After a bright and early start at six o’clock sharp, we were off to Vung Tau for a relaxing day at the beach. During out drive, we got a taste of a different part of Vietnam than we’ve experienced so far. The towns we drove through were smaller and more rural. There didn’t seem to be a big transition from the city to rural areas, so it seems like suburbs aren’t as popular in Vietnam as in the United States.
After arriving, the first thing we did was trek an absurd number of steps (over eight hundred) to get to the top of a very large statue of Jesus. The view was incredible, but I can definitely say that this part of the day was at least a top ten hottest experience of my life. We learned yesterday in our culture class that Christians make up a very small minority of Vietnam, so I’m wondering if there was any spiritual meaning of the statue to the Vietnamese people we passed on our journey or if they were primarily interested in the view.
At the resort, we were greeted with a delicious meal of many kinds of fresh, delicious seafood, including crab, shrimp, and a full fish (including its head). After this, I walked down the beach to dip my toes in the South China Sea for the first time, and then I ended the day with a swim in a beautiful infinity pool.