Back in 'Nam
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Where I stayed
the bus arrived a few klicks outa town.. The price of 60,000 was shared between two rasta backpackers from Norway to the downtown hotel district of Hanoi.. The hostel is the classic busy, party, Lonely Planet, run by Expats hostel, you will be seen as weird if you're not in the bar drinking in the evening and into the night.. It's not my cup of tea no more but made a go of it.. and one time found myself sat next to three other people who later realized that we are all from the same part of London, 2 Mill Hill, 1 Edgware and 1 Finchley.. how sad is that? another girl with us was unique as she was Irish. I flaked out soon after and left about 90% of the hostel crowd, who were continuing onto the Irish Bar, to retire to my bed.
Next morning I Spoke to a girl from Canada at breakfast who had quite a story to tell over my bacon and eggs. She was coming from Loas to Hanoi on a cheap local night bus, she woke up just a few seconds before her bus was rounding a corner, the driver must of taken it too wide and tumbled down a sloping cliff face, rolling three times. She told me how on each roll she thought it would be the one to kill her and that she managed to hold on whilst locals were hitting the ceiling and landing back down in different seats.. Once it came to a stop everyone was bleeding from small cuts but no one was seriously hurt.. She scrambled out to the top of the hill, her big backpack was trapped under the bus but was still in shock so just got on the next bus to Hanoi to get away from her near death crash scene.. she had a lot of cuts and bruises and had nothing but her passport and the clothes she was wearing, I could tell she was still contemplating the experience she had just gone through the morning before, I decided to book a safer train to Da Nang after hearing the story.
Spoke to other travellers who say a whole heap of backpackers are getting trouble and robbed in Nha trang and that the beach isn't too special anyway.. So will most probably give it a miss in protest butane would like to see towns like that turn into ghost towns for a month or two, I can only imagine from what I've seen of the type of travellers, more interested in Beer, Facebook and how to connect their iPods to the hostel speakers, that come up this way that it must have a lot to do with how they are behaving in the first place..