Vietnamese floating village.

I decided to try different kind of touring in Nha Trang . I heard that there is a way to visit floating markets in Nha Trang .Little villages on the water . Some locals told  me about taking old ,crowded boats ( that im ok with ) from harbor with locals of course and cross over to the Island and floating market . So i have made it my mission to cross over with them and see whats there ! I really dont know what to expect …
Would they let me on board of this boat ? Would they understand what am i doing ? I really dont know .And the biggest question of them all : Whats on other side ? Is the anything civilized other  side .. Whats the reality of Nha Trang under shiny building , expensive spa’s and Russians covering beach in thick layer …..
It was 8 AM and i was ready to leave . My Jacket felt warm while i was waiting to see H on the horizon . My Vietnamese friend  H ( Will shorten her name to a letter only ) arrived with her motorbike . We were on the way .

Harbor was crowded as usual . Older ladies were trying to sell fruits in their colorful pajamas . Men sat on the kinder garden blue and red benches and chatted while slowly sipping famous Vietnamese coffee  . Some officials , wearing dark blue jumpsuits and matching hats  , were in their cabinets ,just glanced out of window from time to time . And scooter were buzzing of course .
We asked for the boat to the Island and turns out there was one leaving in 10 minutes . So we looked around for a seat while waiting  .Pear was covered with people  except one tiny corner where 2 ladies and few children were eating snails . ( boiled before hand  , packed in small bags and sold for 10 000 vnd as a pastime snack ) .
We sat with them and tried snails .H had no prolems and she just kept looking at me and laughing , as i carefully and thoughtfully tried them . I didnt knew what to expect .. Will they feel slimy , taste sour , move in my mouth ?
They were fine …But i was planning to eat more than 5 .

OLDER LADIES WERE TRYING TO SELL FRUITS IN THEIR COLORFUL PAJAMAS

Boat arrived in Nha Trang harbor  and everyone claimed on it at once , almost , although few Vietnamese people let older ones to pass  ahead . There was no space .. We sat where we could find one .Ride was only 10 minutes long .

And on other side : Civilization …. Even 4 tourists wondering around .

We arrived to the floating markets . Its only a walking distance to the right side  path . We made a deal to the boat lady to bring us closer .She did ot let us go to them – to walk on floating villages , just see them from distance .  She was wearing traditional hat and a face cover , even gloves . She smiled a lot and kept looking at me , while slowly moving pedal .She seemed nice , or maybe she just didnt care – she knew that she will get paid . Who knows !?!

MEN SAT ON THE KINDER GARDEN BLUE AND RED BENCHES AND CHATTED WHILE SLOWLY SIPPING FAMOUS VIETNAMESE COFFEE

After 1,5 h exploration , conversation , translation , me trying to move boat and a sunburn we were done .

We walked around more and found ourselves on other side of the Island where is Aquarium .

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Vietnamese local people boat to the Island that have floating markets , Price : 10 000 vnd . ( About 45 Euro cents )

Here we thought , why not explore this too ..?! Entrance was 50 000 vnd .

It was filled with creatures from the waters of  Nha Trang , Hun Mun marine park . Like Nemo , catfish , seahorse , dam selfish and so on … They looked  lonely and too many in one aquarium.  I looked at 10 Nemos stuffed in one aquarium  on one anemone .. I could see my reflection in the aquarium glass , i looked as sad as they did ..

We sat on the boat at front … Only 8 other people were on it and she just kept screaming .. Why did she shouted so loud ?! … I thought .. She was a lady who have lost her mind and talked to herself on the pear where the boat was parked . It was strange , as everyone else just passed by her and completely ignored her . Sad …

So at  3 pm we were back .. Sun was still shining , we decided to visit beach and relax under beach umbrella !

Strawberry ice cream melting over my fingers , dripping on my t shirt ( i didn’t care )  … Sun shining in my eyes , wind in between my feet fingers .. Perfectly spent afternoon …

H. HAD NO PROBLEMS AND SHE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT ME AND LAUGHING

 

 

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