Nha Trang

Catch the Train to Nha Trang! I had an interesting train ride to say the least. Actually, finding which train to get on after I got the ticket was the hardest part. I wasn’t sure if I was on the correct train or not, I had no idea where I was going. Lucky for me, it was the right train and I ended up in Nha Trang.

Nha Trang is a beautiful city which is situated along the beach front. I caught the train to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City. I wanted to see what the town was like, for just a few days, before making my way to the mountains of Dalat.

Nha Trang itself was fantastic, the people are nice, the markets are great, I felt very relaxed. It was a great location for respite from the Ho Chi Minh chaos and traffic.

The most interesting thing about Nha Trang, apart from the wonderful beaches that is, was Chinese chess! It was really big amongst the locals, and for that matter so is regular Chess.

I found out they hold the Chess National titles in Nah Trang each year. Also the world grandmaster of Chess comes from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I didn’t even know, no wonder they love chess.

Along the beach front seems to be the popular spot to play chess. There were many people crowded around each game, which creates a lot of chatter and even arguments about which move to take (well so it seemed).

Some people pulled up on their motor bikes, walked over with their helmet still on, and watched the game for about 15 minutes and then took off again. It wasn’t just one person who did, I noticed it about three times in total. They must be keen!

I don’t understand Chinese Chess at all, but it was interesting to watch what the locals were up to. I wish I could have played a game, just to see what it’s like.

Do you know how to play Chinese Chess? Is it difficult? Do you think you would like to play?

Let me know in the comments below.

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