Nha Trang and Mui Ne
Well, i'm now holed up in Vung Tau, which is a small, quiet city about an hours boat trip from Saigon. I have a couple of English friends here who teach and i've been invited to a brithday bash tonight. I've arrived here this afternoon with the dreaded delhi belly, so i'm pumped full of imodium and the internet cafe next to the hotel is about as far i dare to go tonight.
I've spent the last 6 days or so in Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Nha Trang was a very busy beach resort. Night life wise it was pretty good. A bar called Guava was my favourite. I had heard and read much about the Sailing Club too, it was a great venue, good music, great location. Unfortunately the first night i went with a friend, everytime we turned our head away from our drinks or her cigarettes, they were stolen. We returned a couple of nights later, every time we danced we asked the staff to keep an eye on the drinks. This time however, upon paying 100,000 dong for a 40,000 dong drink, i received no change. Upon enquiring to the staff where my change was, i had to point out the guy who served me. He was obviously drunk and told me, whilst finding it all very amusing, he had been to the loo and couldn't possibly have served me, after that no-one seemed interested in finding out what happened to my change. One of the group sitting next to me had also come to the bar to complain because one of there group had had their wallet stolen whilst in the club. Shame, because it's a great venue, just there seems to be an awful lot of thieving in there. Never experienced it anywhere in Vietnam before, but this place seems to have a real problem. Aside from that it was a good few days and certainly didn't spoil my time there. Mui Ne was about a 3 hour bus journey from Nha Trang, only had 1 day there, whick i regret a little now. It had a lovely beach, sand dunes all around and was really, really quiet. Lots of restaurants but the whole place seemed to shut down around 1030/1100 pm which is great if you're after some peace and quiet (which i was). Stayed in a nice little bungalow right on the beach for about 11 dollars. The beach is just about empty, with nice clear water and sand for miles in both directions. If its a hustle/bustle nightlife beach resort you're after then go to Nha Trang, if its a really quiet beach resort you're after then head to Mui Ne.