Hue, Vietnam- Tips, Tricks and Things To Do

31 October 2018

Our bus to Hue wasn't actually a sleeper one. It left Hoi An at 8am and arrived at about 12pm. The distance between the two isn't that far at all and the views along the way were incredible. The center of Hue isn't too big at all, and the bus drop off point is only a few minutes walk from most of the main hostels. So, we checked in, dumped our bags and then headed for a wander. We stopped for lunch and had Bun Bo Hue - beef noodle soup, having been recommended the city's famous soup by a member of staff at the hostel in Hoi An. It was really tasty and definitely one of the better soups I tried on our travels. 

After lunch, we walked to the Imperial City, which if you've read about Hue in any guidebook, is one of the main things to do. It's 150k to get in (about a fiver) and it's huuuuge. There are lots of different buildings and things to see, and even some gardens. The day we visited it was really really hot, so it's fair to say we were doing a lot of shade hunting. If you're planning on visiting the Imperial City, I'd definitely recommend reading up on it before you go, there are signs and information boards everywhere, but you definitely need a bit of a general understanding to begin with! Also, storytime: one of the security guards by the palace slapped both Toria and I on the arse ?!? Love that. 

We then stopped at the Highlands Coffee cafe right by the entrance and had our first Banh Mi of the trip. Banh Mi, for those of you who aren't sure, is a baguette filled with meat and various salads/vegetables. We had the BBQ pork one and it was incredible, and was only about 60p! If you ever need a quick lunch/snack in Vietnam, Highlands Coffee is always a good shout. 

Fed and watered, we then headed to the markets. These were very similar to a lot of the other markets we'd been to, selling very similar stock at very similar prices. We also found a proper supermarket and having a wander around that brought me more excitement than I should probably admit. I don't know, there's something about foreign supermarkets. and buying snacks...

For dinner that evening we went to a restaurant called Nook, which had been recommended to us by the lady at our hostel. Now, the decor was lovely, very instagrammable: rooftop seating complete with fairly lights and colourful cushions. We both ordered the pork noodles, which weren't great and had immediate food envy when the table next to us had their burgers brought to them. So, moral of the story, order the burger. Always order the burger. 

The breakfast provided at the hostel was great, so after our banana pancakes we decided to rent a scooter and go for an explore. Now, neither of us had ridden a scooter before, but Hue was one of the quieter stops on our Vietnam itinerary so it seemed like the best place to give it a go. It was actually really good fun and thankfully no accidents were had. We drove to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc tombs, and had an explore of both. I'd recommend visiting both, and hiring a scooter is probably the best way to see them as they're pretty much in the middle of nowhere. 

For lunch, we had the famous Hue pork and lemongrass skewer rice paper rolls and they were AMAZING. An absolute 10/10. We then headed back to the hostel for a nap before getting back on the scooter and driving to the beach. It was about a 25 minute drive from the centre and is essentially just one long, fairly empty, road. The beach was lovely and pretty much empty. We definitely weren't in tourist territory as we were getting quite a few stares whilst at the beach and having a drink at a bar. We scooted back to the hostel and handed the scooter back. It cost £4 total to hire it for the day including helmets, so it definitely is a cheap, albeit slightly more dangerous, way of exploring the city. 

We had pizza for dinner, and oh my, it was incredible. If you're in Hue and want a pizza, head to Jalapenos. Think mozzarella, then add more, and then add even more mozzarella. Our bus wasn't until lunchtime the next day, so we had a leisurely morning and took the bus to Phong Nha at 13.30.

Very quiet, but lots of restaurants and friendly people

- Imperial City
- Thien Mu Pagoda
- Tu Duc Tombs
- The Beach

- Read up on the Imperial City before you visit
- Hire a scooter to see all the sights
- Order the lemongrass pork skewers - amazing !!!

Sunshine Hostel.

Another hostel in a good location, but was tricky to find initially, but people are more than happy to point you in the right direction. The beds were really comfy, each bed had curtains around it and breakfast was included. It was very well priced and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. 

With the bus timings, 2 days worked well for us

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28 October 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring starting my dissertation, a light painting photography workshop and yet another stack of pancakes
I think we should start this post by addressing how COLD it has been this week. Now, I know we've all been hyping up autumn and all that comes with it, but these Arctic temperatures really are something else. As a house, we've decided that we're waiting until the 1st of November to turn the heating on, so let's hope it doesn't get too much colder between now and then. Other than that, this week has been another busy one full of uni work, socializing and good food - the standard really.

On Monday, I had my typical day of lectures and meetings, and then sign language in the evening. It's fair to say it wasn't the most exciting of days, but this week coming I have a lot of work due so my life is currently revolving entirely around that.

I previously mentioned the business program I'm a part of, and on Tuesday I met my group for the first time. In the evening I attended a light painting photography workshop. I've written a whole post about it here, but to summarize, think; fireeaters, sparklers, and fireworks. It was really really fun and I'm actually pretty pleased with the photos.

Wednesday afternoon saw my business group and I meet the client to discuss the project we've been set and the ideas we already have. The project is focussed all around Twitter. Growth, engagement, hashtags, the lot - so it's fair to say it's pretty up my street. I also had another careers appointment which was really beneficial. We went through my CV and came up with ways it could be improved. (I know it might be a bit of a stale post, but would anyone be interested in a CV related post?)

Karaoke is a classic Thursday night activity and this week was no different. It's one of my housemates 21st birthday next week, so we figured we'd go early, grab a booth for everyone and make an evening of it. Asides from that, I had 3 hours of group meetings and a lecture in the afternoon.

So, a really exciting thing happened on Friday, I posted my first ever Instagram AD!! If you haven't seen it, I'll link it here, but I'm so so so proud of how far Becc4 has come since its creation in January! My housemate and I had stir fry for dinner and then decided that it was far too healthy and we needed some more crap in our systems. So, off to Sprinkles we went. Anyone who has read these Sick Tings before will know that I have a mild obsession with the White Chocolate Sensation Crepe and so it'll come as no shock that I did in fact order that once again. I don't think I'll ever order anything other than that - it's just way too good.

On Saturday I did something I've never done before. I headed to the library to work, of my own free will. Usually, I am allll about working at home, in my room, wrapped up in my dressing gown with endless tea to hand. But, Saturday saw me spend 3 hours at the library working on my dissertation making full use of the unlimited access to journals and papers. I've managed to make a good start on it and I'm actually enjoying the research.

Sunday, oh Sunday, thank you for the extra hour in bed. I had a very leisurely morning, made pancakes for breakfast and then shot some outfit photos for an upcoming fasion post. Shortly, my housemate and I are going to hit the gym, then we'll come home, get ready and head to a local fireworks display for the evening.

What have you been up to this week?

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21 October 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring pumpkin picking, winning the psychology pub quiz and my first video interview
If I had to summarise the entirety of the last week into two words they'd be 'careers' and 'food'. This week has been another busy one, and I gotta feeling (ooh oooooh) that the rest of third year is going to be just the same. Whilst the number of modules I'm taking is the same as second year, the actual workload certainly isn't and it's taking some adjusting to. 

Monday was just the same as every other Monday. I had a couple of lectures, lunch with my friends and Sign Language in the evening. Learning BSL is still going really well and we now know the emotions, questions and the alphabet.

On Tuesday I attended my economics laboratory as usual, went for lunch with my housemate and then we headed off to a training day together. I'm partaking in a business programme this semester which is essentially just a consultancy role. I'm in a small group, and together we've been given a problem that a local business/charity/organisation are facing and we have to try and come up with some solutions. We have 6 weeks to do such and have to compile a 40 page report and a presentation on it also. I won't mention who I'm working for/what I'm doing now, but I definitely think I'll post all about it once it's completed. Here's a clue: it's social media related, so very much up my street. 

Wednesday was a uni work day. But, prior to this, the day began with a careers appointment to discuss my future and what roles are suited to me. After a fruitful meeting, I headed for my first gym session of the day. (Yes, you read that correctly). I spent the afternoon working on all my deadlines before ordering an Indian takeway with my house. Chicken Tikka Masala, Pilau Rice and Garlic Naan for me, always, in case you were wondering. In a weird turn of events, I ended up going back to the gym that evening with my housemates- perhaps not the wisest idea after we'd all scoffed down a curry. There's no rest for the wicked.

And, Thursday, the third careers related day in a row. The day started with a meeting with one of my lecturers about a group project we are working on, and then I headed to the careers fair being held at the uni. After a good few hours wandering the stalls, I headed to my lecture for the afternoon. Following this, I rushed home, ate dinner and then met my friends at the pub. The psychology department had organised a students and lecturers pub quiz, and guess who only went and won it? Yep, my team - we'd called ourselves 'actually in first place' and hey guess what, we were actually in first place. To celebrate this momentous occasion (I've never won a pub quiz in my life) we headed to karaoke, had a boogie and spent our prize money on jaegerbombs.

I spent the vast majority of Friday glued to my laptop, working on my dissertation and other projects, before my Dad and Sister came to pick me up. A nice, relaxing, weekend at home was wellll overdue. I also went and surprised my Nannie and spent the afternoon with her. 

My Dad, Sister and I headed into town Saturday morning for a spot of wandering and some lunch. Our restaurant of choice was of course TGI Friday's and I of course had JD Chicken Strips. Some things never change, hey? After this, we ended up going to a pumpkin patch, something I've really been keen to do since autumn sprung up on us. The weather was incredible and we essentially just wandered around this huge field taking photos and choosing pumpkins. For dinner, we made Mie Goreng using a recipe kit Waitrose have recently brought out. Whatta tribute to our summer in Bali. If there's one thing I miss more than anything about my time travelling, it's the food. 

Aaaaand, Sunday. Another relaxing one. This morning I roped my Dad into helping me take a load of photos for the 'gram, shotout to Big Jez for being a star. We then went to look at a first car for my sister??? I genuinely cannot believe that she will be on the roads shortly? Where has time gone? 

What was your first car?
What have you been up to this week?

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14 October 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a pottery class, joining the gym and a cream tea in the new forest
This week has been an absolute rollercoaster of a week, so many things have happened, and very different ones at that. From forest walks and pottery classes, to a minor car crash and Post Malone tickets. As for uni, I'm loving my timetable for this year. I'm really busy the first few days of the week, and then it all calms down in time for the weekend. 

Monday was a busy one uni-wise, I had lots to do and lectures/meetings to attend. I then rushed home and made dinner before heading to Sign Language with my pals. I've only been to two sessions so far, but I'm so surprised at how much I've already learnt. I'm hoping by Christmas to have learned a fair amount and be able to hold a very basic conversation with someone. Afterwards, I headed to the pub for a catch up with my coursemates before heading home for an early night ahead of Tuesday. 

So, guess who joined the gym? This girl did. And this girl went for the first time at 8.30 on Tuesday morning with one of her best pals. I actually really enjoyed it. I'm currently seeing it as more of a social activity and an excuse to sit and chat with my friends whilst doing a bit of cycling/rowing etc. I then had a few lectures and then headed to Photography Society in the evening.

Not a lot happened on Wednesday at all. I had another meeting and another quick impromptu catch-up with my supervisor. Guess who has officially finalized their diss topic? This girl has. Hooray! I scrapped my previous idea and am so so happy with my new one, well done Becca.

My Thursday wasn't particularly exciting either. I had a lecture to go to, and a meeting with one of my presentation groups, and then attended a pottery class with my friend in the evening. Now, pottery really isn't something I'd ever imagined myself doing, but my friend wanted to go, and yanno us gals gotta stick together. I made a succulent in a pot, and you can see it over on my twitter here if you're interested. I don't think I'll be going again, but you've got to try these things once haven't you?

Friday was by far the best day of the week. Guess who's going to see Post Malone 5 days before their 21st birthday? Yep, that's me and I couldn't be more excited. I'm going with my housemates, which considering we're all obsessed with Posty, couldn't get much better. Friday night we decided to head to the pub to watch the football and somehow ended up crashing an Italian Society house party, not once but twice. But, weirdly enough, a boy who I went to school with was also at this random party we interrupted - small world, huh?

What should have been a very quiet uneventful trip to the Post Office on Saturday ended up being very stressful indeed. We were sat stationary, waiting to turn down the road when a car pulled out on another car who in turn crashed into us. Thankfully no one was hurt, and the damage wasn't tooooo bad, only one of the cars was written off. Unfortunately, the man who caused it drove off, making the situation a hundred times harder to solve. The rest of our Saturday was very relaxed, unsurprisingly, with not a lot going on other than a few phone calls to the insurance company and a gym session.

And finally Sunday. We woke up and made pancakes as a house, before heading to the gym altogether. Guess who did some barbell squats? This girl did. Watch out world, there's a bodybuilder coming through. We had another house roast for dinner, roast potatoes are by far one of my favourite foods in the world and now I know I can make them myself, life is ten times better.

What have you done this week?
Any tips for a beginner gym-goer?

Hoi An, Vietnam- Tips, Tricks and Things To Do

12 October 2018

Ahhhh, Hoi An, the much anticipated Hoi An. Whenever we asked other travellers we'd met along the way which was their favourite stop in Vietnam, 99% all responded with Hoi An. Read any guidebook and it sings Hoi An's praises. It's fair to say it was one of the stops I was most looking forward to. We arrived off the sleeper bus very early in the morning and took a taxi to our home for the next few days: The Vietnam Backpackers Hostel. Thankfully, being a bigger hostel, arriving way before the check-in time wasn't a problem at all. We put our backpacks in a locked luggage room and went and napped on some sofas until a more reasonable hour. We then took full advantage of the pool facilities and sunloungers, and then got dressed ready for the day, all before 11am.

We were sat by the pool when we spotted an Australian couple who'd been in our hostel room in Nha Trang. After discussing our individual sleeper bus experiences we decided to hire bikes and go for an explore. The hostel was fairly near the beach, so that's where we headed. This was our first attempt on the roads in Asia, and to be fair, it wasn't too bad at all. Thankfully the roads were empty and the junctions had traffic lights, so I'd definitely recommend cycling down to the beach, it was really good fun.

The beach itself was lovely. White sand and crisp water. I had, unfortunately, got rather sunburnt a couple of days before so didn't really get to make the most of being at the beach. There were a few restaurants right on the beach front, so we had lunch at the nearest one.  After cycling back, we spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool. Now, the hostel was lovely, but it did feel an awful lot like being on Love Island. Let's put it this way, we were soon approached by 'Top Shagger Toby' and his laaaad friends and treated to their lads lads lads spiel.

That night we decided to go out out, so headed to Sunshine Hostel with a big group of others from our hostel. What's the significance of Sunshine Hostel I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you... For 100k (about £3.50) you can have unlimited drinks between 8 and 10pm. The hostel also has a pool, in the main area by the bar, which I ended up in fully clothed. I was pulled in by a random boy who was never to be seen again, thanks buddy. Spending the rest of the night looking like a drowned rat wasn't ideal, but yanno, as a backpacker I should've been grateful for the wash.

It's fair to say we weren't feeling too peachy the next day, those unlimited vodkas had definitely hit. We had the free breakfast at the hostel - I had the pancakes - and spent the morning by the pool, lounging in the sun. Once we were feeling a bit more human we took a taxi to the old town and went for a wander. That evening we just had dinner at the hostel and headed to bed pretty early. It's fair to say the day was a bit of a write-off.

The following day we woke up, had breakfast and were in the pool by 8. That early bedtime clearly cured us. We spent the morning in the pool, showered and then had lunch at the hostel. We took a Grab taxi to the old town and wandered the markets, each buying some new clothes. Hoi An is known for it's tailoring - there are tailors every few meters each producing handmade garments within 24 hours for a very cheap price. Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to have anything made, but having seen the pieces other travellers we'd met had had made, I'd definitely recommend doing it.

Whilst wandering the market a Vietnamese lady offered to paint my nails for about 60p, so I ended up following her through the market to her home, and sat in her front room whilst she painted my nails. That afternoon we took a boat trip along the river, which was really nice. We were one of the only boats around, and it was only Toria, the boatlady and I onboard, so it really was peaceful.

That evening we had dinner by the riverside whilst we waited for the sun to set. We each lit a lantern once it was dark and put them in the river. Seeing Hoi An at night was beautiful, with all the lanterns, but very very busy! If you're planning on going, be prepared for a lot of pushing and shoving. That evening there was a karaoke night at the hostel so we ended up going to that. It was pretty good fun, definitely more so after a few vodkas. 

A prettier city with a much slower pace

- The Beach
- The Old Town
- Shopping in the markets
- See the lanterns in the evening
- Have some clothes tailor-made

- Use Grab to book taxis, they're much cheaper than the usual taxis
- Buy things from the market stalls that are slightly further out, they tend to be cheaper

Vietnam Backpackers

Despite feeling a bit like Love Island, the hostel itself couldn't be faulted. It was clean, the showers were amazing, breakfast was included and the beds were really nice, we were lucky to be in a room that didn't have bunkbeds! It was definitely a party hostel, so if you're looking for a relaxing few days, I'm not sure this is quite the place for you. 

3/4 days - there's quite a lot to do, and it's more relaxing than other places

The October Birchbox

8 October 2018

Another month, another Birchbox. Now, I'm going to say from the very beginning that I think this is my favourite one to date, ever. You can read my posts on the other boxes I've received here and here if you fancy a comparison. Okay, so I may have lied, the contents of this box is my absolute favourite, I'm not so sure about the print of the box. It's pretty, but not my usual style. Sidenote: what does one do with their old boxes? They're far to pretty to throw away, but I'm not entirely sure what to use them for... Any ideas?

Anyway, back onto the box. This months theme is all about slowing down into Autumn, relaxing and being cosy - all things I can most definitely get on board with. This box came with the usual 5 products and then an extra one; a sample vial of Hugo Boss' The Scent Intense Perfume. I've given it a whiff and it's nice. Unfortunately, that's about all the description I can provide you, I'm no Ratatouille.

The other products included in the box were:

BeautyPro Silver Foil Mask - This is a warming sheet mask and claims to brighten, even skin tone and improve radiance

Winky Lux Strobing Balm - I received the shade 'Radiant Pink'. It's a cruelty-free pinkish cream highlighter

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask - A hair mask used to treat dryness and repair split ends, yes please.

Daily Concepts Charcoal Sponge - A charcoal cleanser/sponge hybrid, a 2-in-1.

Lord and Berry Magic Brow - A brow pencil with a spoolie, I received the shade Brunette

Don't all of these products actually sound good? The one I'm most excited to try is the charcoal sponge - what a great concept. Once I've given it a fair trial I'll definitely come back with a full report. The hair mask is something that I definitely need in my life. My hair is always a bit dry, regardless of the amount of hair oil I use and the fact that I don't use any heat on it. Hopefully, this Amika one will be able to work some magic on this barnet.

I'm going to save the facemask for a proper pamper session, a chilling on the sofa under a blanket with a tea in hand kinda pamper session. I usually use a pomade in my brows, but I think having a pencil in my brow inventory is going to come in so so handy. In a rush? Use a pencil. Going away? Just take a pencil.

I think my least favourite product of the box - from my first impressions - is the highlighter. Whilst I love the concept and formula of it, the colour isn't something that I usually reach for. I'm personally way more of a champagne/gold highlighter kinda gal, but once I've given it a go maybe I'll be swayed to the pink side.

So, overall, I do really really like this box and would say it is my favourite to date

Have you ever received a Birchbox?
Which of these products do you like the sound of the most?

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7 October 2018

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a walk in the new forest, a psychology social and my first week of third year
As iffff the first week of third year is over already? Where have those seven days gone? During one of our induction lectures this week we were told that we only have 8 months until it's all over - you could feel the fear mexican waving its way throughout the cohort. Anyway, this week has involved a lot of lectures, induction sessions and hanging out with pals. 

Monday was the busiest day of my week by a country mile. I had two lectures, a society meeting, dinner at one of my best pals' and then a social. Start the year as you mean to go on, right? The lectures were both rather interesting, and I'm genuinely looking forward to getting stuck into my optional Economics module. The society meeting I attended was for Sign Language, which I have since decided that I am definitely going to join. This may or may not be related to the rude signs my housemate and I decided to teach ourselves the night before the first meeting. The social was a three-legged house crawl that ended in a club, and let's just say Lucie and I would definitely not win a three-legged race. 

After Monday night, the three back to back lectures starting at 9am on Tuesday were not ideal. Nonetheless, I survived them and then headed back home for a nap before heading back to uni for more society meetings. Of the two I attended, I have decided to only join the Photographic Society. They host lectures, workshops, day trips, international trips, dark room lessons, the lot. I'm really excited to see how my skills progress over the year, and hopefully what I learn will up the ol' blogging game too. Third-year Becca has become an absolute Grandma, excited for the societies that don't involve initiations or drinking.

Not a lot happened on Wednesday. I had another lecture and spent most of the day at home on my laptop. I've been given a shed load of work and deadlines, so I've just been trying to make a start on that lot.

Thursday I had my favourite module of the semester; Psychology and Sexual Health. I absolutely loved the lecture and the topics we're going to cover, roll on Thursdays. That evening my housemates and I headed to the pub for karaoke - an absolute staple in any Soton students calendar. Now, just to be clear, this girl certainly doesn't go up and sing, that would be some pub clearing stuff. I do, however, enjoy laughing at everyone else, braver than I. 

Friday involved a food shop and a house trip to 7Bone for dinner. Now, I've mentioned 7Bone a lot over here on Becc4 but in case you're new around these parts, the Winner Winner burger is some God tier stuff. After dinner, we headed to Sainsburys for a hardcore Friday night high. Ethan bought some slippers and I a new book - talk about wild. 

Saturday was perhaps the least eventful day of the week. I didn't do an awful lot, besides stay in my pjs all day, do uni work and make carbonara for dinner. PSA: add leeks to your carbonara, it's an absolute gamechanger, you're welcome.

I think the biggest surprise of the week occurred on Sunday. Lots of my friends are on the netball team and have been trying to persuade me to join them for the last two years. So, Sunday morning saw me head along to my first taster session. Now, I despised netball when we did it at school, absolutely despised it, so much so I used to opt to do tag rugby with the boys instead of putting myself through an hour of that hell. Well, how times have changed. I genuinely really enjoyed the session and am actually going to join the club. Whaaaaaat??? On Sunday afternoon a couple of my housemates and I headed to the New Forest for a wander and a cream tea. Now, I am most certainly a jam first then cream kinda person and am happy to argue until I'm blue in the face with anyone that disagrees. So, if you're one of those feel free to slide in my DMs.

What have you been up to this week?
Are you a jam first kinda person or a cream first kinda person?

Nha Trang, Vietnam - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do

3 October 2018

Whilst I absolutely sing the sleeper buses praises, the worst thing about them is the time that you arrive in the new city. They leave between 7 and 9pm and hence arrive at various destinations at 4/5/6am. Whilst the latter isn't too bad, the former is a bit of a hassle when the hostels etc don't allow check-in until late morning. Now, the bus stop in Nha Trang was very near the beach so we decided to head down there to see the sunrise, backpacks in tow, and were surprised by how many other people were already at the beach. Lots of the locals head there really early to exercise whilst it's not too hot, and there were all sorts of activities going on.

We headed to our hostel and just sat around until a more reasonable hour of the morning playing on our phones.  We got talking to a big group of boys and ended up spending the day with them. They were heading to the nearby waterfall, so we decided to go with them and all ordered a minibus. This worked out at a really decent price, so it's definitely worth sharing transport with other people at your hostel!

Now, climbing the waterfall was not a walk in the park. I, being me, wore my sturdy 90p Primark flip-flops blissfully unaware of the climbing and scrambling ahead of me. The waterfall had three main pools, and arrows showing you the route to each one. I got to the second pool and gave up - I'm not sure how a broken neck would've gone down with my travel insurance provider. Quit while you're ahead people, quit while you're ahead. The rest of the group continued to the top so I just sat chilling in the sun, watching a Vietnamese family have a BBQ. The pools were really refreshing to swim in and the views were incredible - the waterfalls are definitely worth visiting!

That evening we all went for dinner and cocktails together and then ended up at a beach club until the early hours.

When we finally made it out of bed the following day we headed to the ticket office to book our next sleeper bus. Unfortunately, the bus was fully booked for that day so we ended up staying in Nha Trang an extra night. After some lunch, we headed to the beach, despite the dark grey clouds, and lasted all of about half an hour before it started to rain. For dinner that night we wandered out of the tourist hotspot and down some sideroads into a more residential area. We got a few funny looks - I don't think tourists frequent that part of town very often. The food was delicious and well worth wandering to find. Once we'd paid the bill we walked down to the beach and on the way stumbled across a huge shopping mall full of an eclectic mixture of shops. It's fair to say it would be easy to kill an afternoon or two in there.

The following day we went on a snorkeling trip that we'd booked through our hostel. The trip included three different snorkeling stops and lunch on the boat, and it was fab. We saw loads of different fish and coral, even if the latter was a bit dead and discoloured. Once back at the hostel we showered and napped, and then had dinner on the hostel roof, followed by a few Saigon beers on the beach.

We were a bit stuck as to what to do with our extra day, after not being able to take the bus the day we'd planned, so ended up at the cinema of all places. Mamma Mia 2 was at the top of my to be watched list, and after finding a cinema online that was showing it that day in English, it felt only right. After the film we had some dinner and then got ready for our second sleeper bus experience.

A not too busy city with lovely beaches

- Climb the waterfall (not in 90p flip-flops)
- Go snorkelling
- The beach

- Choose a hostel with breakfast included as it makes life so much easier
- Book sleeper bus tickets asap to avoid being disappointed if they're fully booked
- Take a fair amount of money with you if you're going on a night out, drinks aren't quite as cheap as you expect

Mojzo Dorm
Again, this hostel was in a fairly good location, was very clean, and the beds were really comfy. Each bed came with a lockable drawer for your belongings too. Breakfast was included - and was delicious - and the staff were really friendly. Can you tell I loved this place? I'd highly recommend.

3 days would have been perfect for us, our fourth day felt a bit of a waste
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