Nha Trang to MDrak

Rice Fields, Sugar Cane and the Foothills of the Vietnam Central Highlands

Rice Fields, Sugar Cane and the Foothills of the Vietnam Central Highlands

I leave Nha Trang mid-afternoon after spending most of the day with my Russian friends and seeing them off to the airport; sadly, they are headed home and I will miss their company. I get no more than 15kms before I have my first flat tire of the trip.   I go 300 meters and find a shop that repairs my tire in under five minutes for the price of 10,000 Dong (50 US cents).

I slide up the coast and head inland, my first foray into the Vietnam Central Highlands. Into the mountains I go and QL26 is the road I am taking. I think I might head for Buon Ma Thuot, the coffee capital of Vietnam. But I don’t make it there. Too many stops for photos, and a very hilly, bendy road. Continue reading

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Maria Enjoying the View and the Day - Road to Bai Dai

Maria Enjoying the View and the Day – Road to Bai Dai, Vietnam

My friend Keren and I were recently discussing how the people we meet on the road can shape the opinions we have of certain locations. And while I agree in principal, I try to separate those personal interactions from my views on a town. It’s not always easy, but in the case of Nha Trang, it was.

I love the people I met. And now, as I leave, I can tell you with equal confidence, I do not like Nha Trang.

Cruise ships, amusement parks, a wannabe Miami Beach strip, and lots of Russians. Continue reading