We arrived in Nha Trang at sunrise, dropped our bags at the hotel, and headed for the beach. I rented a lounger and an umbrella for the day (35 000 VND $2.25 CAD) and then lay there all day. That’s it. That’s all I did that day. It was awesome.
The next day I went diving!! I booked through Sailing Club Divers and they were awesome. I had convinced Sara and Victoria to try a Discover Scuba, and had given them a mini briefing on the train. Mirjam thought she couldn’t dive because she didn’t want to do a refresher, but I assured her her dives in the Maldives a year ago were more than enough practice for the shallow warm waters of Vietnam.
The four of us were only joined by three other customers and one recently certified DM. Mirjam and I were given guides of our own, and the discovers shared an instructor. My awesome guide, Khoa, was a staff instructor and understood my desire for a long, slow dive to look for little, rare and beautiful creatures. Both he and the South China Sea did not disappoint!
In 125 minutes I saw trumpet fish, razor fish, parrot fish, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, popcorn shrimp, bubble anemones, butterfly fish, Moorish idols, banded shrimp . . . AND TWO FROGFISH, TWO GHOST PIPEFISH, A JUVENILE SWEETLIPS AND A LEAFY SCORPIONFISH!!!! I also saw a new thing! A Godeffroy’s sea cucumber. It was awesome. I love frog fish; I love them so much. Khoa understood this love and let me look at one for a solid 5 minutes. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend diving with them.
Next up was a street food tour, something I had been looking forward to since booking my trip. Hayley and I met our guide at 3:45 and proceeded on a whirlwind food tour of Nha Trang. We sampled a bunch of local and nation-wide delicacies, including our favourite Bahn Xeo, a pancake-like thing filled with seafood and dipped in fish sauce. We also tried a bunch of different noodles and some sugar cane juice. I will write in more detail about what I ate in Vietnam later, to make sure I don’t skip anything! At the end of the tour we walked through the local market at rush hour, and it was crazy! There were people selling meat, fish, shellfish, veggies, fruit and everything else you could imagine, including the kitchen sink! It was well worth the effort to do the food tour, not to mention the 5 lbs I gained. Contented and stuffed, it was back on the train and onwards to Hoi An.