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Island Hopping In Nha Trang, Vietnam

Island Hopping In Nha Trang, Vietnam

A sleeper bus from Saigon to Nha Trang and back costs VND420,000 (Php840.00, USD21, EUR16.95).

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, there’s nothing much to do in Saigon so we decided to take a 10-hr bus trip to Nha Trang, another city in Vietnam. We were all worried that our body might ache for the duration of the trip but when we saw the bus, oh boy, I can’t believe my eyes! There were beds!

We arrived the city of Nha Trang at 6:30am. Of course, the first thing we did was to look for breakfast. Communicating gets worse every trip. In Saigon, a few people speaks good english but in Nha Trang? Zero. Nada. Zilch. The taxi driver took us to what seems to be a popular breakfast place and they served us this:

Noodles! Now we know why the vietnamese are lean and fit! Look, I asked for coffee and they gave me iced coffee. At first, I was really upset paying for something that I don’t really like. But when I took a sip, man, this coffee is so good!

Welcome to the beach! We signed up for a one day boat ride with island hopping, free lunch and snorkeling for only VND180,000! (Php360.00, USD9.00, EUR7.27)

I really wanted to go parasailing but Rieya said, “P2,000 lang yan satin.” When we checked the rates, parasailing costs VND450,000 (Php900.00, USD22.00, EUR20.00) only!!! Is it a go or a no go? Stick to the theme: YOLO!

UP, UP, HERE WE GO!
Snorkeling sesh: The Titanic scene.

Time for lunch! We were all amazed when all the benches in the middle part of the boat transformed to lunch tables!

Now it’s time for another entertainment on the way to the next island. Can you see the improvised drum set that they have? These people work all around! Since we are from different places in the both, each person will represent their country and sing a song. Some were shy (specially the Germans) but some screamed YOLO and sang their hearts out.

Our representative was my friend, Rieya. Hello, Ms Philippines! She sang Waka Waka while we danced with her.

Then, there was an open bar in the sea. Take note, you cannot have free drinks if you’re not swimming so we all jumped in! I even told myself that I won’t be drinking because I was sea sick but I was the first one who jumped! HAHAHAHA.

And here are our new girl friends, Jenni, a local but studies in Taiwan and the 2 girls from our favorite place, my home — Barcelona! We didn’t get the other girl’s name but Sylvia, the one in salakot is neighbors with Xabi Alonso!!! We promised to get in touch the next time we visit Spain.

Here’s to the friends we met along the way: From Spain to Italy to Switzerland to Norway to Vietnam.

The last Island. I forgot the name but this is where the fishing and aquarium activities happen.

Going back the same night in Saigon, we took a bike going to the bus station to add to the list of 8 ways to travel in Vietnam! We completed it!

Can you read this? We were tired and decided to eat dinner while waiting for the bus. This restaurant is called Vuon Dua, located beside the bus station. Since no one speaks English the rule is to close your eyes, point and order.

We waited for what we called our “surprise dinner” since we don’t know what it is. I ordered the Chao Han and this I got. We were all laughing because it’s a freakin soup! I was expecting for spring rolls or chicken breasts with rice but I got this! HAHAHAHA. Here’s to paying for something that you don’t like — YOLO.

I really had fun in Nha Trang and I hope my sister is with me in this trip. It’s pretty tiring but I’m sure she will love it! This is, by far, my favorite trip of all time. Greater than Europe. XoTrish

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha also loves extremely spicy food, pineapples, plants and symmetry. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

  1. Marciana Romo

    22 November

    the best part is meeting new friends. Mi manca trisha!!!

  2. Kat Leonardo

    24 November

    Love your photos!

  3. Kat Leonardo

    24 November

    And the sleeper bus too! 🙂

  4. Ria Lapidez

    2 May

    Love your blogs about Nha Trang travel. So far,your’s got me excited to try this also. I have some favors to ask though. Hope you can help me. First, where did you book your sleepover bus? The bus was pretty cool 🙂 then how did you book your island tour?
    My friend and I will be visiting Nha trang this july and im so excited to try their own version of beach hopping. Thanks in advance and hope to bump in you un one of your adventures.

    Please reply on my e-mail. Thanks again 🙂

    • Trish Velarmino

      5 September

      Hi Ria! I overlooked your comment! I hope I can still assist you. Let me know via e-mail!

  5. Nadia

    8 September

    Great post! I also visit Nha Trang last month. It’s beautiful with beaches, temples, people and food. The sleeping bus was one of the most interesting things we did. We catch Sinhcafe bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang, price was 280,000 vnd. Could you tell me the name ofboat ride with island hopping, free lunch and snorkeling. We did a trip, but the price was expensive 590,000 vnd. Here are some free activities you guys would love to do 🙂 http://justgola.com/blog/top-free-things-to-do-in-nha-trang-12

  6. Rhea

    12 March

    Do the buses have cr? Because its a 10hr trip and you cant avoid the call of nature hehe

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