Hoi An..an ancient town

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In a lovely old town of Hoi An, on the coast aboot mid way down Vietnam. I only stayed in Cat Ba for 2 nights and mosied on..to get from the island to the main bus station had to take a bus, boat and another bus. Then wait for another bus to head south a couple hours to Ninh Binh, only to wait there for 6 hrs for yet another bus with Hoi An being my end destination finally the next morning.

Told you i was gonna move quite fast...i met a nice Malaysian guy in Cat Ba that booked the exact same journey so had some company to entertain me and in case something went wrong with the buses/boat..as sometimes they just don't show up after you book your ticket. But not to worry i had nooo problems with that journey and all the transfers, smooth sailing. I'm really trying to look at Vietnam in a more positive light, it's just a bigger challenge to and not to get distracted or discouraged by the neg. experiences.

So the night sleeper bus i got for my 16 hr overnight journey to Hoi An was crazy but good..never seen anything like it. Normal size coach with bunk beds - the back row where there's usually 5 seats, there's 5 narrow beds and then another 5 above those and then 3 aisles from the back to the front of 12 more bunk beds. I was a bit weary at first since i was stuck at the back (bit claustrtophobic) and literally couldn't sit up, permanently reclined but i got some sleep and switched to an aisle seat in the morning where i could sit up...so quite comfy afterall.

I met a lovely boy at the lunch busstop. He had a huge book full of different notes and coins as he collected different currencies, he had like 70 countries. He was so sweet and geniunely nice, and excited. Surprisingly he didn't have any CDN money (except old $2 note) but i didn't either but i had some Malawian Kwacha and Tanzanian Schilling that i gave him and added to his collection. He was sooo excited to get 2 more countries and said thank you like 10 times! It was really nice to see. I showed him on my map where the countries were, he only knew South Africa. He helped me to reignite my spirit for Vietnam. I was being so negative and didn't like it...the challenge is to keep smiling and laughin, knowing there's always a positive experience up ahead.

Back to the present - Hoi An. I've had a nice time here which is nice to say. People are still definitely out for your money but ive interacted with some lovely locals..and my experience has definitely been revived from the border crossing. I still have my guard up but with a smile. It's a beautiful town with lots of character... it dates back to 200 AD...a lot of old yellow buildings (which i enjoy), on a river, and the beach is 3km away. Yesterday i rented yet another motorbike and scooted to the next city to check out China Beach (yes as in the tv show) which stretches 30km down the coast of the South China Sea...it's a beautiful beach with blue water and actually easy to find an isolated beach area all to myself. Really lovely! And today as i wait for my overnight bus at 6pm, i just mooched around the wee streets, took pictures and tried to avoid the heat which you can't really. It's getting hot here..tis the hot season and just gonna get hotter as i go south so i'm getting prepared..hopefully.

Alrighty roo...next stop Mui Ne....im hoping for no debacles! Please hold...
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