Northern Vietnam

Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 12, 2009

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

We hated to say goodbye to the city of Hoi An but we had to keep moving. Took a short 4hr bus ride to Hue but didn't get to see much of the town. We both came down with a bit of a "gut bug" so we hide out in the hotel room for a few days. Apparently the town is supposed to be quite nice, right on the river and close to some okay beach's as well.

Took the overnight bus from Hue to Hanoi last night and boy, they never fail to surprise us! We got on the usual sleeper bus and were the only English speakers there, the driver didn't even speak English. As soon as the bus left the station they put on some Vietnamese Kung Fu Fighting movie that seemed to last the whole night. As usual, Will was about 2 feet taller then all the other men on the bus, so needless to say, he was pretty crammed in there. And then to top it all off, it started raining at about hour 11 of our journey and the roof over my little bed started leaking. Not just a little trickle.... it was a river... on my head... and blankets.
Hahaha all we could do was laugh about it but at that moment it really was not funny.

As frustrating as the bus systems sometimes are, I always enjoy rolling into the small town and villages at sunrise and seeing all the local people out and about. Could be 4am, 5am, 6am and they are out exercising, stretching, preparing for the day... even the kids. Its kind of like watching the whole world wake up. If only I was more of a morning person!

Apparently we forgot how to bargain during those sleepless 14 hours on the bus last night because since we stepped off the bus we got scammed by a taxi, two ladies selling fruit, a shoe repairman, and a lady selling fans. All small loses but its the principle. Usually we are "on the ball" when it comes to that sort of thing.

Tomrrow we take a 2day 1night trip to Halong Bay and then up to Sapa (northern hilltribe and mountain area) after that.
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