Nha Trang, Viet Nam
March 15, 2013
I didn’t know just how I would feel setting foot in a country where so much blood had been shed by so many of my generation. As a teenage soldier I recall special forces types spouting about going to Nam to train the south Viet Nam Army to fight the bad guys in the North. That was 1962 & I fortunately was shipped to Germany for the remaining 2 years of my hitch. That incredibly unpopular, stupid war dragged on until we finally bailed out in 1975.
We had arraigned a orphanage stop on a tour of a resort coastal area where about 50 us gave bags of school supplies, clothes, candy, toys, etc to the children. They appeared healthy & well cared for by monks. Viet Nam is a beautiful country but not one I would care to go back to. As a tourist stop I personally would not give it a high rating. Of course, travel destinations are a very subjective experience…ones pie is another’s poison. Angie will give you another point of view.
Yes, I have a different perspective on Vietnam, I enjoyed it and would come back. The people are very friendly and it is very inexpensive. We went on a private tour a fellow passenger set up with a local travel company. Our first stop was a silk embroidery shop, where everything is hand embroidered some of the pieces take weeks even months to finish. I now have a new beautifully embroidered flower arrangement scene I will need to find a place to hang when I get home. On the way out I spotted a pair of embroidered shoes that were calling out to me, they are so comfortable I wish I had also bought the black pair, only $18.
Now off to the noodle making factory. We started out driving on a nice 4 lane highway and along the way the roads kept getting narrower and it started to rain and they became a muddy mess. We had to park down the road from the factory(not a factory by our standards) and walk up the street and here sitting in the midst of a residential area is the so called factory, you recognize it by all the wood piled out front for the fires to dry the noodles. This is suppose to be the largest noodle factory in Nha Trang which is hard to believe as we thought it was quite small, there were about 6-7 ladies working I did not see any men, not sure who chops all the wood. When I said earlier not a factory by our standards it is definitely not a factory where food would be made in our country, OSHA would have a field day, one of the workers as you can see below is barefoot, what a hoot! I hope we are not eating noodles for lunch.
Now off to where they make the conical hats that to me epitomizes Vietnam. One woman and her mother make them out of their home which houses four generations, this was only a two room house. Of course we all bought one, $2 a piece.
Our third stop was an orphanage, now earlier I talked about the streets getting smaller and smaller, I was not kidding, we literally drove through a local farmers market, one of the vendors had to move him umbrella so we could get through. The orphanage was run by Buddhist monks and the children looked very well taken care of, we arrived at lunch time for them and watch them give thanks and prayers and run off to eat. All of the smaller children were sleeping.
Before we headed to lunch I learned how to weave, haha
After lunch we went to the Ancient house for fresh fruit for dessert. I had a wonderful day and like Vietnam. In fact I would like to come back some and explore different areas.