Yesterday we went on a Four Island Tour. Our pontoon was packed with 40+ people, but for enough seats for 30. We snorkeled off Moon Island, where it was nearly impossible to get in and out of the water. The island is surrounded by boulders and rocks, which makes for a dangerous situation, although no one seemed to care. Dustin and I did not enjoy this place due to the extreme pollution both in the water and on land. There were so many people there that we could not even locate a chair to sit. Luckily, the rest of our trip did not go as badly.
The second event was eating lunch, which was very unique. The benches on the boat folded out into a large, table-like structure and all passengers gathered around and had rice, crab soup, cucumber salad, and of course fish and pork. The meal was followed by musical entertainment, not only of multiple languages, but also with instruments that were so dilapidated they were nearly unusable. The Vietnamese LOVE to sing and dance, so this was a real treat. Our guide was gracious enough to get the party started by blasting dance music and offering all you can drink wine FROM THE WATER! Dustin and I were hesitant to get in because the area comprised of houses on the water...houses with no bathrooms. Being the only Americans, we thought we shouldn't be prudish and should join. So, we dove in the squalid (and unknown) water to claim our free wine. The distinctive Russians in their speedos joined in. It was a real party! A Vietnamese woman even "shook her tail-feather" on the boat!
After a fruit treat the waves began to break and were too large to go to the third island. So, we continued on to the aquarium at a new island. The trash here was unbearable. Dustin says Vietnam is a contradiction in this way. It is beautiful if you can get past the litter. The aquarium was inside a creative ship, made to look as if it had washed up on the sand. It was an okay event with many fish and aquatic life.
At night, we went to dinner where we chose our live seafood from buckets. We chose the shrimp after finding out lobster is out of season and is around $75 USD. I only had rice because of how spicy all of the food was. It brought tears to my eyes; however, Dustin LOVED it, so it was worth the trip.
Today I am sick with a sinus infection and Dustin thought taking a break was a good idea. He may be SLIGHTLY annoyed that I keep reminding him my eyes burn, my nose burns, my head hurts, and no I'm not hungry because I can't taste the food. Oh yeah, and my feet are burned. Hence, I am a "Whiny Pants." So, we stayed here at the Sunny Hotel (that's really the name) and had a great time just hanging out. We will leave for Hanoi in the morning to spend our last night in Asia. Be home soon : )