From dalat it was another long bus ride ...

Trip Start Jan 12, 2002
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Trip End Mar 25, 2002


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Saturday, March 2, 2002

From Dalat, it was another long bus ride through the mountains to the beaches of Central Vietnam.

In Nha Trang, I went on Mama Hanh's famous booze cruise where I met soooooo many good people, one in particular. We chilled on the beach for a few days, just being lazy, life is so tough when you're on the road.
I travelled on with Richard, but regularly met the folks from our boat again, this country is so narrow and we seemed to have an instinct for each other (maybe it was the smell of cheap booze???).
We went on to Hoi An known for its beautiful old Vietnamese and colonial architecture, the atmosphere and the tailor shops and other really good souvenir shops. I could have bought half of the town if only my rucksack had been big enough! It was all so beautiful, so friendly, a whole town being a museum of architecture, living witness of trade in the South Chinese Sea and religious traditions.
Then, our drunk tour group (hehe) went on to Hue where we did some more partying in a cafe at the other end of town :-) and went on a motorbike trip through the rice fields and Emporer's Tombs.
Although we were close, we didn't go to the DMZ, just saw it from far away standing on a bunker hill over the Perfume River. The Tombs basically were palace premises that had been turned into tombs after the death of the Emporer. His wives and his son were buried there, too.
It was cool to ride through the soft green rice fields on a moto, seeing the locals getting on with their work in the fields, through quiet villages and across the Hué market (Slalom!).
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