From Nha Trang it was another train for us, continuing north to Qui Nhon. Matt had found some great accommodation in a very small, very local fishing village, Bai Xep about 20min drive south of the city. The guesthouse, called Haven (as is the pet dog) was fantastic, the best we’ve ever stayed in. As well as having nice rooms and great owners (Australian) and staff, the food was incredible.
Breakfast was included with the room and they served an optional dinner at night. Although there weren’t really any other dinner options close by, after the first night there’s no way we would have missed here.
3 course something different every night whipped up by three very talented Vietnamese women. It was great sitting down to eat with the other (3) guests and owners , a good way to break the ice and get to know each other. Was like a dinner party every night.
Each room had an honesty book that you wrote in for what you had grabbed out of the fridge to drink, or snacks to eat each day. They had great music, books and magazines to peruse – extremely relaxing.
It’s really a place to relax and do as little or as much as you want to.
One day we all (guests) missed the bus into Qui Nhon, but managed to flag down a local minivan for a smoke filled foot to the floor hair raising 15 minute ride in for lunch. The beach there is incredible, the beautiful sand stretches for miles and it’s completely deserted. Better not let the Russians know or in a few years it’ll be just like Nha Trang.
It took a bit of clambering over rocks to get to it, and although there wasn’t a lot of water running there was still a deep pool that would have been temping for a swim had it been a bit warmer day. This is also the source of the village water supply.
The guests at Haven were definitely the only tourists in the village, it’s not somewhere you would just stumble into. A lot of the kids would say hello and ask us what our names are.
The standard Vietnamese inquisition is;
What is your name?
How old are you?
Are you married?
After 3 fantastic nights here unfortunately we had booked to move on to Hoi An, so back onto another train it was.