I walk towards this beach that looks packed, my expectations are not high. Another soulless beach full of people making noise and spoiling the nature. (You know, like most packed holiday beaches).
How wrong could I be! This place is something else. As I continue walking, the magic of this piece of heaven unfolds. There are lots of people there, yes, but surprisingly this is what makes this place extra special. What I come across is a sea of Vietnamese families enjoying rice and noodles in their little groups around mini tables lit with candles. I notice there is an array of the most amazing mix of street food all along the beach, which you order at your table and is served by the most lovely Vietnamese ladies.
I pick a candle lit table right beside the sea, one that is away from all the hustle and bustle and order a beer and some squid noodles. This is the life! It's costing me about a pound for this! If I was paying for this service and setting in Europe I'd be adding a zero to the back if this bill!
I sit there on my tiny (but very comfy) chair, listening to the waves softly crash by my feet (my all time favourite sound). The sea is full of boats, but in the night, it looks like a blanket of tea lights floating on the ocean. Purely stunning.
I watch the sun set behind the palm trees and the stars in the sky and think how lucky I am to be here.