The Journey is the Destination
Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
7Trip End Jan 21, 2011
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Next step on the journey was a minibus to the city of Hat Yai
Our new driver, a chubby man in his late 30's with pilot sunglasses and a dirty tennis shirt sat down behind the steering wheel and took his time to chose the music for our ride. He rolled his finger over the buttons and several pieces of songs started but it just wasn't the right one until he finally found it. Our poor ears were abused to a three hour 80's rock ballad extravaganza performed by a Thai cover band. The speedometer shivered over a steady 155 km/hr and we just decided not to look trough the front window as it simply would have made me pee my pants. Trough half the trip, the passenger seat behind us reclined and a couple of Russian passengers had to complete the rest of the ride lying down. This made us all laugh out loud. On the road, you simply learn how to go with the flow.
Somehow we managed to stay alive all the way to Hat Yai, a lovely melting pot of Thai, Chinese and Muslim culture. We got ourselves some much needed massages and had no less than three dinners from the magnificent street stalls lining the streets
Rising before the sun, we were arriving at the airport at the crack of dawn just to find out that Josh forgot his money belt with our tickets and his passport (or copy of passport to be exact). My heart dropped as we knew that we had a plane to catch to Hanoi in Bangkok but we managed to pay the driver enough to take us to the hotel and back (on two wheels. Almost.) and the hotel staff found it with everything in it. Amazing. We made it. Another Hallelujah moment.
Well back in Bangkok we felt like locals heading down the river for sunset, hitting up our favorite food stall in China Town for some fried pig skin and mushroom with cooked rice, having a Chang in our lovely guest house courtyard. The following day Josh took a cooking class and learned to make green curry, Tom Yom soup, pad thai and more delicious Thai dishes while me, being domestically disabled, headed up to the magical town of Ayuthaya for the day. A spectacular town. Once Thailand's capitol city and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not as impressive as Angor Wat in Cambodia but well worth seeing.
Now we have arrived in Chic, sophisticated and lovely Hanoi, Vietnam
The people are so sweet and the food, well guess, is fantastic. The mix of Asian fusion with the French kitchen is a match made in Heaven and makes up for the fog and very cold weather. Here we are switching back to hiking pants (in my case thermals), jackets and hats.
The architecture is so beautiful and today we visited the Women's Museum
Tonight we are jumping on a 9 hour night train to Sapa where we will start a one week long trek in the mountains where we will do home stays with several hill tribe families.
Much love from a shivery cold but yet so warm at heart: Hanoi
PS, I'm having a hard time finding a place where I can download pictures. But stay tune :)