Because we went to sleep insanely early at 6:45 p.m. the night before, we woke up at the ungodly hour of 6:00 a.m. on May 25. Fortunately, the breakfast buffet at our resort began at 5:30 a.m. The breakfast buffet was massive and impressive, with a porridge bar, pho bar (choice of chicken or beef with dandelions, fresh basil, lime, etc.), Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), tons of fruits, pastries, stews, cereal, among other goodies.
We rented a scooter for the day for $7.50 and made our way to Sao Beach. The sky was overcast, but the rain seemed to be taking a break and the weather was very warm. We were so early we beat the crowds and pretty much enjoyed an empty beach for a good hour. I went for a dip in the clear and calm waters. Kyle joined me later and I joked about jellyfish but it stopped being funny when I actually saw a little jellyfish guy with big fat tentacles floating in the water.
I swam and came in and out of the water a few times and doodled angry jellyfish and travel notes in the long-neglected Moleskine journal Lunk gave me years ago. After a couple of hours at Bai Sao, we made our way to Ho Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist temple at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. Namo amitabha. 阿彌陀佛!
Later at night, we had a couple of beers at the pool bar then hit up Dinh Cau night market to walk around and have some yummy “spicy bread.”