Journeys to Nha Trang – the food, the beer, and the goodness!

Traveling to Nha Trang was fun. Took a 3.5 hour bus ride from Da Lat to Nha Trang. The city is a coastal and beach city with a whole bunch of Russian tourists. Most restaurants have Russian and English menus. I went to this bar for a few beers tonight and all the European tourist were Russian. The folks working were all Vietnamese. Interesting complete change from 3.5 hours away!

I came here only to get away and see something different so I tend to party down a bit and drink and eat as I want. Tonight I went to a Indian restaurant and had Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan and rice. Right next door was the live music place with two guys on the guitar at first and then a young woman joining. I met the lead singer and we discussed music and playing in the place. I thought they played an eclectic group of music which somehow appealed to the beery and foodie souls that came in but most of all appealed to me.

It dawned on me while sitting in the bar and imbibing in draft Tiger beers that I will never get back to Nha Trang and the bar. Its a wonderfully appealing yet interesting view as I sit here half way shit-faced from the beer tonight. Its like we touch a place or places but vagabonding takes us away after a time and we know that the memory banks thanks to social media fill up.

But this is life! We want the moments of sitting in a bar drinking and getting peacefully drunk and listening to live music in Vietnam. Or eating a burger in Hong Kong. Or eating a bowl of Pho in Hanoi. Then there was trying to figure out the food machine in the cheap noodle place in Hiroshima where no one spoke English and I got the noodles but no beer. It was all okay in the end because the beer came cheaper from Circle K.

Just consider if you are on the road. Especially if you are a solo vagabonder. Life is not meant for sets of rules and limitations. Have the third beer. Who the hell cares? Its a memory you are locking in about a place you may never return to. Isn’t this what vagabonding is all about? Don’t you want experiences that play on and leave you wanting more?

I got a bit drunk tonight to write this but I know tomorrow is another day. I will venture forth on my 3 days here in Nha Trang and take photos and eat and drink and then ride back to Da Lat.

Design your tomorrows with abandon if you can. Its not the getting there that matters but the journey.

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.