I’m pretty happy I joined up with these guys. Though they travel differently, they’re fun to be around. Their rugby buddies are down in Vietnam for a few weeks and they’ve joined up with us for the time being. The weather’s not as sunny as I would have hoped for (since it’s a beach town), but it’s not bad.
A few days ago, we all (me and the two original guys) went diving. I really wasn’t expecting to have a great time since (as you may remember), I don’t feel too strongly about diving. Well, to my great surprise, I really enjoyed myself! The diving was really nice (though the water was a bit cold and the visibility was a bit bad at 5 to 10m) and the people on the boat were super fun. We had two dives and then we had lunch at a restaurant. A steal for 32$!
The next day (now the other guys were with us), we took a boat to four of the local islands. This boat is a sort of party boat, where you’ve got a guide and drinks and everyone has a grand old day. At first, we went to a pretty lame aquarium, so I feared for the worst. Maybe this was going to end up being super lame. After that, a band on the boat started up and they made up sing songs from our countries (I did Alouette). It was really fun and a great way to loosen up. After that, we had, well, honestly I’m not sure what came first, either lunch or open sea bar with wine. The rest, as you can imagine lacks detail. At the end of the day, my nose was quiet red and my cheeks quite rosy. We had gone to the aquarium, done a bit of snorkeling, had our sea bar and checked out a beach (4 islands, 4 activities). It was a great day.
Now, I’m planning on heading to the highlands and checking out a place called Dalat. I’m told it’s a bit of a bore and mostly frequented by honeymooners, but I want to see it for myself and there is apparently some pretty good trekking. I dig highland towns. Cooler weather, a bit more laid back, no mosquitoes. Generally more pleasant.