16.04.2013 - 21.04.2013
On the night of the 15th of April we all got a sleeper bus from Ho Chi Mihn to Nha Thrang. I had heard Nha Thrang was a beautiful coastal city known for its beaches and lively party scene. So the ideal location to celebrate my 24th birthday!
One thing I absolutely loved about Vietnam in general was it was so unpredictable. One minute you're walking along quite a run-down dreary looking street and the next you stumble upon a beautiful unspoilt beach. Case in point - the beach at Nha Thrang...
Nha Trang was certainly more lively than most of the other cities in Vietnam. Bars and restaurants scattered the place which was fun to enjoy for a couple of days but ideally I like spending more time in slightly less commercialized places. One bar that stands out in my mind is a bar called 'Why Not?' bar. Please if you ever go by and are tempted to pop in for a drink remind yourself of that very question... As a collective group we were absolutely DYING the day after frequenting this ! I genuinely think that they fill the vodka bottles with poison or rocket fuel... trust me I have never felt so ill....DON'T DO IT!!!!
Anyway I was very SPOILT on my birthday! I got a traditional 'Donnelly Banana cake' from Diana and the lovely Vietnamese girls working in the hostel (Mozjo Inn) also got me a cake which was sooo cute!!
We headed across to Vinpearl, an island with an amusement park with rides and water-slides and a gorgeous beach. (Again very commercialized but a fun day out all in all!)
I went out for birthday drinks that night to the Sailing Club which was great fun - there's a DJ on the beach with everyone dancing till the early hours of the morning. Myself and Beth from 'Waaaless' (my future BFF traveling companion!!) managed to stay up till the sunrise which was pretty good going!
So after a few great nights out and good tanning time on the beach it was time to leave Nha Thrang and make tracks. On the night of the 21st we squeezed ourselves back on another sleeper bus and continued heading North along the coast to Hoi An.