Dave boy - the lost week!!
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Dave left Nha Trang in the early evening after our four island boat tour! I would be heading back to Bangkok but Dave was keen to travel up to see Hanoi and Halong Bay! In preparation, he bought a rip off lonely planet guide to Vietnam! It's basically photocopied but the kid selling the book claims it's brand new!! I think Dave was most looking forward to getting a week away from me, mainly so he could snore as loud as his heart desired!!
He took an overnight bus to Hoi An. Similar to our bus from Saigon to Nha Trang, but Dave got the back five seats, basically enduring a ten hour orgy with two other couples. He moaned he slept like a baby, didn't have any back ache and is really enjoying bus travel!!
Hoi An is quite a small town, plenty of tailors and it's fairly close to the coast. Dave got into his hotel early and I think that's where he stayed until his bus to Hue! He claims to have left to wander around but I secretly think he was loving his bed and movie channel too much!! Either that or just cried himself to sleep!
His next stop was Hue, this was only a few hours away by bus so no need for one of those overnight bus jobs! This is where his trip gets a little exciting! Dave boy booked a day trip touring the tombs of Hue and was lucky to meet a young Korean woman! Dave was his usual non excited self about the tombs but found a Korean lady who was just up his street. They went for dinner that night and it turns out the woman writes a blog back home and writes about her sexual conquests! One night stands, random situations and scenarios! I know Dave boy would have loved this more over the tombs! It didn't take long for his cheeky and dirty jokes to come out, but yes, I've left out the word 'funny' when describing his jokes! It's always good to meet travellers but always cool to meet like minded people!! I'm trying to find out the address of this woman's blog, maybe we'll read about how bad Dave was!!
The lazy ass and his affection for bus travel meant he flew to Hanoi! I told him about the $2 mini bus into the city but he opted for a taxi! Dave checked himself into a fancy 5 star hotel in Hanoi and didn't leave the complex again! He missed the French quarter, the lake and everything else that Hanoi offers! But he got to see his hotel room, the bathroom and a nearby restaurant.
His main reason for going to Hanoi was Halong Bay! Top Gear went there years ago, I went there two years ago and now it's Dave boys time! I recommended he go stay for a night on a boat, or it's a four hour drive there in the morning and four hours coming back in the evening! I didn't mention that a boat sunk there this time last year! I also wasn't aware that the temperature in northern Vietnam drops dramatically! While I was very warm in southern Vietnam, Dave boy was wrapped up in his jacket and going to sleep with clothes on! Yikes!
From what I can gather about his Halong Bay trip, was that it was cold and he shared a bed with a hairy Spanish guy who had the flu, which turned into Dave catching Catarrh! Im pretty certain Catarrh isn't sexually transmitted but he got ill very quickly!! There is the option to jump off the boat for a swim but apparently 15 degrees c is too cold! Sounds like a warm British summer to me! Apparently he had good company on board the boat and after a few days of tramping around, started to see the attraction of this travelling solo lark. He also took some great pictures!!
He had one more night back in his comfy hotel in Hanoi, again, failing to explore this historic city! An early flight meant an early taxi to the airport! By the time he was in his Bangkok hotel, I got a message saying he needed more sleep in the hotel and also wanted a hair cut!! You should google hot toc from Vietnam!! His hair was shorter when I saw him!
When the boy turned up to the hotel to meet me, he was a coughing mess!! And this lasted ten more days!! He survived by himself, as expected, though I've pieced this story from stuff he's told me! Who knows what he really got up to??
Wild nights of drinking away from his moaning brother! Korean fun time long time! We will never know....