After another pleasant train ride (3 hours-ish from Mui Ne) we arrived in Nha Trang. Like Mui Ne, Nha Trang is a coastal resort town. Unlike Mui Ne, Nha Trang is very busy and not that relaxing. The beaches are beautiful but are dominated with tourists, again lots of Russians (even more than Mui Ne) but also a lot of locals. All of my friends who had given me advice on Vietnam had told me Nha Trang was over rated so I was surprised when I found myself really liking the place!
When we arrived at Mojzo Inn (our hostel) we were greeted by the friendliest staff. The staff knew all of the guests names and wouldn’t let anyone walk past without having a chat.
We only had two nights in Nha Trang so again we had to make the most of our time here. After we arrived in the afternoon we went exploring and there was plenty to see – the beach, shops (mainly targeted at tourists) and restaurants (again targeted at tourists and not really ‘local food’).
On our only full day in Nha Trang we did an Easy Rider day trip. Bamboo and his son took us on the back of their bikes all over Nha Trang. We had such a great day and I would highly recommend Bamboo (he made us write a trip advisor for him – I hope he’s reading this now)! Below is a list of what we did on the day trip.
- Long Son Pagoda
- Ponaga Tower
- Fishing Village
- Waterfalls – takes half an hour to walk to the waterfalls
- Thap Ba Mud Baths
- When booking the trains, always book at the train station so you don’t have to pay a travel agent commission.
- You have to visit the mud baths. You only need to buy the cheapest ticket as it gives you access to the mud baths, a hot spa, and the mineral pools.
- Don’t expect everyone you see to talk to you in English. A lot of people tried speaking to us in French or Russian.
- If we had an extra day we would have gone to Vinpearl, the Russian theme park. The only way to get to the theme park island is by a gondola across the sea.