there are a lot of Asians and Russians here. We found a nice hostel, took the cheapest room they had (6th floor, the elevator stopped at 5), and took the time to become best friends with the owner. We wasted no time in heading to the beach which was incredible. Pictures can't even begin to show the different colors of the water (sorry if we're making you jealous all of your north easterners). We had a relaxing day planning out the rest of our week in Nha Trang and spent the night staring at the ocean talking about life while drinking “Vietnamese boxed wine”.
The next morning, we headed over Vinpearl Island on the world's longest cable car (especially when you share the car with 4 hysterical Russians). Vinpearl is an amusement/water park. For those of you who hate waiting in line, lifeguards, or rides that are always open, then this was the place for you. There was basically no one in the park and we could just run up to the slide and go down when we wanted- there was no staff at the top or the bottom of the ride- something in America that would be illegal. We were like 2 kids in a candy store, which means a lot when it comes to Arielle and Sophie.
|Our new Vietnamese friends|
From Nha Trang we took a bus to Mui Ne- a small town on the way back to Saigon. We decided to splurge a little and stay in a nicer hotel with a pool. We saw the most amazing sunset on the beach (seriously, it was a spiritual experience) and spent a lot of time walking along the sand. Pretty much the only thing to do in Mui Ne besides go to the beach is to take a tour of the sand dunes.We went with another couple we met from England and spent the day rolling in the sand and taking pictures of the beautiful sights. Of course we were the only people actually rolling around in the sand which we are still finding in parts of our body.
|The Fairy Stream|
|Sunset over the dunes|
Nicely crisped from the sun, we made our way back to Saigon. We found the cheapest, seediest hostel possible with a friendly, flirty staff that made it worth it. Monday night we painted the town red (aka bought 50 cent beers on the street) and met some really interesting people from all over. Most of the people we have met on our trip have been traveling or plan on traveling for at least 3 months. A lot of them are going for even longer and are traveling alone. Even though we have been away for 5 months, we have only been moving around for 1 and it is tiring!! It's fun but stressful looking for a different place to stay every night, eat every meal out, and have to figure out $. Also the whole traveling alone thing seems a little much for us... hey 1 month later and we haven't even come close to killing each other!!!
|Our last dinner|
After the museum we explored the local market and then headed back to the hostel to pack our bags for the last time. That night we walked to the Chabad of Vietnam for the fastest Megillah reading either of us have ever heard- the mix of Chabad/Israeli is epic. We bumped into an Israeli family we had met at the airport and it made us realize how lucky we are to have met so many interesting people but its hard to know we may not see them again. When the two of us first met in Nepal we went to Chabad for Yom Kippur so it was only fitting to end our trip at Chabad for Purim (ha).
Right now we are sitting in a cafe wasting time until we need to head to the airport. Nepal already seems like it was so long ago but it also feels like we were just on a break and will be going back soon. We can't wait to tell you more about our trip beyond saying "it was amazing!!"