Hue Today, Gone (day after) Tomorrow
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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I woke briefly at around 6 and looked out the window and had the most incredible view of the sun rising over a big delta of water, i tried to quickly get my camera but wasn't quick enough for the best view. I just remember being stunned by it though.
19:00 After getting off the bus and getting a Moto to my hostel I had a free breakfast where they had banana jam. Mum will know I was hoping for strawberry or raspberry jam, i didn't have the banana jam, just marg on my baguette
We went out to several kings tombs and mausoleums, a pagoda where monks live right by the river, the citadel and and he took me to a place where I had a fantastic lunch for 80p!
He showed me a route that involves going up to the DMZ and staying in a place near an American air force base, then taking the Ho Chi Minh trail through the hills to Hoi An. After Hoi An we will go back on the trail through the central highlands and after a 10 day tour altogether I'll arrive in Nha Trang. For £33 per day this is a bit more than my budget of £25 per day but sounds FAR more interesting than just going from here to Nha Trang by night bus. After all, I'm here to see and do things, not just to be here. The £33 covers hotels, breakfast, and his bike hire/tour skills. A very good deal in fact. The official easy riders charge $65 per day and this is only $55
Tomorrow we will go somewhere quiet and I'm going to practice my motorbike riding skills again, after all, I have a full licence at home. I insisted on having a decent helmet as well. After looking at some of the completely inadequate helmets here (which I don't know why they even bother to manufacture nevermind wear- my hockey goalie helmet had more strength to it than the cap things they have here). So I have a decent helmet. We came back and had a beer and then back to the hostel to check in my room, have a shower and eat. I met a girl in my room who was travelling alone but going north and we went for dinner and a chat. When we got back the hostel it was a busy bar full of people.
I tried to stay up and catch up my blog, but I was so tired I went to bed and fell asleep about 8pm!
Worst: you've probably realised sleep is important to me, so not having any makes me grumpy
Beautiful: there were so many, the amazing temples made from pottery, the Perfume River, the rice fields. All incredible, but the highlight was the picture I didn't get and that was sunrise over the water