Travel Talk

Happy St. Patricks Day & 6 Month Travel Anniversary in Nha Trang, Vietnam

beach view from nha trang vietnam hotel roof

Good day, top of the morning!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, go drink egregious quantities of green beer and slap strangers on the back over jokes you only heard half of while stuffing your face with fatty foods.

view from nha trang vietnam hotel roof

Today marks 6 months that I’ve been traveling. I left my home on September 16th 2009, now it’s March 16th, 2010 and I’m in Nha Trang, Vietnam I will say that time truly does fly when you’re having fun. Half a year used to crawl when I’d force myself to crawl into my car every morning before going to a job that paid the bills but gave me no thrills.

city view from nha trang vietnam hotel roof

I’ve done more and grown more in the last 6 months then I did in the last 6 years, I would not change it for the world, if you’re thinking of doing something like this, I urge you to just go for it. I have not met one person in in my travels who regrets doing it, not one. In fact, everyone agrees it’s the best move they ever made.

How are ya? I hope you’re doing well, better than I. It’s midnight and I’m just getting out of bed, what a night last night was, this place DOES GO OFF THE HOOK AT NIGHT. However, there are definitely some undercurrents here, let me elaborate.

nha trang vietnam hotel roof

First, if you swim after the bar at ~3am with a crew, don’t go too deep, you can feel it pulling you. Enough about that though, also watch your stuff. Check this, remember how I complained a few times about losing my ipod and not really caring about the ipod but mainly the contacts it held? Well I ran into one of the “missed contacts” last night.

It’s time to stop worrying people, what is meant to be in life will be so and you will never know until it happens, but it will, if it’s meant to be so. Crazy how things work out.

nha trang vietnam hotel roof view of city

After the swim we went to an afterhours at some new Swedish friends place. After that I helped escort this fine lady home, unfortunately she had her wallet and camera stolen last night while swimming. Also, the gent I am traveling with, he had his wallet stolen from the bar.

Like I said, there are some undercurrents here. We joshed with a street vendor who warned us before we went out that lots of theft happens here and it’s a problem, only late at night though.

Could not find this ladies hotel to drop her off so we wandered the city streets eating baguettes, drinking ice coffee and some pho for good measure.

nha trang vietnam view of beaches

As it is 6 months, I will do a fast recap for those of you just tuning in or who are somewhat new to this here website. I went from Ottawa – Vancouver – Las Vegas – Los Angeles – Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore – Indonesia (Bali & Java) – Back to Thailand – Laos – Cambodia and now I’m in Vietnam. Dare I say, Vietnam is definitely tops, if not extremely close. Where next? I have a few ideas but as you know, I’m not much of a planner or organizer for that matter.

It’s midnight, I haven’t eaten anything and I just woke up. Time to grab some pub food and have a celebratory green beer while saying “cheers” and making meaningless banter with total strangers on topics which probably aren’t of particular interest to either of us.

Tips hat,

P.S: All these photos are from my hotel rooftop, indeed.

P.P.S: I will have lots of “back in Nam” stories.

Update: Went out for some food and made my way to the “Sailor’s Club” which is the happening night club, ran into some friends and chilled, then hit up “Why Not” which is the “afterhours club”. For some reason it looked more like a high school dance, a pathetic one at that. Random strangers sucking face and dancing to horrendous music, snore.

On the way home, some moto pickpockets approached me, it’s women almost always women here, you have to tell them to “get lost” in more or less words a few times before they get close. Supposedly they are all over you for like 1 minute being all “friendly” then take off. You’ve been warned.

Furthermore, I spoke with more people and more people had things stolen. I will say this, if you’re in a jam packed crazy club, ALWAYS BE MOVING. If you’re dancing, dance like you mean it, none of this 2 step crap. A moving target is always more difficult and will probably be avoided.

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