Wednesday, 28 May 2014

An Egg Mud Bath in Nha Trang

After leaving the refreshingly mild climate of Dalat behind us, Angela and I were dreading going back to the muggy, sweltering temperatures of the Vietnamese lowlands. It didn't help that our next destination was a place neither of us were keen to visit. The seaside resort city of Nha Trang is a major stop on the backpacking route through Vietnam, and the only reason we were stopping there was to break apart our journey north from Dalat to Hoi An. In all other respects, there seemed no reason to stop there, given what we'd heard about the place from friends who'd been there: dirty beaches with dead fish and stray syringes in the sand...purse snatchings...overcommercialisation...too many Russians... There were plenty of reasons to skip this place, it seemed. Nevertheless, we thought we'd at least give it a chance, and booked two nights there.

Maybe it was because we were hoping for so little, but we actually really enjoyed our time in Nha Trang. We didn't see any of the dirtiness we'd been told about, didn't experience any scamming or rudeness, and generally we liked how developed and clean it felt compared to most other big cities we'd seen on our trip. It actually felt very similar to Miami, Florida, which we visited a couple of months ago. There was also a strong ocean breeze while we were there, so it wasn't as hot as we were expecting. But perhaps the highlight of our visit was the 100 Egg Mud Bath, a resort where you can bathe inside giant eggs on the side of a mountain. It was kind of expensive, but far too gimmicky for us to resist.

Our bus route from Dalat to Nha Trang.
The morning we left from Dalat, it was raining as we weaved between the mountains.
As we went down into the lowlands, we escaped the overcast weather.

And by the time we arrived in Nha Trang it was sunny and warm again.
We took a taxi to our hotel, driving down a palm tree-lined beachfront that reminded us of Miami.
There's even a grassy sculpture park between the main road and the beach, very similar to South Beach in Miami.
Nha Trang has a huge bay stretching from north to south and lined with beaches. In the distance can be seen the island of Vinpearl.

There were dozens of kites in the sky as the sun was setting.

The night market.

There's a bar in town called Tarantino...
...with Pulp Fiction in Russian!
For dinner we had a Vietnamese hot pot, or lau.

The next day, while walking to the beach we spotted Angela's name.
Back on the beachfront, it was actually a lot quieter during the afternoon than in the evening.

We spent a short time by the beach before taking a bus to 100 Egg Mud Bath, about fifteen minutes outside the city.

The whole place is filled with eggs.

The staff members escorted us through a plantation of egg baths scattered over the side of a hill.

Inside one of those eggs, we shared a herbal bath filled with flower leaves. It was like bathing in tea.

Then we walked across the valley, passing by a waterfall.

After the waterfall, it was time for an egg mud bath!

After half an hour, we cleaned off and went for a swim in the pool (which was shaped like, yep, an egg).
We were allowed to explore more of the resort, with some splendid countryside views, and lots more eggs.

Even the fruit was shaped like eggs!

The next day, while waiting for our night bus to Hoi An we relaxed by a pool at a place called the Louisana Lounge. There are definitely worse ways to pass a few hours.

So there you have it, Nha Trang, a place we expected to hate, but as usual, this country continues to challenge our expectations at every turn. This was our last destination in South Vietnam. Next we would be heading up to Hoi An, in the central part of the country, which we'll be looking at in my next post.


  1. Glad to hear that you're enjoying ur trip so far! Your Posts and Pictures make me wanna visit South East Asia too. How much money do you spend on an average day, if i may ask? Just to get a general idea of how much money i'd need...
    looking Forward to reading about ur next adventures! have fun! It's starting to get pretty hot here (Seoul) too!

    1. Hi calucalu! How are you enjoying your time in Seoul? I miss it there a lot.
      We originally planned to spend $30 dollars a day, and I think that would be very feasible if we were more careful with our money. But honestly, it can be very difficult sticking to a budget out here. There are so many opportunities to overspend, and sometimes you're too tired to find the cheaper option. Also, Angela and I like to drink, and we've had a hard time avoiding beer (it's so difficult when you're by the beach, or surrounded by other backpackers who are drinking!). So generally, I think we've been spending more like $40-50 per day, including accommodation and transportation. I've heard of some people getting by on as little as $15 per day, but to us that seems very difficult.
      Thanks for keeping up with my blog. I hope you enjoy your time in Korea as much as we did. :)