It’s time for part 2 of my Vietnam trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), by motorcycle! In case you haven’t read part 1, you can find that here. Check it out if you are interested in mountains, caves, huge moths, bombs, old tombs and of course, motorbikes! If you have read it, then once again thanks mum! Say hi to dad!
DAY 4: HUE – HOI AN | DISTANCE COVERED – 138km
I do like Hoi An, although it is super touristy. Tbh, a bit too touristy for my likes, but the old town is very nice (especially at night with all of the lanterns in town lit up) and there are also a couple of nice beaches here. I ended up staying in some random person’s house. The first time I arrived in Hoi An some motorbike taxi man was trying to take me to places to stay but I refused because they were all out of my budget so he disappeared. Then he randomly reappeared out of nowhere and told me to follow him….ummmm ok…? So I follow him and find a room for $7, but it is basically in some family’s house that seems to also be a phone shop…? It was all rather strange. They had like 4 phones on display and I never saw them sell one. Suspicious! The grandma would always be sitting in the front of the ‘shop’ watching TV and behind her there were stalactites coming down from under the stairs. Mad! Anyway, one night I stayed out late till around 1:30am and when I got back the shutters were down and there was no way in. So I had to bang on the shutters for about 10 minutes until the grandma woke up and let me in. The next day I got told off for staying out late and waking up grandma! Haha. And so I was given a curfew of midnight. Ok, sorry mum I will be home earlier in future! The good thing about this place though the first time I visited was that they rented me a motorbike for $1 per day…bargain! The second time I was here I obviously didn’t need one…I now owned my own! This one right here!:
Just casually riding through ‘nam on my Honda Win and oh look…it is a farmer with his cows! How lovely!
One of the main reasons I came back to Hoi An was because of one of my favourite things in the whole world…FOOD! There is a restaurant here which does 7 courses of local dishes for $7. Probably one of the best meals I had in all of my travels. Bit pricey compared to what I would normally spend but totally worth it!
So now I am halfway down the country and pretty much half way through my journey. I’m on track! Hurrah!