our first train ride in Vietnam was quite adventurous. we drove more than seven hours along the coast of the `South China Sea´, watched mountains, paddy fields & coast lines passing by & tried to get some sleep during the pretty shaking train ride. we finally arrived in `Nha Trang´ in the late afternoon without any problems or delay .. well done !! then we got surprised by our hotel grading us up to a whole studio apartment for us two .. nice !! but first: beach beach baby :)) so we spent our first evening in the beach capital of Vietnam watching the sunset at the beach & drinking cold beer .. could be worse, right ?! we started the next day with the best cold brew coffee of Vietnam in the `Chia Cafe´ close to our hotel & a very good breakfast at the `Alpaca Homestyle Cafe´ .. i will write a food guide for Vietnam soon .. there are so many awesome cafes & restaurants around here !! then we went to the beautiful city beach again, went swimming (the water here is super clear & pretty warm) & relaxed a bit. in the evening we walked through the streets of `Nha Trang´, visited one of the famous nightmarkets & enjoyed the busy but cozy atmosphere. by the way .. if you like to shop designer clothes this is the place to be (there`s a converse/vans shoe shop, too .. looove). so today we tried something different: we rent a motorbike & cruised along the coastal road !! we visited the `Ba Ho Waterfall´ which is located about 3o km away from `Nha Trang´city. after a short hike up you can find beautiful spots to jump off the cliffs or just to take a swim in the clear water .. a really nice place to go with not too many people around !! on our way back we bumped into a funeral (a huge crowd following a decorated truck by motorbikes) .. quite funny to see how traditions are changing throughout the years :))
anyway the locals are always friendly & talkative !! after a hot day on the road we spent our last evening at the beach again. so tonight we are going to sally to `Da Nang´ by night train (sleeper) .. we`ll see how it goes !!