Closing the Books on Nha Trang and Moving Forward

Transit day back to Da Lat was good except for being on the wrong bus and then our bus getting in an accident with another bus. Luckily the speed at which the buses go is pretty slow in some spots. We were stranded there for about 2 hours. Finally did get back and then re-did two tours and changed them to half day tours for two days to see what I really wanted to see.

I’ll be seeing two waterfalls and 5 historic pagodas in and around Da Lat. I’m thankful for DaLat tours being flexible and letting me design my own tour packages.

That will get me through Monday and Thursday half a day each day. Its my last week here and I still have some things around the city I wish to see like the Golden Buddha which is just north of my hotel. I’ll pick a day to walk up there and back.

I’m finally able to upload the photo’s I took on my Nha Trang trip and here’s the link to the album. I had an interesting time there but its way too touristy for me. The number of Russian tourists is amazing! I wonder if the Vietnamese like Russian tourists there. It seems that they are almost 10o percent different. Vietnamese seem like open, fun, happy people that enjoy meeting others. The Russian tourists seem different. Perhaps more reserved. I hate to sound this way but some seem very arrogant and almost dismissive of the service workers that are Vietnamese. Just my take though on what I saw while touring around there. I was treated very nicely by the Vietnamese there including waitresses, baristas at the Cuppa Coffee this morning, and the hotel people. One of the waitresses at Olivia Pizza restaurant saw me come in for breakfast and welcomed me with a big smile and told me she appreciated my review on TripAdvisor the night before! The breakfast there was top notch! If you go to Nha Trang, try Olivia Restaurant. I tried seafood there and was not impressed that much. The place was packed and it was hard to get waited on, get food ordered, etc. I don’t believe that Nha Trang has a culinary history or specific dishes like Hue and Hoi An do.

I guess overall I like places like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi better even though the beach was just beautiful! I also liked Long Son Pagoda a lot. Only having two days and only walking meant I divided up the days to see the beach one day and then the Pagoda and Church and walk home a different way yesterday. But I feel that I got to see a bit of Nha Trang and I’m happy. I won’t be going back there.

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