Van's parents live in the city and Sam Son beach is about 15 km from her parents' house. We had two lunches with her parents: a welcome and a farewell meal :-).
We stayed in a guesthouse near the beach. Not very elegant and modern but no other choice because other nice hotels were fully-booked. Not big problem for us :-). We are used to simple things. The beach was long and clean with smooth sand and whenever I went to the beach it was full of holiday makers even it was almost end of summer holiday season. That means Sam Son is a favorite beach for the people from the North. The children likes playing with the waves and on the beach. I went to the sea once and in the early morning. Other times I just was on the beach taking photos for my friends and their children. My long hair was a big matter for me to have a dip in the water. Whenever it is wet it takes time to wash and dry. I don't like that at all. Apart from swimming, we went sightseeing. Three days together was filled up with laughs.
Holiday in Sam Son ended our summer. Today my friends start teaching again. We go back to our normal life: working at private language centers and at our university.