Christmas Eve (Wednesday)
On Christmas Eve we went to see marble mountain. We stopped at one marble sculpture shop and they had a HUGE amount of stuff. The area was about the size of two warehouses, and they were making more! We decided against buying a $50,000 bathtub (easy decision), or an enormous Buddha, or marble squirrels, but were a bit tempted to buy two lions. We also realised that they were never, ever going to sell everything even if they stop carving now. Then I remembered that we hadn’t picked up my new Christmas shorts from the hotel reception, so we had to drive back and get them. Oops. Thankfully it was only about 10 mins away.
After we had picked up my shorts – which are brilliant! – they are bright red with two black geckos – we set off again. We saw lots of Water Buffaloes in the rice paddy fields, so Dad was very happy. 😃
About two hours drive later, back through Da Nang, we arrived at our ‘Christmas Hotel’ in Lang Co. I was very excited because our ‘villa’ had a swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a path to the beach. For lunch I had ‘roll your own spring rolls’ which were amazing.
We had Vietnamese tea in the library/bar and Dad and I played Monopoly Deal (a monopoly card game), while Mum read a book and then we joined in a cocktail party 🍸🍹 before going to have Christmas dinner. The 6 course menu was certainly interesting – but did include Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding (although the recipe must have been translated into Vietnamese and then lost in translation!)
Is this really a Christmas pudding? You can’t see the jelly shape underneath the “cake” either!
Christmas Day (🎄🎁🎅🎉🎈)
I woke up and saw that the carrots had gone and so had all the biscuits and milk and my Christmas stocking had bumps in it! I opened my presents, which included a Dr Who game, bananas 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌 and plastic coated playing cards.
We then walked down the beach and Dad collected loads of shells for a shell picture. I then was either in the jacuzzi or pool for the rest of the day, despite the rain ☔️. We had a very untraditional dinner at a restaurant on top of a mountain in the clouds. It was very delicious, but I was not expecting Thai food in Vietnam on Christmas Day.