Hoi An to Saigon (via Nha Trang)
02.05.2008 - 07.05.2008 35 °C
Jez and I kept our word and managed to survive Hoi An without getting anything made - however, we discovered if you weren't buying stuff, Hoi An is a pretty boring place and we had a couple of days to kill! It was very touristy but had some great restaurants so we spent our time taste testing the local cuisine - Jez got addicted to Cau Luc, a broth, noodle and beef dish and is now suffering withdrawal symptons I liked the wontons and the 4 - 9 Happy Hours that were great for our budget. We also discovered a great french inspired bakery house and often avoided the midday sun by spending our afternoons eating chocolate cakes and drinking latte's. Nonetheless, we were happy to leave Hoi An and embark on our final leg of our trip - Nha Trang and Saigon.
We left Hoi An at 10 am and caught a 6 hr train to Nha Trang - which was a killer! Having successfully avoided the bathroom on my last train trip, I thought I could survive, apparantly not Imagine trying to squat, make sure your pants don't touch the floor (unknown liquid was excreating from the toilet plumbing, while one hand clutches the armrest which is unusually moist so you can balance, as the train rocks onward and your otherhand tries to cover your noise as the smell of the cubicle makes you want to dry wrench! I had to do this twice! That said, the staff on the train do their best to keep the train clean and at every stop sweep the floors and collect garbage from all the passengers. The staff were also quite helpful and very friendly - I think Jez and I were a novelty for our fellow passengers as tourists don't often use the trains, everytime a passenger walked past our cabin they would look in and smile. One lady tried to start a conversation but as she spoke little English and I no vietnamese we kinda just sat in silence smiling at each other until she abruptly got up and walked out of our cabin.
When we arrived in Nha Trang I couldn't help but rush to our hotel, to take a long relaxing shower before hitting the sack.
Next morning, we hit the beach and caught a boat out to an island for some relaxation and pampering - I got a massage and had a manicure as well as getting my eyebrows waxed with cotton! Yes, you heard correctly, I'm not sure if its some local technique or if its common in Asia but you get some cotton thread and make three loops, then twist it really quickly so that it catches the hair and plucks it out - it wasn't very painful, but very effective! We spent the rest of the day lying on the beach and catching up on some rays. Tonight, we head to Saigon - another train trip we depart at 9pm and arrive in Saigon at 4.30am - its going to be a killer............................................