Nha Trang is a developed beach resort, dominated by Russians and young backpackers, but it is also the dive capital of Vietnam. With this in mind it was more fun to spend time under the sea in Nha Trang than on land, so we chose this location for Emily to undertake her PADI Open Water Diving Certification. . The programme is intensive theory and dive practice crammed into four days: a day and a half in the classroom, half a day at the swimming pool and two days on the boat. At the end of the course you are signed off to dive up to 18 meters in a group of four with a dive master. The theory and swimming pool tasks can be a little boring, but being able to swim under the ocean with colourful marine life is an amazing experience which everyone should try. We used Rainbow Divers and the cost of the course was 8 million VND or US$380 or £228.
Sian spent her time in Nha Trang lazing by the beach, relaxing at an upmarket swimming pool and being spoken to in Russian by Vietnamese people.