Nov 12, Qui NhonVietnam: another new country and again very different from the others. The driving here is CRAZY - like a roller coaster ride dodging the motorbikes, oncoming traffic, and cows. We arrived in Qui Nhon (however you spell it) last night. Tried to figure out where to get off the bus that might be near our hotel. We got off way too early and had to walk a good ways.
So far everyone here seems very friendly and they have been helpful in our efforts to learn a little Vietnamese. Fortunately, they use roman letters here instead of Vietnamese script so it's MUCH easier to get around and find things on our own. Thailand and Laos were a bit more difficult in that respect, but they did share a very similar language which we knew some of already.
We'll see some of the sites around town today, then rent a motorbike and perhaps visit the Leprosy Hospital tomorrow. Yes, lepers. They are supposed to have the best beach around - ha ha.
Nov 16, Hoi An - A New Town to Explore
We have a dinner date tonight with the Australian couple we rode in on the bus with last night and Trung, they guy who runs a streetside restaurant. We had a wonderful meal and a bunch of beers with him last night. Tonight he is supposed to be cooking us something special - I think Hoi An duck soup. He tought us a bunch of Vietnamese phrases last night - some of which people actually understand when we say them!
Nov 21, Rainy Season Kind of SucksIt rained for 2 days straight in Hoi An and squashed our trip to Marble Mountain. So we headed south to Nha Trang where it is actually not raining quite as much - only about half the day.
We had a bit more fun in Hoi An. Hung out w/ some new friends, loved My Son ruins, and nursed quite a hangover.
We have a kick ass room overlooking the ocean and yesterday we went to the spa. I got my legs waxed and will probably never ever do that again. Today we rented a motorbike ($3) from a nice little guy renting it out of his storefront. We drove all around - fishing village, pagoda, buddha, cham tower, and mud baths and hot springs! The mud was so awesome!
Nov 23, Mui Ne - yet another side of VietnamHad another fun sleeper bus ride further south to Mui Ne. Each town has been so different than the last. This town has some sun! And rain too but so far only at night.
We got a beachfront bungalow for $15/night with fridge, swimming pool, and leaning palms on which to hang our hammocks. We're quite happy. :)
The beach here has some personality. Thousands of brightly colored shells, crabs, jelly fish (dead), and elusive silver skipper fish that only Steve can see. ;)
We just ate at a restaurant that had 20 kinds of meat on the menu including frog, rabbit, lizard, deer, but NO dog. We even asked. Ha ha.
Took in some sights today. Drove to see the longest sleeping Buddha in Vietnam. He's in an incredibly beautiful jungle setting and we got to ride an Austrian-made cable car to get there instead of a 2 hour hike uphill in the heat.