After a 12 hour bus ride we really 'Miss Saigon'

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The day began as usual at 7.15am in Saigon...at the ABC bakery of course.  The girls seemed delighted to see us as we loaded our tray up with breakfast and lunch (we were going to be on the bus until 6pm).  We headed off to catch our bus to Mui Ne. Not much to write about really, it took about 6 hours the bus was packed and it was very uncomfortable, although on the plus side it cost about 2 pounds. Erica smashed in about 5 items from the bakery however I only got 3 (clearly Erica would not be able to consume all 5 items or else I would open up a can of whoop ass on her). The city landscapes started to open up to fields and finally views of the sea.

After about 1 hour in Mui Ne we boarded another bus for about another 6 hours bound for Nha Trang (about 3 pounds). On the journey the mountains were beautiful and we were gutted to have missed Da Lat, but adding a few extra days on is not an option (now we have found out the border crossing we were planning to use from Nam to Laos takes 5 days), we are now having to consider flying into Northern Laos to make up a bit of time at considerable expense (maybe a 3 day trip into the mekong delta wasn't such a good idea in hindsight, then again maybe it was).The scenery on the way to Nha Trang from Mui Ne was absolutely stunning, fantastically illuminous green paddy fields with the local people at work, stunning mountains, amazing seascapes (as well as the woven boats that look like a bit like the tea cups at Blackpool Pleasure Beach).

So after about 12 hours of bus journeys being suckers for punishment we tried to board our night bus to Hoi An a day early, however they wouldn’t let us near the bus because it was full, even if there were any 'no shows’. We wandered into the Rough Guide books best value hotel in Nha Trang called the Perfume Grass Inn and started negotiations with the owner. After attempting a fake "come on Erica we can do better elsewhere" we finally agreed on a $20 room for $16. A beautiful room really closely located to the beach and bars / nightclubs / restaurants but with no noise. We loaded up the owner with all our dirty washing which she would wash and dry for 50p before heading off to look around town.

Oddly we met a chap from Leeds, whom turned out to be the cousin of the lead singer of the Pigeon Detectives (ONE OF OUR FAVORITE BANDS). We then ended up finding a seafront restaurant which served Larou for 10k dong (35p’ish) full of locals with only a table for two left empty. We sat down had three beers each some unbelievable BBQ clams with Garlic, and I had a Vietnamese fish hot pot (full of squid, octopus, fish, prawns etc Its hotpot Jim but not as we know it) Erica tried to order the BBQ mussels with garlic, but the man said it wasn’t available, Erica responded with “You are telling me you have no muscles”, I nearly wet myself and the waiter didn’t find it amusing at all.

We then wandered around for a bit longer trying to find a way to laminate our Rolf Harris portraits of ourselves to no avail. We then went back to the room and Skyped, Vic and Ellie (who can now wave and pull vics hair), Erica’s Mum and Dad and found Dil online as well so we got introduced to baby Amy.

Went to bed aware that outside of Saigon power operates on a one day on one day off basis so we knew we would be awake as soon as the fan cut out and the room heated up in the morning sun at 6am.


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