‘People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.’
What a week! Fire and water shooting dragon bridge, a beach with the locals, and a city steeped in the last centuries’ wars.
On our drive to the train that would take us to Nha Trang, I was keen to make one quick stop to see the new bridge which breathes fire and water – it’s so cool. They have the show on Saturday and Sunday evenings for about 20 minutes in Da Nang (Be sure to check out my video blog for May to see the action!)
An Overnight train later, we arrived in NhaTrang – a beach resort area. We wanted to not be in the ‘downtown’, so we went to the second bay in the area where there are mostly locals and Russian tourists. It was great to be out a bit from the main tourist area to just relax and catch up on travel fatigue.
Then, a day travel to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. This is mostly a modern city with a few older buildings still intact, like the main post office,
A lot of the older buildings have either been lost in the Wars or modern development – seems they make more money tearing them down rather than preserving them – it’s the same the world over.
This is the city where the monk in 1963 set himself on fire and the last helicopter left for America with a que of people which was much longer than what they could carry – 2 very famous black and white photos from this time can be found on Google (or through the links above.)
One experience we had here was at a restaurant called ‘Noir’. It’s where you eat in the dark while being served by blind waiters/waitresses. A really great experience and not one I can show any pictures of – sadly.
This marks the end of our time in Vietnam, as we head to Cambodia. I’ve learned so much about that notorious Vietnam War and seen a country and people of great strength, friendliness and a quick smile. I’m so glad we came and hope we’ll be back soon!
What country/city has surprised you the most in your travels?