Fights on the bus

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Seeing as there is pretty much nothing else to do in town but shop we decided to take a visit to the My Son ruins. Didn't really know much about it but apparently the Cham people used to live there a long time ago and it remained undiscovered until the French came. Perhaps they did something good for the country after all.

The ruins were pretty cool but most were ruins. Lots of bombing here during the war as it was used as a hideout. Before we got to see the ruins we were treated to a traditional Cham dance routine. Thought it would be terrible but it was actually really absorbing and the 20 minutes flew by. An unexpected surprise.

Our guide seemed to know very little about the ruins but he kept attempting jokes so it wasn't so bad. It was pouring and we were let loose around the ruins for an hour. My umbrella finally admitted defeat and was left behind. It served me well, hopefully I won't require another one! Got bored of the main ruins and decided to follow a path to see where it went. Nowhere! We walked along it for 10 minutes and came to nothing so turned back.

Back at Hoi An we went to collect our clothes. Spent about an hour there trying them on and was very impressed with them. I had expected them to be pretty bad quality for the price we paid. Dave was so impressed that he said, "how quickly can you make another?". They said they could make another in 2 hours so he asked them to make another suit and shirt!

I returned to the hotel and proceeded to try and find room for the new clothes in my already full bag. It now seems to weigh double what it was this morning and the suit was stuffed as far down as possible, not going to be needing it for a long time. Our bus was leaving at 6pm so Dave went back at 5:30 to see if his second suit was ready. Luckily it was as our bus arrived 15 minutes early, just as Dave got back.

The bus journey to Nha Trang was unbelievable! After about 4 hours we managed to get a puncture so had to wait around for an hour whilst they fixed it rather than just put a new one on. As a result we were running late so our driver proceeded to drive like a man possessed to make up time. He was cutting people up every few seconds and I was sure we were bound to have an accident at some point.

When we got to the midnight dinner stop all hell broke loose. Our driver had been going so fast that he nearly ran down a group of travellers and stopped only inches from crashing into another bus. This stirred me from my slumber but I was totally unprepared for what happened next!

The driver of the other bus went mental and started trying to punch our driver through the window! He was too short and couldn't make enough contact so he walked off and grabbed a big stick and started smacking our driver around the head with it! Crazy stuff.

It didn't stop there. Our driver decided to take things outside and grabbed a plastic chair as a weapon and attempted to carry on the fight, only to be held back by a group of people. It threatened to kick off 3 more times during the 45 minutes we were at this stop before we got back on the bus.

Our driver was so concussed that he had to go and sleep it off on the back seat of the bus, meaning someone else had to drive the remaining 6 hours! Good job they have backup drivers!
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