Bus to Saigon
Trip Start May 31, 2012
59Trip End Jul 31, 2013
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This is a very late update (from Australia) of our last adventure in Vietnam. Internet access has been quite spotty lately, hence the lack of updating. I'll do a bunch of quick ones to catch you all up, dear readers, of what's been happening to us. And feel free to send me an email letting me know what you've been up to!
So, last we talked, Kara and I were in Hoi An, awaiting a 22 hour bus ride to Saigon. Our "hotel pickup" in Hoi An turned out to be a guy on a motorbike telling us to follow him (with all of our bags). through town to the bus station, upon which time we were informed that we had too many bags and had to pay an additional 10 bucks to get on the bus. Bullcrap was what it was, we told them when we booked how many bags we had
Which, in hindsight, she should have, or I should have said something, but we couldn't have known what was about to transpire. We boarded the bus at 6 pm and so it was dark shortly after that and everyone tried to get some sleep. I shut the curtains (I had the window seat) and tried to sleep myself. I kept waking up though to find the curtains open. The guy in the aisle kept reaching across me and opening them as I slept. As soon as I realized this had happened more than once, and then saw him reach across me and open the curtains, I didn't sleep much anymore and kind of kept an eye on him. The bus stopped at 4:30 am and the guys in the aisle all got off. I was watching him to make sure he didn't take anything, but he just grabbed the bag that his shoes were in and left. I went back to sleep after that, until 5:30, when Kara woke me up to tell me that her glasses case was missing
We were all then deposited on the sidewalk in Nha Trang (I think), and told to wait for the travel agency to open to catch another bus that would take us the rest of the way to Saigon. This was at 5:30 am and the travel agency was set to open at 7. So we waited there on the sidewalk with the rest of the weary travellers. We had bit of bread and some coffee as we were close to some outdoor cafes. We were finally able to board another bus at around 8 am. This time we took some seats way in the back that were together (no aisle between them) and read and watched movies on the laptop all the way to Saigon. All in all, we were on the road for 25 or 26 hours; sore, stinky and underslept by the time we arrived at our destination, but happy to finally be there.
When we got to the bus station in Saigon, we took a taxi to our hotel and Kara paid the taxi driver, who then proceeded to short change her 5 bucks. She didn't notice until he had driven away
It was around this point that I decided I was tired of Vietnam. We had had a great trip, but I started to suspect everyone of trying to rip us off. We walked around the city that night and the next morning, me with my hand on my wallet in my pocket, not allowing for any opportunities to arise to be ripped off. Kara was much more open minded and cheerful than I was at this point, but I think she was also looking forward to going to Australia. Saigon was really cool though, and I have pictures to post, but since I'm updating this at the library in Kingston SE (Australia!), the photos will have to wait. We ate at the Rex Hotel's rooftop patio and I bought an alligator watchband. We walked down the street that was famous for 'entertaining' the American troops in the war. It used to be filled with brothels, pimps and gambling establishments, but now it's mostly noodle bars and jewelry shops. We saw the Opera House, the Cathedral de Notre Dame and ate at a great outdoor market (I can't remember the name offhand).
A successful trip to Vietnam concluded! Now to conquer the land down under.