The Horn On The Bus Goes 'Honk Honk Honk'

Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2014

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

So sleeper buses. Not really designed for doing much sleeping. They have bunk-bed reclining seats, that don't really recline far enough to be called a 'lie down' and are just a bit too narrow to be called 'comfortable'. Also, the persistant honking and scary sudden braking continues throughout the night. The 'beds' even have seat belts. Which are of course useless. Anna manages to get some sleep. Ian doesn't. But, Anna receives eight horrible mosquito bites on board the funbus. Not a great night for either of us! It's cheap transport though and we arrive in the seaside city of Nha Trang 11 hours later at the ungodly hour of 6am. Hooray.

The bus unloads it's cargo of weary backpackers out into the middle of the backpacking ghetto and people wander off bleary eyed in every direction. We have a map. And a plan. And a guesthouse. Although we are about eight hours too early for check in... no matter, we head towards the guest house and get there without too much fuss, surprisingly they let us have our room and we gratefullly slump down into a proper bed for a nap. Well Ian has a nap, Anna's bites are far too itchy to sleep. She scratches, Ian snores.

Nha Trang is the main beach destination in central Vietnam. It has miles of beachfront, oodles of resturants and accomodation, a nearby water park, an theme park island accesible by the longest over-sea cable car in the world, night markets, hot mud springs...etc..etc..etc. Many Vietnamese travel here for their holidays and so do LOTS of tourists! It's bloody hot here. Hotter than the north. About mid 30's everyday. Luckily theres lots of sea about to cool off in!

Around about midday we head off to check the place out. Brunch is the first port of call and we pick our eatery badly. Ian gets served pancakes that have been made in a toastie maker(!?!), they taste of metal and make him ill. Anna has a bowl of rather nasty noodle soup. The chicken has been boiled into the chewiest rubber known to man and after a tiresome night her chopstick skills have deteriorated. A bad start but the sun is shining and the sound of the ocean is floating on the breeze. We spend the remainder of the day strolling along the beach and dodging the huge waves being thrown onto the shore, some of them are easily 6 feet high. Not exactly ideal swimming conditions but they are very impressive nonetheless!

Later in the evening we even out the food-karma by scoffing down some very tasty bruschetta and pizza before retiring to our room for a proper nights sleep. No more sleeper buses for us, one is enough. There is lots to do in and around Nha Trang so tomorrow we plan on finding some fun....
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