Leaving Hoi An we made our way along the beautiful and winding coastal road in the beaming sunshine 230 km down the road we rocked up in Nha Trang in good time if a little sun burnt! We found ourselves a cheap hostel in the backpackers district and set out to see what was on offer for new years eve the following day. Their were bars absolutely every where so it was evident there would be somewhere to celebrate. There were also a ridiculous amount of Russians everywhere, they were all absolutely shitfaced on vodka looking like the typical bit abroad with there tops off and a huge beer belly hanging over the top of their shorts and a beautiful woman draped over them!
On new years eve Brok and me went to an all you can eat seafood and meat bbq, it was amazing! They had everything scollops, oysters, king prawns, octopus all sorts of fish I don’t even know the names of, there was all the usual meat you find back home plus crocodile, ostridge, frog, wild bore and snake. You barbecued it yourself on a mini bbq in the middle of the table. It worked put about 7 quid each and we arrived when it opened at 6pm and were pretty much the last ones to leave at 10:30 we definitely got our monies worth out of the place.
With our bellies stuffed we set out to celebrate the new year. Everywhere was rammed with tourists and the bars had assorts of promotions going on like free beer with a flyer. An absolutely wankered cockney came up to us and to our surprise he was not a messed up tourist who was lost or trying to bum a fag he was a promoter for a bar. We got chatting and he took us to his bar where he gave us a free bucket of rum and coke and a ticket to get a free beer. So we drank our bucket and downed our beers and headed for the next bar with the same stupid promotions!
We had heard there was a big party on the beach so headed down to find a mammoth queue and a ridiculously expensive ticket price. So rather than waste our time and money we wandered onto the beach where we were plenty close enough to hear the bands on the stage. We had earlier bought a bottle of local liquor so we sat on the sand with the other travellers that had the same idea as us until the utterly shite DJ came on. Then we headed down the beach where there was a gathering of people sitting in anticipation of the fireworks that were going to be set off from the nearby island. Our watches beeped 12 am and no fire works went off at all.
Me and Brok headed back down the beach in the direction of the party when we were approached by a bunch of Serbian Russians who invited us to drink vodka with them. They were on a honeymoon party and had brought all different types of vodka they had made themselves with them from home. I can remember one of them was a cherry vodka that was really good. In fact all of the vodka I drank with them was good I remember it had a different taste to normal vodka but it got you smashed! As a result I can’t actually what happened after we met the Russians.
Moving on from Nha Trang we headed inland and up into the mountains along perfect roads for motorbikes the roads winded through lush green farmland and coffee plantations breaking through the low lying mist of the lowlands into the mountains where the visibility was perfectly clear. Which was a first in this very humid country. The people in this area were all very friendly with everyone waving and shouting hello to us. We eventually pulled into the very french looking Dalat where we would stay for the next few days.
Whilst here in Dalat we did the usual thing of checking out the markets for all the weird and unusual and visited the local temples. However the main highlights of the place were the incredible mountain roads. There were a few waterfalls worth checking out in the areas surrounding Dalat so using these as an excuse we made our way around the mountain taking in the scenery and leaning the bike into the corners of the best roads so far. We never actually saw any of the waterfalls thanks to the pricey entrance fees but that really didn’t matter its only water pouring over some rocks after all.