Traveling Diaries: Vung Tau for a day

It’s been so hard to find 2-3 days to get out of town. Last week I only had a day off. So I took the chance and went travelled somewhere near the city.

Vung Tau is only about 2 hrs driving from Ho Chi Minh City. That’s why the city is always crowded at weekends. People who like to travel but do not have much time love to spend their weekends there.

But last week was C-R-A-Z-Y!!! I mean, it’s summer weekend, and the students just finished all the exams last Thursday. We arrived at Vung Tau around 1am on Sunday, trying to check in a hotel. But they were ALL FULL. What the heck? I called everywhere, from the local hostels, motels to any 5-star hotels like the Imperial Hotel, and no where could we find a place to sleep. We found an available room at a motel but they tried to charge us the same price as a 5-star hotel room (no thank you!)

After 1.5 hrs of driving around looking for a place to stay, we ended up calling a friend whose parents live there. Luckily their house still have an available room for us. When we got in their house, it was nearly 3 am and my eyes were as heavy as rocks.

The next morning we went out to discover the town. We tried some hometown famous “banh khot” as well as got some ice cream at a local coffee shop. Later at noon, we went to Long Son to enjoy some fresh seafood (shrimps, oysters, fish etc…)

We got back to HCM cicy around 8pm. What a trip! This is why I’m so scared of travelling during holidays. And also I promised myself to book for a hotel BEFORE arriving if I don’t wanna go wandering around town like last Sunday.

Here is a clip of my trip:

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