Monday, 21 September 2009

In Hoi An

This one will be short, i think. Getting on a bus from Hoi An to Hue in half an hour, so yeah, it should be quick. Can't remember where the last post ended, i think it was in Siem Reap? Anyway, travelled to Phnom Penh, 6 hour journey. Travelling with Stephen, the diving instructor. Checked into guesthouse, its perched on a lake, coolbeans. We shared a room, $4 a night, jackpot. Room was pretty dingy but there was a huge bar/chillout area so we spent most of our time there. Lots of people around. First night we met an aussie girl who was travelling by herself, we went out and got a bit drunk. Can't really rememb er going to sleep, probs not a good thing. Those pesky buckets. NExt day we went to the Killing fields and toul sleng. Can't really put into words what its like visiting those places. Crazyness. Next day we spent a bit of time down by the river, the ran came down hard and fast out of nowhere, as usual, then left pretty sharpish. Following day we just chilled out at the guesthouse, watched some movies, ate lots of yummy food.

Then travelled to Vietnam, HO Chi Minh city. The guy on the border didn't like my passport much. Somehow got through af ter about 10 minutes. The city is CRAZY. Most people of bikes, it looks like chaos at first but it all seems to work somehow. A couple of things i remember from there, we were at a cool zoo/botanical gardens, walking through the reptile house. I was looking through at something when a snake just casually fell out of t her sky and landed beside me. Oh hey, whats up mr snake. Sure it was a pretty small one but it was pretty funny. And then while brushing my teeth one nihgt, staring at the sink, a cockroach fell out of t he sky (or the ceiling) and landed in the sink .Oh hey mr cockroach, hows it going? The place we stayed at in Ho Chi Minh was cool. Ridiculosly friendly staff. We also went to the war remnants museum which was pretty crazy. Obviously it was quite biased on the Vietnamese side and focused on a lot of the bad things that the U.S did, but it was still crazy a lot of the things they did. Then we went to the reunification palace, that was a pretty pimped out place. The city fell to the communist north when the tanks crashed through the gates after the U.S had left. Again, more yummy food etc and good times.

Then me and stephen travelled up to Hoi An, decided to take the night train. Not as clean as the ones in China but it still got the job done. I am ridiculously in love with this place. Hot and sunny, amazing beach 5km out of town. We rented motorbikes and went to see the ruins at My Son, about 35km away. Riding the bikes was awesome, felt a bit like the tour de france with the amount of cyclists we passed. We got a bit lost there and on the way back, but it was all good. The ruins themselves we pretty cool, twas very hot and we were pretty high up. Hoi An has some awesome food, cau lau, white rose, etc. And loving how cheap it all is. Anyways, now off on a bus to Hue for a few days before we fly up to Hanoi, and then onto Halong City and Halong Bay. Yeahhhh. Oh, and also, saw the man u vs man city game last night. What the hell was up with all that stoppage time? Majorly pissed about that. We were in a restuarant just watching and drinking, we had eaten there the day before. The waitress was pretty cute and a bit chatty, i told her that she looked younger than 25. Suddenly her friend come up asking me if i had a girlfriend etc and her friend goes all shy. Twas pretty funny. Unfortunatly i wasn't able to get any free beers out of it, but when you are paying 20,000 dong, just over 1 dollar for a 500ml tiger beer, i cant complain. Life is good.

(Apologies if there are any weird spacings, the spacebar is crap and i can't be bothered to fix them :D

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