Happy Third Anniversary
Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
35Trip End Apr 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
We took a 2.5-hour boat trip on the "Super Dong II" to An Thoi, the southern end of the island. Our hotel was on the mid-west coast, on Long Beach. We rented a motorbike to get us around for the 2.5 days we'd be on the island. Within about 5 minutes of Andrew & I being on the bike, he was making a tight turn onto dirt and the back wheel skidded out and we fell. Andrew scraped his leg, we have some great pics of that, and I managed to fall without getting hurt, but my sunglasses took a bit of a beating.
We calmed down a bit, got ourselves a map and cruised around to the north part of the island. The beaches are practically untouched
The next day, we decided to explore the southern part and the east coast of the island. We found a few places to settle down and have a refreshing drink then drove around to a restaurant to have lunch literally 3 m from the water. On our way back to the hotel, we had a flat tire and we managed to pull off the road at a small and modest sheet metal paneling abode. The woman made snow cones for passers by, and the man busied himself doing tire patches. About 20 minutes and 10,000 dong (~$0.65) later, we were back on the road.
However, upon our return, the owner of the bike found out about our spill the previous day and the damage we did to the bike. The negotiations for compensation for the damage were not pleasant. When we rented the bike, we thought we would get a deal by renting from a person rather than the hotel. This was an expensive lesson. Perhaps in the future, we will not go this route.
Our last day, since we were now without a bike, we decided to enjoy the beach front of our hotel. Really, a great view and a great beach. We flew back to Saigon later that afternoon.