Nha Trang: The unexpected trap
January 1, 1970
When it comes to Nha Trang, a lot of people either skip it or hate it. It is true, from the outside it looks like a boring touristy city with only a few bars, few activities do to, few things to see, and only one thing to do: go to the beach. And it’s not even a breath-taking one. So why go there? Nha Trang is a city you learn to love. What people don’t know is that it is one of expats favorite cities to live in. There must be something there, don’t you think?
After a year trapped in Nha Trang, yes it’s a trap, I finally understood why there are so many expats: people.
Here, people keep people. Everything that happens here is surreal. Everybody is so different from each other, but everybody is melting with each other like in no other place. I don’t know if it’s the crazy parties, the free-flowing alcohol everywhere, the crazy boat trips, the never-ending nights or the weirdest characters, but something is magical in this city. Maybe it’s something in the air. Everybody has a different story, but everyone has something in common. Everybody wants to escape from something. And once you got to know them, it’s easy to understand what they all wanted to escape: life. All the people here wanted to escape their old routine life to live life to the fullest. They all want to be happy like they planned to be. They didn’t want society to tell them how they were supposed to be happy. They just want to be. And somehow, they all found it. They found themselves here and enjoy life as they intended.
In this small city, time seems to stop. Weeks feel like days and months feel like weeks. We are always busy, and maybe that can explain why time flies so fast. But we are never busy working, even if we are working 6 or 7 days a week. We are never busy with school, because we are teaching each other and learning from each other every day. We are not busy with our own family because most of us are far away from our blood-related family, and found a new one in each other. We are busy having fun. We are busy living.
Go beyond TripAdvisor
You can find this atmosphere almost everywhere in Nha Trang if you dig a little bit. Get off the beaten tracks. Don’t be put off by all of the tourists. Yes, there are a lot of tourists…but, they are all in the same area. Rent a motorbike and leave the tourist area and discover what Nha Trang is really all about. It is much more than 4 streets with Backpackers and Russian tourists.
Go beyond TripAdvisor and its ¨must see¨. You can go to Vinpearl Island, it’s beautiful and fun, but this is not Nha Trang. You can go to I-Resort, it’s beautiful, but it’s not Nha Trang. You can go to Monkey Island, yes monkeys are really cute, but it’s not Nha Trang. You can go to Yang Bay, but again, it’s not what Nha Trang is all about.
Go to the places where Expats meet and let them bring you to the little treasures of this underestimated city. Let them bring you to Ba ho Waterfalls. Let them bring you to Hòn Bà. Let them bring you to the beautiful beach of Bai Dai and Doc Let. Let them bring you to Lương Sơn to eat amazing snails. Let them bring you to the little coffees lost in the mountains. Let them bring you to the countryside. Let them bring you to the best Vietnamese restaurant in the streets. Let them bring you to the most amazing viewpoints of Nha Trang. Let them bring you to the places that make this city so amazing and that make everybody come back. Because everybody does come back to Nha Trang one day.
Get inspired by the culture
There is so much creativity going on here, it makes you want to create something. It makes you want to become someone. I think a lot of people allow themselves to be little more themselves here. Maybe it’s because we didn’t know each other before we came here, but we became what we didn’t have the courage to be in our old life.
We learn from everybody around us and we discover so many things about ourselves, we feel free to become who ever we want to be. We get inspired by the culture, by the freedom, by the smartest and the weirdest people. You can become anybody here, and we are going to love you for who you truly are, as long as you are happy.
If you want to know more about yourself, if you want to discover who you can be, Nha Trang is the perfect place to start. This city will teach you somethings about yourself that you couldn’t imagine. I found who I am, and who I wanted to be in only few months here. I found what I was looking for when I didn’t know what I was looking for. I know I’m not the only one. This is part of the magic here. You’ll find answers you were not even looking for.
Get lost, cry, laugh, create, party, don’t worry about tomorrow and seize the day every day. This is Nha Trang.
Not convinced yet? Give it a try! But be careful, it’s hard to leave once you felt in love with the people.
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