The beach town
24.04.2008 - 25.04.2008
Our next stop was the beachy coast in the middle of Vietnam. There are several locations along this long and narrow part of Vietnam. We chose to stop at Nha Trang—probably the best known beach location in Vietnam. Its well developed for tourists and has charming beaches with plenty of white sand. Plenty of hotel locations. Lots of local and Western restaurants all with intensely reasonable pricing. There's even some diving in the area. We didn't partake in the Viet-SCUBA but we did go snorkeling.
A couple of weeks prior we were enjoying the world-class islands of Thailand. Do Vietnam beaches compare? Well... probably not. We enjoyed our short stay in Nha Trang, but based on what we saw, we'd not call it a world-class beach destination. The diving outfits are probably a cut below what we saw in Thailand. Not that they seemed unsafe or unprofessional, but (based on appearance) they didn't compare. In particular, the big wooden boats used by the diving outfits seemed a little dated, if not in fact ill-suited for diving. Nor did the locations didn't have the amazing views of cliffs, beaches, rock formations that seemed to crop-up everywhere in Thailand. Its just not as dazzling and our camera reminds us of that. Our snorkeling was quite alright, but nothing particularly memorable.
So, should you stop at the beaches in middle of Vietnam? Of course. You'd be crazy not to. Its still a beach. Its still got plenty of clean sand (something often missing from Thailand). And there are big, if not huge, waves to make your swimming memorable. But be careful—swimming fatalities aren't uncommon there. If we understood someone correctly, there was a child who drowned the day we went swimming. Had we had more time, Ren would have liked to visit more of the beaches near Nha Trang. Towards the South, MuiNe was a possibility, but apparently just about anywhere North of Nha Trang is a reasonable spot to stop and beach for a day.
We did quite enjoy a restaurant that seems to be well know for its grilling-- the xxxxxxx ? [forgot the name :-( ]. Make the trip out there if you're in Nha Trang. We also liked the little German restaurant we visited—Die Treffenpunkt.