I decided to try different kind of touring in Nha Trang . I heard that there is a way to visit floating markets in Nha Trang .Little villages on the water . Some locals told me about taking old ,crowded boats ( that im ok with ) from harbour with locals of course and cross over to the Island and floating market . So i have made it my mission to cross over with them and see whats there ! I really dont know what to expect ...
Would they let me on board of this boat ? Would they understand what am i doing ? I really dont know .And the biggest question of them all : Whats on other side ? Is the anything civilized other side .. Whats the reality of Nha Trang under shiny building , expensive spa's and Russians covering beach in thick layer .....
It was 8 AM and i was ready to leave . My Jacket felt warm while i was waiting to see H on the horaizon . My Vietnamese friend H ( Will shorten her name to a letter only ) arrived with her motorbike . We were on the way .
Harbour was crowded as usual . Older ladies were trying to sell fruits in their colorfull pijamas . Men sat on the kindergarden blue and red benches and chatted while slowly sipping famous Vietnamese coffee . Some oficials , wearing dark blue jumpsuits and matching hats , were in their cabinets ,just glanced out of window from time to time . And scooter were buzzing of course .
We asked for the boat to the Island and turns out there was one leeving in 10 minutes . So we looked around for a seat while waiting .Pear was covered with people except one tiny corner where 2 ladies and few children were eating snails . ( boiled before hand , packed in small bags and sold for 10 000 vnd as a passtime snack ) .
We sat with them and tried snails .H had no prolems and she just kept looking at me and laughing , as i carefully and thoghtfully tried them . I didnt knew what to expect .. Will they feel slimy , taste sour , move in my mouth ?
They were fine ...But i was otplanning to eat more than 5 .
Older ladies were trying to sell fruits in their colorful pijamas
Boat arrived in Nha Trang harbour and everyone claimed on it at once , almost , althought few Vietnamese people let older ones to pass ahead . There was no space .. We sat where we could find one .Ride was only 10 minutes long .
And on other side : Cilivization .... Even 4 tourists wondering around .
We arrived to the floating markets . Its only a walking distance to the right side path . We made a deal to the boat lady to bring us closer .She did ot let us go to them - to walk on floatking villages , just see them from distance . She was wearing traditional hat and a face cover , even gloves . She smiled a lot and kept looking at me , while slowly moving pedal .She seemed nice , or maybe she just didnt care - she knew that she will get paid . Who knows !?!
Men sat on the kindergarden blue and red benches and chatted while slowly sipping famous Vietnamese coffee
After 1,5 h exploration , conversation , translation , me trying to move boat and a sunburn we were done .
We walked around more and found ourselves on other side of the Island where is Aquarium .
Here we thought , why not explore this too ..?! Entrance was 50 000 vnd .
It was filled with creatures from the waters of Nha Trang , Hun Mun marine park . Like Nemo , catfish , seahorse , damselfish and so on ... They looked lonely and too many in one aquarium. I looked at 10 nemos stuffed in one aquarium on one anemone .. I could see my relfection in the aquarium glass , i looked as sad as they did ..
We sat on the boat at front ... Only 8 other people were on it and she just kept screaming .. Why did she shouted so loud ?! ... I thought .. She was a lady who have lost her mind and talked to herself on the pear where the boat was parked . It was strange , as everyone else just passed by her and completely ignored her . Sad ...
So at 3 pm we were back .. Sun was still shining , we decided to visit beach and relax under beach umbrella !
Strawberry ice cream melting over my fingers , dripping on my tshirt ( i didn't care ) ... Sun shining in my eyes , wind inbetween my feet fingers .. Perfecly spent afternoon ...
H. had no prolems and she just kept looking at me and laughing
Why did she shouted so loud ?! ... I thought
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THE BEST FREE ACTIVITY IN NHA TRANG . ( AT 5 AM )
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