Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Vietnamese officials on board verifying our documents each time we re-entered the...

Cornell Professor, Stephen Mutkoski, Ph.D, giving a lecture about champagne during our...

Shoreline of Nha Trang with its many fishing junk-like boats bobbing in...

View of the "exclusive" summer house of the President & his prime...

Commercial & residential area near our docking space

Young Vietnamese ladies getting ready to greet us when we get secured...

Venders' area on the dock waiting for us with anticipation (& travelers...

Gondola transport over to Vinpearl resort Island (water sports, diving, swimming, gambling...

Beach area in town & blue waters are a popular tourist attraction

View from land to the Vinpearl resort Island & sandy beaches in...

Trishaws waiting for us to give us "the ride of our lives"...

Trishaw "flock" with all us tourists going through the downtown Nha Trang...

Lady on a downtown, less trafficed street in Nha Trang

Trishaws lined up, 2 by 2 as we travel along a more...

Viet Nam war memorial (day of victory over the US) in a...

Heavy hardware stores were found along this street, each store seemed to...

Lady & her child (or grandchild) waiting for the traffic (& us...

Almost every woman is covered from head to toe because of the...

Junk fishing boats anchored in a deep water river ready to go...

Bougnavillia grow from balconies or along the street, making downtown Nha Trang...

Vietnamese Buddhist temple site supported by the government.

Boats & ships have to travel under this bridge to go out...

Flotilla of working fishing & freight vessels in town

Working fishing boats rafted together, waiting to head back to sea, smaller...

Long boats beached on the deep water river bed in town, ready...

Fruits & vegetables sold on the streets of Nha Trang

Life looks precarious on slight finger of rocks in the ocean near...

Another river location with homes built so close to & on the...

Elderly lady waiting for traffic to clear & just watching it go...

Dried seed pods in the lower basket & fresh, sweet banans, ready...

Fruits & vegetables of the town market: mangoes, limes & some kind...

Many dried shark products (fins, meat, bones) and other dried fish products...

Dried fish & shrimps for wholesale or retail in the market

In a market stall, the ladies sit on a platform, counter level...

Kitchen area in the market for the workers of the stalls (&...

Fried cakes in the kitchen, ready for consumption

These ladies would rather play cards than work in the noon day...

Dried seeds, grains & a pair of feet (upper right) "catching a...

These ladies getting onions ready for sale in the market place

Outside the market center stall: fresh bananas, dragon fruit, mangoes, kumquats &...

Coconuts trimmed, waiting to be & being trimmed for consumption by this...

Coal brickets produced by this man are tallied for the day's work...

Precision hand cuts made with a bow saw for furniture this man...

Monks visit the market, here resting at a local eatery.

Dried & drying fish in the market place in central downtown Nha...

End of the day, all tour & dive boats tie up to...

Long line or long net fishermen coming in from a day's work...

"Summer place" venue we visited in 2008 & beach area behind the...

Gondola towers & view over to Vinpearl resort Island

Strange structure (temple of restaurant-not sure what it is) resembles a dragon-like...

Ballon advertises this as an "Eco resort". Many European, Korean, Japanese, Australian,...

Lonely outpost at the outer southern edges of the harbor approach to...


Nha Trang's mid morning arrival found our twin sisters waiting for us with open arms, so we knew what we were in for the rest of the day. By 10:00 am, the heat had risen to about 90 degrees with 98% humidity to make it even toastier. Ellie had booked a trishaw ride around downtown Nha Trang & its central market. Because of the excessive heat, she decided (wisely) not to go on an excursion. This time, our visit here was under a blue sky and no rain in sight, which made the tour I was on even hotter & more repressive.

Our trishaw tour of downtown Nha Trang & stop at the central market was fully exposed to overhead sun in high humidity! The low slung canopy was not made for tall Americans/Europeans & were totally useless. Thank goodness for jungle hats & umbrellas for the ladies! The almost non-existent breeze in the trishaw ride was upstaged by the shade of the buildings & trees along side the streets. By half way through the tour (even though we did not have to pedal as our drivers did), most of us wanted to know if we could go back early on some of the other Regent tour buses or even take a taxi. Most of us stayed in the market & wandered around either taking pictures or making bargains for "stuff" vendors were selling.

Our sail away time was set early at 16:00 (4 pm) for Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) & the 2-3 hr. trip up the Mekong delta to arrive by 08:00. We were eager to get away from this terrible heat & hoped Saigon would be a little more lenient on us--we'll see if it is.

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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