We left a busy and bustling Saigon this morning and flew North to Nha Trang. It’s a beautiful & relaxing beach town about a 45 minute flight from HCMC. Our hotel is quiet and nice with an infinity pool on the roof overlooking the South China Sea.
Daddy is in good spirits (albeit probably a little tired ’cause I’m a little tired too) and looking forward to our continuation North. He drove here once from Pleiku via Quy Nhon to collect supplies while in service.
I planned the start in Saigon with all of our exciting exploring as a plan to not only show the growth of the country and an awesome welcome to Vietnam but also to prepare for coming North. My thought is that seeing the three distinct areas of Vietnam would also help Daddy break it all down a little and not be overwhelmed. The North, the middle and the South have different customs, foods and some language. Pleiku is in the highlands and located in a pretty remote and mountainous region. They have tea plantations and grow most of the incredible coffee for Vietnam. (For those of you who don’t know- forgive the assumption- Daddy was stationed in Pleiku for 13 months. He drove trucks from Pleiku to Quy Nhon, Kontum and the one-time trip to Nha Trang. He arrived into Saigon when he first got to Vietnam but only spent one night. He spent two more nights near Saigon in a graveyard with about 100 other GIs- one of the safest areas while the Army got it together with the thousands of new US troops arriving. He then was sent to Pleiku to hold the North VC back from going South).
We arrived to a light rain today in Nha Trang – about 7.5 hours’ drive from Pleiku.
I snapped this one photo of Daddy looking out from the plane window today at an area closer in terrain to where he spent his tour of duty.
We are here for two days and have a half day tour tomorrow so more updates then!! We love you all and miss you.