03.02.2013 - 03.02.2013
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Today we woke early, despite the late night, in order to get down to the beach and nab a sun lounger before the Russians beat us to them all! After getting ready, we threw open the curtains for a look at the glorious weather only to find a blanket of cloud!
Feeling a little defeated we went to breakfast and there we hatched a plan to go to the local hot springs and mud baths. Luckily we got there before much of the rush, and paid the extra pound or so to upgrade to a rather luxurious day. We were first of all herded to the mud bath - lierally a bath filled with mud. It was very deep and Tam and I could float in the mud whilst looking at the beautiful mountain scenery and trying to ignore the very loud Russian tour group nearby! Post mud, we were led to an isolated mineral hot tub, where we soaked for 45 minutes whilst enjoying Vietnamese coffee and yoghurt - yum! This was followed by a one hour massage and then a swim in the hot mineral pool. After this Tam went for a shower whilst I went for a swim in the cold mineral pool. After some vegetable fried rice, we headed back home.
That evening we went out in search of a market that was shown on our free map, thinking it might be a night market that we could have a wander around. But as we walked further and further from the hostel we seemed to enter more and more local territory, and more and more dark alleys! After nearly being run down by the local motorbike riders for the fifth time, we decided to turn around and head back into the more touristy area! We found a very busy Vietnamese restaurant on our walk home, waited ten minutes for a table and then had one very tasty dish and one pretty disgusting one, although we're not sure which either dish is called! Trying new things is what travelling is all about though, right?! :-)
We'll try again for the beach tomorrow!