Day 100 Kon Tum to Buon Ma Thuot

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Hoang Loang Hotel

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's already Day 100, can you believe it? I can't. 100 Days I haven't worked, seen my friends, seen my xbox, driven a car, worried about my job, my health, slept in my own many things. That's over one quarter of the year now. Cripes.

10:14 Shortly after leaving Kon Tum, we arrived at a big blue lake with a pagoda type thing in the middle where you can get a better view. Crickets were quite deafening at times, I'm surprised they're capable of making so much noise. 
11:19 Driven past miles of rubber trees, all scored in their bark and then the rubber channeled into a pot. see pics
12:34 We stopped for lunch where I had some pork chops and a mountain of rice. Why serve pork chops where there are only chopsticks and spoons knife?nI recently learnt (in England this is) that a single 'portion' of rice equates to an egg cup full of dry rice. I think I get about 4 egg cup fulls here, which in this heat is far too much.
The floor was filthy, covered in dirt, old napkins and bits of pork bone. If Kim and Aggie were here they'd have a fit. I did eat my lunch however, there's very little choice about food, and I did at least get a cold drink of coke. Cold drinks are not always available you see. And coke? Full fat coke? Something I really tend not to drink at home anymore due to the mass calories, that I'm hoping will keep my stomach on the good side. Not that I've needed it since being sick on the train. I've got a pretty strong constitution really, perhaps it's just an excuse really to be allowed to drink a blatantly unhealthy drink. I may be repeating myself on this one, but as I've not re-read any of my blog, I wouldn't know. I look forward to reading it someday on my return I guess.

There are also several reasons why I hate squat toilets.
1. There is never any toilet roll
2. The floor is usually wet, and you can only hope with clean water
3. The process of going involves having to try and hang onto your trouser legs to stop them getting wet, hang onto everything in your pockets so it doesn't fall (you may recall my camera came a cropper a while back!) and now you've already run out of hands to try and find the toilet roll you put in one of your pockets if you remembered to equip yourself! And now you've got to try and use that, all whilst trying not to pee on your trouser legs which are already hanging perilously close to the liquid around you that you're praying is clean water.
Once done you have to try and pull your trousers up whilst still holding onto everything in pockets and your trouser legs and it is possible, but takes ages.

What a mission. A difficult mission. A mission many a bloke will not have to endure. Appreciate the pain men. And know why women get grumpy at times!!
16:47 After many more miles of beautiful views, and listening to the harry potter audiobook whilst on the back of the bike, we arrived in Buon Ma Thuot, which is a prerry big place and for a treat Tri stopped at a place on the way to the hotel....Oh my god! KFC! So, my late afternoon lunch/early dinner was a fantastic bit of chicken with some fries! We also passed a Buddhist temple where a whole load of Scouts were parading, scouts of differing ages in fact, women too. 

After the pure indulgence of that, we got to the hotel another 10 mins into the city, and unloaded. Not long later after doing a bit of handwashing and watching the water go very very brown with how much dirt my clothes had picked up, we went to the next floor up in the Hotel for a massage. I had an hour long massage fro 4. The sort of massage which starts off fairly gentle, and then towards the end, this 5 foot chopstick of a lady is standing on your back cracking it (and I'm hoping I'm not going to snap or get damaged as I was seeing a chiropractor for some time with my back troubles!).

I went to sleep with a content tummy and back, both of which had been treated! 
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von_adder on

Wow what a adventure, it just keeps getting better and better!

Zoe you need to use your hands with the pork chops and not stand on ceremony, plus i believe i can save you from further toilet malarky, you need a........SHEWEE! (hope this link works)

zoebuck on

I have a shewee, I bought it for camping, and I cannot use it...its a little more tricky than it makes out! I mean, perfect concept but actual practical usage isn't quite as elegant or easy as the theory of it! lol! I know because I used it once inpractised and wasn't very happy with the result! Ahem!

Mummy on

This is why I wear a loose floaty skirt on my travels to such places, and a cross the body handbag for requisites. Yes I know, not ideal for the back of a motorbike!

Madam Bloomy on

Poor old you... maybe if you dressed like a lady you'd find the squatters easier to handle? All this stuff in pockets and trouser legs...? The Asian womenfolk never had to worry themselves about that! xxx

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