Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Nha Trang- Part Two

Our final two days in Nha Trang were spent at a resort called Vinpearl. It was located on an island which used to be a graveyard from the war. Apparently the island was bought by some Ukranian investors and then hundreds of monks from Thailand were brought in to cleanse the island from angry spirits. Now there is a gorgous hotel and spa, a theme park, an aquarium, and Indochina's largest swimming pool. Although there were fewer foreigners on this island, everything was still written in Vietnamese, English, and Russian which I thought was pretty cool. This island's beaches were pristine. The water was a clear deep blueish green and there were almost no waves. On both sides we were encircled by mountains and the sky was clear enough that we could see more islands far in the distance. Aside from the beach, my other favorite thing I saw there was a lady in the lobby doing traditional embroidery pictures. Embroidery, a craft in the States reserved for little old ladies, baby bibs, and thousand dollar machines here has really been turned into an art form. The pictures are worked on silk screen with silk thread and thousands and thousand of tiny stitches- all by hand. It was a really cool and unexpected art form to see.
We left late Friday evening- Moto, Erina and I spending waiting time in the airport drawing funny pictures of each other. It was almost a relief to get back to "normal" life at their house

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