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By Jean Wethmar
I am in Nha Trang, a beautiful seaside town just a one-hour short flight from Saigon. I see the locals all gathering to exercise – walk, talk, swim, Tai Chi.
The locals are all so very friendly. Just as well I had grabbed my camera – a photographer is always prepared, like a good boy scout! I chatted to these friendly men – they just wanted to practice English with me.
I had things to do so I enjoyed a brisk walk and then a swim. A word of warning – don’t swim alone – this beach dips badly and there were no lifeguards on duty.
When I returned to my verandah somebody had delivered a pot of ginger and lemongrass tea, with some very yummy cookies. What a lovely touch. Breakfast time – after all that exercise and adrenaline I am hungry.
The choices here are amazing, and of course being a tropical country there are fruits galore. All kinds of weird and wonderful tasting ones – mangosteen, rambutan, longa, starfruit, papaya, guava, waterapple, jackfruit, banana, bumpy apples, tamarind, persimmons, durian, coconut, dragon fruit – and the list goes on. Oh, not only fruit, but the lightest fluffiest waffles, croissants, and baguettes across Vietnam as well. This is thanks to their French Colonial past. All served on very beautiful dragon fly crockery.
There was art on display in the foyer of the Evason Ana Mandara Resort when I last visited, and I was in the right place at the right time. I was invited to be on National Television, to give my opinion about having this display of art in the foyer. Talk about ‘Meeting the Locals today!’
Gosh, from the men on the beach, to the gardener, to the fruit and waffle server, and now Vietnam National television! I am so sorry I didn’t buy this oil painting come to think of it. You will find some amazing art across Vietnam.
I had a superb dinner at my hotel and crawled into my soft, warm, cocoon, beach-side bungalow room, with its gorgeous voile drapes.
Aah.. Such is the life of a very refreshed, and very blessed traveller.
Next we fly to Danang in Central Vietnam, and visit the UNESCO town of Hoi An.
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